2 days Culture Vacation
The perfect plan for all those interested in culture to spend two days exploring cultural highlights of the Vitalwelt and indulging themselves.
On the first day, in addition to a sundial dedicated to Johannes Kepler, three castles await you - Tollet Castle and, after the lunch break, Parz castle gallery and Parz country castle. After dinner,the evening can be rounded off at the Bad Schallerbach Musiksommer.
The Kepler Clock
After a leisurely breakfast, the first day can start in Grieskirchen. The Kepler Clock is attached to the Grieskirchen School Centre. At 240 m², it is probably the largest vertical, flat sundial in Austria, if not in Europe. On a guided tour it's possible to learn more about the historical background, the history of its creation and how to read it. The clock is dedicated to Johannes Kepler, who served as court mathematician to three Catholic emperors.
The next stop is Tollet Castle in the eponymous municipality. The castle was rebuilt in 1607 in the Renaissance style. Particularly worth seeing are the ornately forged fountain in the courtyard and the arcade railings, which date back to the time of construction. From the tower there is a magnificent view of the Trattnachtal valley. Nowadays there are eight flats, the municipal office and the district home association with the Upper Austrian State Bee Museum and the Wagner Museum inside the castle.
Lunch at Gasthof Zweimüller
The Gasthof Zweimüller in Grieskirchen cordially invites!
It is characterised by its wood-panelled parlour, a family atmosphere and a kitchen team that spoils its guests with regional seasonal specialities and varied home-style cooking. From classics such as Wiener schnitzel to fine fish fillets and spicy vegetable curry, there is something for every taste.
Parz Castle Gallery
Well strengthened the day continues in Parz at Parz Castle Gallery. Exhibitions of the works of local and international artists are held here regularly. Parz Castle in Grieskirchen has thus been known as an important venue for contemporary art for around 60 years.
The moated castle itself was first mentioned in documents in the 14th century and was rebuilt in its present form after a fire in 1820.
Parz Country Castle
Right next door is Parz Country Castle, which is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Upper Austria, not least thanks to the famous Parz frescoes from the 16th century. Thanks to sensitive restoration, the frescoes are still of unique colourfulness and impressive richness of detail after almost 500 years. Together with the surrounding well-tended park and gardens, the castle forms a harmonious ensemble. In summer, the fountain splashes in the flower-adorned arcaded courtyard and historic roses bloom in the garden.
Dinner at the Waldschänke
The award-winning Waldschänke is worth a visit for dinner. Waldschänke is a family business and has developed over 30 years into what it is today: a feel-good place with excellent cuisine.
Elisabeth Grabmer and her son Clemens have a firm grip on the kitchen and serve not only classics but also new interpretations and show the diversity of Upper Austrian cuisine.
International Music Summer Bad Schallerbach
Winding down the evening - that's possible at the International Musiksommer Bad Schallerbach. The Musiksommer Bad Schallerbach has been one of the most important cultural events in Upper Austria for many years and is a fixed component of this cultural landscape due to its programme variety and artistic quality.
Tip: With the Vitalwelt guest card you receive a 50% discount on almost all concerts of the Musiksommer.
You can spend the night with one of our 70 hosts . From a farm holiday to an overnight stay in a luxuriously appointed four-star superior hotel, every holiday guest will find the right offer for their needs.
You can spend the night with one of our 70 hosts. From a farm holiday to an overnight stay in a luxuriously appointed four-star superior hotel, every holiday guest will find the right offer for their needs.
The second day includes a relaxing start in the sauna mountain village AusZeit and then takes you on a tour of the past via the Scheiben coal railway station and Starhemberg Castle. The culinary well-being is ensured by the Gasthof Pichler and the Mostheurige Möseneder-Pramendorder.
Sauna Mountain Village AusZeit
The second day begins with pure relaxation - spending the whole morning in the Eurotherme Bad Schallerbach. Powerful natural stone, real wooden huts and noble relaxation chalets create a mountain village atmosphere with extraordinary sauna attractions and rituals in the completely newly built and generously equipped "AusZeit". Over 40 different relaxation attractions await guests on 3 levels and over 4,000 m² of space.
Lunch break at Gasthof Pichler
Lunchtime is in Geboltskirchen at the Gasthof Pichler. The Pichlerhof has developed from a farm with horse breeding and an inn into a loving family hotel with a pony and riding farm. In the inn, cooking is done according to Grandma Rosi's traditional recipes - this promises sweet delicacies and Austrian kitchen classics. So those with a sweet tooth, hungry riders and deeply relaxed sauna-goers all get their money's worth in equal measure.
Coal station Scheiben
Next stop is coal station Scheiben. Here you can ride along the rails of the former coal railway on a bicycle trolley. The 3.5 km circuit through a small show gallery through the Hausruckwald can be explored in mine cars pulled by a diesel locomotive. In the small museum, a model replica with picture boards, picture projections and a show kitchen illustrate the hardships and heavy physical labour of the workers in past times. The Scheiben coal station offers a mental journey back in time.
Tip: With the Vitalwelt guest card you get reduced admission to the coal station Scheiben.
At the next stop - Starhemberg Castle - learning about the region's past continues. The picturesque castle in Haag am Hausruck was first mentioned in 1246 and offers a beautiful Renaissance courtyard as well as the local museum of local history. Here, exhibits of the former brown coal mining industry, rural life with work tools of our ancestors as well as delicacies of the local crafts with their guilds are shown. In addition, a wonderful view over Haag am Hausruck can be enjoyed from the castle.
Tip: With the Vitalwelt guest card you get reduced admission to the local history museum in Starhemberg Castle.
Cosy closing at the Mostheurigen Möseneder-Pramendorder
The closing of these two cultural days takes place at the Mostheurigen Möseneder-Pramendorder. Tart or sweet cider, hearty and light delicacies from own production, the most rustic ambience imaginable, the unique inner courtyard and the prompt, friendly service make this the perfect place to end two days of culture.