Deutschlandsberg Castle is a castle in Styria, Austria, which can be seen from far away because it is built on a rocky elevation. Due to its height, you have a panoramic view of Deutschlandsberg and its green atmosphere.
The Holy Roman Emperor Otto I donated today’s Deutschlandsberg region to the Archbishop of Salzburg in the 10th century. In the 12th century a stone tower was built here. Then a great fire broke out and in the 14th century the tower was repaired and a fortress was built around it. In the 16th century, the Ottoman army attacked this castle as well as many other parts of Austria, causing great damage. Today, some parts of the castle are used as a museum, while others are used as hotels and restaurants.
When you climb up to the castle, you will see that this place has a rugged landscape. These lands have a history of 6500 years. Clay pots, jewelry and ancient weapons have been found in the region. Iron Age tombs and Roman ruins in the Sulm Valley reveal the active life in this region. The finds found in the region are exhibited chronologically in a museum inside the castle. You can see both archaeological artifacts and items used by the emperors.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Deutschlandsberg Castle?
The entrance fee is 9€ for adults. It is open every day of the week except Monday between 10:00 – 18:00.
Where is Deutschlandsberg Castle and how to get there?
Deutschlandsberg Castle is located in the Austrian state of Styria. While traveling in Austria, we wanted to stop by because it was on the way from Klagenfurt to Graz. Even though the castle was closed until we reached the castle, as you can see from the photos, the outside of the castle can be watched very well. If you are going to the castle by private car, there is a huge parking lot in front of the entrance gate of the castle.
You can get here by train from Graz Hbf or by bus from Graz Griesplatz, but the train takes 1 hour and the bus takes about 2 hours. When you get off at Deutschlandsberg, you can reach the castle after a half-hour walk.
In the parking lot of the castle, there is a path leading to the forest behind. We followed this trail for a while, but it was getting dark so we didn’t get very far. With small waterfalls, wooden bridges and a trekking trail, it is a good choice on a hot Austrian day. It is possible to dip your feet and even your body in the cold water, but if you wear good walking shoes you will be wary of the slippery stones. You can also enter this hiking route from the opposite direction. Klause Deutschlandsberger is located by the river, before the castle. You can leave your car in the parking lots nearby.