Location: Lower Austria Map
Constructed: 12th century by Manegold III
Aggstein Castle is an impressive medieval citadel situated in the Lower Austria province of Austria. It was erected in the 12th century by Manegold III.
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 Aggstein Castle and reported finding human remain scattered around the fortress.