Castle ruin of Rauheneck

Fortress, Lookout tower, Ruins, Scenic lookout


With its extraordinary triangular tower, the castle ruins of Rauheneck watch over the Helenental - about 2.5 km west ofBaden near Vienna. It was built in the 12th century, on cliffs of a foothill on theLindkogels banks of the Schwechat. In its eventful history, Rauheneck Castle was destroyed several times. In 1961, the city of Baden bought the castle hill and the ruin, which today is one of the largest castle complexes around Vienna .

The castle ruins can be walked on and visited in peace and quiet: from their weather-beaten rooms to the chapel. The 25 m high main tower must be climbed over steep stairs. As a reward beckons the great view over the Helenental and of the opposite-facingBurg Rauhenstein. . For the light-hearted fans: According to the legend, the builder of the tower still haunts Rauheneck today - as a spirit unredeemed for all eternity.

Accessibility for hikers
The Rauheneck castle ruins are easy to hike - right uphill on easy forest routes. A particularly useful tip is the cultural hiking trail through the Helenental: As a detour along the way, you can tag after Rauheneck - shortly after starting off in Baden.


  • 25 meter high main tower (to be climbed unto via steep stairs)
  • publicly accessible

Special tips:

  • Not far from the castle ruins lies the archaeologically important royal cave. The Wolfsgraben and Weilburghöhle caves can also be found in the immediate vicinity.
  • Many cafés and restaurants in Baden are inviting enough to make you want to take a break.

Location and how to get there