Hotel Schloss Dürnstein is a hotel housed in a luxurious 17th century palace, framed by the extraordinary landscape of the Wachau valley, between green hills and the slow flowing Danube. Gift furnishings, swimming pools, sauna and hammam, all with services dedicated to excellence.
Hotel Schloss Dürnstein History
The "New Castle" was built from 1622 to 1630 by Christoph Wilhelm from the loving family of the Barons of Zelking in the place where the Maissauer Hof and the houses of wine producers stood. The architect was probably Cipriano Biasino based in Krems, who also built the parish church of Krems.
By marriage, the property fell to Heinrich von Zinzendorf and Pottendorf in 1634.
The counts of Zinzendorf and Pottendorf were an ancient noble family of Lower Austria, who, like most of the nobility of Lower Austria, converted to Protestantism. During the Counter-Reformation many families left their old homeland and even the Zinzendorfs found a new home in Dresden. A nephew, Nikolaus Ludwig, became the founder of the "Herrenhuter Gesellschaft", which still operates worldwide today.
In 1663 they sold the castle to Conrad Balthasar, Count of Starhemberg.
Contrary to the previous owners, the castle was not the residence of the Starhembergs, but was used occasionally only during visits to the cellar and during the hunts. An exceptional event was September 1683, when Emperor Leopold I, who lay with a small flotilla at Dürnstein and lived in the castle, received the news of the liberation of Vienna from the Turks.
In 1937, Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg sold the castle to the Thiery family.
In 1937 Raimund Thiery bought the castle from Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg. The conversion that had begun to become a hotel was continued by his son Johann Thiery and his wife Rosemarie, the current senior managers. Year after year it has been rebuilt, expanded and embellished, and almost no winter passes without a part of the building being renovated.
His son Christian Thiery took over the management and manages the hotel with his sister Maria Katharina