schloss stubenberg

Photos courtesy of Schloss Stubenberg








Schloss Stubenberg began its long life as a combination of defensive fortress and farm. It takes it name from the counts of Stubenberg, an illustrious Styrian family who included five governors in their midst. It should be noted that the counts of Stubenberg raised more horses and soldiers than the Archbishop of Salzburg to fight the menacing hordes from the East.

In the 16th century, Georg Sigmund, count of Stubenberg, converted to the Protestant faith and left for Bavaria, taking his fortune with him. The remaining Stubenbergs eventually fell from prominence, and the castle passed to the Drachsler family, who were responsible for the present Renaissance design and courtyard.

From 1925 until 1979 the castle was known as the monastery of St. Josef and the home of a Franciscan order of nuns.

Since its sale in 1980, cultural events have been held in Schloss Stubenberg’s courtyard and great hall. The hotel opened in 2001.

Pamela’s Perspective

I love hotels that are far from the main road, hidden away in an undiscovered-by-the-masses corner of the country. Driving around, I think “this is so delightful; this is how it really is.”

Here you can enjoy lots of idyllic peace and quiet, or participate in the numerous activities the region has to offer.


Schloss Stubenberg

A 13th-century castle


A-8223 Stubenberg am See
Styria (Steiermark)
Tel: ++ 43 (0) 3176 8864
Hotel website

Fast facts

6 rooms, and 3 suites
Apartment available

Single rooms: 69–84 euros
Double rooms: 107–134 euros
Suites: 143–260 euros
Rates include breakfast and tax

Open: mid-March to mid-December

Getting there

Stubenberg am See is northeast of Graz, off route 54, or 120 km south of Vienna. You can get there by bus from Graz with one connection, but a car is the ideal way to get around.

What to do

Nearby: hot air ballooning; riding; hiking; cave exploring; touring hot springs; coach rides with picnic; lake activities


Unlike most other castles in the area, Schloss Stubenberg does not sit on top of a mountain but rather graces the gently rolling hills of eastern Styria.

With this kind of topography, don’t be surprised to see hot air balloons, skydivers, and an occasional air show.

The schloss has hosted cultural events for over twenty years. Now, with the addition of a few guest rooms, you can eat, drink, enjoy beautiful music, and retire as lord of the castle.

Take a little time to enjoy the castle’s traditional Styrian tavern where regional cuisine, wine and excellent beer are served.

Something special

curlicueMusical concerts