Mountain Biking Highlight
The entrance to the ruin is forbidden, but it is still worth a visit in the ruins. So watch out, very stagey !!
The castle Merkenstein is the ruin of a Lower Austrian hilltop near Bad Vöslau in the cadastral district of Großau. The castle is now preserved only as a ruin. After uncertain sources, it was mentioned before 1141. The first certain mention comes from the Codex Falkensteinensis around 1170.
To the good Merkenstein belonged beside the much younger castle Merkenstein about 40% of the municipality area of the then municipality Großau. Until the end of the Second World War, the castle was next to the estate in the possession of the German line of the Krupp family. Therefore, she fell as German property after the war in the USIA administration of the Soviets. After the State Treaty, the castle became the property of the Republic and thus of the Federal Forest.
The German composer Ludwig van Beethoven dedicated two songs to the ruin Merkenstein.
In October 2008, the ruins were the scene of the shooting for the TV crime series Four Women and a death.
May 26, 2019
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