Gösting Castle is a ruined castle in Gösting, the 13th borough in the northwest of the Styrian capital Graz, Austria.For Burgruine Gosting and beyond, use our Graz itinerary maker site to get the most from your Graz vacation.
Due to its good strategic location, the castle controlled the narrow Mura valley north of Graz, which opens out into the Graz basin, and therefore the traffic and trade to and from Graz. The castle ruin, which is 200m above Graz, is a popular place to visit, since it offers a panoramic view of the Graz basin and the eastern Styrian hill country even today.
The castle was built in the 11th century; the first record dates to the year 1042. It continued to be extended until the 15th century. In that century, the castle was expanded to a fortress to provide protection against the Turks and Hungarians. It was part of the signalling fire system, which was supposed to warn the population in case of danger.
In 1707, the castle and domain were acquired by the Counts of Attems. On 10 July 1723 lightning struck the gunpowder magazine and a large part of the castle burnt down. It was not rebuilt, but was replaced as the new residence of the Attems family by the Baroque Schloss Gösting or Neugösting at the foot of the mountain, which was completed in 1728.
Burgruine Gosting Reviews
What can one say about this place other then that it is well worth the effort getting up the steep hill. It is a great setting and easy to get to. It is a really nice walk up to the ruin and takes... more »
One of very few castle ruins in Austria to be open in winter, it is only a short bus journey from the centre of Graz. The hike is pretty steep, but not too long. The ruin itself is small but cosy... more »
Fantastic view, traditional and very tasty food, very quiet and interesting place. Takes some time to reach it by foot uphill, but there's a nice trail going through woods. It's definitely worth visiting especially if you're lucky with the weather. It's quite different than other sights in Graz. PS Bring a camera!
Unfortunately the ruins and tavern were closed as we visited on a Sunday. Fairly steep hike but good surface--mix of tarmaced road and gravel. Takes 20-30 from the bottom, views are well worth it!
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