03.08.2012 28 °C
Schallaburg Castle is a very nice Renaissance castle, in short distance from Melk (shattle is running from Melk train station). There are also garden, exhibitions, restaurant and three walking-paths through the forest, around the castle.
The main part of the fortress dates back to the Middle Ages but the oldest part is roman ruins and the chapel is Gothic. That is very typical of castles that have managed to be viable and livable for so many hundreds of years. Things get added and changed over time. The castle, as it stands today, was completed in 1572 by the Losensteiner family. It was based on the Italian palazzo style, that was trendy at the time.
The Losensteiner family had a love of art and the money to back up their passion and the courtyard still shows it. It was the tournament grounds and it is decorated with cantilever stairs and terracotta mosaics. One of the terracotta figures recreates the figure of a woman with the head of a dog, which is famous for legendary stories associated with the castle.
The gardens, as they are now, in what was the tournament grounds, were refurbished in the 70′s. There are historic roses and Renaissance Apple Orchards and herbs and ornamental trees and bushes. Some herbs are discribed as medical. I guess so - in 15th century all medicine was natural-based.
They exhibit in the castle temporary shows of very various themes. Right now it is “Golden Byzantium & the Orient”, other one was regards to Napoleon - to show what it was like when Napoleon and his army occupied Schallaburg for a short time, etc.
There are also concerts, events and festivals are running in the Castle.
It's very nice forest road leading from the castle to village