Wolkenstein Castle Ruin in the Enns valley is a very old structure whith a rich history. From its keep you can enjoy a fantastic view. From the car park, families can reach the “cloud stone” castle after a 15-minute hike, either via the Ruinensteig or the wider forest road. The very first ramparts and a stone tower were built in 730 to ward off the invading Slavs. Historical sources mentioned the castle for the first time in the year 1099.
Over the following centuries multiple expansions turned the castle in to one of the largest strongholds in the area. Due to the continued expansion of the fortifications the castle remained unconquered. The ruin is now privately owned, but is restored and maintained by the locals with a lot of idealism and great effort. On the way to the castle ruin, you can stop by the donkey ranch. Here, children are allowed to feed and pet the donkeys and a small playground invites to play. The donkey ranch is open every day from May to September.
Note: Sturdy shoes are recommended for the hike to the Wolkenstein castle ruin. The path is not suitable for baby carriages.
More information about the castle (German).