6 Austrian castles where to spend ( at least) a dream night

Fortresses, noble residences and medieval fortresses are legacies of Austria’s long history. Today many of them have become hotels, where you can spend days of vacation and relaxation, amidst works of art and legends of the past. In nature, on the lake or in the city, all ensure unforgettable experiences.

Let’s see where some are:

  1. Indulge in breakfast under the Rococo stuccoes of the ballroom or a newspaper reading in the original inlaid wood library. Outside the windows, the view of the lake and the mountains excites in every season:
    Leopoldskron Castle ( cover image) seems isolated but is only half an hour’s walk from the center of Salzburg.
    You get lost in its boundless park, where the notes of the film All together passionately resound, of which some outdoor scenes were shot here. Wanted by a prince archbishop in 1736, the palace was purchased at the beginning of the twentieth century by Max Reinhardt, theatrical impresario and founder of the Salzburg Festival: at that time the castle was used for traveling shows, with the public moving from room to room Really magical.
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  2. On Sundays you may be awakened by the bells echoing in the valley. A sound that few now remember, but which can be heard if you sleep inside a former monastery with the chapel still in use for masses.
    The Schloss Berg Klösterle stands on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,000 meters above the village of Zedlitzdorf in Carinthia. Off the beaten track, it is the ideal choice to isolate yourself in nature. The structure, completed in 1756, housed Carmelite and Capuchin monks, before becoming a school.
    Today it has been divided into apartments with bathroom and kitchen, which can be rented in small groups. The tavern with its barrel vaults, the isolated location, the rustic but comfortable furnishings: everything contributes to keeping the original spirituality of the place intact.
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3. A small peninsula jutting out over Lake Fuschlsee. All around the silence of snow-capped or lush mountains, depending on the season. At the center is a Renaissance castle that may seem familiar to some: it was in fact a set for the famous Sissi trilogy of the 1950s (it was used as a location for the childhood home of the future empress).
But that’s not the only thing that makes Schloss Fuschl an internationally popular destination. The 5-star hotel has a stormy history and still preserves a valuable collection of works of art collected over the centuries. The most sophisticated travelers appreciate the impeccable service, the Austro-French cuisine, the indoor swimming pool, the refined beach club on the shores of the lake. And the charm of a fairytale castle just twenty minutes from Salzburg.
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Schloss Fischl Austria
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4. You don’t need a lot of imagination to step into the shoes of an emperor or an empress when you choose to sleep in the Grand Suite inside Schönbrunn Palace: just look out the window and admire the Gloriette above the Neptune fountain to immediately feel like the Kaiser Franz Joseph or his wife Sissi (to name the two most famous tenants of the building).
This 167 sqm deluxe room accommodates up to four people and offers the unique experience of sleeping in a four-poster bed in one of the most famous residences in the world, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rooms of the imperial palace of the Habsburgs tell the story of a glorious past, of family joys and sorrows, of a legendary dynasty that still fascinates visitors from all over the world.
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5. The boat glides gently on the most famous river in Austria, the notes of the Strauss waltz immediately come to mind, the hills of the Wachau valley, UNESCO heritage, are covered with orchards and vineyards.
One hour from Vienna, this is the view at Schloss Dürnstein, a 5-star hotel in Lower Austria, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group.
Built in the 1600s, the castle belonged to various aristocratic dynasties until it was bought by the Thiery family, who today manage it with care and passion. Pride of the hotel are the cellar stocked with local wines, the spa with indoor and outdoor pools and the terraces where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner. The region, rich in medieval fortresses and monasteries, is a pleasant stop for those who want to be lulled by the waters of the majestic Danube.
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Schloss Dürnstein
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6. A few dozen wooden houses, a church tower and not even 800 inhabitants squeezed between an emerald lake and the mountains: when you think of Austria, you probably imagine the village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the surrounding region.
Lying on the sparkling waters is Casa Kainz, one of three historic structures part of the Heritage Hotel Hallstatt.
The other two, Casa Stocker and Casa Seethaler, are just a few minutes’ walk away and enjoy the same enchanting view. After a stroll through picturesque alleys or a visit to the salt mines, a coffee on the lakefront is always a good idea to review the images of the day. Hallstatt doesn’t need to be a great photographer to post the perfect photo on social media: every corner is truly magical.
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the town of hallstatt in austria
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