Highly Romantic: Schloss Matzen is a Tirol Castle Hotel Fantasy

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Eckard

World traveller, lover of new experiences, and Tirol aficionado... View author

The Castle Schloss Matzen in Brixlegg combines the mysteries of times long gone with the charm of a restored 12th century castle. A Roman sentry first stood watch on the strategic site of today’s castle. Over the centuries, the citadel was fortified with extensive walls and turned into a stunning home around 1870. A few years ago, the castle’s new owners acquired the property and after extensive renovation reopened it as a beautiful castle hotel. Upon walking through the doors, you will instantly feel like you have time travelled back into a past world. You will be amazed at secret passageways, classic courtyards and spiral stairs — it’s a maze of excitement, adding to the authenticity and adventure. The historic monument is a storehouse of not only Austrian history but also of fond family and childhood memories as you will feel spoiled like the Lords and Ladies who once occupied the property.

The castle houses a rich variety of courtyards, passageways, towers, stairways and cloisters – the four-floor arcades are a maze of excitement.

The castle houses a rich variety of courtyards, passageways, towers, stairways and cloisters – the four-floor arcades are a maze of excitement.

 

The present structure dates back to the 12th century and opened its doors to people who love places that exude centuries of character and indiscrete luxury. The twelve stately and individually decorated guest rooms in this four-floor castle have high ceilings and thick stone walls. Within its massive walls, the castle offers a cozy atmosphere that allows guests to experience comfort in a historically fascinating setting. The castle hotel is visited by both international visitors and Tiroleans who want to have the privilege of residing in an authentic castle for one or two nights. The castle’s interior reveals the medieval architectural charm of Gothic cloisters, carved marble doorways, high beamed ceilings, and intricately decorated wrought iron hinges and locks. Each room has retained its historical ambience, but each is still equipped with all modern conveniences you can think of. All rooms are lavishly appointed with priceless antiques, rich bed linens and plush tapestry curtains, accented by carefully chosen contemporary pieces. However, all this luxury and romance does come with a price. As in most castles, the royalty lived in the turrets and upper floors – and this castle, true to form and for historic register reasons, has no lifts or elevators.

Gothic cloisters are accented by carefully chosen contemporary pieces.

Gothic cloisters are accented by carefully chosen contemporary pieces.

 

The former dungeon today houses a wonderful library.

The former dungeon today houses a wonderful library.

 

The former armoury was turned into a “small” double room – which was a spacious one-bedroom flat by today’s standards.

The former armoury was turned into a “small” double room – which was a spacious one-bedroom flat by today’s standards.

 

The suites have cozy seating areas ...

The suites have cozy seating areas …

 

… and stunning views over the valley and the mountains.

… and stunning views over the valley and the mountains.

 

The castle is overlooking acres of manicured gardens and grounds.

The castle is overlooking acres of manicured gardens and grounds.

 

All rooms are lavishly appointed with priceless antiques, rich bed linens and plush tapestry curtains.

All rooms are lavishly appointed with priceless antiques, rich bed linens and plush tapestry curtains.

 

Most of the suites have tiled, wood-burning fireplaces for a unique and warm atmosphere.

Most of the suites have tiled, wood-burning fireplaces for a unique and warm atmosphere.

 

For an added treat, luxurious bathrooms have spacious bath tubs in which you can soak completely (more like swimming than mere bathing).

For an added treat, luxurious bathrooms have spacious bath tubs in which you can soak completely (more like swimming than mere bathing).

 

Richly decorated with antlers, the breakfast room is to die for.

Richly decorated with antlers, the breakfast room is to die for.

 

The Spa is located in the tower at Matzen Castle.

The Spa is located in the tower at Matzen Castle.

 

The Spa houses a dry-heat sauna and an infrared warmth cabin along with ample relaxation spaces where all the senses are awakened by the unique ambience.

The Spa houses a dry-heat sauna and an infrared warmth cabin along with ample relaxation spaces where all the senses are awakened by the unique ambience.

 

An oasis of peace and tranquillity, the Spa offers castle-style relaxation with tea lounge.

An oasis of peace and tranquillity, the Spa offers castle-style relaxation with tea lounge.

 

A breathtakingly beautiful place for weddings, the original Romanesque-style chapel is lavishly decorated in Baroque style.

A breathtakingly beautiful place for weddings, the original Romanesque-style chapel is lavishly decorated in Baroque style.

 

 

The castle’s new owners are looking forward to ensure that this historic gem will continue to be cherished for generations to come. With a strong emotional attachment and commitment to making this work, the new ‘lord of the castle’ transformed the place into a luxury hotel, with loving care given to historical detail. The castle underwent a thorough renovation and refurbishment, adding a renewed aura of bygone elegance and refinement to the historic property. Throughout the meticulous restoration, every attempt was made to maintain the feeling of being in a cherished family home with a great deal of history and a storied past. As Matzen Castle is a historic landmark, protecting the outside structure from any alterations in the future, the unique architectural elements of the castle were carefully preserved in close work with the curator of historic buildings and monuments. In summary, Matzen Castle is the place to go for those searching for a once in a lifetime castle hotel experience, for those who want to pamper themselves like a king or queen for just once in this lifetime.

 

The castle sits majestically amid sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds.

The castle sits majestically amid sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds.

With centuries of history, the castle is undoubtedly a sumptuous escape to Tirol’s past.

With centuries of history, the castle is undoubtedly a sumptuous escape to Tirol’s past.

 

 

 

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