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Güssing & Around/Austria

Introducing Güssing & Around

If you’re not castled out by this stage, head 40km south of Bad Tatzmannsdorf to Güssing, a peaceful town on the banks of the Strembach River. Here the arresting Burg Güssing rises dramatically over the river and town. The castle, which is a mix of ruins and renovations, contains plenty of weapons from the Turks and Hungarians, striking portraits from the 16th century and a tower with 360-degree views. A modern 100m funicular railway helps those with weary legs reach the castle.

A visit to the Auswanderer Museum, to the north of the castle, is also worthwhile. It relays the story of the mass exodus of Burgenlanders (including Fred Astaire’s father) to America before and after WWI – most emigrated due to lack of work or poor living conditions.

If you missed the open-air museum in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, head 5km west of Güssing to the Freilichtmuseum at Gerersdorf. An hour or two could easily slip by while you explore the 30-odd buildings and their traditional furniture and fittings, which capture the rural culture of Burgenland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The tourist office in Güssing can help with private rooms, otherwise try Landgasthof Kedl, 3km north of Güssing in Urbersdorf. The castle’s restaurant, Burg Güssing, has a filling six-course Knight’s menu and a terrace with extensive views over the countryside.