Lengberg Castle

On a little hill near Nikolsdorf in East Tyrol, a Late-Gothic shaped castle from 1160 is located.

The beginnings of Lengberg Castle, located near the boarder to Carinthia, date back to 1190 when it was mentioned for the first time. It belonged, like Kienburg Castle in East Tyrol, to the property of the Swabian Counts of Lechsgemünde. The Romance building consisted of a two-storey Palas and a curtain wall. But the castle keep was missing, this could imply, that the castle was the administrative centre of the Counts.

In the 15th century, major Gothic renovations took place under the burgrave Virgil von Graben. One floor was added and the castle was completed by and east and west wing with the castle chapel dedicated to the Saints Sebastian and Nicholas. After the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century and under French administration, Lengberg Castle decayed visibly. Since 1821 it was privately owned and used for various purposes, among others as the summer resort for the Dutch queen Wilhelmina and temporarily as an accommodation for British occupation troops.

In 1956, the State of Tyrol acquired the building. By the help of many volunteers, the castle was renovated and the chapel has been replaced by a kitchen. Even then the “AufBauWerk” company used the castle and is still using it. This association prepares graduates of integrated classes for working life. In 2008 the general renovation started, where valuable finds from the period 14th to 18th century were made. Among them not only a flute and coins, but also - a real sensation - a bra which scientifically proven dates back to the 15th century! So it has been refuted, that it is an invention of the 19th century…

Where: near Nikolsdorf in East Tyrol, 13 km east of Lienz
Characteristics: beautiful castle above the Drautal valley with valuable findings
Further information: phone: +43 4858 8206, office.nikolsdorf@aufbauwerk.com

Opening hours:
the castle is used and inhabited by the “AufBauWerk der Jugend” company

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