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Hochosterwitz Castle (1994)

Burg Hochosterwitz

Hochosterwitz Castle (also known as Burg Hochosterwitz) is considered to be one of Austria’s most impressive medieval castles. It is situated on a 160 m (525 ft) Dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia. The castle can be seen from about 30 km (20 miles) away on a clear day.

The site was first mentioned in a 860 deed of King Louis the German, where it was called Astarwiza (its name being of Slovenian origin). In the 11th century the castle had been a fiefdom granted by the Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg to the Spanheim noble family in return for their support during the Investiture Controversy. The Counts of Spanheim, meanwhile Dukes of Carinthia, bestowed upon the family of Osterwitz the hereditary office of the cup-bearer in 1209. In the 15th century, the last cup-bearer of Osterwitz was captured in a Turkish invasion and died in prison without leaving descendants. Possession of the castle then reverted to Emperor Frederick III.

In his book Change the Austro-American psychologist Paul Watzlawick renders a popular tale of the siege of the castle by Margarete Maultasch (“Mouth Bag”), countess of Tyrol (1318-1369). According to legend, first noted by the medieval chronicler Jakob Unrest and later by Jacob Grimm, Margarete’s forces were deceived and withdrew when the garrison of the castle slaughtered its very last ox, filled it with corn and threw it over the wall, pretending it still has got plenty of food in stock. The scene is also described in the book Die hässliche Herzogin (The Ugly Duchess) by Lion Feuchtwanger.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • anance
    anancealmost 6 years ago

    Nice Picture man!!! as always!!

  • Thankyou so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful castle. Great capture

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 6 years ago

    Oh, what a fabulous capture, my friend!

  • thank you , this is really a good feeling for me

    – paolo1955

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Hi Kathy,Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Cathy Cale
    Cathy Calealmost 6 years ago

    WOW!!!! Fantastic shot. Looks like something from a fairytail. I love it and would love to see something like this in person. ({:o)

  • Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment :)

    – paolo1955

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 5 years ago

    Wow – what a view – fantastic!

  • Hi Svetlana,Thanks for your nice comment in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 5 years ago

    Wow, thanks for wonderful information

  • Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment :)

    – paolo1955

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 5 years ago

    Wish I were there. You have captured well and imposing site.


    – paolo1955

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 5 years ago

    this sounds like the same story of what happened when Charlemagne attacked the walled city at Carcassonne…only it was a pig I think

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • Lumase
    Lumaseover 5 years ago


  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

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