GPS: N 47.24571° E 15.77985°
Neuhaus Castle is located on a mountain high above the River Feistritz in the eastern part of Styria, offering an unspoilt view over Lake Stubenberg and the hills beyond. All rooms are south facing. The grace and charm of antique furniture are combined with modern plumbing. Pleasant indoor temperatures are guaranteed throughout the summer.
Neuhaus Castle is a medieval fortress. Having stood as a ruin for two centuries, it is currently being restored to its original splendour. Today, from June to September, 3 bedrooms, dining room, sitting room, 2 baths and kitchens on the third floor (no elevator!) as well as 1 double bedroom with bath on the first floor are provided for our guests.
Neuhaus Castle was built in the 14th century by the counts of Stubenberg, one of the oldest and most renowned nobel families of Styria. It forms part of the line of fortifications erected along the eastern border of Austria to protect the region against invading Hungarians and Turks; however, there are no reports that the castle was ever besieged or taken. Other families followed, such as the Draxler and Wurmbrand.
Bernhard Draxler undertook some major restaurations after the castle had been damaged by fire in 1541 (a gruesome legend is linked to this tragic event); the main entrance gate with his coat of arms and the machicolation above bear witness to these works. Around 1680, on the eve of the Ottoman wars, the Wurmbrands added a 100 ft. high shield-wall giving the castle its present characteristic appearance. Only a century later, they abandoned Neuhaus and moved to their newly built residence in the baroque castle of Schielleiten near-by.
In 1800, lightning set fire to the roof reducing the once prominent fortress to a romantic ruin.
Reconstruction began in 1982 with the purpose of creating a residence for the present owners, Count and Countess Vetter von der Lilie, as well as to provide accomodation for tourists who prefer the unusual to designer hotels. Today, the entire 3rd floor (no lift!) consisting of three bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, 2 bathrooms/showers and kitchens, together sleeping 7 persons, as well as a double bedroom with bath on the 1st floor, are ready to receive guests. They have the choice between preparing their own meals or to breakfast - for a little extra - with the owners. The exceptional location of the building on top of a mountain offers a bird’s-eye view over Lake Stubenberg and the rolling country-side bejond, a view only shared by a faithful couple of falcons and a large family of black martins. A guided tour of the premises is offered free of charge.
Stubenberg, situated at the heart of the “Appleland” region of Styria, offers a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. Already Celts and Romans knew about the beauty of the place; their rich cultural heritage combined with numerous touristic attractions on the ground, in refreshing water or high up in the air make a holiday an exciting experience.
Sports: swimming, surfing or sailing in the pleasantly warm water of Lake Stubenberg, tennis, walking, hiking and jogging, ballooning and paragliding, cycling and horse riding, fishing, golf in short distance.
Health and leisure: numerous spas, Kneipping, boat trips, large animal park and rose-garden at near-by Herberstein Castle.
Excursions: along the Castle and Apple Roads or on a nostalgic steam train, stalactite caves, Graz – the Cultural Capital of Europe 2003 – is at a distance of 60 km, Vienna at 150 km.
Dining-out: good-value cuisine typical for rural Styria, wine-cellars and schnaps-breweries.
Other Activities: ballooning
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