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“Great for kids and adults”

Hochosterwitz Castle (Burg Hochosterwitz)
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Launsdorf
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Zagreb, Croatia
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for kids and adults”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Great medieval castle not far from Klagenfurt (you can combine it with the trip to Minimundus - you can make it in one day). The walk upwards is not exhausting. The museum is also worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Manama, Bahrain
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Better than fairy tales.”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

This medieval castle on top of a 160-meter dolomite rock can be seen 30km away. Suggest you take the elevator to the top, and enjoy stunning panoramic views. There is a restaurant at the top, a small museum and a gift shop. The walk down is not strenuous and offers a lot of scenery.

Visited August 2014
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Annenheim, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A trip back in history!”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I guess the most important advice is: you must take your time to "conquer" the 14 gates - one by one - of this incredible place. Each gate not only has its own name, but also its own story. Enjoy the view over central Carinthia from the differen "vista points" and let your mind go back some 500 hundred years in history.
Please also know upfront: you are not visiting a nice castle with extravagant living rooms and beautiful gardens but a military outpost which played an important role over the centuries for the Carinthian people.
"Der Weg ist das Ziel" - I have no better words to describe thie place

Visited July 2014
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Celje, Slovenia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unique castle”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

A really unique medieval castle with its 14 doors, built for protection, a lot of fun to go through all, some 600 metres to the top where you can visit a well preserved castle building and museum in it and, of course, enjoy the beautiful view. Get some guide information before visit, so you can fully understand this unusual structure. Nice for a trip to history...

Visited August 2014
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Riga via London and DC
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great late-medieval site - even for those scared of heights!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

The castle really dominates the surrounding area and approaching it from the south provides one with a great view of it sitting on top of a seemingly isolated promontory.
The castle is well maintained and the different gate-towers on the way up are a real treat for anyone into late medieval fortifications. If you are scared of heights, the walk up is still manageable, though certainly less enjoyable (just stick to your left, make sure you stare at your feet when walking over the couple of wooden bridges and avoid looking out of the right-hand overhanging windows - also, remember that there are floor holes at the bottom of the right-hand walls, so avoid looking directly down there!). The way down is a breeze (at least for me).

Visited August 2014
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