Tratzberg Castle

Tratzberg Castle was first mentioned in the 13th century as a strategic military fortress in Karwendel Alps.



Location: Tratzberg 1, 6200 Jenbach    Map

Constructed: 13th century

Open: Mar 20-Nov 1
Tours: 10am - 4pm daily

Tel. +43 5242 63566

Official site


Description of Tratzberg Castle

Originally medieval Tratzberg Castle 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 Renaissance Period.


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.



In 1296 a castle called Trazperch was mentioned here; it was destroyed by fire in 1490/91. The later Emperor Maximilian I gave the ruins to the brothers Veit-Jakob and Simon Tänzl in 1499 in exchange for Berneck Castle in the Kaunertal with the condition that they be rebuilt. After 8 years of construction from 1500, a three-story, four-wing complex with an inner courtyard and stair tower, portals and arcades, columns, window sills and chimneys in Hagau marble was built. The north wing was not completed.

In 1553 the heirs of the Tänzl brothers sold the castle, which has since experienced numerous changes of ownership and associated changes.

The closing of the vacant lots in the north and the striking facade painting in the courtyard go back to the Augsburg knight Georg Ilsung and his family in the second half of the 16th century. From then on, his children named themselves after Tratzberg Castle.

In 1589, the castle came to the Augsburg merchant family Fugger through inheritance, who profited greatly from the mining of copper and silver in nearby Schwaz. Georg Ilsung's daughter Anna had Jakob III. Fugger married. Fuggerstube and Fuggerkammer are reminiscent of the famous patrician family.

The families Stauber-Imhof, von der Halden and Josef Ignaz Reichsfreiherren von Tannenberg followed in the 17th and 18th centuries. However, the castle has not been inhabited since the middle of the 18th century. In 1809, during the coalition wars, Bavarian soldiers plundered the armory and demolished some of the furniture.

When the Enzenberg family, who still own the castle today, inherited it in 1847, extensive restoration work was necessary to make it habitable again. Ulrich Goëss-Enzenberg and his wife Katrin Goëss-Enzenberg have lived here since 1991; the last restoration work in 1991-1994 and the tourist development go back to this generation Enzenberg.



Valuable original furniture from the time of the Tänzl brothers at the transition from Gothic to Renaissance as well as furnishings from the Fugger period have been preserved in the rooms open to the public.

A treasure is the so-called Habsburg Hall, on the four walls of which the Tänzl brothers had a room-encompassing family tree of the House of Habsburg painted in homage to their clients. There are of course the German King and later Emperor Maximilian I with his two wives (Maria von Burgundy and Bianca Maria Sforza), King Rudolf I, Duke Rudolf IV and the two Tyrolean princes Duke Friedrich IV with the empty pocket and Archduke Sigmund the Rich in Coins.

Significant pieces among the historical furniture and furnishings in the Fuggerstube and Fuggerkammer are:
a late Gothic South Tyrolean cupboard (around 1460), an exceptional example in the Alps, with vine leaf relief carvings; he comes from the Deutschordensburg Reifenstein,
a rare gothic vanity with attachment, a gothic side table with scissor chair, a gothic post bed,
two tray tables with inlays around 1520 on twisted column legs,
a large chest with panel doors; above this chest a late Gothic chandelier in the form of a mermaid
a painting by Hans Schäufelein (1509): "Tournament in the Innsbruck Hofburg"
a green-glazed tiled stove with reliefs and a Crucifixion group; Another such tiled stove with representations of the 5 senses from the Nuremberg workshop around Georg Fest (around 1620) is located in the so-called "Queen's Room" (named after Anna of Bohemia).

The following rooms are still accessible:
A "women's lounge" with typical household furniture from the 17th century (Renaissance box bed, cradle, high chair, ladies' washbasin, spinning wheel, laundry press); Three globes from the 18th century stand on a two-storey Renaissance facade cabinet.
The hunting room used as a dining room from the Enzenberg period from the 19th century with carved animal sculptures of deer, fox and bear; the client, Count Franz Enzenberg III, sees himself in the center of this room. himself, who once went hunting with Archduke Franz Joseph in the revolutionary year of 1848 (group of sculptures).
The chapel with late Gothic net vaults was built by the Tänzl brothers; some sculptures and panels date from this period, while the high altar dates from 1750. It shows the beheading of Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of Tratzberg Castle.
The armory with armor and weapons from the 15th and 16th centuries hardly shows any more of the original inventory, as it was plundered several times. Today's holdings are largely a collection of Count Franz Enzenberg III.

Tourism / access
Parts of the palace – inner courtyard and the rooms on the 1st floor – can be visited on guided tours from the end of March to the beginning of November.

The tourist infrastructure includes a shuttle transfer from the parking lot by the river, a souvenir shop, restaurants and special children's adventure programs. The ascent on foot takes about a quarter of an hour.

The wooded ridge lies on the slopes of the Karwendel.

Hiking trails lead to the Abbey of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht and the Wolfsklamm in two hours. Part of the area belongs to the protected Alpenpark Karwendel.