The Seewirt was the only guest house on Turracherhöhe for a long time. Originating from an alpine inn owned by Prince Schwarzenberg, it is the resort's oldest building today.
Georg Mayrbrugger from Radenthein is known as the first tenant around 1830. His son continued the lease until 1849. In 1849 a certain Johannes Lasarus from Maria Lankowitz, illegitimate son of Baron von Gallern and a farmer's daughter leased the vacant alpine inn. Lasarus is said to have fled from Maria Lankowitz around 1835, then worked in the gallery and later in the quarry in Turrach where he rose to the rank of master stonemason. His hard work made him a wealthy man and in 1875 Lasarus acquired the Prießhube in Ebene Reichenau. Later, Peter Lax, an innkeeper and elected member to the imperial parliament, appeared as new tenant of the Seewirt. He had a temporary lease contract of five years.
As Mr Lax showed only little interest in the Seewirt, his head waitress Anna Madrutter who steered the affairs of the Seewirt at that time, took over the inn after two years. Later, she leased the inn directly from Prince Schwarzenberg. In 1902 Anna Madrutter married senior hunter Johann Brandstätter, who she bore their son Hans in 1891. Eventually, the first skiers came to Turrach in 1914/15. Hans Brandstätter married the Seewirt cook Stefanie Mara in 1921 and they took over responsibility of the inn together. The Seewirt remained in the hands of the Brandstätter dynasty until 1954.
In 1954 Prince Schwarzenberg decided to sell the Seewirt. The contract was awarded to the builder Ferdinand Holweg from Murau.
His wife Pauline converted the property into a small hotel which was opened on 21 December 1957. Pauline who was known to run the hotel most skillfully and on a top level, added a guest complex and a restaurant in 1970 and an indoor pool with sauna in 1977.
In 1982 Pauline Holweg handed over the hotel to her daughter and her son-in-law Maria and Folker Müller-Elmau, who continued to manage the business until spring 1996. Serious health grounds required the Müller-Elmau family to sell their hotel.
In September 1996 Richard and Elke Prodinger purchased Hotel Seewirt, and celebrated the re-opening of the revitalized 4-star hotel on 13 December 1996.
Since completion of the impressive expansion from April 1999 until December 1999, Elke and Richard Prodinger can offer guests of Schlosshotel Seewirt
12 beautiful new family rooms including 4 themed rooms (prince and oriental suite, knights and monks room), an elevator for additional guest comfort, a wine cellar for tastings, a multi-purpose room (for seminars, lectures, presentations and exercises), a conservatory for buffet arrangements as well as an expanded sauna complex to include organic sanarium and massage area.
In November 2000 the spa area was added a tub for health treatments, gym, Kneipp bath and fresh air zone for sauna enthusiasts. Since winter 2002/2003 the hotel is featuring a beauty spa and a second massage treatment room due to the strong demand. In winter 2003, the "Schwitzkasten“ and an organic stone pine sauna made of century old wood were added for sauna fans. The castle pond was expanded in July 2004 to offer another attraction for the warmer season. Eventually, in 2005, Schlosshotel Seewirt catered especially to all fans of motorbikes, sports, vintage and convertible cars by offering facilities and amenities that make the hearts of motor sports beat faster and enable pleasure tours from the Schlosshotel's doorstep.
In the years that followed, the rooms and bathrooms in the old building were completely renovated. Granite was chosen for the refurbishment of the bathrooms in autumn 2005. The bathrooms redecorated in fall 2006 were completely made of Styrian marble from Sölk.
In autumn 2009 the complete and particularly elaborate refurbishment of 8 additional rooms was carried out. We selected the local stone pine, the "Queen of the Alps" as raw material for the rooms and slate for the bathrooms. Modern decor combined with harmonious colors and contemporary features made them real oases of well-being.
In autumn 2010 steam bath and access to the wellness area were thoroughly renovated and the "Sir Richard“ Stube got a complete face lift. The autumn months 2011 were used for software updates, changes to the IT-system and the usual renovation works.
In autumn 2012 the Finnish sauna's interior was revitalized and converted into a salt stone hay sauna. The "Goaßstall“ got a small lounge that can now be rented for a "Styrian – Gourmet – Grill“ (for 4 up to 15 people) in winter. in 2013 we presented our updated website and a modern "Rettl-room Highland Style“. The restaurant got a face-lift and different technical background renewals were carried out. in 2014 the reception area and the adjoining office rooms were completely renovated and another English-style theme room called "Lady Pauline“ (once the room of the previous owner Pauline Holweg), was built.
The family continued to grow and in January 2015 Martina, Philipp's partner gave birth to a son, sweet little Richard. The succession is ensured, the love for our profession kept alive.
Spring 2015 marked a big step in our hotel's history as the hotel got another face-lift with an additional refined touch.
The stone pine rooms were converted into "Schnarcherzimmer" junior suites providing a healthy, relaxed sleep with panorama balconies offering magnificent views of the Kornock. Another four suites are added and the indoor pool was completely refurbished to include a new pool with counter current and whirl bench, a generous, modern relaxation area with a view of the Kornock, all offering plenty of space to unwind.
The old buffet area was converted into a lounge with open fire place and game tables, which is highly popular among both young and old guests; it's also our non-smoking area in the evening while the bar is open.
Emerging from the reconstructed kitchen, the new buffet area allows the perfect presentation of the delicacies conjured up by the kitchen team. The high-tech facilities designed and planned by Philipp helps optimize all the processes.
....the holiday destination for connoisseurs
For years we've been centered around the topic of enjoyment. This is why we are very pleased to have fulfilled the quality requirements for membership of
this exclusive cooperation and are now entitled to call ourselves GENIESSER-SCHLOSSHOTEL SEEWIRT.
Genießer Hotels & Restaurants is an exclusive collection of 30 gourmet hotels and restaurants offering excellent food and wine. The owners are united in their shared passion for providing not just personality and individual leadership but also exceptional quality from the kitchen to the wine cellar.
Distinction by Gault Millau, Falstaff and A la carte are a requirement.
No pleasure is transient, for the mark it leaves is lasting!" (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Following an intense planning phase we remade the driveway to the Schlosshotel in spring 2016: the castle wall made of genuine Turrach stone from the Perneralm, individually processed and cut by hand and erected by the Ehrenreich company in the course of 6 weeks, is a true eye-catcher for guests approaching the Schlosshotel. Additionally, the terrace was roofed to offer guests protection in rainy weather and to prevent our service staff from permanently having to clear and set the tables anew. Also the showers in front of the swimming pool and the dressing rooms were refurbished.
In autumn 2016 the last floor of the old complex was thoroughly renovated and further five rooms now boast a new look, featuring the Schlosshotel comfort standard of the „Erzherzog Johann“ category.
In December 2015 Philipp took over sole responsibility for the performance of the hotel. We are happy that Philipp has been interested in his parents' company. He attended the catering college in Villach before he continued training in many renowned toque-awarded and starred restaurants including those of Johanna Maier, Schloss Fuschl, Schloss Mönchstein, Steirerhof, Hangar 7, Joel in Atlanta and Ashford Castle in Ireland. He now shares his culinary experiences gathered around the world with our guests.
In June 2012, Philipp converted the "Tower Symphony“ into the restaurant "philipp“, where he now offers his own gourmet menu.
You're welcome to cancel your half-board meal and visit the "philipp" instead. In winter you are credited €18 and in summer €15. Reservation is strongly recommended.
Our classic menu "Seewirts House“ is still offered for "à la carte"guests, as a matter of course.
Be it the preparation of half-board meals, à la carte or gourmet menus, regionally sourced products are given preference and no flavor enhancers are used. Of course, Philipp's also offers cuisine with exotic flair and international specialties, it is not for nothing that he spent the entire November 2013 with his renowned master "Joel“ in Little Rock.
Communication instead of isolation. The credo of the entire Schlosshotel team is personal attention and focus on the guests, satisfied employees as well as honest quality!
Dine in a casual, friendly ambience where you can relax and get spoiled by our professional and dedicated team. True values are more important than ever before. Family, friends, nature, health, personal attention and quality are what matters in the future and have to be authentic.
Make the most valuable time of the year one of true rest and relaxation. Recharge your batteries with us at the Schlosshotel at Turracher Höhe and be prepared again for the hectic everyday life!
Yours, the Prodinger family and the Schlosshotel team
NB: In case you enjoyed your stay with us, why not recommend it to others? Mouth of mouth - well, you know what we mean! If you were especially pleased with our service we would be happy to read your review about Schlosshotel Seewirt at www.holidaycheck.at or www.tripadvisor.at.