Castle Rosenburg

Information about the castle, events and other offers

The Renaissance castle of Rosenburg with its medieval core, splendid Renaissance arcades, numerous towers and impressive courtyard is considered to be the perfect example of a fortification having gradually evolved over the course of the centuries. The castle is picturesquely situated on a rock high above the River Kamp and is amongst the most visited attractions in Lower Austria.

History

The first castle on the site was erected in the 12th century, the first written record dates back to 1175. In the base of the current castle, the second inner court, some of the foundations are still preserved from this period. During the 15th century it was significant extended under the rule of Count Caspar von Rogendorf and was stylistically adapted to Gothic style. Dating back to this period is the still preserved chapel and some of the outer walls. After several changes of ownership landlord Sebastian Grabner got hold of the castle. By his order most of the Gothic parts were demolished between 1593 and 1597 and were rebuilt in Renaissance style. The ensemble as you can visit today mainly dates back from this period. In 1614 another important part was added, a tournament grounds fenced with 46 arcades. This tournament grounds is the largest of its kind in Europe.

While Grabner was a protestant, the Counter Reformation caused another change in landlords. 1611 Cardinal von Dietrichstein, a catholic leader, was in charge of castle Rosenburg. This did not please the local Protestants that had formed the “Horner Bund” (“Horner Union”, related to the town of Horn nearby). This lead to another change of ownership, the protestant Nobles took over the castle in 1620.

1681 is a landmark date within the history of castle Rosenburg. Again a change of landlords had maneuvered it into the possession of the House of Sprinzenstein. In that year, Count Leopold Graf Hoyos married Countess Regina von Sprinzenstein, the two dynasties merged and were onwards called “von Hoyos-Sprinzenstein”. Since that year the castle remained under the ownership of the Hoyos family until today.

In 1800 a disastrous fire destroyed parts of the castle and it was barely used after this stroke for some 60 years. Count Ernst Carl von Hoyos-Sprinzenstein rebuilt it in 1860 with passion and under great personal sacrifice. Since then the castle was constantly maintained and renovated.

Exhibition

Within the ancient master rooms of the castle a superb collection of unique furniture and paintings can be seen. The large exhibition rooms host one of the largest private collections of arms and armour arranged in three categories: Medieval arms and armours, military weapons and hunting weapons. The “Hoyos Room” gives an overview of the lively history of the Hoyos family, the “Ernst Hoyos Room” is dedicated to a most remarkable member of the family, a passionate hunter and globetrotter, and documents some of his most challenging and thrilling expeditions. A falconry museum shows the history and development of modern falconry, another unique attraction at castle Rosenburg.

Traditional Falconry

Part of the daily life in the Renaissance was hunting, especially with falcons. Following this ancient tradition the falconers show different kinds of birds of prey in a daily performance including free flights of the birds. Every first weekend and on bank holidays special shows including falcons, horses, hunting dogs and live medieval music are performed. Visitors interested to learn more about birds of prey can book a Falcon Day and join the falconers a whole day long and observe the fascinating birds as close as possible.

Gardens

Today castle Rosenburg is most famous for its gardens. Starting in the tournament grounds a 100 m long wall of roses and old bushes of wild roses will delight not only botanic lovers. The old romantic rose garden shows the gardening tradition of Continental Europe joining roses with other plants and grasses within a Renaissance inspired garden architecture.

The water-lily pond is the centre of the herbal garden. Different herbs and spices are nursed here finding their way into the kitchen of the nearby Tavern. Strong focus is put on regional plants with tradition and heritage.

Since 2012 the new David Austin show garden gives an overview of almost 120 different kinds of roses bread by grower-legend David Austin. Austin roses are unique for their romantic look and their beautiful scent. Extraordinary and most remarkable are the different species of Rumbler roses growing up to a height of 10 meters and blooming in cascades of blossoms.

A place for meetings and celebrations

The old library, the marble hall, the old meeting room with the joining loggia, the arch hall and the old kitchen are unique locations for meetings or celebrations of all kinds from 2 up to 300 persons. Also the gardens and the areas within the castle ensemble can be rented for festivities. For further details please contact schloss@rosenburg.at.

Weddings at Castle Rosenburg

The different gardens and locations at the castle are most popular for couples to get married in a gorgeous setting. The marriage ceremony might take place in the rose garden and the dinner in the marble hall or rather a welcome reception in the inner court? There are numerous choices. A full service wedding planning can be provided.

Visitor centre

In the middle of the castle a visitor centre with a cosy tavern and a shop was installed. The tavern offers regional food and wine specialities, coffee and home-made cakes. The shop is specialized in products made of roses and also holds different David Austin roses planted in pots available. A real spectacular are the knight dinners offered in autumn and during special events.

Public Events

The Medieval Festival in spring and the Knight Tournament in fall are only two of the many popular events taking place at castle Rosenburg. See detailed dates and events at our → events page in german language.