Photographing inside an abandoned castle in Austria

During my search for lost places to photograph, I recently discovered a gorgeous abandoned castle in Lower Austria. The origins of the said castle date back to the 13th century!

Until the early 20th century, it was owned by a number of noble families before it was completely abandoned sometime between World War I and World War II. You may have heard that all forms of nobility were prohibited in many European countries after World War I but I have no idea if this was the reason that the castle was abandoned.

Well equipped, I traveled to the castle for a two hour iPhone photography session inside this gem. Light conditions were really difficult in there, especially in the basement. A good flashlight really helps in such locations. If you're an urban explorer too, head over to my Olight S30R III Review. It's the flashlight I use for such places.

As all windows were boarded up I used Low Light Mode from ProCamera App. The first thing I notices once I entered the abandoned castle were those stairs to the upper floor.

Stairs in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

Stairs in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

The stairs looked okayish in the lower half. But, though I wore my hiking boots which provide a really good grip, it was difficult to climb the second half of the stairs as they were totally covered in debris.

Once I made it upstairs I passed through a dozen of rooms. All of them were totally empty except for some still having the, probably, century old wallpaper and some doors lying around.

Ancient wallpaper in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

Ancient wallpaper in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

Room in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

Room in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

After crossing a few rooms I encountered an obstacle. Such an obstacle is a clear warning sign of an unstable structure: Avoid at all costs.

Collapsed area in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

Collapsed area in abandoned castle in Lower Austria

The roof timbering had collapsed here and in some other places. Such areas are really dangerous because you‘ll never known how stable the remaining part of the floor is.

Dark Basement

Dark Basement

Back in the basement I tried to find a way to the chapel. Such medieval castles quite often have their own chapels and those are usually the most beautiful part of such an abandoned building like this.

The basement was the most difficult part to photograph. As I mentioned above, it was really dark in there. Luckily, my [two flashlights][0] helped illuminated the darkest corners for me.

So, did I find the chapel? Well, see for yourself. I filmed a little bit using the DJI Osmo 2 and was quite positively surprised that the DJI app automatically pick some dramatic music and created a 30 second clip from the 13 min. footage. Nice.

A 30-second clip that was automatically created by the DJI app