Hochosterwitz, Austria. This formidable castle was first mentioned in the 9th century. It is situated on a steep spire of rock 160 meters (525 ft) high and the only approach to the castle is via a long fortified path guarded by 14 consecutive gates. I'll post much more in the comments.


Thank you with this, really informative and interesting! 🙂 It's so great! My group that is medieval will an event here with numerous other medieval teams of Austria. Its not available to your except that is public ...



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  • Thank you for this, very interesting and informative! 🙂
  • It's so great! my medieval group will have an event there with many other medieval groups of Austria. Its not open to the public except on friday 10th of may 2013 between 11:00-13:00. visit us if you are in the region - the entrance to our medieval camp will be free, we don't make money with that it's just for fun. Sitting in your self made medieval clothing at the castle during the night at a campfire, singing and drinking and battle in your armour the next day is a dream come true for guys and girls who will never grow up 😉
  • this castle is beautiful. definitely worth a trip!
  • Gorgeous. I've seen this from the train while on my way from Graz to Venice, Italy. Always wondered about it. Thank you!
  • This is how to castle.
  • I've been there with my parents for summer holidays nearly every year, looking out of the windows I saw the castle every day. Fun fact: This castle is supposedly the only one in Austria that was never conquered by an enemy. They even had a knight there that was 2.10m tall (Mind you that most medieval people were like 1.60). When somebody came to siege the castle they just send him out and he told them "Sure you want to attack this castle? I'm the smallest of them all"). They even still have his armor inside the museum in the castle. It's amazing to see the size and imagine the weight of that thing.
  • I think Salzburg castle was never conquered as well, just handed over.
  • This is an amazingly designed castle. I'm totally stealing this for D&D. Thanks for all the awesome pictures and information!
  • I used to make castles like this on Stronghold. They were the only ones that were unconquerable by infinite waves of attackers because there is support coming from two-three levels above. Good find, Hoohill.
  • when i look outside the window from my families flat i can see it 😀 such a beauty
  • Fascinating. Is there a well for water or did they just stockpile it in barrels?
  • I'm not exactly sure in this case. However, often castles situated like Hochosterwitz could not feasibly have been supplied with water via a well. Instead they would have cisterns to store water and collect rain water. Thus, I assume there is or was at one point something like a cistern at Hochosterwitz.
  • The logistics of supplying a fortification like this with even the basics like food are mind boggling. There must have been a daily train of pack mules carrying stuff up the hill. Hauling water would've been hell, considering every human and animal at the top would need a few gallons per day. Great post!
  • Reminds me of the eyrie in game of thrones
  • I'd agree if there weren't as many trees. The eyrie is so high that they couldn't get a weirwood to take root in the godswood. This picture is always how I imagined Highgarden to look.
  • I would dare you to find a better match then! (post it here, I like being proved wrong)
  • I'm sorry, but I don't think there is one. The Eyrie is situated on a pale stone mountain hundreds if not thousands of feet above sea level. If such a castle exists in real life I have yet to see Hoohill post about it in r/castles . I think this castle would be a good fit for Casterly Rock though. Edit: It's also shadowed by an even larger mountain with a waterfall.
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