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A great number of fortresses, castles and buildings of great historic importance await the visitor in the area surrounding the Wachau. Many castles such as Dürnstein or the ruin of Aggstein are situated directly on the Danube and can therefore be visited also in the course of a boat trip.

Dürnstein Castle, the main seat of the Kuenringer family, once stood regally on rocks high above the Danube.

The capture of Richard the Lionhearted in 1192 and his imprisonment in Dürnstein Castle, is the stuff of history.

Since the 17th century, the Dürnstein has fallen into ruin, yet it is still one of the Wachau's most popular attractions.

Located in the Wachau region, on the right bank of the Danube, are the well-preserved ruins of Aggstein Castle.

An outing to the castle ruins is quite an experience. You will be able to explore the picturesque ruins and enjoy the magical views from high above the Danube.

Artstetten Castle stands high above the Danube, at the gateway to Austria's Wachau region, not far from the town of Melk.

Flanked by an enchanting park, it provides a fairytale backdrop against which the eventful and fateful events of Austrian and European history have played out.

The visitor learns about the often narrow line between happiness and sorrow, between life and death, stepping into the multi-facetted world of a political thinker, reformer, collector and, above all, family patriarch, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Located about 5 km from Melk is the Schallaburg, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles north of the Alps.

The Schallaburg was constructed by the Sighardinger Family in the second half of the 11th century, and named after the stream of the same name. Only under the rule of Christoph von Losenstein did the splendid expansion and remodelling of the fortification into a true castle begin.

The Rosenburg, located in the Waldviertel and built in the 12th century, is amongst Austria's most beautiful Renaissance castles.

The castle was constructed in the 12th century in a strategically advantageous position. During the Middle Ages, the Waldviertel was still a part of the "Great North Forest", occupying an important location on the most significant transit artery given to us by nature herself - the Danube River.

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