Personalities

Margarethe Maultasch
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Margarethe Maultasch, as she was called, was the last Countess of Tyrol (1318-1369) who around 1345 authorised her burgrave (castellan), Petermann of Schenna, to build a new castle to replace the ruined castle on the Schenna hill, which was completed around 1350.

Archduke John of Austria
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Archduke John of Austria (1782-1859), born in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, recognised and admired as an ingenious progressive thinker in agriculture, industry, customs and culture, a German imperial administrator in the Frankfurt Paulskirche (seat of Germany’s first freely elected parliament), is also fondly remembered on account of his marriage to Anna Plochl, the humble daughter of a postmaster.

His descendants, the Counts of Meran, today still own and inhabit the Castle.

Ursula von Starkenberg
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Ursula von Starkenberg, born into the Truchsess von Waldburg family and wife of Ulrich von Starkenberg, for weeks resisted the siege of the Castle by Duke Friedl, “he of the Empty Pocket”, in the winter of 1422/23 and is thus remembered as Ursula the Brave.

Franz, Count of Meran
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Franz, Count of Meran, is the great-great-great-grandson of Archduke John and the present owner of Schenna Castle. He resides in his possession Stainz Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Styria, which contains a remarkable hunting and agriculture museum.

He is represented at Schenna by his sister, the Countess Johanna.

The Counts zu Lichtenstein
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The Counts zu Lichtenstein, a notable family of Tyrolean aristocrats over the centuries, were in possession of the Castle from 1496 to 1749. It essentially owes its current appearance to them.

Johanna, Countess von Spiegelfeld
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Johanna, Countess von Spiegelfeld, was born Countess of Meran and is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Archduke John. Together with her husband Franz, Count von Spiegelfeld, she maintains her possession, Schenna Castle and her family’s inheritance, most of which – the Castle museum, the Mausoleum and the Thurnerhof – is accessible to the public.

Andreas Hofer
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The world’s largest private Andreas Hofer collection, put together in his honour by Archduke John, is
dedicated to the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer (1767-1810), who is still revered today.
The only authentic oil portrait of him is particularly worthy of mention, as is his cradle.