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Escorted Rail Tours to Schattenburg Castle

Seat of the earls of Montfort-Feldkirch

Schattenburg Castle was built about 800 years ago. Until 1390 it was the family seat of the earls of Montfort-Feldkirch, and from 1390 to 1773 the castle was the stronghold of the Habsburgers' local bailiffs. The first building phase began in approximately 1190 on the instigation of Hugo I Von Montfort, the founder of the town. During this period the castle developed significantly, including the building of the 21-metre battlements, the keep, the living quarters, as well as the moats, the drawbridge and the walls which linked them together. During the whole of the 13th and 14th centuries Schattenburg Castle was never captured, (although it was besieged in the years 1269 and 1345).

Saving Schattenburg

In the course of the Appenzeller War the castle was destroyed; its rebuilding was sanctioned by King Ruprecht two years later. After the bailiffs moved out, the castle was offered for auction on several occasions - in 1813 plans were even made to demolish it. In 1825 the town of Feldkirch offered 833 guilders for the crumbling ruins. From then on the Schattenburg was used as a barracks and subsequently as a workhouse. It is thanks to the efforts of Feldkirch and District's Museum and Folklore Preservation Society, founded in 1912, that the castle was saved and revived. In the lower rooms the Schattenburg now houses a traditional castle inn - now a newly renovated museum, which occupies the upper floors of the building.

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