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From the offical site: The Castle Hochosterwitz was built on a limestone rock that rises 150m above the valley and allows the visitor a spectacular view over the neighbouring mountains, hills and countryside.

The castle was first mentioned in 860. It was a refuge for the local population during the Turkish invasion in the 11th and 12th century. After the death of Hans Schenk von Osterwitz, the last owner of the original lien, the castle was returned to King Friedrich III.

In gratitude for the support of the imperial troops during the wars against the Turks the lien of the castle Hochosterwitz was given to Christoph Khevenhüller von Aichelberg by Kaiser Ferdinand I in 1541. Christoph Khevenhüller started to rebuild the castle according to the plans of one of the greatest military architects of that time: Domenico dell’Aglio.

Christoph Khevenhüllers eldest son Johann inherited the Castle but due to his diplomatic obligations he passed the lien to his cousin Georg Khevenhüller. Georg Khevehüller, as governor of Carinthia, bought the Castle Hochosterwitz from Archduke Karl von Innerösterreich on 18th March 1571.

Georg Khevenhüller extended the buildings to their actual size using his own private money. In the castle yard a marble memorial tablet dated 1576 proclaims that Georg Khevenhüller had „reconstructed this castle with his personal means. It being his home, he surrounded it with walls and fitted out with bastions and an arsenal“.

Georg’s love and care for his castle lasted his whole life. The marble tablet also reminds his descendents and successors “to maintain the castle as a continuing memory of the past and a warning for all time”.

Since then the Castle Hochosterwitz has been owned by the same family for generations.

Many centuries have passed, but castle Hochosterwitz has not changed – only its purpose became a different one. Luckily, there was always some member of the family who, remembering the warning carved in stone by his ancestor, made great sacrifices to maintain the castle in good condition.
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seems pretty safe
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I've been there, great shot
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Pavel-Falcarder Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Student General Artist
now thats a fortress
Cyklopi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
very nice view, very nice photo! 😊
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it looks beautiful. nice photo.
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Wow...So wide....
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Hey, I've been there, it's pretty impressive ! 
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clarkk10x7 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
One of the most beautiful in location and design I've seen.  But you neglected to mention the country, or the city in which it is located.
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South of Austria, Middle EU.…
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Thank you.  Lovely photo.
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I thought that was Hohenzollern.
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Also known as that castle that Shad brings up all the time.
JuliaSelena Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
I grew up near to this castle and I visited it alot as a child with my grandparents! They have a museum and a good restaurant.  Friends of my parents even got married in the small chapel that is part of this fortress. 
It is very lovely to see a part of my home and childhood here :) 
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Did you snap this photo? The edifice looks magical!
Timon-Berkowitz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
The famous Neuschwanstein castle is nothing at all comparable to this beautiful and honest castle.  Not a luxurious palace but a true fortress that protected its people.  And still a work of art in its beautiful combination of nature and man's labor.
Cexxloc Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
fantastic :)
Great photo. Just a note that the Turks did not invade any regions remotely close to Austria until the mid-14th century (overrunning the kingdoms of Bulgaria and Serbia at that time, which were still quite a distance from Hochosterwitz). Prior to that the Balkans was a consistent mass of Christian states stretching all the way to Byzantium in western Anatolia, and suffered little inroads from foreign invaders between the Magyars in the 10th century and the Mongols in the 13th.

This region (and this castle in particular) were devastated by Turkish offensives in the 15th-16th centuries.
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