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Herberstein

Schloss Herberstein, perched on a steep rock amid wild countryside, has remained in the hands of the same family since 1290. Since the Herbersteins still live in the castle, a visit feels a bit like peeping through a keyhole at history. The medieval fortress, rebuilt numerous times, achieved its present form in the late 16th century. Its most magnificent part is the Florence Courtyard, a lovely arcaded enclosure more reminiscent of Renaissance Italian palaces than of northern European fortresses. Once the castle was a venue for knightly tournaments. The rooms that are open to visitors today display many exhibits relating to the Herberstein family, paintings and early porcelain. An exhibition gives a unique insight into aristocratic life in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is even an original kitchen from the 16th century. Interesting temporary exhibitions are organized during the summer. The most interesting places within the castle grounds include a nature reserve with wild plants and animals. Its origins can be traced back to the 16th century, when the castle was inhabited by Count Sigmund von Herberstein, the author of pioneering works on the agriculture and geography of Eastern Europe.

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