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Romantic 14th Century Fortress

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Last updated: 08/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Pischelsdorf castle description

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.

Property Type

  • Castle
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king


          • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 3: 1 king


          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen


          • Bedrooms 3 and 4 share 1 bathroom, Additional Crib/Cot at request

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          • Newly equipped


          • DVD Player
          • Books For Kids
          • Piano
          • Toys
          • Audio Tape Player
          • Books
          • Books For Adults
          • Games For Kids
          • Television
          • Radio


          • Family
          • Away From It All
          • Historic
          • Romantic


          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Forests
          • Library
          • Pond
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Zoo
          • Autumn Foliage
          • Museums
          • Winery Tours

          Leisure Activities

          • Sight Seeing
          • Scenic Drives
          • Walking
          • Horseback Riding

          local services and businesses

          • Groceries
          • Babysitter
          • Massage Therapist
          • ATM/Bank
          • Hospital
          • Medical Services

          Location Type

              • Rural

              sports and adventure activities

              • Fishing
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Ice Skating
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Mountain Biking
              • Paragliding
              • Roller Blading
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 10 people


                  • Wireless Internet:

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                  • Activities Guide
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Bottled Water
                  • Shampoo
                  • Backpack
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Heating
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Internet
                  • Broadband Access
                  • Computer Available
                  • Parking
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided


                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Oven
                  • Freezer
                  • Refrigerator
                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Mini Refrigerator


                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Binoculars
                  • Small Cooler
                  • Inflatable Boat
                  • Barbecue
                  • Lawn / Garden


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                  3 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 1 guests; add €35 per night, per additional guest

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                  All taxes and charges included

                  Payment in cash

                  Check-in after 3 pm., check-out until 11 am.

                  Pets by arrangement.

                  Breakfast optional at EURO 10/person/day

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                  Last updated: 08/16/2014
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                  50 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  25 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  26 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  24 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf
                  Bad Waltersdorf
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant

                  Car: Necessary

                  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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                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Neuhaus Castle from the air

                    Neuhaus Castle from the air

                  • Lake Stubenberg and the castle

                    Lake Stubenberg and the castle

                  • Neuhaus Castle

                    Neuhaus Castle

                  • In the court yard

                    In the court yard

                  • Neuhaus in 1680

                    Neuhaus in 1680

                  • Draxler Suite

                    Draxler Suite

                  • Draxler Suite children's bedroom

                    Draxler Suite children's bedroom

                  • Draxler Suite dining room

                    Draxler Suite dining room

                  • Stubenberg Suite

                    Stubenberg Suite

                  • Ground floor

                    Ground floor

                  • Musketeers at breakfast

                    Musketeers at breakfast

                  • Neuhaus Castle and 'French Kiss'

                    Neuhaus Castle and 'French Kiss'

                  • Neuhaus Castle

                    Neuhaus Castle

                  • Court yard

                    Court yard

                  • Double bedroom

                    Double bedroom

                  • Draxler Suite bedroom

                    Draxler Suite bedroom

                  • Draxler Suite dining room

                    Draxler Suite dining room

                  • Stubenberg Suite

                    Stubenberg Suite

                  • View from Stubenberg Suite

                    View from Stubenberg Suite

                  • Breakfast table

                    Breakfast table

                  • Family coat of arms

                    Family coat of arms

                  €35 per night (EUR)

                  4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 9

                  View calendar: Updated 08/16/14
                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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