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Ehrenberg, a Ruined Castle in Austria

Ehrenberg, a Ruined Castle in Austria

A hike up to the stark and brooding ruins of Ehrenberg Castle provides a striking contrast to Ludwig’s fantasy castles. We start here in the Middle Ages with Ehrenberg, we have a Gothic element in the valley, we have a Baroque castle, and we have a brand-new fortification system of the 18th century. We’re visiting two castles of the ensemble — the 13th-century Ehrenberg and, higher on the right, the 17th-century Schlosskopf. A steep hike takes us up to the bigger and more modern Schlosskopf Castle, which Armin and his crew have just recently started uncovering. This became clear in the early 1700s when, by cover of darkness, local Tyroleans wheeled two canon up here and pulverized Ehrenberg Castle, which was occupied by their enemies, the Bavarians.