Deutschlandsberg Castle


Location: Deutschlandsberg  Map

Constructed: 12th century


Description of Deutschlandsberg Castle

Deutschlandsberg Castle or a Deutschlandsberg Burg is situated in an Austrian province of Styria. It stands on a strategic mountain at an elevation of 398 meters (1,306 feet) above sea level.


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 notable families.


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 times.