Aggstein Castle, a ruined castle on the right bank of the Danube in Wachau, Austria, was built in the 12th century by Manegold III of Aggsbach. The castle is situated on top of a high hill, quite isolated from the rest of the place thanks to the dense forest, and the Danube River that served as a natural barrier. As you can see, the location of this fortress was so great that could resist and direct assault.
The fortress is indeed a sight to see! Unfortunately, it didn’t take long after its construction for the castle to be besieged and destroyed. Now, all that’s left from the elegant, original castle is just a stone structure on the east side. However, in 1429, Jörg Scheck von Wald decided to take the castle and rebuild it by making it much larger than before.
This new version of the castle survived a lot more than the original one. However, soon the Ottomans came and burned it down. After that, it was Anna Freiin von Polheim und Parz who took the courage to renovate it once more. She decided that rebuilding it in a Renaissance style would be more captivating and she did exactly so. Unfortunately, after she died, there wasn’t really anybody left that took an interest in the castle’s upkeep.
Well, that was until 2003. In that year, the federal state of Lower Austria took the decision to reconstruct and make it all imposing once again. The renovations took one year to finish and a cost of $60,630. However, it was all worth it. More than 55,000 visitors a year go to Aggstein Castle now to see this beauty even closer and make the most out of that peaceful environment.