What was the Swedish army doing there?

6 months 3 days ago - 6 months 3 days 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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6 months 2 days ago #651895 by Kira Minori
So grand! Nice scenery here! 


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6 months 2 days ago #651932 by Nikon Shooter
Cheers Kira!

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5 months 4 weeks ago #652423 by Daryl Flores
The ones we see in the movies.. 


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5 months 3 weeks ago #652555 by Suni Park
Wow! Impressive history in the place!


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5 months 3 weeks ago #652629 by Nikon Shooter
Cheers both!

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5 months 3 weeks 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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5 months 3 weeks ago #652821 by Jack Mason
I agree! This is beautiful! I like ruins. It is always very interesting! 


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5 months 3 weeks ago - 5 months 3 weeks ago #652824 by Nikon Shooter
Thank you, Jack.

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

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