Kreuzenstein Castle (Austria)
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The Kreuzenstein Castle, locally known as Burg Kreuzenstein, is located north of the village of Leobendorf, east of the city of Stockerau in the province of Lower Austria in Austria.
Kreuzenstein castle was first mentioned as 'Grizanessstein' in a document of 1115. In 1620 it was rented to a Karl Graf Saint Hilaire. In the month of April 1645, during the war of 30 years, the castle was occupied by a Swedish army led by Field Marshal Thorstenson. They were driven out after a siege by the imperial troops in the same year. The castle was destroyed in the process.
Between 1874 an 1907 still accounts Nepomuk Wilczek built the present castle. They built on the site of the former castle Kreuzenstein, incorporating some old wall fragments. The new castle was built as a Romanesque-Gothic version of a perfect castle. So even if this castle might look medieval, but it certainly is not, but it's nice anyway.
In 1945 the castle was heavily damaged but was fully restored later. It now houses a museum and is the stage for eagle shows.
The castle is located on top of a small mountain that offers splendid views of the surrounding countryside. The castle was closed when I visited and it was very cold, so maybe come back another time.