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Bernstein Castle is a medieval citadel constructed in a twelfth century.
Over several centuries its was increased in size and rebuilt several
times. Bernstein Castle stands on a strategic hill in Bernstein im Burgenland in Austria.
Bernstein Castle was constructed in 1199. Bernstein
Castle changed hands several times and experienced numerous remodeling and reconstructionsto fit taste of new owners. In the 16th
century it was proved to be a formidable citadel against sieges of Ottoman
Turkish army. Turkish armies tried to capture it in 1529 and 1532. In
1604 Bernstein Castle was again besieged by a joint force of Ottoman
Turks, Tatar allies and Hungarian forces under leadership of Stephen
Bocskay. Their attacks were proven as futile.
In the 17th century Bernstein Castle lost much of its
strategic military importance, but it still served as a private
residence. In 1617 Ludwig Konigsberg rebuilt parts of the citadel in a
more peaceful Baroque style. Parts of the old defenses were torn
down including the keep and several towers. Currently Bernstein Castle is owned by Eduard von Almásy with a part of
the compound turned into a hotel.