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Burg Aggstein

The impressive ruins of Burg Aggstein, built into the rock, are poised high above the banks of the river. Today the castle lies in ruin, but once it measured some 100 m (330 ft) in length, with tall stairs leading to the Upper Castle. Built by the notorious Kunringers, a band of robber barons, it served to repel attacks by Turks and Swedes during the 16th and 17th centuries, thus cementing its rank as one of the most important fortresses in the region. Many gruesome stories are told about the castle’s early days. Its owner, an unmitigated thief, was said to have laid in wait for passing barges and demanded a hefty toll to allow them passage. Those who refused to pay were imprisoned in the Rosengartlein, a rose garden set on a rocky shelf, where they would either die of hunger or jump to their death. Today, the picturesque Burg Aggstein and its caf? are popular destinations for a day trip from Vienna.

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