My husband and I went to Europe to celebrate our 10th ann. We flew into Munich and drove to Salzburg straight off. We had been up hours and the drive to the castle was very hard since we were soo tired. But for all that we thought the roads lovely and we were very excited to pull up to the castle. Driving up you can tell that the houses around the castle were fairly new and must have been on land that was originally part of the property. The property is gated and has a hedge around it, so it is quite private and I would forget that right outside were quiet neighborhoods. Driving in,the first sight is the chapel which has a clock in the tower. I thought there must have been a fire at some time because the face looks old and burnt. We asked the owners (Erika and Georg, love them!) and sure enough there was a fire in the 1500s. The castle and chapel are painted a yellow color that is very appealing to the eye, especially since there is lovely ivy climbing up the walls. When we walked up to the front door you couldn't help feeling that the house was very old, but very well taken care of, like you would hope an historical building would be.
The inside is beautiful. Our room was on the 4th floor ( I think there is 5, but the 5th is not for guests. And the climb was very pleasurable. I liked seeing some of the other rooms and in my minds eye I couldn't help but see the ghosts of generations walking through their rooms and I wondered what kind of people they were. In fact there is one painting on the 3rd floor of an older woman from the early 1700s. She is holding a clasped book in her hands and has a mysterious look on her face. I kept coming back to that one our whole stay at the castle. The castle is full of furniture and art that was made for this house. Since the castle has been there since the 1100s, that is saying alot. All beautiful, and we kept stopping to look at new things we had missed.
Anyway, our room was a corner suite with a sitting room, a bedroom and a bath. All our rooms has antiques in them, not just furniture, but also books, doors and latches, and knickknacks. The floor was warm wood (original) and the windows bright and sunny. Our bed was very comfortable and the rooms huge. The only time we heard other guests was when the famous concert violinist, in the room below us, was practicing. It was soooo romantic to be in this beautiful castle and hear this enchanting music float up to our room. He was only there two nights, him and his family were on their way for a big concert in Prague.
The next morning we had breakfast on the ground floor. The food was wonderfully Austrian. The breads and butter, the cereal, the eggs, meats, fruit, etc was very delicious! Even the coffee was wonderful. The dining rooms are domed and castle like with slate floor. Beautiful. I noticed a painting in that room of a stately older man with a pointed silver beard, and my husband and I wondered if he was related to Georg, we asked and it turns out that man was his great grandfather. He had lived in Vienna and been an aristocrat.
The china was beautiful, and it was fun eating our delicious food and listening to Erika tell us about the castle and the people who lived there. My husband speaks german very well, but doesn't get a chance to use it since we live in Alaska. He was pleasantly surprised then when Erika insisted on speaking german with him (most places we went to the people, as nice as they were, didn't want to speak german with us).
It as a blast staying at the Schloss Haunsperg. My husband and I treasure the memory of staying there. We walked down, not far, to an Austrian restaurant not to far away, and there is a chocolate/coffee/bakery down the way that is outstanding. Salzburg its self is one place I couldn't not get tired of.
The last day we were there Georg showed us the chapel. It is very old, but paintings on the ceiling are fresh and vibrant. The wood is polished, and it is well dusted. Georg told us that they still use it sometimes for ceremonies.
So about the owners. Georg is very funny, although I dont think he knows it. Many times he cracked us up with his mannerisms and stories, you cannot help but like the guy. He is about 60 and looks like a professor who is a little absentminded. Erika is very friendly and wonderful. She is brisk and a hard worker, but loves to sit right down with you and converse about almost anything. Erika put us at our ease immediately. And she is a good cook. She looks like the fun adventurous grandmother every one wants. She is very funny too!
There is one thing I would like to add. Wait until your last day there before you ask Erika if the castle has any ghosts.
- Also Known As:
- Schloss Haunsperg Salzburg
- Schloss Haunsperg Hotel Salzburg