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“The best castle Ive been to!”

Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)
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Detroit, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
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“The best castle Ive been to!”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Me and my wife have made a couple trips to Europe and have seen a few castles, not a whole lot but enough to where I can decide that this one is my favorite.
First off its a little ways off the main road, so your driving through the mountains and hills of the back country looking for this place. Then out of nowhere it appears in the distant, a massive structure just sitting on top of this mountain in the middle of flat plains.
We arrived and the lift to the top was out of order which did not bother me because making the trek to the top through all the gates is part of the experience. The gates and path to the top is an awesome thing as it winds around the mountain each gate a part of history as an almost impenetrable barrier. I believe it was said that an enemy force only ever breached to the 7th gate and I believe there was 13.
Once you get to the top you can walk around the outside walls where one courtyard is. This is one of my favorite parts. It offers great views of the surroundings and is also partly enclosed by the massive castle walls. It overlooks the castles church and has a garden. Its a great for relaxing and pictures.
There is a museum inside with many things from the castle such as weapons and armor. There is one suit of armor that Im still not sure if it was real or not but it was on a giant mannequin and would not fit an ordinary human. I dont know if they found it there and it belonged to some huge man or what.
Overall I love this castle and I think it really should be visited should you be traveling through.

Visited June 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“fairy-tale castle up a hill”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

I am not a hiker, but this is one Dolomite hill worth walking up, passing through its 14 fortified gates. If you like history and REAL medieval castles, or even if you do not, this well-maintained, not overly touristy place is definitely worth a detour. Local folklore claims that the castle was never conquered despite numoerous attempts through the centuries (the castle was first mentioned in written records dating from 860) and that none of the attackers managed to pass beyond its fourth gate.
Hochosterwitz is, however, not easily reached with public transportation.

Visited September 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“beautiful castle”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

First we saw this place at night from autobahn, it was lighted in a beautiful way and seemed fairy.
We visited it next day and it looked amazing on that rock. As usually in childfriendly Austria even there we could easily walk with children wagon, we used special elevator to go up, it was rather extreme:). Down we walked on foot looking at different interesting corners of the castle, park we liked most of all.

Visited September 2013
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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“nice walkt up in nice weather”
Reviewed 18 August 2013

this was nice trip during our stay, I recommend to take some water, it takes about 60 minutes slow walk up to the top. On the top you can find restaurand, gift shop and guided tour.

Visited July 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Splendid view”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Quite a tiresome walk up the hill (for extra charge an elevator is available) though the view from the top is really worth it. There is a museum inside, where you can learn the history of the castle, see quite a lot of armor but nothing special. Up the hill you can as well have dinner. The meals are of decent taste and huge size.

Visited June 2013
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