Schallaburg Castle – a thousand-year-old Gesamtkunstwerk

Schallaburg Castle is an imposing, cross-generational Gesamtkunstwerk, from its oldest surviving components built in the 11th century to its expansion into a Renaissance castle in the 16th century. Many generations of noble owners have left us with a rich cultural heritage. This includes not only the terracotta courtyard, which is probably unique in our part of the world, but also the medieval building structure, the Hohe Schule (“High School”) in Loosdorf, as well as the table tomb of Hans Wilhelm of Losenstein. In the second half of the 16th century, Losenstein set about the opulent expansion of Schallaburg Castle into a Renaissance castle and had a Renaissance garden laid out that has been described as exemplary.

Due to two world wars, the global economic crisis and the lack of business acumen of the last owners from the Tinti family, Schallaburg Castle and the property that went with it experienced a steady decline in the first half of the 20th century. With the State Treaty of 1955, Schallaburg Castle became the property of the Republic of Austria. In 1967 the castle was sold to the State of Lower Austria. The renovation work that began in June 1968 was completed in 1974. Due to the immense success of the first Renaissance exhibition in 1974, the castle was able to establish itself as a leading exhibition centre in Lower Austria.

 

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