Castles and fortresses

Silent witnesses and unique attractions

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.

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Burg Falkenstein (c) Lukas Dürnegger

Falkenstein Castle

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.

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Burg Groppenstein

Groppenstein Castle

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.

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Trabuschgen Castle

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.

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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 … 

Are you interested in historic buildings or like to visit castles and fortresses, letting them take you back to times long forgotten?

Then you’ve come to the right place in the region Obervellach-Reisseck.

More information about castles and fortresses can be found in the brochure “Historic sites”, which you can buy for € 2.00 in the Info- & booking centre Obervellach-Reisseck.

For more information about your stay please do not hesitate to contact us, send us a non-binding enquiry or call us on Tel.No.: +43 4824 2700-30. We look forward to seeing you!


Wintersaison leider beendet
Winter season closed

ab 15.03.2020

Werte Partner und Gäste,
aus gegebenem Anlass beenden wir die Wintersaison schneller als geplant.
Die Skigebiete schließen am Sonntag, 15. März, die Beherbergungsbetriebe am Montag, 16. März.

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Wir freuen uns, Sie zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt bei uns begrüßen zu dürfen!

Dear guests and partners!
Due to the occasion the winter season 2019/2020 finishs earlier than planned.
The lifts will close with Sunday, 15. March 2020 and the accommodation establishments with Monday, 16. March 2020.

All information about this you will find on
We look forward to welcoming you at later.