A table with two chairs and two aperitif glasses in a nook at Burg Bernstein with view of the surrounding countryside (c) Matthias Kronfuss

Timeless Romance

4 retreats for a romantic holiday

Welcome to a world where time seems to stand still and romance fills the air. A place where you can escape the everyday and forget about everything around you. A haven of adventure, tranquility, and dreams. We're talking about romantic retreats that provide unforgettable vacation experiences. In this blog post, we'll introduce four enchanting Schlosshotels that appear to have sprung from another era, offering an unparalleled romantic getaway to all who pilgrimage to them.

Our journey begins in South Tyrol, at Schloss Englar, magnificently situated in a region where the Alps are kissed by the Mediterranean climate. Connected through the art of winemaking, our next stop takes us to southeastern Styria, where Schloss Kapfenstein lies amidst the picturesque vineyards and gentle hills of the Styrian Vulkanland Region. Moving on to Burgenland, Castle Bernstein seems to have been plucked from the pages of a fairytale, captivating every castle guest with its unique flair and romantic atmosphere. Finally, we reach Tyrol, where Schloss Fernsteinsee affords an idyllic setting surrounded by mountains and a dreamlike lake that beckons you to linger and daydream.

These four retreats combine tradition, elegance, and the luxury of modernity in a unique way. From majestic walls to culinary delights, let the journey begin!

Elegantly furnished salon with antique furniture and wooden ceiling at Schloss Englar in Eppan, South Tyrol
Schloss Englar on a hill, surrounded by vineyards and old trees with mountains in the background, South Tyrol

1. Schloss Englar in South Tyrol - Romance and Wine

Welcome to romantic Schloss Englar, nestled idyllically in the hills of South Tyrol, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Here, you will find historic walls, a cozy atmosphere, and a special highlight: their own private winery. Schloss Englar, owned by the Counts Khuen-Belasi for almost 400 years, is the best-preserved Gothic castle in South Tyrol. The ensemble, featuring the Gothic chapel of St. Sebastian, the farm, and the duck pond, offers a harmonious blend of nature and culture.

A true treasure: the winery of Schloss Englar. The sun-drenched vineyards rise steeply, while the view from the terrace of the Schloss extends to the distant peaks of the Dolomites. The mild climate of the Southern Alps and the terroir of Überetsch lend their wines a distinctive character. At Schloss Englar, you can immerse yourself in the world of flavors and feel the passion for wine. The cellar masters refine the grapes into exquisite vintages, capturing the romantic atmosphere and very essence of the region. During a wine tasting, you will be able to experience the love for their craft and the beauty of this stately home.

Enjoy the romantic ambiance together, stroll through the vineyards, and let yourself be seduced by the castle wines. Schloss Englar is a true retreat for wine lovers and romantics who appreciate the beauty of nature coupled with traditional craftsmanship.

Entrance to Schloss Kapfenstein in Styria (c) Schlosshotels & Herrenhäuser

Schloss Kapfenstein and Weingut Winkler-Hermaden

Nestled in the picturesque Vulkanland Region of Styria, enchanting Schloss Kapfenstein Kapfenstein rises upon a hill, offering breathtaking views. With its unique charm and romantic atmosphere, it invites couples to enjoy an utterly unforgettable stay.

Schloss Kapfenstein houses sixteen individual guest rooms, lovingly furnished with antique furniture and modern comforts. Each room is named after previous owners or provides hints about its history, such as the Prince's Room, the Poet's Room, or the "Von Lengheim" and "Von Weißeneck" rooms. Each is unique in its size, architecture, and decor, exuding a special atmosphere. Whether with cozy nooks or picturesque bay windows, residing at Schloss Kapfenstein is a delightful experience in every season and in every room, one intertwined with history and romance.

Magnificent Wine Organically Cultivated

Weingut Winkler-Hermaden at Schloss Kapfenstein, located in the picturesque Vulkanland Region of Styria, is a true gem of organic and biodynamic wine production. For generations, the passionate Winkler-Hermaden family has meticulously cultivated the idyllic vineyards with loving care. Here, 21 exquisite grape varieties grow and thrive, including an elegant Blauer Zweigelt, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, and seductive Gewürztraminer. Their dedication to winemaking is reflected in exquisite wines that are internationally acclaimed. Yet, the Winkler-Hermaden winery is more than just a place where wine is produced. It is one of harmony, connection to nature, and familial hospitality. Through organic and biodynamic farming practices since 2009, biodiversity is promoted, and the wine quality is optimized naturally. Here, craftsmanship is united with respect for the environment and the romantic atmosphere of historic Schloss Kapfenstein.

View from the park of Burg Bernstein, Burgenland
A double room appointed with antique furniture at Burg Bernstein in Burgenland

Burg Bernstein - Protected behind Historic Walls

Amongst our Schlosshotels, the epitome of an idyllic retreat is undoubtedly Burg Bernstein. Nestled in the hills of Burgenland, the castle gate opens up into a world that grants immediate peace and tranquility. “Lord of the castle” Erasmus Almásy welcomes guests personally and invites them to engage in a truly unique experience. The dining hall is lit solely by candlelight, the rooms adorned with antiques. The hosts combine modern luxury with the flair of bygone eras. You won't find televisions or the like in this castle, which is quite intentional. Instead, you will discover copious serenity, space, and a fantastic view.

Adventure Enthusiasts
The Almásy family has always been a family of adventurers and explorers. And for six generations, they have also been hosts at Burg Bernstein. Only those who themselves love to travel know what a guest truly needs. They cook the same meals that their own family gets joy from. That's why you won't find a traditional à la carte restaurant here, but rather a set menu with a main course and dessert. In the morning, there is no buffet, but rather a breakfast served at the table in the Renaissance Hall or in the castle courtyard.

A Special Tip: "In the Footsteps of the English Patient"
Perhaps the most famous resident of this castle was László E. Almásy, whose adventures served as inspiration for the novel and film "The English Patient," winning 9 Oscars in 1997, including "Best Picture." To learn more details about Burg Bernstein and the true story of László Almásy, join one of the guided tours offered daily from April 29th to October 2nd, except Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 11:00 am.

Aerial view of the turquoise Fernsteinsee in the nature resort at Hotel Schloss Fernsteinsee in Tyrol

Schlosshotel Fernsteinsee - A Nature Paradise

Welcome to enchanting Schloss Fernsteinsee, once a residence of King Ludwig II. Located amidst beautiful nature, this Schlosshotel invites you to dream and relax. Transported back to the luxury of bygone times, you can explore the picturesque countryside and revel in views of the lake and mountains. Up here, high above the lake, history and the comforts of the present blend together seamlessly.

Naturresort Fernsteinsee

Naturresort Fernsteinsee extends over an area of 280,000 square meters, affording the opportunity to find complete tranquility and relaxation amidst breathtaking landscapes. The romantic islands, silent forests, and clear mountain streams invite you to take idyllic walks, while the majestic mountains on the horizon are certain to enchant your eyes. Here, body, mind, and soul can rejuvenate fully, and the pure mountain air will awaken all your senses.

2 Special Tips for Your Stay

The unique location is also ideal for day trips in the surrounding area. Here, we have put together two tips that can be combined perfectly:

1. Day Trip to the Zugspitze
A trip to the Zugspitze is an unforgettable experience that takes you to the highest peak in Germany. From the summit, you are able to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, glaciers, and valleys.

Supper Club at Ansitz Felsenheim
Not far from Schloss Fernsteinsee, another Schlosshotel awaits - Ansitz Felsenheim. Benedikt Kössler, both the host and a talented chef, recently launched the Felsenheim Supper Club, where an exclusive six-course surprise menu is served once a month. You can find complete information on the Instagram channel of the Felsenheim Supper Club.


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