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Castles and monasteries

Freely accessible castles and monasteries in the Danube region.

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The Danube region in Upper Austria has many castles and monasteries. Guests can either visit them by themselves or they participate in a guided tour. Sometimes those facilities also include a museum or an exhibition in order to offer visitors in-depth information about the history. The following castles and monasteries are listed according to the course of the Danube.

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Castles and monasteries


Engelszell Trappist Convent

Rich in history, Engelszell Convent is Austria´s only Trappist Monastery and was founded in the year 1293. The Collegiate Church has a steeple that rises 76 meters tall and is the most superb example of rococo architecture in Austria. The Church was...

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Schloss Altenhof
Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis

Castle of Altenhof

 The castle of Altenhof was first mentioned documental in 1200 and since 1602, it is in the possession of the count's family Salburg-Falkenstein.The castle with church, which is 600 m above the Rannatal and 3 km north of the Danube, is located on a...

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Schloss Neuhaus
Sankt Martin im Mühlkreis

Neuhaus Castle

 The mighty Neuhaus Castle high above the Danube was built in the 12th century and used as a hunting seat by the bishops of Passau; in the 14th century the house of Schaunberg transformed it into a fortress. In 1918 the family Plappart became the...

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Schloss Starhemberg Castle

EFERDING CASTLE: This Castle is home to Starhemberg’s Princely Family Museum and to the Municipal Museum of Eferding, and is dubbed a "showcase of world history".

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Wilhering: Stift Wilhering - Kirche mit Orgel

Wilhering Cistercian Abbey and Church

The 850 year old Cistercian Abbey ranks among Wilhering's most important characteristics. In 1146 the Cistercian Abbey was founded by Ulrich von Cholo, a foundation that influenced both the cultural and spiritual life of the entire region. The Abbey...

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Linz Castle

Linzer Schloss towers high above Linz.  A deed of gift dating from 799, during the reign of Charlemagne, contains the fi rst mention of the “Castle in Linze” and the church of St. Martin. Today, the visitor can see the walls of this castle, together...

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Architektrur Hof

Ebelsberg Castle

The Ebelsberg Castle devoted a exhibition to the military past of Austria. The battle of Ebelsberg in 1809 under Napoleon is depicted in three dioramas. The Military History Collection in the Ebelsberg Castle provides a survey of the development of...

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Sankt Florian

St. Florian Monastery of the Augustinian Canons Regular

St. Florian, the oldest Monastery of the Augustinian Canons Regular in Austria, is an outstanding Baroque jewel and landmark for the entire Central Upper Austrian Region. The Monastery was constructed over the grave of Christian martyr Saint Florian....

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Schloss Greinburg, Grein/Donau

Castle Greinburg

Greinburg Castle – Guided ToursGuardian High Above the Mighty DanubeGreinburg Castle & Upper Austria’s Museum of Shipping History Greinburg Castle occupies a dramatic position high above the Valley, jutting out over the Danube and the small town of...

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Blick auf Waldhausen
Waldhausen im Strudengau

Stift Waldhausen

This is a former Augustiner Chorherren monastery with a church. It is located in Schloßberg.The beautiful church is from the early baroque. The foundation of the Augustinian Canons based on the foundation charter of 16 May 1147, where the Count Otto...

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