Saalhof Castle

Atzing, Austria

Saalhof is one of the oldest castles in the Pinzgau region. It dates back to the 11th century, when it apparently was the home of the Counts of the region. During the renovation of the facade in 2010, the oldest parts of the castle on the north-east side were revealed. In 1600, Christoff Amann from Judendorf and Saal rebuilt the castle. The marble relief and emblem above the main entrance, laid in 1606, as well as a large part of the interior arrangement derives from this time.

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Founded: 11th century/1600
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Martin Myssing Thorsen (3 years ago)
My family of five had a wonderful stay here during a week. Our room contained kitchen, dining table, two doublebeds, closet and a very nice bathroom. The room had everything you need including a great castle-like atmosphere with wooden wooden ceiling, panels and floor. Every morning the hosts prepared a full breakfast for us and along the week they prepared several activities like hiking and horseback riding and barbeque. As a farm they have cows delivering fresh milk, some goats and chickens laying eggs which my youngest helped finding when grandma needed some help. All in all the stay was very pleasant and we always felt very welcome and perhaps even almost part of the family.
Thomas Blem (3 years ago)
Great place.
Roubenka Na Zlatníku (3 years ago)
Very nice and cosy place with a lot of charm. The castle atmosphere makes you feel special - it is something you have to experience
Nate Wheeler (5 years ago)
Awesome place to stay with a group. Very friendly hosts.
Tina Barker (6 years ago)
2 night stay in July, and I must say it was a beautiful and friendly in fact we cant wait to book again for a longer stay, with fresh milk eggs and bread, as well as homemade jam and snaps which we took delight in trying, I would recommend this place to families and couples. thank you Schloss Saalhof
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