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Dietrichstein Castle (Burgruine Dietrichstein)

Dietrichstein Castle (Burgruine Dietrichstein)

Dietrichstein Castle is a medieval citadel situated near a town of Feldkirchen in Kärnten in Carinthia state in Austria. Its name is actually given to ruins of the castle as well as later palace that stands nearby.




Location: Feldkirchen in Kärnten, Carinthia  Map

Constructed: 12th century






Description of Dietrichstein Castle

Dietrichstein Castle was erected in the early 12th century although local traditions claim that it was erected in the 9th century by Dietrich von Zeltschach. First written record date back to the 1103 so it is considered to be an official date of castle foundation. The purpose of Dietrichstein Castle was to safe guard major traffic artery between Vienna and Venice that is known as Venedigerstraße. It served an official seat of the Dietrichstein family who rose to the status of imperial princes. It was badly damaged in 1483 by invading Turkish forces.


The coat of arms of Dietrichstein Castle portray the winemaker, as a reference to a local winemaking culture that were commonly spread in the Middle Ages. Around 1335 Dietrichstein Castle was captured and destroyed by the armies of Margarethe Maultasch, but before 1370 it was quickly rebuilt. In 1483 Dietrichstein Castle was besieged again by the armies of king Matthias Corvinus. Its defenders under leadership of Pankraz of Dietrichstein were forced to surrender its garrison after 6 months. Contrary to his promises maded during the surrender, Hungarian king completely destroyed Dietrichstein Castle.


Today Dietrichstein Castle lies in ruins, but even despite its state it is still large and imposing. Its trenches, walls and cistern give an impression of what it appeared in the past.








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