The towns of Obervellach and Reiseck share an exciting and turbulent past. Not always did visitors, guests and travellers come with good intentions, as can still be seen from a number of imposing fortresses and castles which served as strongholds, fortifications or refuges. Today much has changed, and we all get to enjoy these buildings so relevant in terms of cultural history, all of which merit a visit.
Located 320 m above Mölltal Valley and with its impressive fortifications served as a fortified castle with defensive walls, which clearly stated at first glance: unwanted guests stay away. Oberfalkenstein Castle was first mentioned in records in 1307 and in subsequent eras was run as a separate fiefdom and thus as autonomous property. The castle’s owners frequently changed, in 1905 Falkenstein was acquired by privy councillor Ferdinand Kaltenegger von Riehorst who eventually gave it its current appearance. And so the castle can be toured and experienced during the summer months and looks forward to your visit in the district of Pfaffenberg, east of Obervellach.
Groppenstein Castle is located in a special place. It is near the junction of Mallnitzbach into the Möll and thus marks the entrance to the unique Groppenstein Gorge. The distinctive structure was converted in the 15th century into a fortification and has been standing on its elevated location like a stronghold ever since. In 1872 the castle was renovated by Vienna architect Adolf Stipperger who gave it its current appearance. With its drawbridge and gate tower it not only looks majestic, but also retains its timeless beauty for many generations of visitors to come.
A Slavonic term for a terrain elevation – this is where the term “Dragoschken” comes from and in further consequence the name of Trabuschgen Castle. The castle was first mentioned in records in the 14th century. In the 15th and 16th century, during the boom days of mining in the region, the older part of the building was constructed. After the building was acquired by Hans Adam Stampfer von Walchenberg in 1692, the castle took on its current form and became the focus of a regal group of aristocrats. The historic building still emanates this charm today.
Further interesting, historic buildings:
- Obervellach parish church
- Stallhofen pilgrimage church
- The drop tower
- The head mine foreman office
- Gussenbauernhaus farmhouse
- Michael house
- The historic Tauern Railway
- And much more …