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The castle of Burghausen

Aerial view of Burghausen, nested between Salzach river and Wöhr lake - (c) Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

The medieval town of Burghausen, known as the former residence city of the Dukes of Landshut, is located in the south east of Bavaria. With its 20,000 inhabitants, directly located at the border to Austria, on the banks of the Salzach river, the small town enchants visitors with an unchanged historic heart dominated by its impressive fortress.

Burghausen Fortress was built in the 13th century and extended to its current length in the 14th century. At 1051 meters, it is the world’s longest castle. It is easily accessible and visitors have the unique chance to discover all the completely preserved historic buildings and the unique beauty of this place by walking through the 5 courts (“Vorhöfe”), before finally reaching the main part of the castle (“Hauptburg”). From its rooftop, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful pre-alpine landscape of Bavaria and Austria.

Once a year in July medieval life is restored at Burghausen Castle. The historic festival boasts a knight’s turnament and immerges visitors into medieval life with ancient songs and food. Other remarkable events throughout the year at Burghausen Castle are the concerts in August where all kinds of artists impress with a broad variety of music in this unique place. Every year around Christmas there is the Christmas market at the fortress (“Burgweihnacht”), where you can enjoy the romantic atmosphere created by hundreds of candles.

More: www.burg-burghausen.de