Prandegg Castle Ruin is the second largest castle in Upper Austria and offers a fantastic panoramic view of the Mühlviertel. With a length of 150 meters it dominates a forest covered ridge in the Waldaisttal. Worth seeing are the mountable 23 m high round tower, the Ritterbad, the medieval kitchen and the dungeon. A newly created circular route with wooden stairs and a bridge leads through and around the castle. A small observation deck provides a nice view of the Aisttal and invites you to linger. It is especially beautiful at sunset. Make sure to check out the castle museum in the so-called “Zehentstöckl” where you can learn about the castle’s history and life in the Middle Ages.
The Castle’s History
Prandegg Castle Ruin was the local base of cultivation and clearing in the 12th century. The castle changed hands several times. It belonged to the mighty Jörgern family from 1534 to 1631 and was described in old sales documents as “strong and well-advised”. The rooms were called “summery, airy and light”. In the late 17th century the castle was left uninhabited. In the following years the castle decayed quickly. Already in 1786 sources described it as a ruin.
Since 1996, volunteers under the direction of the Federal Monuments Office began to prevent the further decline of the majestic castle. In order to maintain the castle and make the area even more attractive to visitors, volunteers invest three weeks of work every year for maintenance and care. Prandegg Castle Ruin is freely accessible at all times. A very special experience is a night trip to the castle. It’s a little bit creepy but also exciting. You should bring a flashlight, though.
Visit the Prandegg Castle Ruin’s Tavern
A popular destination is the castle tavern in the former Meierei directly below the castle. The Leitner family and their team have created a very hospitable place that sees many visitors every year. On the weekends the tavern bakes fresh country bread. Another romantic tip: In consultation with the castle tavern you can make a campfire right in front of the towering backdrop of the castle. Especially in summer this makes for a romantic and lasting memory.
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