Rabenstein Castle near Virgen in East Tyrol, the third biggest castle complex of Tyrol, is a popular hiking destination.
On a steep forested hill near Virgen, at 1,410 m a.s.l., the remains of an impressive castle are located. The castle is the third largest Mediaeval castle complex of Tyrol.
The hill has probably already been inhabited in the Roman period, then in the 12th century the mighty "castrum Virge" was built here. Some centuries later, the building was renamed Rabenstein Castle and was the home of the curator. But in 1703 he transferred to the village and the impressive castle complex decayed visibly.
Large parts of the 4,800 m² big complex collapsed, only the main walls of the Palas and the north wall of the castle chapel with beautiful frescoes have been remained. Several safety measures were implemented, so today the castle ruin can be visited within a hike which starts in Mellitz. Please note that sturdy shoes are necessary in winter!
Freely accessible in summer, sturdy shoes are recommended in winter.