My in-laws were so interested in our overnight stay at a castle for my daughter’s birthday, that I arranged for us to stay overnight at a different castle during their recent visit. This time we stayed in Mailberg, a village in Austria’s Weinviertel about an hour north of Vienna and very close to the Czech border.
There was a decent-size playground a two-minute walk from the castle’s property, which is where we began our visit. After the kids ran out their excess energy, we walked around the town. The town was small and the walk didn’t take long, but it was interesting to see what an old wine-making village looked like. The village was surrounded by vineyards, and between the sunshine and the newly-bloomed flowers it was a beautiful walk.
We had lunch at Weingut Hagn, which served the wine it produced along with some exceptionally delicious food. The outside patio was at the foot of their vineyards, and the kids had fun running through the vineyards and checking out things such as the old wine press. We finished our day by walking on a path that began on the outer perimeter of the castle’s wall, then continued through a small wood and the open fields. It was a great, relaxing day.
That night we ate at the castle’s restaurant, Schlosskeller Mailberg (here is my description of what I had to eat there). The restaurant was located right outside the church, whose door was open for evening mass. We ate delicious food and washed it down with local wine while being serenaded by the boys’ choir. A great way to end the day!
The cost of the overnight stay at the castle included breakfast and a castle tour. When I made the reservations I mentioned that our German wasn’t great, so the staff arranged for us to have a private tour of the castle in English. The tour conveniently ended in the castle’s vinothek, where we could purchase any of the local wines featured on the castle restaurant’s menu.