Schloss Fuschl is a castle situated on the peninsula at the western end of the Lake Fuschl (German: Fuschlsee), known as the place where the stars, presidents and royalty spend their holidays. The Schloss Fuschl is the main motive of all postcards portraying the beautiful Fuschlsee and the surrounding area. Since it is located on the Fuschlsee, and very close to Mozart's city of Salzburg, (just a 25-minute ride), it has been a popular spot for the visitors for many decades.
This historic castle with the four-storey tower was built in the style of the Renaissance, probably in the middle of the 15th century. From the beginning, it served as a hunting lodge for the archbishops of Salzburg and its court. Since the dissolution of the principality of Salzburg in 1803, and its unification with the Austrian Empire, the castle has changed many owners. In 1939, it was even unlawfully leased to Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Reich Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was one of the 24 persons accused in the Nuremberg's trial of the war criminals. He was found guilty on all four counts - the conspiracy, crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and he was sentenced to death by hanging and executed. When the rightful owner, a friend of Ribbentrop's brother-in-law, protested against the expropriation, he was interned in the Dachau concentration camp, where he died. After the World War II, the Schloss Fuschl was returned to its owner, and since then, it serves as a hotel.
From the late 1950s until the late 1970s, the actress Winnie Markus and her husband made a luxury hotel, that is now worldwide famous. The Schloss Fuschl was visited by many prominent guests such as the Indian president Nehru, the president of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev, the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Jiang Zemin, etc. The castle became world famous also as a backdrop for the trilogy of romantic films about Empress Sissi (Elisabeth of Austria), who was starred by a teenage Romy Schneider. The complex was used as a replacement for the Schloss Possenhofen, the place where Elisabeth was born and raised. In 1955, Ernst Marischka, the director of the Sissi films, choose this location because the original one was not idyllic and fantastic enough. In the castle, you can find a luxurious shop and the Sisi Museum, where a few pieces from the real Sisi are on display.
Today, the hotel belongs to the largest hotel chain in the world and is a part of its Luxury Collection brand. Overlooking one of Austria’s the most beautiful lakes, the Schloss Fuschl offers a unique historical and luxury atmosphere. It was noted as one of the 25 best resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler in 2006. The castle houses the Schloss Fuschl Collection of over 150 works of the Old Masters from the 17th to the 19th century.
If you want to spend the holidays in a fairytale castle to feel like a king or a queen in the midst of a wonderful natural scenery with the imposing mountains and deep blue lake, and if you have spare 500 to 5000€, that costs one night in Schloss Fuschl, the castle for the stars and royalty should be your first choice.
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