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Austria is a country of castles. They come in many types and sizes. They now serve different purposes. The Eferding Castle, Schloss Starhemberg, acts as a monument, a museum and a cultural showcase.

The Eferding Castle was once the property of the bishops of Passau. By the 15th century, the Duke Johann II von Schaunberg held the northern section of the castle property. He is responsible for the Widow’s house, later the general residence of the family. Other sections housed administrative functions (eastern). Both the western and southern portions are from the later 18th century. Overall, it is a three-story building. Four massive Corinthian columns hold up the architrave and provide support for a balcony. Parts of the building date back to the 1400s. Within, you will be able to view the old Halls with their Gothic timber lintels. As you wander through to the museum, you will enter an old brewery. It is part of the Roman cellar. There are actually two museums. One focuses on the Castle, the other is the Municipal Museum. Within the castle, you can see a furnished room reminding visitors Mozart once stayed in the Castle.

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