Salzburg was endowed with the region by Ludwig „des Deutschen“ in 860 A.D.
Taggenbrunn was built on the remains of a 6th century B.C. celtic/roman village. On behalf of the Archbishop of Salzburg, Tagenus of Pongau built Taggenbrunn in the first half of the 12th century.
The existence of Taggenbrunn was recorded for the very first time in 1142 (Rahuinus de Takkenbrunnen), it was named a „Castle“ first in 1157 (Castrum Takenbrunne).
In 1258 Taggenbrunn was destroyed in a feud between Philipp of Spain and Bishop Ulrich of Seckau about the archdiocese Salzburg. 10 years later the castle was rebuilt again.
In a rebellion of Ulrich of Heunberg versus Duke Albrecht I. and Duke Meinhard of Carinthia in 1292, one of the Duke´s sons was imprisoned in Taggenbrunn by the Archbishop of Salzburg, Konrad IV.
In 1308 Otto of Liechtenstein-Murau became governor of Carinthia. His residence was Taggenbrunn, so back then Carinthia was reigned from Taggenbrunn.
In 1497 the fortress was opened by Archbishop Leonhard of Keutschach to the Hungarians, back then his allies against emporer Friedrich III. Later the troups of the emporer completely destroyed the fortress.
Until the end of the 15th century, Taggenbrunn remained an imperial estate. In 1494 Maximilan I, Friedrich´s son, returned Taggenbrunn to the Archdiocese Salzburg.
From 1497 till 1503 Taggenbrunn was upgraded into a modern fortress by Archbishop Leonhard of Keutschach, who was also mainly responsible for the massive extension of the fortress Hohensalzburg, as we know it today. At the same time the granaries and other stable buildings were erected.
In 1796 Taggenbrunn was documented a ruin for the first time. In 1803 Salzburg ceased to exist as a sovereign principality and Taggenbrunn was returned to Austria and became a state-run estate. In 1858 Antonie of Reyer bought Taggenbrunn from Austria. A couple of years later, in 1883, Taggenbrunn was bought by the Paulitsch family and within the same year by the Kleinszig family.
In 1803 Salzburg ceased to exist as a sovereign principality and Taggenbrunn was returned to Austria and became a state-run estate.
In 1858 Antonie of Reyer bought Taggenbrunn from Austria. A couple of years later, in 1883, Taggenbrunn was bought by the Paulitsch family and within the same year by the Kleinszig family.
In 2011 Alfred and Andrea Riedl, well-known Carinthian entrepreneurs, bought Taggenbrunn and the adjoining estate. Ever since the castle and all the attached buildings have been and are still being renovated with lots of effort and love for details. Some stable buildings and the granary are historically especially interesting, as they have been erected in the 16th century and have been preserved in their original form.
During the last couple of years the whole estate has been refined under utmost strict requirements. Today the land for wine-growing expands about 40ha, the wonderful stable building has been converted into a romantic hotel as well as premises for events of almost any kind. The castle itself is still under construction as the renovation works take lots of time, skills and effort but is planned to be reopened soon.
In July 2017 our vinery Taggenbrunn with hotel and restaurant has been opened . The hotel has 31 exclusive rooms, suites and apartments and in our "Heuriger" - restaurant, guests can taste typical Carinthian products.