"What do Freemasons and connoisseurs have in common?" You will surely ask yourself. Our answer is: “The Schlosshotel Rosenau in Waldviertel“This castle hotel, which goes back to one of the typical square courtyards in the region and was expanded into a Renaissance castle in the 16th century, has undergone several renovations. Baroque master builder Munggenast modernized it in the 18th century, and you can still admire the palace in this splendid setting. Its noble owners changed just as often as its appearance, until it was finally transferred from Baron Lazarini to the country's settlement society in 1964 Lower Austria was sold. The castle is still in their possession today. After extensive renovation work that spanned ten years, the castle hotel and restaurant opened its doors in 1974. The Austrian Freemason Museum followed a year later, which today occupies a wing of the castle.
The Masonic Museum in the only publicly accessible Masonic Lodge in Europe
We are allowed to look at the Freemasons' rooms outside the official opening hours because we are leaving early the next day. And we learn a lot about the history of Masons in Austria and around the world. The premises in which the museum is housed are original ceremonial rooms in which the Masons at Rosenau Castle held their meetings and where they still meet today. There is a dressing room where the ceremonial robes are put on. We see the symbols of the Masons: compass, hammer and scale. And we learn a lot about the conspiracy theories surrounding the Masons and their machinations throughout history. We do not want to believe that completely. To this end, much too much envy and narrow-mindedness are attached to the whole of thinking, while the names of the men, who are attributed to the Freemasons, more than impress us: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is said to have heard of it, as well as Joseph Haydn. They belonged to the Viennese elite lodge, together with well-known doctors and writers of the time. We read a lot about how the Catholic Church persecuted Freemasons' freethinking tendencies during the Enlightenment, and how their tolerance and pacifism kept them in distress over the course of history, because small-minded people could not accept this. A visit to the Masonic Museum at Schloss Rosenau shows how resentment and malice resist defense against free-spirited tendencies. The museum is definitely worth a visit.
Schlosshotel Rosenau: gourmet rooms offer an elegant place to relax
Schlosshotel Rosenau is not only a museum, but also an elegant and well maintained hotel. Moreover, it offers excellent cuisine with excellent service, so that well-being becomes the measure of all things. We have rarely looked after as well and felt as welcome as in this hotel. This is also due to the current tenant of the Schlosshotel: Mrs. Margit Zulehner. Most personally, she greets us with a glass of sparkling wine as we arrive at the hotel after an interesting and varied day in the late afternoon. She leads us to our rooms and shows us the facilities of the hotel: the wellness area and the spacious courtyard, the restaurant and of course our rooms. We spend the night in the Rose Room, where, how could it be otherwise, the Rose plays the main role. Pink wallpaper shows the flower as well as the comfortable linens of our historic wooden bed. We admire how well maintained the whole area is and how modern the decor of both our room and all the other hotel areas that we get to know during our stay. No trace of historical dustiness. The only downer for us as a blogger: the thick walls of the historic building do not allow Wifi access to our laptop. On the other hand, I find this in this environment not so bad, it gives me the opportunity to really enjoy the ambience of the castle and the offers that we get to know here: an excellent dinner - Waldviertler Backhendl for Petar and Tafelspitz for me - and ours cozy dining room with its generous wing chair, in which I cuddle up and try to find out more about the history of the castle and the Masons.
One of the specialties at Schlosshotel Rosenau is the organization of weddings. While bride and groom give each other in the castle chapel, the cooks prepare an opulent meal. In memory of the big day, the bride and groom plant their own rosebush in the park of the castle and afterwards they celebrate in an elegant environment. It must be nice to celebrate the beginning of his marriage here. But other guests also feel comfortable here: as we sit at dinner, we share the dining room with an older couple and a young couple.
If the night in the castle hotel is too historic, you can also spend the night in the neighboring residence hotel, which also belongs to the castle grounds and is located in the old dairy farm. There, the rooms are more modern, and the standard is also that of a good four-star hotel.
When we leave early the next morning, it's hard for us to say goodbye and we're sure we'll come back here.
Castle Hotel Rosenau
Schloss Rosenau 1
3924 castle Rosenau
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