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Magic moments from medieval times Often referred to as one of the most significant Austrian castle ruins and nestled high above the Danube river between the cities of Vienna and Linz, the Burgruine Aggstein ancient castle ruins bring history alive, while being the perfect backdrop for a medieval style feast. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: SCHLOSSGUT SCHÖNBÜHEL AGGSTEIN AG

The Burgruine Aggstein in the country’s Wachau region dates back to the years around 1200. The up to five metres thick ancient walls are full of history. Hidden

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stairways, an old chapel, the beautiful knight’s hall and an original tavern couldn’t be more authentic and do not fail to impress visitors of all age groups.

Attraction of the Month Austria

When approaching the Burgruine Aggstein one is greeted by the old coat of arms of Georg Scheck vom Wald above the main gate, stating the year 1419. One can feel the power of the impressive building, which has been fought over for centuries due to its superb strategic position. “Being located 360m high on a rock above the Danube river is a spectacular location offering an unparalleled view across the Danube valley, and still the ruins are easily accessible,”