Description of Hohenwart Castle or Burgruine Hohenwart
Hohenwart Castle is a ruined medieval fortress
located near Kosternberg in Carinthia province of Austria. It stands
on top of strategic hill at an altitude of 802 meters above sea
Castle is known locally as a Black Castle. It was constructed in the
12th century by the orders of Duke Henry V of Carinthia. Henry's
brother Duke Hermann sold Hohenwart Castle to Bishop of Gurk Roman I
Hohenwart Castle was besieged
and later taken by the soldiers of Habsburg Emperor
Frederick III in the 15th century. It is not clear whether the
cittadel was demolished at the time of conquest or whether it fell
in disrepair after he attack.
Today little remains form the
original structure of Hohenwart Castle. Hohenwart Castle consisted of three courtyards.
The outer courtyard at the North- East side of the citadel is best
preserved section of military fortifications. Other notable parts of
Hohenwart Castle include ruins of the main tower or donjon and
medieval chapel that was constructed in the 12th century.