What was the Swedish army doing there?

1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #651827 by Nikon Shooter

The ruins of Falkenstein Castle is in the Weinviertel region of Lower
Austria, about 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Vienna near the border
to Czech Rep.

The castle was used as a "Reichsfeste", for the protection of the HRE 
Reich with an overview over nearly all of Moravia. It was founded a-
round 1050 by Emperor Henry III. In 1106 Leopold III, Margrave of Aus-
tria purchased the castle, from then on it was owned by the rulers of
Austria. In 1572, Maximilian II sold Falkenstein to the Baron (later Count)
of Trautson.

In 1645, in the last period of the Thirty Years' War Falkenstein was con-
quered by Swedish forces
, but not destroyed. Its decay began at the end
of the 17th century, when the castle was dismantled by the owners them-
selves in order to re-use the material. 

During the summer season, the inner ward is turned into an impressive
site for medieval feasts and theatre plays.



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1 month 1 week ago #651895 by Kira Minori
So grand! Nice scenery here! 


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1 month 1 week ago #651932 by Nikon Shooter
Cheers Kira!

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1 month 3 days ago #652423 by Daryl Flores
The ones we see in the movies.. 


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1 month 2 days ago #652555 by Suni Park
Wow! Impressive history in the place!


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1 month 1 day ago #652629 by Nikon Shooter
Cheers both!

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1 month 1 day ago #652673 by Adam Wilson
Photos with very rich history really fascinate me. They should have made it a cultural heritage site.


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1 month 2 hours ago #652821 by Jack Mason
I agree! This is beautiful! I like ruins. It is always very interesting! 


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1 month 2 hours ago - 1 month 2 hours ago #652824 by Nikon Shooter
Thank you, Jack.

Ruins and cemeteries have the same historical fascination
for me too.

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