Castle ruins in Liechtenstein: Obere Burg Schellenberg | What to do in Liechtenstein | Travel Cubed

If you are wondering about what to do in Liechtenstein, visiting this historical place must be on your list!
Obere Burg, also known colloquially as Burg Neu-Schellenberg (‘Castle of Neu-Schellenberg’), is a castle ruin located in the municipality of Schellenberg, Liechtenstein. It lies at the western edge of Hinterschloss, one of the burroughs in the village of Neu-Schellenberg. It is freely open to tourists. Due to its close proximity to Hinterschloss, it is probably the most easily accessible of all Liechtenstein castles. Obere Burg is one of the five existing castles in Liechtenstein and one of the three ruined ones in the country.
Obere Burg is the larger and older one of the two ruined castles in the Municipality of Schellenberg. Its construction was finished already around 1200. The castle’s first appearance in written records occurred on the 10th of January 1348. According to current estimates, it was inhabited until roughly the 16th century, when it was abandoned and ceased to function as a residence. In the following centuries, the castle lost its military purpose and became a ruin. In 1956, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein handed over ownership of the heavily overgrown ruin to the Historisches Verein für das Fürstentum Liechtenstein (Historical Association of the Principality of Liechtenstein). This institution is the current owner and caretaker of the ruin and oversees its research, upkeep, and preservation.

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