Die stärkste Festung der Christenheit
Riegersburg, situated on a volcano rock, proudly overlooks the soft hills of Eastern Styria.
Unconquered for centuries, is she still today a remarkable fortress and fills people with respect.
You can „conquer“ the castle, climbing up the footpath through the seven archways or you can use the lift at the north side of the castle.
The first knight who is known to have build a castle here, was a Rüdiger von Hohenberg and the castle was name after him, „Ruotkerspurch“, that was in 1138.
In the late 16th century, the castle was extended in the style of Renaissance by the Barons of Stadl.
From that period are the splendid rooms in the 1st floor and the arcades of the inner yards. The most impressive sight is the Knights Hall with its ornate intarsia in the wooden doorways and the ceiling.
From 1637 on the castle belonged to Baroness Katharina Elisabeth of Galler. Known as the „Gallerin“, this, for that period much emancipated lady, extended the castle to the greatest styrian fortress of the 17th century.
The so called White Hall with its beautiful ceiling gives us a glimpse of the barock way of life.
1822 the castle was bought by the Duke of Liechtenstein and since then it belongs to that family, which is very buys to keep the castle in good condition.
In Riegersburg you can visit two museums: „Legendary Riegersburg – Legendary Women“ (aka Castle Museum) in the 1st floor and „Witches and Sorcerers“ in the basement.