Freundsberg Castle

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Freundsberg Castle
Freundsberg Castle

Freundsberg Castle

Creation time : 1150
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: Receive
Place: black
Geographical location 47 ° 20 '36 "  N , 11 ° 43' 3"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 20 '36 "  N , 11 ° 43' 3"  E
Height: 704  m above sea level A.

The castle Freundsberg is a castle on the southern outskirts of Schwaz in Tyrol . The hilltop castle is located on a steep, widely visible hill, about 170 m above the valley floor of the Inn Valley .

Freundsberg Castle from a bird's eye view (2017)

The castle was founded in 1150 by the lords of Freundsberg . Initially, the complex consisted of a five-storey residential tower (28 m), which has been preserved to this day and in which parts of the original fresco paintings can still be seen. The first chapel , dedicated to the Holy Cross and St. Mary , was consecrated on November 23, 1176 by the papal legate Archbishop Conrad I of Mainz . In 1467 the castle was sold to Archduke Sigismund the Rich in Coin , who rebuilt it in the following years and gave it the name Sigmundsruh for a time , after another source Siegmundsfried .

From 1634 to 1637 a palace church was built in the style of the late Renaissance . After further changing owners, the facility has been in the possession of the city of Schwaz since 1812, which began restoration in 1966.

The first museum in the city of Schwaz was opened in 1930 on Innsbrucker Straße. The castle keep has served as a museum since 1948 , documenting the development of the city of Schwaz and the silver mining that was carried out in its vicinity.

Freundsberg Castle on a postcard from 1904

Web links

Commons : Burg Freundsberg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Entry about Burg Freundsberg on Burgen-Austria (further entry with expanded content)

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Bitschnau , Hannes Obermair : Tiroler Urkundenbuch, II. Department: The documents on the history of the Inn, Eisack and Pustertal valleys. Vol. 2: 1140-1200 . Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck 2012, ISBN 978-3-7030-0485-8 , p. 247-248, No. 715 .