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Falkenstein castle near Obervellach, Austria
Falkenstein towers over the Möll valley near Obervellach as a picturesque "fairy-tale castle". Slightly higher up, Oberfalkenstein castle is now a ruin.

Formerly a fortified outpost, Oberfalkenstein castle was first mentioned in the documents in 1307, as "daz nidre Valchenstayn". Subsequently the complex was given in grant as a separate fief, making it a stand-alone property.

After changing hands on numerous occasions, in 1693 Falkenstein castle came into the possession of Freiherr Wenzel von Sternbach, and his family retained ownership of it until 1883. The lordship of Falkenstein was finally dissolved as late as 1848. In 1905 Hofrat Ferdinand Kaltenegger von Riehorst acquired Falkenstein castle and it was he who gave it its present appearance. He had the tower - which had already been a ruin by the 17th century - renovated in the style of the 16th century. His plan was to give Emperor Franz Josef I a spectacular surprise on the occasion of the opening of the Tauern Railway on 5th July 1909.

In 1968 part of the castle was destroyed by fire. However, the mighty tower of Unterfalkenstein was restored to its previous condition in the Romanesque style.
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ladywil2

I am glad you liked them, Naoma

0829

I like the castle series Thank you for the information also. . . Naoma

ladywil2

Thanks Mrgoodboy, Jo, snowbunny and Floyd. I am glad you like the castles

Gladstone

They are educational and interesting.
Thanks Willy.

There's something about castles that I just love! Thanks for posting and the information! :))

jacki2

this is a wonderful castle. not too big, beautifully sited with a grand view. thanks willy.

Love your castles

ladywil2

Thank you Robertson. I am glad you like it. More to come in a few weeks.

Thank you for your series on Castles. They are my favorite puzzles.

ladywil2

Thanks for your visit, Lunie

Dilubreuer

A very fine structure, thanks willy!

ladywil2

Thanks Jo. I am happy to hear you liked the series.

Queenbee2b

What a gorgeous view of the valley!! Such a shame to leave it to deteriorate!! It looks like the far roof on the right has a huge hole in it!! Thanks for the series, I look forward to another castle one!!
Looking forward to next weeks too!! :)

ladywil2

Suzy...that is probably from where they could shoot (arrows?) on the enemy. Thanks for your visit.

pumpkinhead

The fortress on top of the tower is very interesting. I don't know that I've ever seen something like that on a castle. Thank you for all of the history, Ladywil.

ladywil2

Pru...gewoon een keertje naar toe gaan.

prudentia

Heel leuk ladywil, zou ik best wel eens willen zien .

ladywil2

Thanks BK and lilygirl....in a few weeks we will continue..I have so much more.
Ook weer eentje om te bezoeken, AnneMarie. Wat leuk dat je zus weer komt

lilygirl

Thank you for the castles, they are so different.

AnneM57

Nooit in Obervellach geweest, maar ziet er mooi uit. Wie weet ooit. Moet nog een bestemming zoeken voor begin juni als mijn zus hier heen komt. Je weet maar nooit.

Beekay

What a view! Yes I've enjoyed the castle series and look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

ladywil2

You are welcome, fodus. It was fun to do the searching and I still have many more, for another time.

fodus

Thanks for all the castles and their info.

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