A secluded land, landscape with hues of green, a hillock and a gigantic castle with 14 gates built on top of it. Does that sound something out of a fairytale or fantasy fiction? Well, that’s how the Hochosterwitz Castle looks like. The castle is complex in its architecture just like its pronunciation. Located at an altitude of 664 meters above sea level, this is one of the most beautiful castles of the medieval period in Austria. It is immensely popular with tourists and you can actually see the castle at a distance of approximately 30 kilometers on a sunny day. A walk through the 14 gates and over 620 meters will get you to the majestic castle that has been humbly witnessing the passage of time since 1576.
Location: Hochosterwitz 1, 9314 Launsdorf, Austria
Known for: Its architecture, location over a dolomite hillock, number of gates, and rich history
How to Reach: You can easily reach the castle by car, whose entry ticket is inclusive of the parking charges. If you are taking the train, you can get down at the Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz station and hike from there. A rail pass will help in a less expensive commute.
Approximate Cost: The entry fee is charged at approximately Rs. 1000 for adults and Rs. 600 for kids below 16 years. For seniors above 60, the price is approximately Rs. 800. If you decide to take the elevator to reach to the top, you can pay an additional of Rs. 683 per person.
Operating Hours: The castle is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days.
Any Precautions: It takes over 30 minutes on foot to reach to the top. Make sure you are fit enough for the hike. If not, take the elevator. Keep adequate water and a fully-charged camera – you will need it. Wear comfortable shoes.
Type: Historic Site