Burg Klammstein

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Klammstein 26, Dorfgastein, Austria
Burg Klammstein - Burg Klammstein - part of the collection
Burg Klammstein - Burg Klammstein - view into the Gasteiner Valley
Burg Klammstein - Burg Klammstein - the courtyard
Burg Klammstein - Burg Klammstein - the tower
Burg Klammstein - Burg Klammstein - inside

Burg Klammstein Dorfgastein Reviews

vtjojes vtjojes
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The oldest building in the Gasteiner valley Mar 17, 2017
**Some history**

This castle lies about 60 metres high on the Klammstein rock, close to the entrance of the Gasteiner valley.

The castle was built in the 13th century. Thanks to the narrow access road into the valley, the castle was easy to defend.

The counts of Goldegg - who lived in the castle - were entitled to handle the affairs of the county, such as the court and the road toll and taxes. This of course led to disputes between the counts and the archbishop.

In later years the consecutive archbishops had caretakers living at the castle.

It kept its protective and administrative function until the 16th century before being abandoned in 1525.

Paintings from early 17th century show the castle and fortifications as ruins.

When between 1960 and 1962 the new cartunnel was built, the main tower was no more then a few metres high.

In 1972 the new owner - Adolf Ferner - had the ruins restored and new buildings added.

**The visit**

Nowadays you can visit the castle in which a small museum is located.

Everything on display belongs to the private collection of the owner, who guides you around himself.

The tour takes you into the the tower, which comprises of 3 floors. The collection covers all kinds of attributes, going from pictures over hunting devices to a collection showing the history of skiing.

The tour is given in German. To be honest, I understand quite a bit of German, but sometimes I had to really concentrate to understand what the guide/owner was saying.

But you notice that the owner is very passionate about his property and the displayed collection.

The duration of the tour is about 30 minutes.

Before and/or after the tour you can have a drink and something to eat in the 'Burgschenke'.

Inside you'll find a fireplace to warm yourself on a colder day. But since the weather was warm and sunny, we opted to sit outside in the courtyard. It really is a lovely place to sit and relax. If you don't like to sit in the sun, there's a partially covered terrace.

Inside there is a small collection of souvenirs - the traditional fridge magnets and sorts.

**Conclusion**

Although this is not one of the most interesting castles, it still makes for a nice visit if you're in the area and have some time to spare.
Burg Klammstein - inside
Burg Klammstein - the courtyard
Burg Klammstein - view into the Ga…
Burg Klammstein - the tower
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DAO says:
Looks lovely there
Posted on: Mar 18, 2017
vtjojes says:
Austrian dialect indeed, with a very heavy "tongue" as we say here ;-)
Posted on: Mar 18, 2017
german_eagle says:
A nice change from other activities in Gastein valley, I'd say. The guide probably spoke a very strong Austrian dialect :-)
Posted on: Mar 18, 2017
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