A Stately Past
The eventful history of Schloss Pichlarn goes back over 1,000 years. This unique castle was built in 1009, while the first document known to have mentioned the property, under the name Püchlern - Pühelarn, dates back to the year 1074. In 1150, the lord of the castle bequeathed the entire estate to the Admont monastery. Over the subsequent centuries, such ecclesiastical dignitaries as Pope Pius II came to Styria and stayed at Schloss Pichlarn to repose. Even at this early stage, the picturesque and mountainous landscape of Styria was treasured for its beauty, while the beautiful estate of Schloss Pichlarn was appreciated for its comfort and tranquillity. In 1555, the two characteristic towers were added to the castle by the Lord of Stainach.
The castle went on to change hands numerous times, right up until 1972 when it was converted into one of the most unique luxury hotels in Austria. English golf course designer Donald Harradine created the hotel’s 18-hole championship course, achieving a harmonious design that blends in with its stunning surroundings. Today, it enjoys an international reputation and is one of the most beautiful locations in Austria and Europe.
Since 2006, the wellness area & SPA, which covers 4,500 m², has elevated Schloss Pichlarn to become one of the best wellness hotels in Europe. On the occasion of the ITB Hideaways Gala 2007 and 2008 in Berlin, the luxury hotel was named one of the most beautiful of its kind and receiving the ‘Aphrodite’ award for international wellness & golf resorts.
Since 2016, Schloss Pichlarn has been a member of the international association of Romantik Hotels & Restaurants.