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Rob from UK Wrote at 10.24.2015 16:43
Why is the castle shut in the winter months? Very disappointed :(((
Alan Heatherington from Libertyville Wrote at 7.22.2014 17:22%61%6C%61%6E%68%65%61%74%68%65%72%69%6E%67%74%6F%6E%40%67%6D%61%69%6C%2E%63%6F%6D
Close you eyes and think "the perfect medieval castle:" up will pop Burg Hochosterwitz, an imposing, impregnable fortress atop a high hill north of Klagenfurt in the enchanting but inexplicably neglected Austrian province of Carinthia (the Kärnten). If this sounds daunting to the faint of heart or step, rest assured that the owners (same Khevenhüller family since 1541) have given great thought to accessibility. Cars and buses can drive more than halfway up the hill before arriving at an entirely adequate parking area serviced by an elevator that goes to the very top (the castle courtyard).
But those who truly wish to indulge in the full Hochosterwitz experience must at least descend on foot, through the 14 defensive gates that discouraged would-be invaders from attempting to storm the castle (all who tried, failed). A museum at the top offers fascinating insights into the history of the castle and its past life. On a practical level, restaurants at both the top and the car park offer splendid, authentic local cuisine at modest prices and large quantities.
Though a bit off the path for tourists, this castle provides incomparable rewards for those who visit. We have been there 3 times over the years, and will not miss a return opportunity next time we are in Carinthia. Hint: if you have the great good fortune of running into any members of the Khevenhüller family while visiting, you will find them to be among of finest persons inhabiting planet Earth.
No italiano Wrote at 3.27.2014 16:01
When hell freezes over
mino Wrote at 4.10.2011 04:09
when text in italian too ?
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