Schloss Obermurau

First built in 1250, but completely rebuilt in the late-Renaissance style in the 1600s, Schloss Obermurau sits regal and bright white on top of a hill in Murua, Austria. Schloss Obermurau is open for guided tours every Wednesday through Saturday from June 12th until October 12th. For a reasonable 8 euros and no prior booking needed (guests should be at the meeting spot at 2 PM), visitors will have an insider look into Austrian nobility.

Tours take guided groups through seven of the grand rooms, including the chapel and the dungeon. Concerts are sometimes held in the Knight’s Room, so travelers are advised to check out the official castle website. 

 

Burg Hohenwerfen

This imposing castle that is perched atop a cliff that looks out over the town of Werfen and the Salzach Valley was built in 1075. For more than 900 years, Burg Hohenwerfen has been nestled between the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Tennengebirge range but remains a formidable sight for miles around. 

A must-do experience is to tour* the dungeons, where such gnarly torture devices like the thumb screw and the iron maiden are sure to terrify and delight. Expansive views over the neighboring town is a crowd-pleaser as well. 

Information on critical points of interest is given in German and English, and the entry to the castle is every day from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

 

Festung Hohensalzburg

Another castle that sits high atop a mountain and can be seen for miles, Festung Hohensalzburg is a well-known feature of the city of Salzburg and the surrounding area. This historical hotspot is popular with tourists and locals alike. Built in the 11th century AD, Festung Hohensalzburg was a stronghold for the surrounding kingdom. 

The castle, one of the oldest in Europe, is open for tours and even concerts daily from 9 AM to 7 PM. 

 

Schloss Schonbrunn

Once the summer home of the Austrian royal family, today, Schloss Schonbrunn is a popular local and tourist destination. The biggest castle in Austria, Schloss Schonbrunn sits proudly as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Special events like the Christmas Market and beautiful gardens are a huge draw to this historical Austrian castle. Restaurants and cafes on the castle grounds and tours of the rooms are also on offer. 

The castle and surrounding grounds are open daily. Hours may vary depending on the season.