Kulinarische Spezialitäten auf weissen Tellern, präsentiert auf einem Holztisch mit Kräutern als Dekoration Foto: (c) Hotel Landgasthof Linde / Herbert Lehmann

Delectable Culinary Moments at 5 Castle Hotels

Journey to culinary treasures in Tyrol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg and South Tyrol

Savor the taste of history, the luxury of the present, and the charm and attention to every detail. Above all, experience the feeling passed down through generations. Schlosshotels is a collection of historic properties and culinary spirits that seamlessly blend seeming contradictions under one roof. From traditional dishes to modern cuisine, from Michelin-star dining to cozy taverns, the culinary world of Schlosshotels is home to many gourmands. Here, you can find not only tranquility and relaxation but also a cuisine that enchants the senses and makes the palate sing. These Schlosshotels are true treasures waiting to be discovered. Of course, you can stay overnight at these locations as well - and we do, indeed, highly recommend booking a room, allowing you to sink into a bed of soft feathers after your feast - but as for today, our focus is primarily on the culinary delights.

In this article, we take you with us on a journey through Tyrol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, and South Tyrol as we introduce you to 5 exceptional culinary destinations brought to you courtesy of Schlosshotels.

Set wooden table with table decorations and modern painting in the background at Stiegl-Gut Wildshut in St. Pantaleon (c) photo scheinast.com
Wooden table covered with a selection of culinary treats, in some cases presented on an étagère, at Stiegl-Gut Wildshut in St. Pantaleon, Upper Austria

1. Stiegl Gut Wildshut - Austria's first beer estate

Stiegl-Gut Wildshut is a place that captivates and enchants all the senses. A delightful combination of brewery, distillery, restaurant, culinary delights, and distinctive accommodations inspired by nature and the seasons. The brewery at Stiegl-Gut Wildshut maintains the traditions of the beer-brewing craft in truly exceptional ways. Here, brewing beer is not just a trade, but an art executed with devotion and passion. The Wildshut brewmasters have made it their mission to create the very best out of regional ingredients and craft distinctive beers. The brewery is unique and innovative in its approach to beer production, harnessing its own ingredients, various maturation techniques, and local knowledge to fashion new beer creations. In the malt house, their own grain is cleaned, malted, and eventually used to produce organic beers and organic distilled spirits.

In the kitchen of Stiegl-Gut Wildshut, childhood memories are brought back to life as the aroma of precious ingredients fills the air. Here, the best of nature is prepared and served authentically, using only organic ingredients grown on-site or sourced from selected partners in the immediate region. The culinary offerings are determined by nature and reflect the changing seasons as well as the availability of produce from local farmers. The “Slow Food” philosophy is embraced here, and the love for food and nature can be felt in every dish.

Beer Estate Reopening Special
The Beer Estate Reopening Special (offer valid from May 1 to August 31, 2023) entices with a 2-night stay, organic breakfast, a “food sharing” dinner experience, a picnic basket filled with culinary delicacies, use of the bathing beach on Höllerersee, as well as rental bikes and stand-up paddleboards.

Plus: The Paracelsusstube in Salzburg

In the elegant "Paracelsusstube" brewery-restaurant of Stiegl-Brauwelt in Salzburg, experience a unique fusion of fine ingredients and beer. The herbs and ingredients come from their own garden and organic farm, while the certified beer sommeliers recommend the perfect beer accompaniment for your chosen dishes and offer a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the world of beer enjoyment.

A set wooden table in the courtyard of Heurigenhof Bründlmayer in Langenlois, Lower Austria
Hohe Kunst der Küche am Beispiel eines Fischgerichts im Heurigenhof Bründlmayer in Langenlois, Kamptal, Niederösterreich (c) Foto (c) Studio Pilens

2. Heurigenhof Bründlmayer - Schlosshotel in Kamptal

Heurigenhof Bründlmayer is an idyllic retreat for connoisseurs, surrounded by the gentle hills of the Austrian Kamptal. Here, you can immerse yourself in a world of tranquility and relaxation, and be enchanted by the unique atmosphere. The family-style ambiance in combination with a passion for wine are certain to captivate you from the very first moment. Heurigenhof Bründlmayer is a Schlosshotel where you can enjoy Austrian hospitality and the culinary delights of the Weinviertel. Here, you are able to allow your soul to unwind and leave everyday life behind whilst savoring the outstanding wines and delectable dishes of the Heurigenhof. The rooms at Heurigenhof Bründlmayer invite you to dream and linger, featuring stylish furnishings and views of the picturesque landscape.

Special Highlight: The Vintner’s Breakfast

The Vintner's Breakfast promises an extraordinarily delightful experience. Wake up, open your eyes, be happy, and enjoy without even setting foot outside your door. In the morning, a lovingly set breakfast table awaits you there in your room.

Schlosshotels Recommendation for Food Lovers: Midweek Special

Sometimes, we just need a break to rediscover who we truly are and allow ourselves a well-deserved pampering. Heurigenhof Bründlmayer offers a magical Midweek Special to escape everyday life and fully surrender to culinary pleasures. Arrive on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday and look forward to a four-course tasting menu, including perfectly paired wines from the Bründlmayer estate. After a true culinary feast, your cozy room beckons you to lose yourself in dreams. The next morning, indulge in the Vintner's Breakfast served in your room and start the day feeling refreshed and invigorated.

Wood-paneled dining room with beautifully decked-out table at Gasthof Herrnhaus in Brixlegg, Tyrol
Delectable meal of fish and salad at Gasthof Herrnhaus, served on a white plate with wood-paneled wall in the background

3. Gasthof Herrnhaus in Brixen - Schlosshotel in Tyrol

Enthroned in the heart of the Tyrolean lowlands, the Herrnhaus is a residence that has brought joy and pleasure to people for centuries. It is a place where tradition and modernity meet, where the past comes alive and the present shines in the form of sublime comforts. The Herrnhaus is an inn with exceptional cuisine and cozy rooms. The Moigg family runs it with attention to every “little” detail and immense passion. Together with their son Lukas, they constantly refine their culinary artistry and surprise with new, creative dishes. The wild game from their own hunting grounds is a specialty, and most definitely not to be missed. Traditional Tyrolean and Austrian dishes also feature on the menu, with something for everyone, from Schlutzkrapfen to Tafelspitz.

The kitchen team focuses on fresh and regional ingredients, some of which they have cultivated themselves. Table decorations and herbs are brought in by Sandra Moigg from her own garden, creating a feast for the eyes of every guest. This Schlosshotel is not only a place for connoisseurs, but also for dreamers. Its idyllic setting and charming atmosphere make it a perfect oasis to escape everyday life and lose yourself in dreams. Discover a renewed sense of harmony as you are treated to an array of culinary highlights, undoubtedly experienced best by staying overnight as part of the "Gourmet Getaway" package.

Special Tip: In addition to its culinary delights, the Herrnhaus also offers an impressive wine selection. Over 90 fine wines are stored in the estate's wine cellar, including top Austrian vintages as well as Italian and French varieties. Some of the wines were personally sourced by the Moigg family directly from the winemakers themselves. Insider tip: Be sure to ask about their special Chianti, which is not available anywhere else.

Served breakfast with various delicacies at Hotel Gasthof Hirschen (c) Florence Stoiber
Three different desserts presented upon a dark slate platter at Hotel Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg, Bregenzerwald (c) photo Cornelius Klimt

4. Curated Cuisine in the Bregenzerwald - Schlosshotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg

Once you've visited the Bregenzerwald, it simply won't let you go. Amidst picturesque landscapes and extraordinary architecture, you will encounter a special culinary powerhouse: Hotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg. The Hirschen Schwarzenberg is a place of tranquility and down-to-earth culinary excess, where the extraordinary meets the refined. At the heart of the Stube, you will not find overly elaborate menus, but rather a precise selection of dishes certain to delight your palate.

Chef's Choice À-la-Carte
Hotel guests are treated to a special experience: Curated Cuisine. The concept of Curated Cuisine is designed to allow you to choose as much or as little as you desire from the à-la-carte menu. The Hirschen promises food for the soul and fine dining, in a cozy and charming atmosphere.

Farewell to the Classic Breakfast Buffet
Jonathan Burger and his team serve time-honored and out-of-the-ordinary dishes from Schwarzenberg and the surrounding area on a breakfast menu that changes daily. If you want salmon sandwiches, you can find them on the North Sea! The Bregenzerwald, meanwhile, teems with river fish, forests, meadows, as well as cheeses, both young and mature. You can take these from the buffet, as well as home-baked breads and rolls - everything else will be brought to your table.

Restaurant 1908 with tables set, at Parkhotel Holzner in Oberbozen, South Tyrol (c) Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser / Cornelius Klimt
Chocolate dessert, served on a white plate, with the mountains of South Tyrol in the background, Parkhotel Holzner in Oberbozen, South Tyrol

5. High above on the Ritten - Restaurant 1908 at Parkhotel Holzner

There is so much to be said about Parkhotel Holzner, its architecture and history, as well as its rooms and wellness amenities. But for the moment, we turn our attention to a very special culinary highlight that makes Parkhotel Holzner so unique: Restaurant 1908. Holzner’s 1908 exudes a special atmosphere that recalls times-past while simultaneously feeling modern and exciting. The restaurant pays tribute to the artists and pioneers of the Jugendstil period, who advocated for a new way of life over 100 years ago, seeking the good and the best in life. The architecture by Bergmeisterwolf strikes a successful balance between past and present. The historic walls are gracefully staged and complemented by modern elements that bring the space to life. Stephan Zippl's cuisine is a veritable ode to the region: he conjures up surprising and sophisticated dishes from the finest ingredients the surroundings have to offer, captivating the senses.

Evening restaurant 1908 is not just about the food, but about an experience for all the senses. Here, you will find a spirit of freedom, curiosity, and joie de vivre in a unique atmosphere that invites you to dream and linger. Allow yourself to be surprised by Stephan Zippl's culinary creations and enjoy an evening to remember.

Incidentally, this particular dining experience has received the following accolades

Ambience Award, Gault Millau 2016
Best Dining Experience, Shortlist of the Condé Nast Awards for Excellence 2018
Buona Cucina, Touring Club Italiano 2019
Top di domani (for Stephan Zippl), Touring Club Italiano 2019
Award for Ambience of the Year in the Falstaff Restaurant Guide 2020
4 Toques and 17 points in Gault Millau 2022/23
3 Forks and 94 points in Falstaff Restaurant Guide 2023
1 Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide 2023
Green Star in the Michelin Guide 2023

Long, set table in the vaulted wine cellar at Landgasthof Hotel Linde (c) photo Heli Hinkel
Evening mood on the outside of Schlosshotel Iglhauser in Mattsee near Salzburg

Closing thoughts: The food at these other Castle Hotels is also certain to inspire you

If you are in search of culinary treasures, these other Castle Hotels are also well worth a repeat visit:

Landgasthof Linde - Schlosshotel in Zillertal

The most recent highlight for the haute-cuisine kitchen team of the Ebster family was undoubtedly winning the coveted award "Wirtshaus of the Year 2020 in Austria", presented to them by influential restaurant guide Gault & Millau. Every time the culinary artistry of Landgasthof Linde comes up in conversation, we feel compelled to offer one particular tip, this time being no exception: Be sure to order the onion roast, you'll definitely thank us for it.

Schlosshotel Iglhauser

Schlosshotel Iglhauser, located on the shores of Mattsee, is a place rich in history and tradition, as well as freedom and gourmet enjoyment. Ms. Iglhauser conjures up delicious dishes from regional ingredients following historical recipes. The well-stocked wine cellar is widely renowned, and the rooms and suites exude a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. The perfect blend of down-to-earthness, coziness, and lightness make this Schlosshotel a hidden gem.

We wish you a delectable culinary journey!



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