Deutschlandsberg Castle is a medieval citadel constructed in the
12th century. Small plateau that where it stands have been
recognized as an important strategic location since the ancient
times. Archeological digs discovered presence of a protected
settlement dating back to the Neolithic period belonging to Lasinj
culture that lived here about 3900- 3300 BC. Later it was replaced
by a Retz- Gajara culture of the Copper Age around 2800- 2400 BC.
Romans also established a fortified settlement here to keep an eye
on the local tribes. There is evidence that a castle stood here as
late as the Early Middle Ages around 7th century AD.
Around 970 Emperor Otto I gave these lands to the Archbishopric of
Salzburg. In the first half
of the 12th century a main tower was constructed under orders of
Archbishop Konrad I. Parts of the newer structure were built using
stones from the older medieval and ancient walls and towers.
Deutschlandsberg Castle was occupied by the Hungarian king Matthias
Corvinus from 1479 and 1490. When it was returned back to Salzburg
it was reconstructed and expanded in size and complexity. Under Hans
Jacob von Kuenburg a new construction project has begun in 1597 and
completed in 1607. Around the same time a chapel was completed and
consecrated in honor of Saint Ruprecht, patron saint of Salzburg.
In 1532 Deutschlandsberg Castle was besieged by the Turkish armies,
but defenders succeeded to protect the citadel. Subsequently
numerous new buildings were added. Eventually it lost its military
use and instead was turned into a private residence of several
Today Deutschlandsberg Castle holds folk and history museum devoted
to a culture and heritage of this region of Austria. Archeological
artifacts presented in the castle date as far back as the Roman