If you love castles, ruins, history, and Tyrol, don't miss out on Ehrenberg Castle. Right on the German border, the castle ruins are a real treat for the eyes and feet - as you can walk comfortably between the buildings in the area. An ideal program not only for families with children, but also for couples and lone wolves, we couldn’t recommend the half-day program more.
Ehrenberg Castle has already been mentioned in one of our previous articles as one of the most beautiful and child-friendly ruins of Tyrol. If you're interested in castles, you may want to have a look at it.
The Ehrenberg castle, which can be seen from afar, is located in one of the most important fortress complexes in Central Europe. Ehrenberg was once a strong defense system, administrative headquarters and customs office.
Nowadays, four different parts of the fortress are known as Burgenwelt Ehrenberg.
Where is Ehrenberg?
Ehrenberg Castle is located in Reutte, Tyrol, about 1.5 hours from Innsbruck. The castle is almost on the German border.
- Address: Klause 1, 6600 Gemeinde Reutte, Austria
- Distance from Innsbruck: 1.5 hours / 92 km
- City: Reutte
If you are looking for accommodation in the province of Tyrol, you should check out Innsbruck first. We have copied an interactive map here for you to look at. ❤️
The world of Ehrenberg
The castle complex consists of 4 parts, between which your way leads through a huge, 400 m long suspension bridge:
- Ruine Ehrenberg (1293)
- Claudia Fort (1645)
- Burgruine Schlosskopf (1741)
- Klause fortifications (1480)
#1 Ehrenberg Castle
Ehrenberg Castle is the largest and most spectacular building in the Ehrenberg Castle Complex. Within the walls of the Gothic castle complex you can gain insight into the homes of former kings, emperors, princes and tsars. The castle is the oldest building in the complex.
Ruine Ehrenberg offers you exactly what you would expect from a medieval castle: tall towers, stunning architecture, and of course plenty of history. It can be an ideal destination for anyone who wants to get an insight into the time of the knights and want to imagine the thrills of the Middle Ages in a castle of more than 700 years. 🐉
The castle houses an interactive museum, a nature exhibition and various historical rooms that bring you even closer to the Middle Ages.
A suspension bridge longer than 400 meters leads to the attraction, located at a dizzying height in the valley.
#2 Hochschanz Fort „Claudia”
The Hochschanz Fort “Claudia”, named after the princess of the time, was built as early as the 17th century as part of the urban system.
The strategic importance of the ridge opposite Ehrenberg was already known when the Ehrenberg Castle was rebuilt in 1546, as it was when Fort Claudia was built. In 1703 the Bavarians occupied the facility, then the occupation of Ehrenberg was started from here and they did not leave the castle until 1782.
The fort was still inhabited in the 19th century, but was abandoned not long after it finally began to collapse. The remains of the small fortress were preserved after the turn of the millennium and partially reconstructed.
Due to its historical significance as well as its special sight, it is by no means worth missing out while on a trip to Tyrol.
#3 Burgruine Schlosskopf (Schlosskopf ruins)
Burgruine Schlosskopf is one of the youngest but most important castles in Ehrenberg. The original purpose of the fort was to recapture Burg Ehrenberg, besieged by Bavaria.
Construction of the facility was not completed until 1741, and after only 41 years it was left alone with the rest of its buildings, until it finally began to collapse, leaving only one castle ruin.
Today, visitors can also see a unique crane from the Baroque era and a lookout tower with a stunning panorama in the fortress in the ruins of the castle.
#4 Klause Fortifications
Primarily used by the military and customs collectors, Klause lies in a valley next to Ehrenberg Castle. In 1609 the castle was abandoned, so 2/3 of the castle is now ruined. The castle was built second after the main castle in 1480.
Excavations are constantly being carried out in the area of the former building, so objects from the past are still being unearthed to this day.
All buildings and sights of the complex are open every day of the year.
- Visitor center: daily from 09:00 to 18:00
- Museum: every day from 10:00 to 18:00
- Elevator to the castle: every day from 08:30 to 22:00
- Suspension bridge: every day from 08:00 to 22:00
- Restaurant: every day 11:30 - 20:00 (closed on Mondays outside high season)
Admission and prices
The forts can be visited free of charge, but you have to buy tickets to enter the exhibition and museum.
- Museum entrance fee: 8 euros
- Exhibition entrance fee: 5.50 euros
- Museum + exhibition entrance fee: 10.80 euros
- Suspension bridge entrance fee: 8 euros
The above prices are for adults (from 16 years of age). You can take advantage of family, pensioner, child and group discounts. There are no combined tickets to the suspension bridge.
Partly yes. A modern cable car allows convenient and above all barrier-free access to the castles, making the Burgenwelt Ehrenberg an ideal choice for visitors with reduced mobility. ♿️ 🤔
About the area
There are many hiking and leisure activities in the area, which is ideal even with children. The area of Reutte is covered with pine forests, dotted with lakes and smaller and larger mountains.
🔍 Innsbruck is only 1,5 hours away, hence you can easily discover its attractions as well.