Hochosterwitz Castle - one of the most beautiful and famous castles in Austria. It is located in Carinthia, east of the town of St. Veit, in the southern part of the country.

A distinctive feature of the castle is its location on a high dolomite rock at a height of 160 meters. In clear weather you can see it from a distance of 30 kilometers. Strengthening located here since the early Middle Ages.

The first mention of the castle dates back to 860, and it was called then Astorvitsa. During its long history the castle changed owners several times, and in the mid-16th century, it was presented to Christopher Khevenhiiller governor of Carinthia. That he has substantially changed the appearance of the castle, has strengthened its anti-Turkish, added a square keep, round corner towers and the famous 14 gates. For that time the castle fortifications were more than modern. Since then, the castle remains in the possession of an ancient family Khevenhiiller and no special change in the castle was carried out.

It is the citadel of the castle rise longer than 600 meters. To get there, you need to go through all 14 gates, each of which are decorated in a special way. For example, at first - Fenrich gate - shows two flags - the flag and the flag of the family Khevenhiiller Carinthia, before the fourth gate - Angelic - was a drawbridge to Lion's Gate on the walls there are different images of lions, and the last - the gate Kulmerna - equipped with a drawbridge and a special descending bars. Overcome all the way is difficult, but for the lazy here provided a lift, which takes you to the top.

The castle consists of a number of internal and external courtyards. In the outer were outbuildings and houses for workers, as well there is an old church. The central, the inner area of ​​the castle, surrounded by arches and her trees, also located here and a private family chapel Khevenhiiller, entry into which is prohibited. Also in the rock carved out a special tank to collect water. Hence, with turrets, offers simply stunning views.

Now the castle is a museum that tells the history of the family owners and local history, with fairly rich collection of arms and armor. Entry to the castle is permitted from April to October, but some parts of the fortified area remain closed to tourists. Admission fee - 8 euros per adult. Every year thousands of tourists visit the castle.

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