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Clam Castle (Burg Clam)
Clam Castle is a large medieval stronghold in
Upper Austria region of Austria. Clam Castle was constructed in the
middle of the 12th century. It overlooks a strategic valley of
Danube River that flows below. Clam Castle or Burg Clam is one of
the few citadels in the region that remained virtually unchanged
since its construction.
Origins of the Clam Castle are shrouded in mystery. It
was first mentioned in 1149 as a fortification that belonged to Otto
von Machland and his brother Walchun. His daughter Adelheid
inherited the Clam fortress as a dowry and passed to Velburger family.
Unfortunately castle's new owner, Ulrich von Clam Velburg didn't get
to enjoy his new fort. He died while on his military ventures of the
Over a course of several centuries Clam Castle passed
hands several times. In 1454 it was bought by the Count Hardegg and
later resold to Christopher Perger in 1524. Today Clam Castle is
still inhabited by its owners and it is open to the public. Due to
constant presence of people, Clam Castle was not looted, quarried or
destroyed by neighbors. It preserves most of its interior in its
original pristine condition. Clam Castle houses a small museum,
beautiful 15th century chapel and well preserved medieval towers and
walls that are in fairly good condition despite years of elements.