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RESIDENCE FOR A CARINTHIAN NOBLEMAN

In 1590 the Carinthian aristocrat Barthlmä Khevenhüller, whose genealogical tree stretched back to 1396, decided to build himself a residence for which he could look forward to his latter years. It took more than a decade to build and in 1603 the manor shone in all its beauty. In the second half of the 18th century the building was destroyed by fire, but was later bought by a Viennese industrialist who with the help of architect Wilhelm Heß had turned it into a hotel in beautiful Neorenaissance style by the end of the 19th century.

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THE CROSSROADS OF FAMOUS, BEAUTIFUL AND RICH

Ever since the hotel opened it has been the centre of social life for the rich and famous. It has also been the backdrop for numerous movies and TV series, most notably the “Ein Schloß am Wörthersee” cult series in which the unforgettable Roy Black, in the role of a hotel manager, impressed the young and old audience. The hotel also made an impression on David Hasselhof, who even posted a video about the historic place on his Facebook profile. Sir Paul McCartney’s wife even bought an apartment in the picturesque site overlooking the Caribbean-blue coloured lake. There is no shortage of good stories like these ones and they are important because they further strenghten the image of the resort.

GÜNTER SACHS ERA

In 1990 the hotel found itself in the German and Austrian tabloids, as it was bought by Günter Sachs, the notorious heir to the throne of Willy Sachs. He was also the great-grandson of Wilhelm von Opel, one of the pioneers of the German automotive industry, and also husband to the then hollywood star Brigitte Bardot. Besides his many occupations as a photographer, art collector, author of documentary films and astrology analyst he was also recognised as the main playboy of the 60s and 70s.

ART FUND

As in any castle or manor, Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden also has some very special hidden treasures. In this case, however, it is not quite so hidden, as a 200m2 suite that was turned into an art facility by no less than Günter Sachs himself is situated in one of the towers. It has 10 different spots where you can admire graffiti artworks by Dareo and Toast, which gives the space an impressive tension and depth. Part of this mysterious hideaway is also the hotel marina, with 15 quays for private yachts and a yacht owned by the hotel.

WELCOME HOME STYLE RENOVATION

In 2013 this castle-like hotel was taken over by a real estate company owned by Karl Wlaschek from Vienna, who also owns the Billa chain store. The management part is now run by Falkensteiner, who have refreshed the building and now made it a combination of old and new. Characterized by clean lines and minimalistic shapes of beige with dark brown and gold tones, the hotel has a very luxurious feel to it. Try to imagine fusing together elegant architecture from the 16th century with elements from marble and gold together with the latest in technology – an amazing combination where you can turn on the lights in your room by pressing a screen hidden beside your bed, or watch TV that is tucked behind a mirror, while at the same time taking a bath in a huge marble tub.

HOLISTIC WELNESS CENTRE

Wellness centre Aquapura SPA puts medicinal aesthetics at the forefront and offers guests experienced doctors in the fields of prevention, spiritual health and world renowned methods for rejuvenation. The centre stretches out over 3,600 m2 and houses a garden pool, an outdoor Finnish sauna with panoramic views of the lake, a relaxation room with swings, and a cinema inside the spa space. The centre for medicinal spa treatments works wonders and has brought new life to Falkensteiner’s venerable lakeside beauty. The innovative design can be ascribed to Bea Mitterhofer from the South of Tirol.

CONGRESS CENTRE WITH A PERSONAL SIGNATURE

Shchlosshotel Velden is no ordinary hotel and even the congress centre contributes to the fact that it awakens the imagination in people’s minds. It is a place where time starts running more slowly and first class tech support is taken for granted. The hotel is ideal for car launches, as the biggest congress hall has space for 120 guests, along with numerous smaller spaces and very photogenic architecture. For the more active congress participants there are also many options in the marina or the swimming area, as well as some hidden nooks for a truly special experience under the stars.

EXQUISITE CUISINE

A first class culinary offer with a mix of the Mediterranean and local flavours has been established by chef Paul Schrott and before him Carinthian chef Stefan Lastin and world renowned Silvio Nickol. Can it get better than that? Perhaps, as their wine cellar also boasts an incredible offer and if something is missing they will bring it to you in no time at all. The Beach Club Restaurant “Seespitz” on the shore of Lake Wörthersee is also excellent, a perfect spot for special events.

PERSONAL WITH LOTS OF PRIVACY

When first stepping through the front door, you can feel positivity and a relaxed attitude. The natural colours and wood fit in nicely with the surroundings, which can be fully appreciated from the garden pool. Privacy is assured in many hidden corners tailored for events. It is also because of this that the hotel has received so many Best Hotel awards and has become a trademark for Carinthian tourism.

FACT SHEET

ACCOMODATION:
104 spacious and elegantly furnished rooms with historical ambiance meet the modernity of the 21st Century

RESTAURANT, BAR & LOUNGE: 

  • Seespitz: restaurant Seespitz is located directly on the water, offering stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The a la carte cuisine from local ingredients and homemade refreshments is as delightful as the friendliness of the staff.
  • Gourmet restaurant Schlossstern:restaurant Schlossstern is awarded 5 stars from the A la Carte magazine and 4 forks from Falstaff. If you wish to impress your business partners then this restaurant would be a perfect choice for an unforgettable dinner. Summer nights are perfect for you to enjoy on the restaurant balcony with breathtaking views of Lake Wörthersee..
  • Restaurant Bartholomäus:A daytime restaurant that offers local cuisine at a high level. Restaurant Bartholomäus is awarded 3 stars from A la Carte magazine and offers menus for everyone’s taste.
  • Schlossbar & lobby lounge:the Schlossbar offers a very extensive wine and spirits list. During the weekends you can enjoy live music on terrace.
  • Spa lounge bistro: offers fresh, healthy and light meals made from local ingredients. Spa lounge bistro is also the right place where you can combine business activities with the wellbeing life concept.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:
Acquapura Spa with medical spa, panoramic garden pool, Bio-herbal sauna, outside Finnish sauna, infrared cabin, gemstone steam room, private SPA suite for two and exclusive private sauna for up to six people, beauty & vitality treatments and Acquapura SPA treatments.

SERVICES AND FACILITIES: 

  • Outstanding conference facilities with spectacular ballroom
  • Free wireless super fast Internet access
  • Room service
  • Laundry service
  • Miles and more program
  • Dog friendly

POINTS OF INTEREST:

  • Hochosterwitz castle
  • The pilgrimage church of Maria Saal
  • The Landhouse and the Emblem Halls ·
  • Minimundus
  • Water sports activities on Worthersee
  • Klagenfurt cathedral
  • Regional museum of Carinthia
  • Viktring Abby
  • Botanic garden
  • Reptilienzoo Happ

TRANSPORTATION:

  • Klagenfurt Airport: 33-minute drive
  • Central Bus Station: 22-minute drive
  • Main Railway Station: 22-minute drive

LOCATION:
Velden is a beautiful Austrian city located on the west coast of Wörthersee, surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature. It offers a lot of different activities for more active holidays in the Carinthia region.

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