Photos courtesy of Schlosshotel Rosenau
5 double rooms; 12 suites
Double rooms: from 154 euros
Suites: from 168 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax,
Open: all year with three-week closure in January
Zwettl is about 130 km. northwest of Vienna, where routes B-36 and B-38 intersect. Trains from Vienna leave from Franz Josef Haupbahnhof, and you must change at Schwarzenau. The hotel runs a shuttle to the train station. Buses also reach Zwettl.
On site: sauna; tennis; Freemason museum
Nearby: bicycling; hiking; golf; horseback riding
Yes. Chapel and registry office on site; carriages
Schloss Rosenau is one of those special places that is half museum and half hotel. A reception desk just through the entryway serves both functions.
Even if you come only to visit the museum, take time to enjoy a lunch outside on the terrace with a view that extends across the meadow to a small lake. Just near the front entrance is a charming rural dining room with built-in benches.
Some guest rooms overlook the lake and meadow and are decorated in white-washed walls with either pine furniture or antique beds.
As befits its name, rose gardens highlight the grounds.
Austrian Freemason Museum
Lovely parish church with a ceiling fresco attributed to Austrian artist Paul Troger (1698-1762)