The heatwaves have moved on and summer now displays itself at its most beautiful. With warm hours of sunshine virtually a matter of course over the past several weeks, in late summer we relish each and every gorgeous day we are fortunate to be granted. Hints of reddish-brown splashes of color extend out across the countryside, and we recognize that the autumn will soon set in. For this transition from summer into autumn, we have selected special Schlosshotel treasures that range from Burgenland to South Tyrol and the Palatinate. Filled with joy, we set off to those charming places which come into full bloom in late summer. This is our time, then, for late summer, for hiking, and for mushroom hunting .
A Castle Hotel in Burgenland, Burg Bernstein, invites all lovers of the autumn to step inside its historic walls. Shaped by the spirit of discovery perhaps more than any other family (during your visit, be sure to ask about The English Patient), the Almásy family has created a refuge that is quite extraordinary. Mighty and sublime, untamable and legendary, yet peaceful and personal: Burg Bernstein is the perfect setting in which to quietly bid a fond farewell to the warm season.
Golden autumn is the perfect time for hikes and excursions. That perfection is taken to an even higher level if you have the right place from which to set out and the right place to recharge your batteries, before and after each of your adventures. This Castle Hotel in Carinthia, Schloss Lerchenhof, offers precisely that. From here, you are able to experience the mountain panoramas of the Carnic and Gailtal Alps in the most beautiful golden light imaginable. Every day, you can enjoy guided hikes as well as regional cuisine in the Castle Hotel’s own slow-food restaurant.
Things continue with guided hikes. Now with the starting point in Innichen, South Tyrol, at Boutique & Gourmet Hotel Orso Grigio. Here, owner & Schlosshotels President Franz Ladinser invites you to join him on a hike including lunch at a mountain hut. Being able to explore the breathtaking alpine landscapes of the Dolomites with your host is a truly special experience.
At Parkhotel Holzner, located in fairytale Oberbozen, they have declared this “The Year of Love”. Despite everything going on in the world. A series of special events further underscores the theme with the goal of bringing people together and making the love in this world palpable to all. Artists, authors and musicians will make a guest appearance at Parkhotel Holzner, a hotel that has forever united tradition and modernity unlike virtually any other.
What would autumn be without its faithful companion, wine. In September, it will again be time to bring in the grapes and the former wine estate “Julius in der Pfalz” is the ideal place to participate in a real-life wine harvest.