Waldreichs Castle

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Waldreichs Castle
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Creation time : 1530-1534
Conservation status: renovated
Place: Pölla, AustriaAustriaAustria 
Geographical location 48 ° 35 '59.2 "  N , 15 ° 21' 46.5"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 35 '59.2 "  N , 15 ° 21' 46.5"  E
Height: 514  m above sea level A.
Waldreichs Castle (Lower Austria)
Waldreichs Castle
Waldreichs Castle

The Waldreichs castle in the Lower Austrian municipality Pölla - an irregular four-winged building with pre- Vorwerk and gate construction - is located in an open field between the Ottenstein reservoir and the military training area Allentsteig , east of the castle Ottenstein . The facility is a listed building .


View of the driveway and battlements
Commemorative plaque for recent history

Waldreichs Castle was first mentioned in a document in 1258. Around 1400 Kaspar and Bernhard von Waldreichs are named as fief carriers . After the destruction by a corporative execution army 1446-1448 it was in 1450 under Hans Harrasser as a fortress rebuilt. The current ruins in the east wing, the chapel and the east tower date from this time . In 1460 it was enfeoffed to Vinzenz Stodoligk. From 1519 to 1536 it was united with the rule of Ottenstein. From 1530–1534 it was converted into a moated castle under Eustach Stodoligk. From 1533 it was a free property. In 1536 the facility went to the barons of Altena, who expanded it with a kennel and a farm . After the conquest and sacking by imperial troops, the complex was rebuilt and then changed hands frequently. When it went to Heinrich von Pereira-Arnstein in 1815, it was united with the rule of Wetzla.

In 1945 the castle was handed over to public administration and fell into disrepair. It has been renovated by its current owner, the Windhag Scholarship Foundation for Lower Austria , since 1983 . Today it is the seat of the Ottenstein Forestry Office , which is part of the Foundation, and also houses the Lower Austria falconry and birds of prey center with its owl park . During the restoration, the moat was partially filled in and the former Meierhof was removed.


The castle, the upper floor of which was mainly rebuilt during the restoration, is arranged around a rectangular courtyard and has three to four-story round towers with conical roofs and a donjon-like east tower with a tent roof and rectangular windows with granite frames at the outer corners . The towers are partially with loopholes equipped. The northwest passage to the kennel has a flat barrel vault over belt arches; In the middle of the north-east wing there is a round arched passage with a stepped gable that was erected during the restoration. In the east corner of the courtyard there is a ruinous two-storey component and on the south-east side there is a broad central projection with walled-in, late-Gothic , profiled gate walls.

In the south-east there is a driveway with a round arched gate and a walled-in man gate, and above it a battlement wall . A round tower rises south of it. Connected to it by a wall is the two-storey forecourt, which was built in 1563 with an irregular, bent floor plan with a semicircular central projection and a single-storey wing projecting to the south-east - a remnant of the former Meierhof - and covered by saddle and hip roofs. The passage to the Zwinger is covered by a star vault. On the ground floor there is a square one-pillar room with square vaults over belt arches on a beveled four-sided pillar and a forge with square vaults over belt arches and a brick oven. On the upper floor there is a rectangular room with rococo landscape paintings from the end of the 18th century, a bakery with a brick oven, several rooms with groin and square vaults over belt arches and, in some cases, baroque door frames.

On the ground floor of the south-west and north-west wing there are narrow corridors with barrel vaults and a round room with groined vaults on the west tower floor. The round room on the upper floor of the north tower has a flat-domed vault and curved lintels .

In front of the gate there is a sandstone statue of St. John Nepomuk on a convex curved limestone plinth , marked 1717.

Castle chapel

The palace chapel in the southeast wing was built around 1450 and rebuilt in 1669. The three-axis nave with a three-sided choir has tall rectangular windows on the south wall and a surrounding stucco cornice . Remnants of a brick baroque column altar from 1721 and its stucco decoration have been preserved.


Web links

Commons : Schloss Waldreichs  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Waldreichs Castle. Hist. Falknereibetriebe GmbH, September 2, 2016, accessed on September 2, 2016 (German).