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Burg Greifenfels or Castle Greifenfels is a ruined
medieval citadel that stands on the rocky outcrop on the Northern
slope of the Sattnitzerberge mountain not far from the state capital
of Klagenfurt, about halfway between Gurnitz and Ebenthal.
Description of Burg Greifenfels or Castle
Burg Greifenfels was constructed in 1230- 31 by the
orders of Wulfing and Heinrich von Wulfing. These lands once
belonged to the monastery of Viktring so the permission to construct
a fortress was given by Pope Gregory IX himself. In 1404 Castle
Greinfels was sold to Lords of Hradec, however after Enemthal Castle
was erected in 1588 at the bottom of the mountain Greinfenfels
Castle was abandoned. It couldn't serve as a military fortifications
due to increased reliance of European armies on gun powder and it
was comfortable enough as a private residence. Ruins of the medieval
stronghold were sold to Counts of Goess in 1704, but they didn't try
to revive former castle. Instead locals used Greifenfels Castle as a quarry for stone. Today
most of the castle is in ruins. Only parts of old kitchen and
curtain wall remains in place of the former imposing citadel.