Let’s be honest, you would not want to be responsible for the upkeep of a Renaissance castle. Although after walking through the publicly accessible parts of Schloss Tratzberg, one can assume that life cannot be bad within its magnificent walls. This stately castle, privately owned and permanently inhabited by the Goess-Enzenberg family, stands prominently on a hill in the Inn Valley between Jenbach and Schwaz and can be seen from far and wide. A visit to Schloss Tratzberg can be combined with a short, steep walk through a blaze of autumn forest colours and a rewarding excursion through the castle’s cultural history. Visitors have the opportunity to tour through the Habsburg Hall with its stunning murals, numerous pieces of invaluable antique furniture dating back to the early 16th century, lovingly furnished rooms such as the "Frauenstüberl" ("Women’s Lounge") and the inner courtyard with its ornately painted facades.
Exit the Inntalautobahn motorway at Schwaz and drive to Stans, where the carpark can be found hidden away at the foot of the castle hill. Either walk to the castle or take the "Tratzberg-Express" novelty train, which shuttles between the Schlosswirt and the castle.
Even if you are not a member of the aristocracy, it does not mean you cannot spend the night in noble surroundings, for example, at the four-star superior Hotel Schwarzbrunn in Stans. Includes a rooftop swimming pool.
Those not on first name terms with the castle owners can order food at the Schlosswirt at the foot of the castle hill. In keeping with the wines from the count’s own South Tirolean winery, the Schlosswirt offers a traditional “Törggele” menu in autumn comprising typical autumn delicacies.
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