A city to feel good

Drosendorf is situated along the river Thaya in the northern Waldviertel in Lower Austria, close to the border with the Czech Republic.

Drosendorf makes dreams come true: outstanding natural beauty, amenities, a picturesque castle, a river, sunny meadows and shady avenues, charming gardens and wooded hills. Furthermore, there are serveral inns offering outdoor spaces and cozy accommodation.

Drosendorf is the only village in Austria which is surrounded by a completely preserved city wall. It runs for 1,7 km, includes two gates and is flanked by low towers.

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Drosendorf Park
Drosendorf Raabser Tor

Drosendorf-Zissersdorf is a parish of 1.223 residents (as of January 2016). The municipal territory covers 53.45 km2, almost 30% of this area is wooded and includes 12 villages.

City wall

A walk around the promenade transports you back in time, with stunning views of the Thaya valley.

The village is located on a rocky promontory, underneath the river flows around the small mountain. It is a well-protected place, where the Earls of Pernegg installed a fortified settlement sometime between 1170 to 1200. The city wall first appeared in the 13th century, when the count´s residence was relocated from the Thaya to the top of the rocks. The fortress was built where the main road leads into the village. Along the promenades, you have a wonderful view of the town wall and the 14 towers or their foundations.

In 1278, Stephan of Maissau was the feudal lord of Drosendorf and in this year king Ottokar Premysl besieged Drosendorf for 16 days but could not capture the village. Because of this resistance, Ottokar of Bohemia not only lost this campaign against Rudolf of Habsburg but also his life.

In the course of dismantling the external fortifications, the moat was filled in and gardens created in their place. The steep slopes, which had been kept bare so as to allow approaching enemies no cover, slowly turned green as nature reclaimed them.

A walk along the promenade today offers views of tranquil gardens and orchards against a backdrop of ancient walls covered in ivy and vines.