Schallaburg Castle is an imposing, cross-generational piece of art. With structures as old as the 11th century, it was converted into a Renaissance castle in the 16th century. Many generations of noble owners have left us a rich cultural heritage. They include, among other things, a well-preserved medieval structure with a terra-cotta courtyard that is unique in this part of the world, the “Hohe Schule” (grammar school) in Loosdorf, and Hans Wilhelm von Losenstein’s table tomb. In the 16th century, the latter had Schallaburg extended into a grand Renaissance castle with an exemplary Renaissance garden.

However in the first half of the 20th century, Schallaburg Castle and its estates saw a steady decline in the wake of two world wars, the Great Depression, and a poor economic performance from its last owners, the Tinti family. When the Independency Treaty was signed in 1955, the castle was forfeited to the Republic auf Austria. It was sold to the State of Lower Austria in 1967. Restoration works started in June 1968 and lasted until 1974. Because of the great success of the first Renaissance exhibition in 1974, Schallaburg Castle established itself as a major exhibition centre in Lower Austria.

 

 

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