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Burghausen Castle in Burghausen, Upper Bavaria, is the longest castle complex in Europe (1,043 m).

The castle hill was already settled in the Bronze Age. The castle (which was founded before 1025) was transferred to the Wittelsbachs after the death of the last count of Burghausen, Gebhard II, in 1168. In 1180 they were appointed dukes of Bavaria and the castle was extended under Duke Otto I of Wittelsbach.
With the first partition of Bavaria in 1255, Burghausen Castle became the second residence of the dukes of Lower Bavaria, the main residence being Landshut. In 1255 under Duke Henry XIII (1253–1290) the work for the main castle commenced. In 1331 Burghausen and its castle passed to Otto IV, Duke of Lower Bavaria.
Under the dukes of Bavaria-Landshut (1392-1503), the fortifications were extended around the entire castle hill. Starting with Margarete of Austria, the deported wife of the despotic Duke Henry XVI (1393–1450), the castle became the residence of the Duke's consorts and widows, and also a stronghold for the ducal treasures. In 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Bavaria died in the castle as Henry's prisoner. Under Duke Georg of Bavaria (1479–1503) the work was completed and Burghausen Castle became the strongest fortress of the region.
After the reunification of Bavaria in 1505 with the Landshut War of Succession the castle had military importance, and due to the threat of the Ottoman Empire it was subsequently modernised. During the Thirty Years War Gustav Horn was kept imprisoned in the castle from 1634 to 1641. After the Treaty of Teschen in 1779 Burghausen Castle became a border castle. During the Napoleonic Wars the castle suffered some destruction.

The 'Liebenwein tower' was occupied by the painter Maximilian Liebenwein from 1899 until his death. He decorated the interior in the Art Nouveau style. wikipedia
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ladywil2

No idea, BK..Thanks

Beekay

Even with a map, I'd get lost in this one...I wonder if anyone has ever counted the rooms :-D

ladywil2

Thanks Suzy

Queenbee2b

:)

pumpkinhead

Gather ye round, my ladies and dukes. Let us learn all about another fine castle!

ladywil2

Thanks, Jo. I guess you have to start a bucket list.

Queenbee2b

Oohh, I see visitors!! I'd love to go!!
What a huge castle, I can't fathom how many rooms, and how many people lived there at the same time!! It's like a city amongst itself!! TFS! :)

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