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Fortress of Bernstein (Burg Bernstein) description and photos - Austria: Burgenland. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Burg Bernstein.
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The Bernstein fortress, located on the border between Austria and Hungary, was first mentioned in chronicles back in 860. Records indicate that Bernstein was a border fortress. In 1199, the fortress belonged to Hungary, in the first half of the thirties of the 13th century it passed into the possession of the Austrian authorities, but already in 1236 it again fell under the power of Hungary.
In 1388, the owners of the castle, the Dukes of Anjou, found themselves in large debts and mortgaged the castle. Over the next 70 years, Bernstein changed owners frequently. In 1440, the fortress was captured by Frederick III and remained in his power for a long time. In the 15th century, the castle was subjected to several Turkish attacks and sieges, so in 1532 the construction of fortifications began. The gradual destruction of the Gothic style began in favor of the soft Baroque. In 1703, the owners decided to completely rebuild the entire southern part, for which the architect L. Basiani was hired. In 1892, Bernstein was acquired by the Almazi family. At the end of the First World War, Almazi began to rent out part of the castle's premises.
The owners of the castle have preserved its unique interior. Guests of the hotel can see the ancient furnishings, furniture and interiors. The castle is a real museum where you can live. Guests can enjoy the old working fireplace, eat food cooked in the oven, in the real Knights' Hall. The castle has a rich library with about 30,000 volumes of literature. The hotel rooms are also filled with history and antiques. For example, one of the rooms has a bathroom from the beginning of the 20th century.
Of course, as in any castle, here you will be told some exciting stories about local ghosts.
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