Aichelberg castle ruins (Wernberg)

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Aichelberg Castle
Aichelberg ruins in 2007

Aichelberg ruins in 2007

Alternative name (s): Eichelberg Castle
Creation time : around 1200
Castle type : Rock castle
Conservation status: ruin
Place: Wernberg
Geographical location 46 ° 38 '40 "  N , 13 ° 57' 35"  E Coordinates: 46 ° 38 '40 "  N , 13 ° 57' 35"  E
Aichelberg castle ruins (Carinthia)
Aichelberg castle ruins

The Aichelberg castle ruins (also Eichelberg ) are located in the Ossiacher Tauern north-east of the municipality of Wernberg in the Austrian state of Carinthia .


The well-preserved complex, which in its present form mainly dates from the 16th century, is located near Roman trade routes. Originally it was a late Romanesque fortification . In the war between Emperor Friedrich III. against the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus , the castle was destroyed in 1484 and rebuilt in its current form at the end of the 15th century. A depiction at Valvasor shows that the castle was already in decline around 1688.

The family of the Eychelburg is documented since 1224. In 1431, their castle became the property of the Khevenhüller family , who expanded and rebuilt it. However, in 1629 it was sold to Hans Siegmund Graf von Wagensberg by the Protestant Khevenhüller who emigrated. In the course of time the property passed to the Orsini-Rosenberg family .


The four-story residential building with large windows and the three-story gate wing with a protruding round tower are still well preserved from the extensive complex . The keep was demolished in the 16th century. A fenced forecourt is in front of the complex in the south. The castle has been closed to renovation work since 2016; it is financed by the owner family, the municipality of Wernberg, the state of Carinthia and the EU. From summer 2020, the facility will be open to the public again and used for events.

See also


  • Franz Xaver Kohla, Gustav Adolf von Metnitz, Gotbert Moro: Carinthian Castle Studies Part One - Carinthia's castles, mansions and fortified sites . History Association for Carinthia, Klagenfurt 1973.
  • Hermann Wiessner, Margareta Vyoral-Tschapka: Castles and palaces in Carinthia - Hermagor, Spittal / Drau, Villach . 2nd expanded edition. Birken-Verlag, Vienna 1986.

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