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Photos courtesy of Burg Oberranna

 

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The importance of the legendary Danube Valley as a corridor between western and eastern Europe and lands beyond cannot be underestimated. Dozens of defensive fortresses dot the hillsides over this once hotly contested region.

Schloss Oberranna began life as a Gothic castle in 1070. A moat and further fortifications were added in the 16th century. The Romanesque chapel crypt is one of the oldest in Austria, predating the castle by 200 years.

Pamela’s Perspective

If you love medieval history, you can stay busy in the irresistible Wachau region for days, exploring castles, monasteries, and abbeys. Top it off by filling your senses with the brilliant scenery and scent of flowering apricot orchards.

Take a boat ride on the Danube, ride a bike along its shores through precious villages, and visit a family-run Heurigen, or wine tavern. Burg Oberranna makes a terrific place to come home to after your explorations.

The Wachau region is especially popular in springtime when the apricot and apple trees are in full blossom. Make sure you have a reservation and get out the door early to enjoy the sights before the tour buses arrive.

 

Burg Oberranna

An 11th-century castle

Contact

Oberranna, 1
A-3622 Mühldorf
(Lower Austria)
Tel: ++43 (0) 2713 8221
Fax: ++43 (0) 2713 8366
Hotel website

Fast facts

1 single room; 4 double rooms;
7 suites

Single room: 88–120 euros
Double rooms: 145–175 euros
Suite: 160–290 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Stays of more than one night are encouraged.

Open: May through October

Getting there

Mühldorf is just a short way from the Danube River, west of Krems. The best way to get here is by car.

What to do

Nearby: golf; wineries; bicycling; visit to the monastery of Melk; town of Dürnstein; Heurigen

 

Castle lovers will be thrilled to cross the moat and pass through the castle gates at Burg Oberranna. This is as genuine a castle as it gets.

It has stood guard on a hill overlooking the Danube Valley for nearly a thousand years.

The owners of the hotel, the Nemetz family, have done a wonderful job maintaining the historical atmosphere and architecture of the castle, while providing the comforts of the 21st century.

Valuable antiques, paintings, hunting trophies, and wrought-iron lamps are accented throughout the guest rooms and public rooms.

When the weather is cool, a crackling open fire will warm you in the old tavern. Delicious delicacies, typical of the Wachau region, are still prepared, in part, on the old wood stove in the castle kitchen.

Something special

curlicueThe castle holds an ancient Romanesque chapel crypt.

curlicueHomemade brandy