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NÖ Burgen online

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  • Project Duration : Since 1999
  • Project Leader : Falko Daim
  • Project Coordinator : Thomas Kühtreiber

NÖ Burgen online

a digital inventory of aristocratic seats in Lower Austria.

NÖ Burgen online is the Internet version of the NÖ-Burgendatenbank, an inventory project that has been running since 1999 to record the aristocratic seats erected between 1000 and 1550 on the territory of Lower Austria.



An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the fields of archaeology, architecture, history and art history guarantees high-quality texts on the history of ownership and construction of over 2,600 seats. On the one hand, the information offers serious initial information on the current state of research in science and monument conservation, but also for all those interested in cultural history. Data on the tourist infrastructure also takes this into account.

Rosenburg, Lower Austria. Foto: Gabriele Scharrer-Liška, Luftbildarchiv der Universität Wien.

Fortified structures, such as city walls or ramparts, are not taken into account here unless they are structurally connected to the seat. On the other hand, here you will find a large number of historical data on former seats that have not yet been localised. The greatest research potential is to be expected for these objects in the future.

We are grateful for " useful hints " as well as other updates:thomas.kuehtreiber@sbg.ac.at

The core data of all objects in the database and their location can also be found as “castles and palaces" layer at the Digital Atlas of Lower Austria Castle and Palaces-Layer at the Digital Atlas of Lower Austria or via the Culture-Layer of geoland.at.

We wish you much success in “discovering" new castles or in acquiring “new data on old castles"!

Rauheneck near Baden, Lower Austria, Baualtersplan. Design: Gerhard Reichhalter, Grafik: Patrick Schicht.

What can I find at NÖ-Burgen online?

Currently (2020) the detailed data sets for the aristocratic seats and castles in the regions Weinviertel, Waldviertel and western Mostviertel (Polish districts of Amstetten, Gänserndorf, Gmünd, Hollabrunn, Horn, Korneuburg, Krems, Melk, Mistelbach, Scheibbs, Tulln, Waidhofen an der Thaya, Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Zwettl) are available. For contractual reasons, all other data records will only be put online in book form 3 years after publication. The volumes published so far can be found  here.

The term “seat" in Lower Austrian castles refers to all historically, structurally and/or archaeologically tangible objects that either served as the at least temporary centre of an aristocratic lordship on the basis of historical data or can be addressed as residential or fortified buildings on the basis of their structural condition or preserved archaeological structures.

Project Collaboration and Cooperation Partners

Markus Jeitler | Marina Kaltenegger | Karin Kühtreiber | Katrin Kinninger | Erwin Kupfer | Günter Marian (Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv) | Rudolf Maurer (ehem. Stadtarchiv Baden) | Gerhard Reichhalter (Stadtarchäologie Wien) | Ronald Salzer | Gabriele Scharrer-Liška (Vienna Institute für Archaeological Science, Universität Wien) | Patrick Schicht (Bundesdenkmalamt, Abteilung für Niederösterreich) | Herwig Weigl (Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien) | Andreas Zajic (Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) | Roman Zehetmayer (Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv)

Darstellung der Adelssitze im Digitalen Atlas des Landes Niederösterreich: https://atlas.noe.gv.at/

Distribution of Castles Sites in Lower Austria