Rodenegg Castle

The original Rodenegg castle was built by Frederick I of Rodank in 1140 above the Rienza gorge. At the time it was one of the largest fortified castles ever. In the 16th century the castle was taken over by the von Wolkenstein counts, the family of the famous minstrel Oswald von Wolkenstein, and significantly enlarged to what it is today. The descendents of the von Wolkensteins still own the castle, part of which is still used as a home. However, the chapel, the weapons store, the garden and the dungeons can be visited. The highlight, however, is the 13th century fresco painted by Hartmann von Aue. It was discovered in 1972 and is the oldest profane mural in the German-speaking world. The frescos can be found in the castle’s tap room and depict the epic of Iwein, one of the twelve knights of King Arthur’s Round Table.
Rodenegg Castle
 
 
 
 


 


 
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