Gösting Castle Ruins
Despairing maidens and precipitous views. The ruins of Gösting castle offer the perfect destination for a trek within easy reach of the city. The steep but short ascent passes by the ‘Jungfernsprung’, the place from which, legend has it, the lovesick and grief-stricken Anna von Gösting threw herself to her doom. Further up, by the castle ruins, there are impressive views of the strategically important valley of the river Mur, Graz itself and the landscape around Gösting.
From the Schlossplatz square in Gösting a picturesque footpath takes you up the Gösting castle ruins. The medieval keep and a Romanesque twin chapel are the outstanding features of the old castle. Once vital for the defence of the area, this spot now provides a wonderful view of the city of Graz and beyond over south east Styria (no access by car).
In just 20 minutes you can walk up the (occasionally steep) path to the castle ruins from the Schlossplatz square in Gösting - the view from the terrace of the castle tavern is a reward in itself!