What: My favorite tips and things to do, part II…
What: Schloss Fuschl, Hotel
Where: Hof bei Salzburg, Austria
When the Salzburg Festival begins this weekend, it is also the prelude to the rendezvous of the Society in the noble hotel Schloss Fuschl in the Austrian Salzkammergut.
20 minutes away from Salzburg’s city, the Five Star Resort & Spa is built in the Renaissance style perched on a peninsula in the middle of the crystal clear Lake Fuschl. When the 1450 first mentioned hunting castle was built, the former owners chose a unique location with breath taking views on the turquoise lake, by which you don’t want to be separated.
When I first came to Fuschl over 20 years ago, the hotel was a secret retreat with a small sauna and an even smaller pool in the vaults of the castle cellar. Creaking floorboards led to the rooms in the castle tower, which served as the backdrop of the Sissi films in the 50s. I loved this original atmosphere and I wouldn’t have been surprised at that time, if Sissi alias Romy Schneider had suddenly turned around the corner.
Since 2004 Schloss Fuschl is part of the group of the Schörghuber companies. In 2006 there was a complete luxury renovation, including an adjacent new building, so that today 110 contemporary rooms and suites and a 1,100 square meter Spa are housed in the building complex. For romantics, the hotel offers six quaint, waterfront “Seehäusl” in a typical boathouse style.
In cooperation with the Munich art gallery Bernheimer, the Fuschl Collection was established; a collection of over 150 works of Old Masters from the 17th to the 19th century, which can also be admired in some of the guest rooms.
The new extravagance of Fuschl also attracts a new clientele. At my current stay, for example, a part of the beautiful lakeside terrace was permanently occupied by an Ukrainian oligarch. By approaching too close to the barrier, one of the twelve armed bodyguards jumped out of the bushes and asked for distance. This was also the case for the gym. It is a fundamental decision, which guests you want to have in your hotel.
For me, as an avowed Sissi-fan, Fuschl is a romantic place, with its landscape in my heart. When I sit at the fireplace in the evening, with a “Glaserl”, I think of Romy Schneider, in her role as Empress of Austria through the portico of Schloss Fuschl. The checking looks of the oligarch-bodyguards can’t change anything. BvH
Schloss Fuschl Resort & SPA
Schloss Straße 19
5322 Hof bei Salzburg, Austria