Hohenwart Castle (Burgruine Hohenwart)

Location: Kosternberg, Carinthia  Map

Constructed: 12th century


Description of Hohenwart Castle or Burgruine Hohenwart

Hohenwart Castle or Burgruine Hohenwart is a medieval citadel near a town of Kosternberg in an Austrian province of Carinthia. 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 level. Hohenwart 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 in 1162.


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.