Castle Deutschkreutz in Burgenland

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Castle Deutschkreutz

One of our trips to Burgenland brings us to the castle Deutschkreutz. This is a renaissance castle in a small village near the Austro-Hungarian border. However, it is not a castle that immediately attracts attention because it has extensive parks around it. Even its size does not help attract attention, as it is also hidden on the outskirts of Deutschkreutz. Only a small sign in the village indicates its existence. When approaching the castle, we are in doubt as to whether we are on the right track. Because this leads us into a forest and soon looks more like a path than a road. Nevertheless, we continue to follow it, and in the end we are finally in front of a driveway overgrown with wild greenery, which leads into the spacious castle courtyard. Two-storey arcade paths line the inner courtyard of the castle, which is overgrown with grass and in which some shrubs and shrubs bring some variety.


Anton Lehmden
Anton Lehmden, professor and also celebrated painter


A castle for the arts

We are on the way with Elena von Creative Lena, Anna of wine shop post and Andreas from Travel by Photography. In the castle we are welcomed by the daughter of the castle owner, Professor Anton Lehmden, who bought this castle 1966. Since then he lovingly restored it. Professor Lehmden is a painter and famous for his paintings, in which he dealt primarily with landscape painting in the early days of his creative work. Later, in his pictures, he also portrays the incorruptibility of the human being, who does not learn from his mistakes, but always continues as chaotically as before. Together with his daughter he revives the Renaissance castle, which 1625 was built by Count Paul Nàdàsdy. On the one hand with his painting, which he exhibits in a wing of the castle, on the other hand with summer academies, in which he helps creatively interested participants. He also organizes art and music events that have a different theme every year.


marble hall
Marble Hall in the castle Deutschkreutz


Schloss Deutschkreutz is being restored

However, we climb up to the first floor of the castle, where Professor Lehmden takes time for us. He tells us how difficult it is to restore an old building like this one. On the one hand, it is an arduous task he has set himself. On the other hand, it consumes vast amounts of capital. But at least in the part he shows us, he has done so well. We enter a hall with marble floors and marble walls, in which only a few furniture stand. A table with several chairs and not much else. But this is just the stucco work on the wall and ceiling to the better advantage. Rosettes, fruit trees and garlands decorate the vaulted ceilings and give an impression of how splendid the castle looked during the days of the Nàdàsdys. Below hang paintings and tapestries by Anton Lehmden on the walls. Here, history and modern art are wonderfully combined.


Stucco work in the castle Deutschkreutz


Stucco, antiques and art

The next room of the castle looks similar, except that the ceiling is reinforced with dark wooden beams. "I discovered this in a Vienna demolition house," laughs Professor Lehmden and draws our attention to a chest of drawers in dark wood. Here, too, there are only a few pieces of furniture, while large-scale paintings by Lehmden adorn the walls. The studio where these works are created is right next door, and we also see sketches and designs of new paintings.


The studio of Professor Anton Lehmden
The studio of Professor Anton Lehmden


A home for the life's work of Professor Lehmden

An entire wing of the castle is dedicated to the life work of Anton Lehmden. Here we follow on our tour of his artistic development. This began with landscape paintings that look quickly behind the surface. His landscapes are broken up, cut open and look at what's underneath. On the other hand, his later works, in which he deals with themes such as war and the human inability to learn from past mistakes, seem almost frightening. Instead, the look through the open door into the courtyard of the castle with its arcades and the fresh green of the lawn seems almost conciliatory.


One of the landscape paintings by Anton Lehmden
One of the landscape paintings by Anton Lehmden


The castle chapel

At the end of our tour, we stand on the gallery of the castle chapel, which also had Lehmden renovated. Here, too, the room is mainly characterized by its sparse nature. In any case, the gothic arched windows let a lot of light into the church space, which contains only a few ornaments at eye level of the visitors on the ground floor. As a result, the stucco decorations of the vaulted ceiling and the ceiling paintings are all the more intense. Another eye-catcher is the stained glass windows designed by Anton Lehmden in the pointed arches of the windows.


The chapel in the castle Deutschkreutz
The chapel in the castle Deutschkreutz


However, what impresses us most about Schloss Deutschkreutz is the dedication with which both Professor Lehmden and his daughter dedicate themselves to the task of bringing this historic building back to life. A life task, as they both willingly admit. There is a lot of love in this house. History, creativity and art. A wonderful combination, as we find.

Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Lehmden Museum

Year-round tours by prior arrangement at the DEUTSCHKREUTZ tourist office
Tel. + 43 (0) 2613 20 200

How to get there

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Of Vienna the journey to Deutschkreutz takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Graz you can also be in Deutschkreutz in 1 hour and 50 minutes.


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 Source: own research on site at the invitation of Burgenland Tourismus. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Castle Deutschkreutz in Burgenland

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika