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5 of the best-preserved castles in Austria

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We have visited numerous castles in Austria that let’s visitors inside. Here are 5 of the best-preserved castles open to the public, which gives you a small insight into what life was like in a castle in the Middle Ages.

Austria has many impressive castles that are open to the public. We love visiting castles that have retained at least some originality and that have period furniture and decorations. The best-preserved castles can offer a small insight into what life was like at the castle throughout history. Many of the excursions are very well done and are brought to life by skilled guides. Many castles have been lived in for hundreds of years and have changed.

Nonetheless, some parts are usually left over from the original building and interior if the castle wasn’t damaged in war or fires. Many castles have also been painstakingly restored to their former glory and have kept their rich history intact. In addition to the architecture, you can see priceless original furniture, frescoes and art. Check out at least one of these five castles when you visit Austria.

1. Tratzberg Castle

The privately owned castle you see today originates from 1553 as the original fortress was destroyed by fire in the 1490s. Step inside the palace and enter the Renaissance. We enjoyed a very informative tour of one of the best-preserved castles in Tirol, near the state capital, Innsbruck.

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Written by Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.