Schloss Mittersill

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People have resided in this area for the last 4,000 years. The location was ideal for controlling the trade traffic coming over the Thurn Pass. Around the year 1150 records show that the Counts of Lechsgemünd of the Duchy of Bavaria claimed the castle as their family seat.

From 1228 the castle belonged to the Archbishops of Salzburg, who established a judicial court here that lasted nearly 600 years. The court was especially renowned for overseeing witch trials.

The original castle was looted and burnt to the ground during the German Peasant’s War in the 16th century and later rebuilt into today’s structure.

Several owners in the 19th century left their mark on the castle, but it was the well-connected entrepreneur Baron Hubert von Pantz who turned it into a glittering celebrity destination during the 1930s and again after World War II. Guests included Coco Chanel, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Aristotle Onassis, and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, who honeymooned here.

Pamela’s Perspective

The property does has an elevator if stairs are a challenge. Ask for help with your baggage. Also, like many European hotels, the castle does not have a/c.


Schloss Mittersill

A 12th-century castle


Thalbach 1
A-5730 Mittersill
Tel: ++43 (0)6562 2020 0
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Fast facts

43 room and 10 suites

Double rooms: from 198 euros
Rates include breakfast

Open: all year

Getting there

Mittersill is in the Pinzgau region of southwest Salzburg. By public transportation, take the train to Kitzbühel and a (frequent) bus from there. To best enjoy the area, you really need a car.

What to do

On site: indoor and outdoor swimming pool; spa; fitness center; game room; library

Nearby: skiing; horseback riding; bicycling; golf; hiking; Hohe Taueren National Park; Kitzbühel Alps


Yes, chapel on site. Inquire hotel for details.


This typical castle hotel offers an idyllic experience in one of Austria’s most scenic regions. What can be better than waking up in the morning with views across the valley to the Hohe Taueren National Park?

Much of Schloss Mittersill dates from the 16th century, incorporating original elements such as a small chapel, witches’ dungeon, and stone wall. Corridors and passageways give an authentic atmosphere of a long-ago era. Handsome interiors feature wood-coffered ceilings and floors topped with Oriental carpets.

Elegant, hand-carved antique furniture, along with modern accents, make for cozy, welcoming, spacious guestrooms. Many have clawfoot bathtubs, small balconies, and fireplaces. Beds are topped with comfy down comforters. The suites (named after famous guests) have the best views.

Dining can be in a number of rooms: a Gothic dining room, a romantic fireside room, glasshouse, or panorama terrace. Products are locally sourced—especially recommended is the wiener schnitzel.

Something Special

curlicue Panoramic views