Castle Hotels & Mansions

The past lives of our establishments

If our walls could talk, they would have a lot to tell.

History is the uniting element of all our establishments. A collection of historic locations with character that is quite unique. Our collaboration is comprised of palaces and castles, bigger hotels and venerable buildings with just a few guest rooms. Connected by their commitment to preservation of history, though never standing still and joyfully looking forward to the future.

Here we give you a glimpse into the past lives of our establishments.

Slowing down the pace

At Stiegl-Gut Wildshut, a former farm belonging to Schloss Wildshut, progress involves taking one step back. Back to nature. Back to ourselves. The deceleration which is lived and experienced at Stiegl-Gut Wildshut has its origins in the history of this place.

In the 18th century, Wildshut comprised 9 houses and 40 inhabitants, whose perception of distances were occasionally widely divergent: “According to Haas, Wildshut lies half an hour from the Salzburg border, though Meynert suggest only 15 minutes; Laufen, according to Haas, is reachable in 3 and Braunau in 4 hours, while Weilmeyr, in this instance, suggests 2 and 8 hours respectively.“ (Sonner, Franz Maria (2018): Gut Wildshut, Brandstätter-Verlag, pp. 6ff).

Though we do take due note that it did indeed take time to reach the Wildshut. And that this sometimes doesn’t really matter at all, because Stiegl-Gut Wildshut is also an outstanding “home-away-from-home”.

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Renaissancehotel Raffelsberger Hof in Weissenkirchen
Renaissancehotel Raffelsberger Hof in Weissenkirchen

The former ship owner's house

The Raffelsbergerhof in the heart of the Wachau region was originally the home of a prosperous ship owner dating back to the year 1574. Lovingly renovated by the hosts - the Anton-Krupp family - the Raffelsbergerhof of today successfully unites the original Late Renaissance structure with the upscale comforts expected by hotel guests of today. Vaulted rooms, arcaded walkways and vine-covered façades. Furnished inside with numerous antiques and original works of art. Situated close to the Danube and surrounded by the Wachau hill country, this is a perfect place to spend the most beautiful days of summer.

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Hotel Richard Löwenherz in Dürnstein

The Clarissan convent

Located not far from the Raffelsbergerhof is yet another historic place. This former convent lies in the midst of one of the most captivating towns in the Wachau: Dürnstein. The origins of Hotel Richard Löwenherz go back to the year 1289. Since 1880, it has been the Thiery family that has worked its magic in the capacious rooms of this house, having transformed the former Schifferwirtshaus into an inn of European standing, named after England’s King Richard the Lionhearted, who was held captive in Dürnstein from 1192 to 1193.

With its incomparably picturesque garden, the hotel lies right on the Danube. A refuge for a short escape to the Wachau region.

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Schloss Schönau Jagdhaus in Schönau a. d. Triesting
Schloss Schönau Jagdhaus in Schönau a. d. Triesting

The Jagdhaus

Schloss Schönau, built in the year 1895 by Archduke Otto von Habsburg, lies in the midst of a 30 ha English-style landscape garden. Within this magnificent garden, we also find the former hunting lodge of Schloss Schönau – the “Jagdhaus”. This elaborately revitalized refuge offers absolute privacy with exclusive access to the spacious castle grounds. Emperors, kings, princes and archdukes all appreciated the magic of this place:
Emperor Karl played on the castle grounds as a child, King Jérôme Bonaparte spent his years in exile here, the “Red Archduchess” celebrated her galas in the Jagdhaus.

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