Raabs Castle

Raabs Castle, locally known as Burg Raabs, lies in the town of Raabs an der Thaya, in the province of Lower Austria in Austria.

Raabs Castle, first mentioned in 1074, was probably built between 1050 and 1074 by the Lords of Raabs.

In the early 12th century, Gottfried II, Lord of Raabs and Burgrave of Nuremberg, had let a relative of his, Luitpold of Znojmo, stay as a guest in his castle. Luitpold was an, apparently quarrelsome, Morovian duke of the House of Přemyslid. Luitpold then started to carry out nightly raids into Morovian territory from Raabs Castle. This led to a march of Boleslav IV, Duke of Bohemia, and his troops on Raabs. Boleslav tried to negotiate the extradition of Luitpold with Gottfried but in response Luitpold occupied the castle. This led to a 6-weeks-long siege by Boleslav at the request of Gottfried. Luitpold finally surrendered and Gottfried got his castle back.

In 1192 the House of Raabs died out and the castle went to the Counts of Hirschberg-Tallenstein through marriage. In the 2nd half of the 13th century the castle changed hands several times until 1297 when it was given as a fief to the House of Maissau. They held the castle until 1385 when it went to the House of Puchheim.

The Von Puchheims owned it until 1702 when Franz Anton von Puchheim sold it after he had become bishop of Wiener Neustadt. Again several other noble owners followed until it was acquired by Baron Hugo Klinger von Klingerstorff in 1912. The First World War brought economic downfall and the castle was auctioned off in 1932. In the last decades Raabs Castle was restored and is now owned by a publisher.

Raabs Castle has an elongated ground plan as it follows the outline of a rocky ridge above the river Thaya.

At present Raabs Castle can be visited with a guided tour for a fee. Sadly enough it was closed when I came by. Hopefully I will be able to return someday. It looks nice.


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Raabs Castle

Raabs Castle, locally known as Burg Raabs, lies in the town of Raabs an der Thaya, in the province of Lower Austria in Austria.

Raabs Castle, first mentioned in 1074, was probably built between 1050 and 1074 by the Lords of Raabs.

In the early 12th century, Gottfried II, Lord of Raabs and Burgrave of Nuremberg, had let a relative of his, Luitpold of Znojmo, stay as a guest in his castle. Luitpold was an, apparently quarrelsome, Morovian duke of the House of Přemyslid. Luitpold then started to carry out nightly raids into Morovian territory from Raabs Castle. This led to a march of Boleslav IV, Duke of Bohemia, and his troops on Raabs. Boleslav tried to negotiate the extradition of Luitpold with Gottfried but in response Luitpold occupied the castle. This led to a 6-weeks-long siege by Boleslav at the request of Gottfried. Luitpold finally surrendered and Gottfried got his castle back.

In 1192 the House of Raabs died out and the castle went to the Counts of Hirschberg-Tallenstein through marriage. In the 2nd half of the 13th century the castle changed hands several times until 1297 when it was given as a fief to the House of Maissau. They held the castle until 1385 when it went to the House of Puchheim.

The Von Puchheims owned it until 1702 when Franz Anton von Puchheim sold it after he had become bishop of Wiener Neustadt. Again several other noble owners followed until it was acquired by Baron Hugo Klinger von Klingerstorff in 1912. The First World War brought economic downfall and the castle was auctioned off in 1932. In the last decades Raabs Castle was restored and is now owned by a publisher.

Raabs Castle has an elongated ground plan as it follows the outline of a rocky ridge above the river Thaya.

At present Raabs Castle can be visited with a guided tour for a fee. Sadly enough it was closed when I came by. Hopefully I will be able to return someday. It looks nice.


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