Schallaburg

A historical site comes alive

Schallaburg (c) Robert Herbst.jpeg

(c) Robert Herbst

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(c) Thomas Schnabel


Fortified Middle Age castle

The history of Schallaburg Castle began around 1000 years ago: Sieghard X, Count of Schala, had a residential castle with mighty curtain walls built for protection against the surrounding villages. The fortified building survived almost unchanged for a millennium. The fortifications still rise up in front of the more recent Renaissance castle. Come and stroll with us through the history of Schallaburg Castle!


Magnificent Renaissance castle

Schallaburg Castle had its heyday almost 500 years ago, when, inspired by Italian designs, Hans Wilhelm von Losenstein converted it into the most splendid Renaissance castle north of the Alps. An enlightening spirit wafted within its walls: the seat of the Losensteins was the centre of the new Protestant faith and the location of a school that paved the way for a completely new understanding of education.

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(c) Daniela Matejschek

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(c) Nafez Rerhuf

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(c) Manfred Horvath

Terrakotten Detail (c) Nafez Rerhuf.jpeg

(c) Nafez Rerhuf

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(c) Rupert Pessl


Gorgeous garden

The historical garden proves that they knew how to celebrate at Schallaburg Castle: it houses what is probably the last Renaissance shooting range in Europe, as well as the foundation walls of a court where a forerunner of tennis used to be played. Even back in the day, the garden was considered extraordinary: a recently discovered document mentions beautifully shaped flower beds, rare plants, clay figures and water games. You’ll be enthralled by the charm of Schallaburg Castle’s Renaissance garden!

 


Terracotta courtyard with Mediterranean flair

The castle’s courtyard with a two-storey arcade exudes Italian flair. 1,600 terracotta figures reflect how important classical education was for the builder: there are mythical creatures, cheeky grimaces, gods, and stately coats of arms. Greek and Roman myths are recounted, but so are local legends – such as the one about the dog lady who is said to haunt Schallaburg Castle to this day.

Enjoy the Southern flair of the arcade courtyard with culinary delicacies, ice cream specialties or a nice cup of coffee at Schallaburg das Restaurant.

 

Terrakottenhof (c) Rupert Pessl.jpeg

(c) Rupert Pessl

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(c) Klaus Pichler


International exhibition centre

Since its renovation 50 years ago, Schallaburg Castle has established itself as one of the largest exhibition centres in Austria and has made a name for itself internationally. It is located in the heart of Europe not only in the geographical sense: a spirited programme with topics ranging from the “70s”, “Byzantium” and “the Danube” addresses the whole family and creates a space for encounters and dialogue.

Explore the exhibition

 

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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(c) Alexander Kaufmann

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(c) Rupert Pessl


Monument conservation

Maintaining and renovating Schallaburg Castle is a challenge. But how to preserve the castle as a historic monument? The aim is a sustainable renovation that takes into account the building structure and historical architecture at the time it was built. Traditional craftsmanship and time-proven materials such as lime and oil paints are used again.

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