Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)

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Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)

Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ramon
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Couples
We had a really enjoyable time here. To avoid big crowds we came there at the opening time which paid off. At the kassa our 3G certificates were properly checked which seems to be an exception at other locatiobs and sights.
We decided to walk up which is not too hard and offers various views around the area and at the castle.
The castle itself is also interesting and quite big. We spent roughly 90 minutes there and when we left there were already big lines starting to form.
Would definitely recommend to visit.
Written July 18, 2021
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Malarchy
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo844 contributions
Family
Burg Hochosterwitz is from central casting. It is an incredible building perched on the top of a large hill and looks as though it is part of the earth itself. It is designed for access by car and there are two parking areas - at the base of the hill for those who like a longer walk, and up a one and a half car width track to the start of the trail up to the castle.

There are two ways up to the castle - via lift or walking. Most choose to walk and this is really the main part of the appeal. The walk up the hill through the 14 defensive gates up to the castle is the attraction. The castle itself does not have so much to offer. The museum is fairly uninspired and does not really tell anywhere near enough of the story of the castle which is a shame. The views from the top are good and given the Carinthian weather can be somewhat atmospheric.

The best view of the castle itself is from afar. The postcard view comes from a spot near the roundabout on the main road before turning off towards the castle itself. It is worth driving slowly enough to get a good shot.

The walk up through the 14 gates is good fun. The path is not too difficult and the gradient is relatively shallow. The gates are mainly the same but the thought process behind their construction is fascinating.

For entry including the lift, the price is a little steep. The depth of entertainment isn't really there. The summit could be considered a little disappointing after the journey up and the characters met en route. The main courtyard is really a beeratorium. A little more history or entertainment at the top would make this a better attraction.

As it is though, Burg Hochosterwitz is one of the sights of Carinthia and so worth taking in for those passing by that way.
Written June 11, 2012
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piffen
Duluth, MN60 contributions
Couples
We were staying in Klagenfurt for a few days, and decided to take the train out to see this castle. Boy, was it worth the trip! This is the most impressive castle I have ever seen, including all the ones we've visited in Germany. We walked up through all the gates, feeling sympathy for the Turks who had tried without success to conquer this stronghold so many times. Poor Turks! They should have seen with one look that it was hopeless, and gone home immediately. Gate after gate, so well-fortified.

Once at the top, we poked around for a bit before coming across one of the castle's curators, who gave us a tour, explaining about weapons and various medieval relics in German, and with me translating into English for my dear husband. He was so accomodating and kind. Few people were there, so we got to explore and enjoy the grand old place to our heart's content. Well worth a visit, and we will go again if we are in the area. Thanks again to the wonderful curator for his hospitality!
Written December 2, 2011
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JosipŠ
Zagreb, Croatia136 contributions
Couples
We visited this attraction with high hopes and we were little disappointed. Firstly the price of visit is pretty high (24€ per person). Castle is beautiful and really interesting but there is huge difference between what is and what could be seen if it was taken a little more care by owners. There is huge collection of medieval weapons and armors but they are all just put in one room together with other arts. There is no story connecting weapons with history of this beautiful place and all signs and descriptions (if there is any) are just in German! I believe that this place could have so much more to show if someone just organize it little better.
Written June 26, 2018
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CRSM
Raleigh, NC344 contributions
Couples
If you are anywhere near Klagenfurt, it is 100% worth the drive to see Hochosterwitz sitting on the hill! As you can tell from the attached, unedited photographs, it is a truly spectacular site, and the farmlands along the road leading to it allow for plenty of photography. So picturesque, it doesn’t look real!

That is where the fun ends. Most of the castle complex itself is not open for touring as far as we could tell, and the 4-room “museum” tours were not offered in English. (Not that there appeared to be much worth seeing in them--but again, we wouldn’t know, since there was no curation, signage, or item descriptions in English). The main courtyard and museum were packed with huge busloads of tour groups. The beergarden (once the crowds left) was a great place to enjoy a beer with a beautiful panoramic view, but was a waste of the 13.50 each Euro we paid to ride the risky-looking funicular to the top and “tour” the castle.
Written October 17, 2011
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Charles C
Salt Lake City, UT133 contributions
This inspiring castle has it all. Perched on a small mountain peak it can be seen for miles in the surrounding countryside. It has the history of the family that owns it, documented by a family tree in the museum along with portraits. The views are amazing. It was nice to have a lift to ride up to the top. That in and of itself is an interesting side light of the visit. I liked the armor and weapons on dislplay in the museum too. After returning to the base there was the obligitory stop at the gift shop and then just a short walk from the parking area is a nice restaurant. We cozied up under an umbrella outside and enjoyed a very nice meal. This was a very nice day and was enjoyed by all.
Written October 11, 2019
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aaCab
Bergen, Norway138 contributions
As we were both wearing good shoes we decided to walk through all the gates up to the castle. And that was definitely the best thing to do! The sun was bright and warm but we enjoyed the walk and view to the top. As we came up to the castle, we were kind of disappointed as it wasn't much to see in the castle, but the walk up made up for it! We had a great time and enjoyed the view and history on our way up.
As we were walking back down again we stopped at the small flower garden and it was so beautiful!

Will recommend anyone thats thinking about visiting to hike and enjoy all the gates!
Written September 27, 2019
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Lisa
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this castle.

Starting with lunch at the lovely little restaurant at the bottom of the hill where you park the car (not affiliated with the castle, I believe), we set off for the approx. 30 minute walk up the hill, passing through all the different gates and stopping constantly to admire the views, until we made it to the top.

It was hot, but luckily we had umbrellas for shade and it was worth the walk. (If you are not able to walk up a fairly steep hill, ensure the funicular is working before you visit - it had been out for some time before our visit, I heard)

The castle dominates the surrounding area and the views from the top are gorgeous (even the loos have a spectacular view!)

There is an interesting museum with family paintings, armour, treasures, etc., a working blacksmith and a restaurant/refreshments in the courtyard at the top.
Written August 30, 2016
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Andreea Domes
Klagenfurt, Austria483 contributions
Couples
Great visit and nice scenario, especially if you opt not to take the elevator (and you can, naturally)
Written August 9, 2020
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Christine H
Las Vegas, NV236 contributions
I've toured a lot of castles, and Hochosterwitz is among my favorites. It is perched high atop a hill where it can be seen for miles. Though not common knowledge outside Austria, it served as Disney's model for the wicked queen's castle in Snow White. The unusual aspect of Burg Hochosterwitz is the 14 gates that you walk through as you climb the hill. The interior isn't as spectacular as many others, but the gates allow it to be ranked highly, in my opinion!
Written September 12, 2019
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