Best Castles In Austria – Discover The Most Beautiful Castles And Fortresses

There are about forty castles and fortresses in Austria. Some were the subject of fierce battles or were wedding gifts for beautiful princesses, others served as official residences or holiday homes for the most important Austrian dynasties. Here is your short list of the most beautiful castles and fortresses not to be missed during your stay in Austria.

Hohenwerfen Castle


A few years ago, this castle turned into a real adventure park for young and old. There is even a tavern! We recommend that you stay in Salzburg and take a day or two tour of the region. During your stay, be sure to visit the “World’s largest ice caves” in Werfen, ranked among the best hidden gems in Austria..

Schloss Ort

Discover a millennium of history by visiting this castle, ranked among the most beautiful castles in Austria. It owes its name “Schloss Ort” to its founder, Hartnidus of Ort. The town of Gmünden, where this sublime castle is located, also owned the castle in the 16th century, but as soon as it bought it it sold it to Rudolf II, King of Hungary and Croatia.

Illustrious figures from Austria once owned this castle. The castle is now reopened to the public because the town of Gmunden owns it once again, 5 centuries later. The castle is open to the public every weekday from 10 am – 5pm. It is very popular with the Austrians and has also hosted television shoots including the television series “Schlosshotel Orth” which was filmed for 10 years in this dream castle..

Aggstein Castle

Aggstein Castle is a fortified castle built on the hill of Aggstein. Thanks to its location, it offers a magnificent view of the valley, a perfect observation post to watch for the arrival of any invaders. Now partly in ruins and overgrown with vegetation, this castle is even more romantic…

Hochosterwitz Castle


Hochosterwitz Castle is regarded by Austrians and world travellers as one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Europe. This fortress built on top of a 150-metre hill dominates the entire region. No need to stay at the foot of the castle to see it, it is visible more than 30 kilometres around…

Tratzberg Castle

This renaissance castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Austria and one of the most visited in Tyrol. If it has known many owners since the 13th century, a devastating fire in the 15th century is at the origin of the change of style of this castle. Bought by wealthy silver mine owners from Emperor Maximilian, it has undergone many extensions which are at the origin of its current architecture.

The castle is now open to the public but still inhabited by nobles: Count Ulrich Goëss-Enzenberg and his wife Katrin. The castle courtyard as well as the first floor are open to the public from the end of March to the end of October…

Kufstein Fortress..

Just like you do for the Riegersberg Castle, board a funicular to reach this fortress built on the heights of Kufstein. If you are afraid of funiculars and you do not mind doing a bit of sport you can climb the many steps to this legendary fortress for free.

Margarete “Maultasch”, the last Duchess of Tyrol, was particularly pretty and coveted. To show her his love, Ludwig of Brandenburg gave her this castle as a wedding present. However, a few years later the castle was to join the many properties of the Habsburgs’ with the attachment of Tyrol to Austria.

If the fortress today hosts concerts, joyous events, it was for a long time used as a prison and is not only a good memory for many Hungarians….

Kreuzenstein Castle

This medieval castle, located just 30 minutes from Vienna city centre is one of Austria’s most beautiful castles.

Demolished in the Middle Ages and reborn from its ashes in the 19th century, it keeps most its medieval architecture.

Come discover the history of this 12th century castle and book your flights and accommodation at the best price in Vienna as well as your tours and activities in Vienna such as your ticket for Mozart & Strauss Concert in Kursalon Vienna…

Schloss Schönbrunn

The most famous castle in Austria is certainly Schönbrunn Palace. It is one of the most visited monuments by travellers in Vienna. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site for more than 20 years, this castle has evolved over the centuries thanks to Austrian Emperors Maximilian and Matthias…

Schloss Schönbühel Castle

This castle, whose origin dates back to the 12th century, was built on a rocky outcrop, on the right bank of the Danube. It dominates the city of Schönbühel-Aggsbach. While it was owned by various important people, it still remained in the Starhemberg family for almost half a millennium…

We owe the complete renovation of this castle in the 19th century to Conte Franz von Beroldingen The latter was a castle enthusiast as he also bought one of Austria’s other most beautiful castles, the Castle of Aggstein, a 15-minute drive away..

During your stay do not miss to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk…

Forchtenstein Castle

This medieval castle located just 50 minutes from the Austrian capital is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Austria. If it has long been the property of the Lords of Mattersburg, for lack of heir, it became the property of the Habsburg dynasty for nearly two centuries…

Schloss Ambras Castle

This Renaissance castle overlooks the beautiful city of Innsbruck, ranked among the best destinations to visit in Austria. This 16th century castle is one of the most visited castles in Austria. Like the Kufstein Fortress, this castle was also a wedding gift.

The son of Emperor Ferdinand I had this castle completely renovated from medieval to Renaissance style and offered it to the love of his life, his wife, Philippine Welser. Philippine was a bit like the Lady-Di of the Renaissance. She was very popular and loved by the people thanks to her many charitable actions in Tyrol. A museum now houses the important art collections collected by this dynasty…

Laxenburg Castles

The summer residence of the Habsburg royal family is located just a 30-minute drive (1.5 hours by carriage) from the Schönbrunn palace, another of Austria’s most beautiful castles, also owned by the Habsburgs. “Laxenburg castles” is plural since several castles and royal palaces were built in Laxenburg, a town near Vienna.

The castle you see above is called “Franzensburg Castle” in reference to Emperor Franz I. It is probably one of the most beautiful because it is built on an island. It is home to conventions and major events and has a restaurant. Opinions may be mixed about the food served but unanimously positive about the exceptionnal setting…

Seefeld Castle

This incredible castle which arises at the bend of a road in Tirol is one of the most beautiful castles in Austria. Discover the history of a territory and the dynasties that fought for its castle built in the 13th century. Seefeld is its name in Tirol, Schlossberg Castle in German. The castle is open to the public and hosts many events and concerts…

Riegersburg Castle

Visit one of the most sulphurous castles in Europe. Not sulphurous in the demonic sense but sulphurous because it is built on top of an Austrian volcano. Do not worry when visiting the castle, the volcano on which it was built died out millions of years ago.

This castle, whose origins date back to the 12th century, is now owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. The castle is perched high and you will take a funicular to reach one of Austria’s most beautiful castles…

If the castle has a very interesting museum (even if sometimes there is a lack of English translations), it will also appeal to children because it has a playground…

HohenSalzburg Fortress

Located in the heart of the city of Salzburg, this fortress is one of the symbols of this city. Come and discover this 11th century fortress and its incredible history. Choose from hundreds of cheap accommodation in Salzburg and book your flights and your tours and activities in Salzburg such as a “Classical evening at the Hohensalzburg Fortress with concert and dinner…


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