Welcome to Lockenhaus

If you want to sleep here, the Burghotel Lockenhaus has rooms and a sauna.

Some 13km east of Lockenhaus is the tiny village of Klostermarienberg, home to a now-defunct monastery housing what must be the only dog museum in Europe, the Europäisches Hundemuseum. The odd collection of dog paraphernalia includes paintings, statues and intriguing photos of dogs dressed for war during WWI and WWII, complete with gas masks. Take a few minutes to visit the monastery’s crypt, a chamber containing archaeological finds dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Bernstein, 15km west of Lockenhaus, is dominated by the impressive Burg Bernstein, now a hotel. The building's foundations date from 1199, and it retains much of its pre-modern atmosphere, with a beautiful internal courtyard and tumbling, artfully wild garden and moat beyond. Thirteen bedrooms are available for guests; all have evocative if totally modern bathrooms but beyond that have been minimally renovated.

Each is furnished with a fabulous array of antiques from the Almásy family collection and are truly special. Andrea and Alexander are welcoming and down to earth hosts; Alexander will be happy to show you around and Andrea's wonderful cooking makes breakfast and dinner a treat. For those who have read Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, there's an extra frisson to it all; this was the childhood home of the fictionalised László Almásy.

In the town centre is a small Felsenmuseum, which focuses on the gemstone serpentine and local mining (it was first mined in the town in the mid-19th century). You'll also find a cool little all day cafe down by the lake where you can have lunch or dinner.

If your body needs some TLC, stop in at the spa town of Bad Tatzmannsdorf, 15km south of Bernstein. Aside from taking the waters at the Burgenland Therme, you can visit the Südburgenländisches Freilichtmuseum, a small but rewarding open-air museum filled with thatched buildings from 19th-century Burgenland. The local tourist office helps with accommodation.

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