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History comes by the bucket load at this grand castle hotel in Zell am See, Salzburg. Dating back as early as the 15th-century, the hotel has passed through many different hands during its time, finally ending up in the arms of the renowned Porsche family where it began its like as a boutique hotel - - in fact, Porsche’s can still be rented from the hotel today.
Today the hotel is run by the charming Anette and Andreas, who also run the outstanding gourmet restaurant. The décor is just as lovely, with a mesmerising blend of original furnishings and modern hints; think beamed ceilings, antique pieces and grand chandeliers. The result feels something like a medieval fairy tale, helped along the hotel’s magnificent turrets and towers.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Schloss Prielau pulls another delight out the bag. Set within lush and carefully tended gardens, the hotel offers some truly remarkable views out over the countryside to the mountains beyond. Better yet, at only twelve rooms, the place really feels like your own romantic castle.
Don’t want to leave your four-legged friend behind? This hotel welcomes dogs (please notify hotel ahead of arrival, extra charge applies).
A great buffet breakfast is served in the mornings, with a range of both hot and cold dishes to choose from. Later in the day, you’ll be spoilt for choice with two restaurants to pick from. Schlossküche café serves a range of light bites and beverages, not to mention some rather indulgent cakes.
Alternatively head to the MAYER’s restaurant, which is run by two Michelin-starred chef, Andreas Mayer. Here you can tuck into gourmet French dishes, which are all made using seasonal and organic produce.
Each of the 12 rooms has been individually designed to embrace the building’s quirks; from characterful beamed ceilings to wood-framed windows. In true castle hotel spirit, décor is a mix of period furnishings, rich fabrics and antique pieces, with modern touches here and there. Some rooms even feature majestic bed canopies, wood-panelled walls or cosy living areas. Beds are kitted out in luxe bedding and bathrooms come with the added treat of designer toiletries.
The hotel’s wellness spa offers a range of pampering massages and treatments to treat yourself to. Here you can also sink into the steam bath, or take a turn in the sauna - you’d be hard-pressed not to leave relaxed.
Skiers can also make the most of Austria’s snow-dabbed mountains, with some great skiing opportunities nearby. The staff are more than happy to help arrange ski passes should you wish. Alternatively head to the hotel’s private beach on Lake Zell, where you can soak up those sensational views from the comfort of a deck chair.
How to get there
Airport shuttles can be arranged with the hotel (please contact the hotel ahead of arrival, extra charge applies)
A ski shuttle is available (please notify the hotel in advance)
Gerling im Pinzgau Bahnhof (train station) is a 15-minute drive from the hotel (10km)
Maishofen-Saalbach train station is a 5-minute drive from the hotel (2.5km)
Zell am See Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel (7km)
Salzburg Airport is a 1 hour 15-minute drive from the hotel (75km)