Federaun Castle (Burgruine Federaun)

Location: Villach, Carinthia  Map

onstructed: 13th century


Description of Federaun Castle

Federaun Castle is a medieval stronghold situated South- West of city of Villach, second largest city in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Federaun Castle or Burgruine ("castle ruins" in German) was erected in the 13th century and first mentioned in the documents in 1311. In the middle of the 13th century Rudolf of Ras took possession of the citadel. He used it as a base for his robbery attacks on trading caravans that travelled along local roads between Central Europe and Italy. In 1255 Rudolf along with his band was defeated by the private armies sent by Bishop Heinrich von Bamberg. Famous robber baron was probably spared and expelled from the region. Federaun Castle was abandoned around 17th century. Most of military fortifications were used by the local peasants as a stone quarry. Today only part of the medieval walls and towers remain standing. You can access Federaun Castle through a rocky and steep path from the East via Warmbad/ Graschelitzen.