Aggstein Castle is located on the right bank of the Danube river.
The stronghold was constructed in the early 12th century by Manegold III of
Acchispach (Aggbach). Occupying a high strategic position it was
used as a controlling check point of the Danube. Occasionally the
owners of the
Aggstein Fortress, the Kunringers, resorted to simple theft and robbing of the
passing trade ships. The castle provided a safe haven for its
defenders. In the 16th and 17th centuries sieges by the Swedes and Turks
failed to take the
Aggstein. Many grim stories surround the family as well as
castle itself. One of the earliest owners of the citadel is said to imprison
anyone who refused to pay the toll for passing Danube in this location. A
place for imprisonment was Rosengartlein, a rose garden on a rocky shelf.
Unfortunate souls had two choices, either die of hunger or jump from a
cliff. Needless to say may local reported seeing figures around the
and reported finding human remain scattered around the fortress.