Bulwark against the hectic nature of modern life.
Turbulent times & The English Patient
The first documentary evidence of Bernstein Castle dates back to 1199. It is the highest fortress in Burgenland. In the late Middle Ages the castle was part of the Güssing rule, but after numerous battles, the inhabitants and rulers of Güssing finally had to bend themselves over to the Hungarian king Robert of Anjou. The last conquest took place in 1445, all subsequent sieges failed. In the 16th century a second wall ring was constructed. In the 17th century the heart of today's castle, the magnificent Renaissance hall with its unique stucco work, was built. The most famous resident of the castle was probably Ladislaus Almásy, whose life served as model for the film "The English Patient", which received nine Oscars.
Bernstein Castle today
Oasis of calm in the heart of Burgenland.
In 1892 Eduard Almásy purchased the castle, which is family-owned til today. Since 1921 Bernstein Castle hosting summer guests. A total of nine lovingly restored rooms and suites are available, which are still furnished with the original pieces of furniture. Experience the flair of the past centuries and enjoy the peace and seclusion far away from the tourist masses. Bernstein Castle is managed as a bed and breakfast hotel. In the evenings, we offer homemade snacks such as quiches and salty strudel. Those little meals are only meant als light dinner (no à la carte selection) and are served in our Renaissance hall, which is entirely lit by candles. Also you will find some handpicked restaurants, some of them even in walking distance, in and around Bernstein. From May to the end of September, a guided tour is offered from Wednesday to Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Access to the castle grounds is only possible as a hotel guest or during a tour.
The Almásy Collection
Wine without borders.
The Almásys have always been a family of explorers and adventurers. Eduard Almásy traveled around the world with his wife and children for two years in the late 19th century. His son Georg led expeditions to Kyrgyzstan and China, and Georg's son László Almásy went down in history as a flight pioneer and researcher. All of them were driven by their curiosity and spirit of discovery to leave Bernstein Castle and go to unknown areas.
We offer an exciting oenological journey of discovery across Central and Eastern Europe with well-known classic wines such as "Blauer Zweigelt" and "Grüner Veltliner", but also exotic grape varieties such as "Harslevelü", "Pinela" and "Feteasca Neagra". Never heard of it? Very good, it's always about discovering something new ... "
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Contact & Info
Schlossweg 1, 7434 Bernstein
Phone: +43 3354 6382