Under majestic wings
One of the absolute highlights of Hohenwerfen Castle is the impressive birds of prey show of the historic regional falconry center. Falcons, vultures, eagles and other local birds of prey show their flying skills several times a day and give an insight into the great century-old art of falconry.
Flight shows with birds of prey
1 April to 5 November: 11.15 a.m. and 3.15 p.m.
17 July to 18 August: 11.15 a.m., 2.15 and 4.30 p.m.
The historic regional falconry center
The great art of falconry
The historic regional falconry center at Hohenwerfen Castle consists of the falconry museum, a historic falcon room and an open ground on the linden meadow where flight shows take place. The main objective is to promote an understanding of nature, from which many people are very alienated today.
There are spacious facilities available for the birds, which are however not accessible to visitors: Here the birds are looked after according to the strict regulations of the Austrian animal protection law. There are outdoor, tower and winter aviaries in the large loft and a working falcon room in the Lindenhaus, where the birds are prepared for training and for the flight show.
The role of the falconer
The professional falconers who work at Hohenwerfen have passed the hunter and falconer’s license exam, and some also have forestry or veterinary training. The falconers’ flats are in the Lindenhaus, in the middle of the falconry center, in order to guarantee the best possible care for the birds.
The art of falconry requires a lot of empathy and sensitivity. An all-round care of the birds, love, passion and extensive knowledge on the biology and behavior of birds of prey is required. Falconry and husbandry of birds of prey is very time-consuming and sometimes it can also be disappointing. Above all it is not an occasional hobby, but a life’s work.