Waidhofen an der Ybbs

Like most towns we end up exploring, they are usually found due to the fact that Colt had a soccer game there, or passed it while on his way to a soccer game. This town was no exception, (needed their aritifical field to play on for those sub zero winter days, people).

He came home from his game excited about this castle he saw, and knew he had to take me back so we could explore the place. Now, I will say the town wasn’t our favorite (why was everything closed on a Saturday?), but exploring the castle was by far one of the cooler things we’ve done here.

  

We started off by visitng the Stadtpfarrkirche next to the castle. Built in 1470, it is one of Waidhofen’s largest and most historic churches. I fell in love with the door to the church, for obvious reasons.

 

After the church, we headed towards the Rothschildschloss. A castle that has existed on a site inside the Old City (think medival city surrounded by walls; very Game of Thrones esque) since the twelfth century. The castle is now named after the most important former owner, a banker named, take a deep breath, Albert Salomon Anselm Freiherr von Rothschild. An extensive renovation in the late nineteenth century altered the character of the castle, as did a redesign in 2007 that made use of contrasting modern materials like glass and steel. It gave off a very old meets new vibe that was different than anything I’ve ever seen here.

If you havent caught on by now, through our various posts and pictures; if there’s a tower, we’re going to climb it. Turns out this tower in particular was a medieval torture chamber and right from the beginning of our ascension we were met with skulls and pictures depicting the various means of torture commited here. Really gave me that warm fuzzy feeling on the inside. The climb was steep and narrow, but once at the top in the newly added glass enclosure (where they now hold events) the views were beyond worthy.

 

On the drive home we made a slight detour and stopped by Stift Seitenstetten, because you know, why not? This girl loves her architecture and these beauties never disappoint.

-Courtney

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