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.