Renovated with devotion and attention to detail, the historic castle ruins have been brought back to life. The result is today's Taggenbrunn Winery with hotel, wine taverns and the Taggenbrunn Festival.
Salzburg came into possession of the area through a gift from Ludwig the German in 860 and Taggenbrunn was built on the remains of a Celtic-Roman rampart settlement (6th century B.C.) in the first third of the 12th century by Tageus von Pongau on behalf of the Archbishopric of Salzburg.
Taggenbrunn is first mentioned in a document in 1142 (Rahuinus de Takkenbrunnen), expressly named as a castle (Castrum Takenbrunne) in 1157. In the feud between the Elector Philipp von Spanheim and Bishop Ulrich von Seckau over the Archbishopric of Salzburg, in which Duke Ulrich III of Carinthia intervened in favour of his brother Philipp, the castle was destroyed in 1258 and rebuilt in 1268.
In the rebellion of Ulrich of Heunburg against Duke Albrecht I and Duke Meinhard of Carinthia in 1292, the Carinthian son of the duke Ludwig was captured and briefly imprisoned in Taggenbrunn by Salzburg's Archbishop Konrad IV. In 1308 Otto von Liechtenstein-Murau was appointed governor of Carinthia and Salzburg granted Taggenbrunn as his residence: Carinthia was ruled from Taggenbrunn. In 1479 Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach opened the Taggenbrunn fortress to the Hungarians, with whom he was allied against Emperor Friedrich III, which was subsequently destroyed by the imperial troops. Taggenbrunn remained in imperial possession until 1494. At that time, Frederick's son, Maximilian I, returned Taggenbrunn to the Archbishopric of Salzburg. From 1497 to 1503, the castle was extended to form a modern fortification under Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach, who was also the most important builder and responsible for the final extension of Hohensalzburg Fortress in its present size. A granary, the Pfleg- and the Marhaus were also built in the vicinity.
Salzburg caretakers and officials sat at Taggenbrunn until 1692.
In 1796 Taggenbrunn was first described as a ruin. When Salzburg ceased to exist as a sovereign principality as a result of the Main Resolution of the Imperial Deputation in 1803, Taggenbrunn fell to Austria and became a state domain. In 1858 Antonie von Reyer bought Taggenbrunn, in 1883 Taggenbrunn became the property of the Paulitsch family and in the same year it passed to the Kleinszig family. When Salzburg ceased to exist as a sovereign principality as a result of the Main Resolution of the Imperial Deputation in 1803, Taggenbrunn fell to Austria and became a state domain. In 1858 Antonie von Reyer bought Taggenbrunn, in 1883 Taggenbrunn became the property of the Paulitsch family and in the same year it passed to the Kleinszig family. In 2011 the entrepreneurial family Riedl acquired Taggenbrunn Castle. Since then, the ruins and surrounding buildings have been restored with great effort and attention to detail. The granary and the Marhaus, for example, which were built at the beginning of the 16th century and are still preserved in their original form, are of particular historical value. The entire complex with an area of approx. 120 ha has been cultivated under strictest conditions in recent years, today excellent wine is grown on an area of approx. 40 ha. The completely restored stable building from 1803 can already be booked for events. The castle is currently being extensively renovated.
In July 2017 the gates of the winery and the hotel with 31 exclusive rooms, suites and apartments opened. In the Heurigen our guests can enjoy the culinary delights of the region.
On October 25th, the castle with its impressive ballroom was opened during a ceremony.
The Taggenbrunn Festival was staged for the first time with top-class artists. In May 2020 the first festival season will start with 15 events.
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