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“Impressive history & a nice aftenoon stroll”
Review of Burg zu Burghausen

Burg zu Burghausen
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Burghausen
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Proclaimed the longest fort in the world, the Burg is a collection of courtyards built along the crest of Ludwigsberg between the Salzach and the Worhlsee. Great views, the buildings become progressively more imposing (and ancient) as you approach the "first" courtyard with late medieval palace. Great views and all of this free. Admission required for museums on premises, including both local and branch of Bavarian museum dedicated to late Gothic art. When we were there (summer 2012) an impressive Landeaustellung on relations between Bavaria and Austria during medieval period (when Austria was part of Bavaria) and Burghausen was not even a border settlement!

Easy access by Cityline bus (1) from train station, fare included in Bavaria DB ticket (and reduced admission to museums).

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

I attend Burgfest here every year. It is an awesome time. Highly recommend it.

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Reviewed December 20, 2011

a nice village surrounded by castle walls high on ridges. makes for good walks and nice views. only problem is there are not a lot of facilities, like restrooms or cafes, on some of these walks, so think about that before you go up and have a look.

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Reviewed November 16, 2011

If one stays in the Burghausen city centre one has to travel uphill by car or by bus as it is quit a walk via the road and too much of a steep climb for me via the stairs. The areal is really fascinating, it has a great museum, and the panorama over Burghausen is breathtaking! The fortress has two chapels: the outer castle chapel “St.Hedwig kapelle” can be visited free of charge, the St Elisabeth chapel can only be visited when visiting the museum inside the castle (entrance fee). People still live in the now residential fortresshouses and barns. One does not need to rush so one can stroll in ones own pace. With its 1,051 km it is the longest castle complex in Europe and a masterpiece of medieval defensive construction: six separate courtyards secured by gates, moats and drawbridges. 2nd/1st Century BC: Celtic fortification, 8th/9th Century: fortified official court of the agilolfingian dukes in protection of salt shipping, 11th/12th Century: until 1164 seat of Count of Burghausen, 1090 first expansion under Sighard X of the Aribones, possession Heinrich the Lion in of the castle, after 1180 expansion under the Wittelsbachs. 13th Century: completely new facility under Duke Heinrich Xlll of Lower Bavaria, second residence of Dukes of Lower Bavaria after Landshut, border stronghold against Salzburg and Passau, oldest preserved structure: main castle. 14th/15th Century: fully expanded as a defence facility. 16th Century: Landshut war of succession and loss of the residential character. Princes' residence (sons of Albrecht IV the Wise) great military importance and begin of decline. 17th Century: 1632 fortifications strengthened against the Swedes. 18th Century: extensive rebuilding, since 1763 garrison castle. 1779 Peace of Teschen: Burghausen becomes a border town, loss of the Inn section (now Austria). 1800-1801 All external works torn down by French troops under General Ney. 1809 Napoleon declares the castle obsolete for use as a fortress. 1891 Discharge of the garrison, modifications, demolition, levelling and privatisation. 1896 Extensive renovations.

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