Schloss Litzlberg in Lake Attersee, Austria

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Schloss Litzlberg in Attersee

Schloss Litzlberg on a private island in Lake Attersee, Austria

Schloss Litzlberg is a château on a small privately owned island with an area of about 6000 square meters situated in Lake Attersee, also known as the Kammersee. Attersee is one of the ten regions of Salzkammergut, a famous resort area in Upper Austria.

The entire island was a fortress built in the 14th century. In the 18th century, the fortress and the buildings inside it fell into disrepair and were demolished in 1780. Since then, for over 100 years there was no building on the island.

In 1890, the island was acquired by the Hofmann family, from whom three years later Baron Eduard von Springer, a banker from Vienna, bought the island and built a new château there. Springer desired to marry the Austrian operatic mezzo-soprano Marie Renard (born Maria Pölzl) with whom he planned to live in the romantic castle he built on the island.

Springer’s plans went wrong when Marie Renard married Count Rudolf Kinsky. So, in disappointment, he sold the property in 1916 to the businessman Erwin Böhler, who in 1917 built a bridge to connect the island to the shore. Böhler and his wife Elfriede Böhler spent many summers in Litzlberg with their family, and entertained high-profile guests from all over Europe.

The painter Hans Boehler (1884-1961), a cousin Erwin Böhler, and his friend and artist Gustav Klimt were regular visitors to the chateau. Klimt created several paintings of the castle and sceneries around it, for instance, his work ‘Schloss Kammer am Attersee’ (1910), and his recently auctioned ‘Litzlberg am Attersee’ (1914-15) which was sold for $40.4 million.

Austria was very badly affected during World War II and the flow of guests to Schloss Litzlberg stopped. After the war, the guests returned to Litzlberg again. But, after the death of Erwin Böhler in 1950, his family depended on the income from entertaining guests.

After the death of Elfriede Böhler in 1972, there were disputes and legal wrangles among the heirs on the future of Schloss Litzlberg and sharing of the sale proceeds of it. However, in July 1974 the island, along with the castle, was bought by the industrialist Charles Leitl. After his death in 1977, his family took over control of his estate including the castle, which continues to be in the private ownership of the Leitl Family.

Attersee attracts a large number of local and international tourists. The best time to visit is during spring, summer and autumn. The area offers several enjoyable and exciting activities including hiking, horseback riding, water skiing, beach volleyball, etc. Also there are cultural events at Seewalchen am Attersee, including classical music concerts by artists of international fame.

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