Burgruine Landsee is a medieval complex of
military fortifications neat a small town of Markt Sankt Martin in
District Oberpullendorf in Burgenland State of Austria. Although current Germanized name of Burgruine Landsee can be
translated as a "Land Sea", it is actually a Hungarian in origin. In
Hungarian name can be translated as a "Country here".
Castle Burgruine Landsee was constructed in the 12th century
to hold the region under control. Its strategic location allowed a
small garrison to hold a domineering position of the region. Burgruine Landsee played an important part in history
of Central Europe during Medieval Period, however by 18th century it was turned into
private residence, peaceful in nature.
On 12 July 1707 fire broke
out badly damaging the structure. Fortress Burgruine Landsee was later reconstructed to its
original appearance. However during ownership of Count Nikolaus
Esterhazy another fire broke out on June 1790. The same year count
died in Vienna. His successor Prince Anton abandoned plans to
reconstruct medieval fortress and sold it out. Burgruine Landsee was
used as a stone quarry ever since. Today castle Burgruine Landsee is a
beautiful ruin set in picturesque Austrian forest.