Criminal Museum in Scharnstein Castle

Scharnstein, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

The Austrian Criminal Museum in Scharnstein Castle documents the history of Austrian law enforcement and policing through the ages.

More than 20 showcases trace this history from the Late Middle Ages up to our own times.
Deep in the vaults of the castle, where the County Court met from 1584 to 1848, numerous objects illustrate historical court cases, but also torture and the judicial and penal system. An original torture chamber allows us a glimpse into the practical side of the penitentiary system.
Past and present of the Gendarmerie, the Austrian country police, and a documentation on spectacular criminal cases solved by them, are presented in the historical exhibition rooms, as well as uniforms and equipment of this famous historical executive body.
Currently under construction is a new additional section on more modern equipment of the police apparatus as well as documentation on famous criminal cases of the more recent past. The car of a Turkish embassy employee in Vienna, which was destroyed in a terror attack on the Turkish Embassy in Vienna in 1984, stands at the center of the new section.

Guided tours are available for groups between 15 and 80 persons after previous arrangement.
A combination of tours of the castle and the museum is also possible for groups from 15 to max. 80 persons.

From 1 May also open on public holidays from 10-17 (* public holidays:01.05.21, 23.05.21, 24.05.21,03.06.21, 15.08.21, 26.10.21, 01.11.21).

Beyond that in rainy weather on request! Group visits and guided tours possible by appointment! (also outside normal opening hours)

  • Registration required

Closing day
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

501 m

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 space: 150
  • Bus parking space: 2
Travelling by public transport
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  • Food and drink available
General price information

Admission and offers for guided tours can be found on our homepage.

Information about offers "historicum" here!

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Discounts (Age-related / Groups)
  • Children
  • Groups
Other discounts

Adult Ticket: EUR 4.50
Discounted Adult Ticket: EUR 3.50
Child Ticket: EUR 2.50
Combined Tickets available!

Discounts (Memberships)
  • Salzkammergut Sommer-Card
    Price advantage with the SommerCard

    Adult: € 6.00
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Somewhat suitable for wheelchairs: Assistance is sometimes necessary. The measurements do not (fully) conform to the legally stipulated ÖNORM.

  • ground level accessible


Criminal Museum in Scharnstein Castle
Schlossberg 12
4644 Scharnstein

mobile +43 664 3005677

Contact person
Mag. Harald Seyrl
Kriminalmuseum Schloss Scharnstein
Schlossberg 12
4644 Scharnstein

mobile +43 664 3005677

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