A Royal Weekend at Mittersill Castle Hotel

Have you ever dreamed of sleeping like a lady & lord in a luxurious castle hotel? Well, you’re dream can come true by staying at the 4-star superior Mittersill Castle Hotel! This idyllic 900-year-old castle is set in the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park area and stands proud and majestic overlooking the famous Kitzbüheler Alps.

Hohe Tauern Austria
View from the hotel

It’s no secret that Austria is blessed with many castles, often in stunning locations, all full of history. But the feeling, the aura, the ambiance – call it what you please – of Mittersill Castle provides an incredible energy-charging experience and memories that will last a lifetime. So let’s take a step back in time, shall we?

Schloss Mittersill Austria
The castle’s windows, arcades and faded stone exterior make it look as it has been plucked from a fairy tale.

First built in 1130 and restored to its original glory in 2009, Mittersill Castle retains priceless reminders of the castle’s historic past. It’s shrouded in myth and legend, and its history is shaped by the rise and fall of political powers.

In 1948 Baron von Pantz founded the “Sports & Shooting-Club“, which attracted the international jet set and many royalties, including the Shah of Persia, Soraya, King Faruk of Egypt, Aga Khan, Henry Ford II., Rita HayworthGina LollobrigidaClark Gable and the self-made billionaire Aristoteles Onassis. It was the most exclusive club in the world, so it was a huge draw even for Onassis. While many came here for hunting, riding, tennis, and swimming, he came here for the fantastic parties and the much sought-after contacts for getting into international business.

Coco Chanel was here and fell in love not only with the castle, but also with the elegant lord of Mittersill Castle, Baron Hubert von Pantz. This was also where she got the inspiration for one of her most famous creations, the CHANEL CLASSIC JACKET – the uniform of a lift attendant served as inspiration for her timeless piece of clothing.

Now imagine Gina Lollobrigida posing next to this fountain…

The hotel expertly mixes old and new – you’ll find priceless tapestries, artwork, glittering chandeliers and elegant fireplaces. Last but not least, you’ll have an amazing host – Stephanie Busch von Holtum  she will make you feel so welcome, and so royal! This high level of service has kept aristocrats and the well-heeled travelers coming here for generations.

The heritage of the past seamlessly blends with modern touches.

Royal Nights

The rooms and suites have been elegantly decorated with rich wood furnishings, exquisite fabrics, weighty curtains, and velvet blankets. The opulent interiors recall the old-world glamour, and you’ll be transported back in time. All the suites are named after famous personalities and Hollywood stars, who have stayed in the castle over the course of the centuries. But if you want to splurge, book the 60 sq m Coco Chanel Suite, which can host up to 4 persons. It features originally preserved wooden ceilings and floors, and it can be booked in conjunction with the Aristoteles Onassis Suite. Who could ask for more?

Coco Chanel Suite
Coco Chanel Suite
Aristoteles Onassis Suite

Your BONUS: elegant bathrooms with claw-foot bathtubs and modern showers. Best of all, this unique castle is also pet-friendly, and what could be cozier than cuddling up with your dog and a book in front of the fireplace?

My boy feeling royal… listening to piano music in the lobby.

Wellness & Spa

Not only are the staff and services top notch, but the wellness facilities too. The hotel includes a wonderful SPA area where you can indulge in some pampering and use the sauna, salt water steam bath, infrared cabins, relaxation rooms, fitness center, and the year-round heated outdoor pool with panoramic views of the Alps. You’ll find a spa bag with bathing robe, slippers and towels in your room.

Superb views: on the left Hohe Tauern National Park, and on the right the Kitzbüheler Alps.

Whether all you want is a Castle Anti-Aging/Hyaluron Treatment (80 minutes) or a Goodbye Stress Massage (50 minutes), this SPA has you covered. Moreover, you’ll enjoy top-quality products from SOTHYS Paris. And there’s no vacation like a spa vacation, right? Just sit back and relax, there’s no need to rush – Mozart’s Birthplace will still be there tomorrow.

The Relaxation Room

Delicious Eats

When it comes down to fine dining and delicacies, Mittersill Castle Hotel has much to offer. Be sure to book a half-board stay, as the breakfast and regional 4-course menu are a real treat! And one of the most outstanding, and I mean  o u t s t a n d i n g, culinary treasures you’ll discover here is the mouth-watering venison… Needless to say, it has the highest protein and the lowest cholesterol content of any major meat.

Shloss Restaurant
Venison anyone?
Wine is always a good idea…

Special tip: Ask to be seated in the Gothic Dining Room – you’ll love the ambiance!

Schloss Mittersill Restaurant
How about this view?

And the hotel bar at Mittersill Castle is a cozy venue with a great selection of delicious drinks – actually, a great place to unwind with a cocktail after a day exploring the mountains around Mittersill.

To Dos While You’Re Here

The hotel could not be in a better position to take in all that the Alps have to offer. And just in case you’re looking for a change of scenery during your stay, Zell am See, Saalbach and Kitzbühel are an easy drive away. If you’re a ski fan, do not miss the famous Hahnenkamm Race (14.01. – 21.01.2018)! Click here for more information about the Castle & Hahnenkamm Race Offer.

For a complete next level of adrenaline, book a Helicopter Tour over the Alps – SennAir will show you Zeller SeeKitzsteinhorn and Großvenediger from above. Feeling nervous? Good! Even the most adventurous people can find helicopter flying a bit scary but the views are worth it.

SennAir Helicopter Tour

And it comes as no surprise that Mittersill Castle is regarded as one of the most magical wedding venues in Austria. It features even a romantic chapel, and the ceremony can be conducted in English – so, what are you waiting for?

If you’re looking for a slice of royal luxury in the Austrian Alps, it’s time to discover this castle for yourself. Go ahead and unwind in style with spoiling spa treatments and fantastic surroundings! Go out into the woods to hear the pine trees whisper, and see the tiny sparrows dancing with each other.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mittersill Castle for welcoming Expat Trip into this fairytale hotel! Opinions are, as always, my own.