Burgenland – Spa region of Austria

I went to this region of Austria because my grandfather grew up here and I wanted to see his home, but this area is special for other reasons as well.

The land itself is green, hilly, and beautiful. Dotted with old homes and spas, orchards and vineyards, it’s rural and small – a glimpse of real Austria – not the fast life of the city, but the slow authenticity of the countryside.


Bad Tatzmannsdorf is a quaint town dotted with over 30 bed and breakfast spa locations from the small and simple to the extravagant. For many, this region is a true summer destination and the area is completely set up for it, yet it’s still small and doesn’t feel touristy. The average price when we asked around was 35E/person including breakfast. Kids get a discounted rate.

Fruhstuckshotel Waldfriede
Parkstrasse 10; Bad Tatzmannsdorf, AT 7431
T: 03353-8249
E: john.petschinger@utanet.at
** We stayed one night here. The rooms are not fancy nor spacious, but are very clean. The people are very nice, the breakfast is delicious, and we only paid 26E/person. Not bad.

Stuff to see:


  • Most town have WWI memorials in town and in a few, you can also find WW2 memorials as well.
  • Oberwart has put together an amazing history of WW2 in it’s Rathaus through posters and photographs displayed leading up the staircase and covering the upstairs hallways and a large room. Tours and tourist information are available here as well. My grandfather’s name is on the wall several times there.


  • Go to Stadt Schlaining – a beautiful old town anyway. This is another nice place to stay. There is a huge castle there that was once moated. Tours are available. Adults are 7.30E or a family ticket including adults and children is 13E. It’s open seasonally from Palm Sunday – 31 October from 0900-1700 Tuesday – Saturday.
  • In the small village of Rotenturm you’ll find the Rotenturm castle, an abandoned castle sitting in the middle of a field. You can’t tour it as it’s boarded up, but it’s still beautiful and worth the stop there to see it.



I went for a family trip and has just a brief time here, but it is a place I would return to for a relaxing trip. The spas looked beautiful, the food was amazing, and the people are very friendly. English is spoken quite a bit by the hotel owners too. Search the websites for more information. There is wine country here (the Sturm is delicious), lakes, and hiking as well.

We did visited this area in conjunction with time spent in Vienna, the Zala region of Hungary, and Budapest.

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