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    Live in a Castle

    Bernstein Castle in southern Burgenland is the closest you will get to living like a medieval knight or maiden.

    Bernstein Castle in southern Burgenland is the closest you will get to living like a medieval knight or maiden.

    Bernstein Castle perches above the rolling countryside of southern Burgenland. If it weren't for this pastoral backdrop, the tall stone walls could seem intimidating.

    Once you make it past the gate, the lord of the castle, Alexander Almásy, greets you with a tour of your temporary home. His family has owned the hotel inside the 9th-century stronghold for four generations. They try to keep the rooms and grounds as close to their original condition as possible; there are few traces of modern life behind Bernstein’s walls. 

    A Way of Life, Carefully Preserved 

    The Almásys want you to experience Bernstein Castle the way its historic tenants did. Each room is furnished only with antiques, like Biedermeier nightstands, or wardrobes that have been used by counts and kings. The Baroque tiled stoves look like they belong in a museum, but they are not decorative; they still keep castle guests warm.

    Mixed in with local artefacts are precious Venetian mirrors, oriental rugs, and an array of oil paintings. These are souvenirs of the Almásys' own rich family history of travel and exploration. Grandfather Lazslo Almásy, who discovered the "Cave of Swimmers" in Egypt, famously served as the inspiration for the title character in "The English Patient". In the faithfully restored family chambers, you can find heirlooms and knickknacks collected over some 100 years. 

    Dinner at the Knight's Table 

    Your historical experience extends beyond the collection of antiques in the uniquely decorated rooms. Every night, dinner is served at the original knight's table. Only candles provide light as guests enjoy a dish prepared with locally sourced products by castle mistress Andrea. The lack of modern distractions makes eating an old world, communal experience. It's being in the moment, as easy as it was 1,100 years ago.

    Bernstein Castle

    Schlossweg 1

    7434 Bernstein

    Telephone:
    +43 (0) 3354 6382

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