was found in the 12th century to hold a strategic mountain
overlooking trading routes belowe. Later Tratzberg Castle served as a hunting lodge of Emperor Maximilian I
(22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519).
He preferred his mansion at an elevation of 100 meters above the valley
floor to keep an eye for his enemies. And he had plenty of those. On his
free time the emperor enjoyed also fighting Bavarians as well as hunting. Much of the
Tratzberg Castle was burned in the 1490/91 and subsequently abandoned by its
owner. The emperor gave an honor of reconstruction to two brothers
Jacob and Simon Veit-Tänzl who
began their work somewhere in the early 1500's.
In 1554 the castle was further improved by rich local merchant
Georg Knight of Ilsung who acquired this
château. While on the outside the castle looks like a military
stronghold on the inside it is quiet colorful and looks more like a
private residence rather than a fortification. Frescoes of the inside court yard was done to reflect style of the
Tratzberg Castle today is owned by
Enzenberg family that bought in the 19th
century. It is open to the public between March and November. To get the
castle you need to take a shuttle that takes you from the parking lot at
the bottom of the valley or you can take a short pleasant walk up the
hill that will take about fifteen minutes. While he you can explore the
premises on your own or by taking a tour. There is also a fairy tale
tours available for children as well as a playground on the grounds of
the Tratzberg Castle.