The Castle Schloss Matzen in Brixlegg combines the mysteries of times long gone with the charm of a restored 12th century castle. A Roman sentry first stood watch on the strategic site of today’s castle. Over the centuries, the citadel was fortified with extensive walls and turned into a stunning home around 1870. A few years ago, the castle’s new owners acquired the property and after extensive renovation reopened it as a beautiful castle hotel. Upon walking through the doors, you will instantly feel like you have time travelled back into a past world. You will be amazed at secret passageways, classic courtyards and spiral stairs — it’s a maze of excitement, adding to the authenticity and adventure. The historic monument is a storehouse of not only Austrian history but also of fond family and childhood memories as you will feel spoiled like the Lords and Ladies who once occupied the property.
The present structure dates back to the 12th century and opened its doors to people who love places that exude centuries of character and indiscrete luxury. The twelve stately and individually decorated guest rooms in this four-floor castle have high ceilings and thick stone walls. Within its massive walls, the castle offers a cozy atmosphere that allows guests to experience comfort in a historically fascinating setting. The castle hotel is visited by both international visitors and Tiroleans who want to have the privilege of residing in an authentic castle for one or two nights. The castle’s interior reveals the medieval architectural charm of Gothic cloisters, carved marble doorways, high beamed ceilings, and intricately decorated wrought iron hinges and locks. Each room has retained its historical ambience, but each is still equipped with all modern conveniences you can think of. All rooms are lavishly appointed with priceless antiques, rich bed linens and plush tapestry curtains, accented by carefully chosen contemporary pieces. However, all this luxury and romance does come with a price. As in most castles, the royalty lived in the turrets and upper floors – and this castle, true to form and for historic register reasons, has no lifts or elevators.
The castle’s new owners are looking forward to ensure that this historic gem will continue to be cherished for generations to come. With a strong emotional attachment and commitment to making this work, the new ‘lord of the castle’ transformed the place into a luxury hotel, with loving care given to historical detail. The castle underwent a thorough renovation and refurbishment, adding a renewed aura of bygone elegance and refinement to the historic property. Throughout the meticulous restoration, every attempt was made to maintain the feeling of being in a cherished family home with a great deal of history and a storied past. As Matzen Castle is a historic landmark, protecting the outside structure from any alterations in the future, the unique architectural elements of the castle were carefully preserved in close work with the curator of historic buildings and monuments. In summary, Matzen Castle is the place to go for those searching for a once in a lifetime castle hotel experience, for those who want to pamper themselves like a king or queen for just once in this lifetime.