Burgruine Aggstein
Burgruine Aggstein
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Landmark in the Wachau High above the Danube, with a breathtaking view of the world cultural heritage site, the Wachau, lies Aggstein - Austria`s most famous castle ruin. The imposing fortress has a truly adventurous history. You can still feel this today in the carefully restored walls. Dive into the Middle Ages! 900 years of eventful history The history of den ruins of Aggstein dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. Some of its former owners played a significant role in the Danube region. Some of them used theur power for personal enrichment. Their misdeeds and the changing history of the castle are still part of the legends and stories surrounding Aggstein. Fabulous castle experience Whether you are coming from Maria Langegg via the trail of St. James or by car, whether you are visiting one of our events or organising a celebration in our premises: the ruins of Aggstein always offer the perfect sitting an a fantastic backdrop for an unforgettable experience!
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada7,994 contributions
Sep 2022
I didn't know that, my daughter read the entire history, fascinating. it was raided, robbed and burnt so many times during the past, it has a very nice history.
However, it has been restored and now is in good enough shape to be visited. Amazing how they buit these castles using every centimeter of the cliff was built on. You don't realize that unless you see pictures from above. See mine, attached. I also have drone videos if interested, just let me know.

Enjoy!
Written November 14, 2022
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Laurie S
Denver, NC1,460 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The castle ruins are perched on the hill. When you arrive at the sign for the castle, there is a lower parking lot and we saw people parking and walking. NO! Drive your car to the top and there is ample parking and no walking up to the castle. We purchased the audio tour which we found so very helpful since most of the castle is in ruins. It brought the ruins to life and you could more easily imagine life as it was. I would recommend good walking shoes for this one, as there is gravel, dirt and many stairs. There is also an area that you can descend into a cave, you can use the flashlight on your phone if you have one. This is not the castle for you if you have mobility issues. Climb to the top and the views of the Danube are beautiful! We spent several hours here, far longer than anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed it! Highly recommended!
Written November 8, 2017
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AnnnGh
Yerevan, Armenia13 contributions
The Burgruine Aggstein castle ruins are in a very good conditions. Situated in a high level of Danube it has a fantastic view to both sides. You may sit and watch the Wachau valley and the river side. The wine yards are on the other side. We walked there through the forest and also watched the birds and plants.
Written May 19, 2015
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Blackth0rn
Bristol, UK1,305 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The ruins of an old castle perched atop a steep hill, we were initially unsure how to get there as our sat-nav had informed us that it was on a road with limited access and signs at the bottom seemed to indicate that you couldn’t drive up. Ignore these and persevere though, and you’ll find plenty of parking at the top, which is just as well as it would have taken a long time to walk!

Most of the castle is open air with the roof and floor having collapsed long ago and replacement wooden stairs and walkways fitted. Interior rooms were largely restricted to cafes and so on, although there was also a chapel and a vault with various models in. Not entirely sure what that was all about, unfortunately all the signage around the castle was in German only. We did see a couple of people with audio guides, although we were not offered these – perhaps they too are German only.

It’s an interesting castle to wander around and quite interesting despite the lack of information. Views are great too, especially if you climb up to some of the upper areas. Entry price is quite reasonable, overall I’d say well worth a visit.
Written July 7, 2017
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Sandra D
United States913 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
First of all, follow the signs that say Burgruine Aggstein, NOT Aggstein wanderweg. The road gets narrow and looks more like someone's driveway but just keep going up,there's a parking lot at the top. We saw some people who obviously had parked at the bottom of the hill (where it looks like you should park) and they had quite a hike up to the top.

The ruins are pretty cool and have wonderful views of the Danube and part of the Wachau Valley. If you look far enough to the left, you can see all the way to Schonbuhl Castle. Lots of chambers and areas to explore, sturdy wooden stairs and platforms take you all over the ruin. They have a cafe there but we didn't have anything to eat.
Written September 19, 2015
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Ruisenor_NatalyS
Voronezh, Russia346 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
It's a medieval ruins situated right on the top of the hill.
There is nothing besides ruins but due to this fact you can see how it was during medieval times...
You can feel a spirit of real history there - while walking there it's so easy to imagine knights & battles...
Moreover, you'll enjoy wonderful views of surroundings - the Danube river, small towns & hills covered with trees...
Visit it - I think you won't be disappointed !!
Written October 4, 2014
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JeffinPrague
Prague, Czech Republic3,804 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
...and I've been to a lot.

Aggstein is an amazing castle even today as ruins; it must have been spectacular in its heyday. It is very well preserved, and the amenities for visitors are excellent, from the visitors' center to the audio tour to the wooden walkways that take you to all around the castle to the surprisingly affordable and high-quality restaurant in the courtyard. The only complaint is that the signs are only in German - English would have been nice.

One thing I recommend is to climb up the hill behind the castle for amazing views of the castle and the Danube River below it. There are two rock outcrops - one near and one farther away. We climbed up to the higher one and were rewarded with the most spectacular view imaginable (see my pictures). It only took us 10 minutes or so to get there, and the trail is very manageable. Although it isn't marked, you can't get lost if you stay along the ridge.
Written July 8, 2014
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Tadtv
California229 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
Great castle ruins to explore- especially if it's not crowded like the day we went. Its a very steep drive up to the castle, but don't be alarmed (like we were) the narrow road opens up to a nice large parking area at the top. It's about a kilometer drive up the tiny access road to the parking lot. Great views of the river. The audio guide is great for only a Euro. Has neat sounds in the back ground. We even ate at the restaurant there. Pretty tasty. NIce free clean restrooms. Not good for strollers or wheel chairs. Lots of stairs to climb.
Written September 8, 2011
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ArijLor
480 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Little cute Austrian village you enter, from here you get up with the stairs all the way to the top of the castle. You need good shoes and water for the walk. It's pretty steep going up on the old rocky stairs. Not for people who are scared of hight and don't have a good condition. You can have a few stops and enjoy the view. Castle on top is very nice!
Written January 2, 2018
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knj_from_fr
Vienna, Austria54 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
The castle has unique view over the Danube and the Wachau valley. You can take the car and park upstairs. Entrance fee is not very cheap, but you can take your time to visit.

The restaurant is great value for money for lunch, in a large castle antique room. The few tables at the window have an incredible view. The "ritterteller" will satisfy the appetite of the most hungry ones. Will definitely go back again.
Written January 15, 2016
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