ruin of Scharnstein in the Almtal valley

Scharnstein, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • pets allowed
  • Suitable for groups

A walk into a nearly forgotten history

A ruin tells its story:

What you, dear hiker (visitor), can still see of me today is a meager remnant of my former, proud splendor. The remains of my walls were used as a quarry and houses were built from them in the valley below.

Yes, it was just bad that I burned down completely in January 1538. I have never really recovered since then. Only during the Peasant Wars around 1626 and then later when the Turks threatened our country, I think that was around 1683, when I regained hope. But unfortunately, the peasants did not occupy me, but the new castle on Schäferleithen, and so they only had all kinds of war equipment stored with me just in case. Well, at least there were three heavy bakeries, including cannons, and 17 pieces of artillery, 10 muskets, 14 halberds, and even 500 stone balls. For the commandant there was even a gilded sword in my armory and 55 balaclavas.

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Accessibility / arrival

We recommend that you travel by public transport!

By train: Arrival with the Almtalbahn 153 from Wels or Grünau im Almtal to Viechtwang.
by bus: OÖVV bus line 533 Gmunden - Scharnstein - Grünau im Almtal - Almsee

with the Traunstein taxi:
Route 52 from Laakirchen, Kirchham or St. Konrad to Scharnstein town center or
Route 70 from Vorchdorf, Pettenbach or Steinbach am Ziehberg to Scharnstein town center
Call the taxi office 1 hour in advance on 050-422 1691 or order on the otaxi app.

by bike:
on the R 11 from Grünau im Almtal or Wels or on the R 2 Salzkammergut cycle path from Gmunden

by car:
Motorway A1: Leave the Westautobahn A1 in Regau and follow the B145 to Scharnstein
A9 motorway: Leave the A9 in Inzersdorf-Kirchdorf and follow the Austrian Romanikstraße to Scharnstein.

Please only use the parking spaces provided and be considerate of private property! Thank you for your fairness!

Parking fees

From the parking lot after Haus Tießenbach 43 there is now a driving ban, with the exception of cyclists! Please use the signposted parking spaces at Museum Geyerhammer!

Travelling by public transport
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  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Pets allowed
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children

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ruin of Scharnstein in the Almtal valley
4644 Scharnstein

Phone +43 7615 22550
mobile +43 650 3912720
Fax machine +43 7615 225530…

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Ruine Scharnstein
4644 Scharnstein

Phone +43 7615 22550
mobile +43 650 3912720
Fax machine +43 7615 225530

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