Photos courtesy of Schloss Kapfenstein
Single rooms: 94–131 euros
Double rooms: 128–202 euros
Rates include breakfast, taxes, and service.
Weekends require a 2-night stay, and holiday weekends require a 3-night stay.
Open: March to mid-December
In Austria’s southeast corner, Kapfenstein is next to the border with Hungary to the east and Slovenia to the south. Look for Radkersburg on the map and go a little north. Although buses serve Kapfenstein, you really need a car to travel around the area.
On site: tour of wine cellar
Nearby: touring area wineries; riding; golf
Yes. There’s a wedding chapel on the grounds near the wine garden.
At the southern end of Austria’s Schlösserstrasse, or Castle Road, stands a charming example of a family-run castle hotel. Schloss Kapfenstein has been in the Winkler-Hermaden family since 1918.
Approaching the castle as you drive up the hill (once the slope of an extinct volcano), you’ll pass by the estate’s own vineyards. Georg and Margot Winkler-Hermaden oversee the family’s wine business and are a good resource to learn more about Styrian wines.
Another brother of the family, Martin, a chef of growing reputation, carefully prepares the perfect dinner while you enjoy the castle’s wine.
Each guest room bears a special name—such as the Prince’s Room, the Poet’s Room—and is comfortably furnished with antiques in a traditional, rural style.
An outdoor terrace—with views of the village below, and on clear days, views of Slovenia and Hungary—is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine produced on Schloss Kapfenstein’s estate.
Special culinary weekends; jazz brunches