Mozart’s Enormous Castle Hits the Auction Block in Austria
Located in the alpine village of Gloggnitz, the 900-year-old fortress will be accepting bids through December 14
A 900-year-old fortress with a connection to famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is hitting the auction block in Austria, where it will be accepting bids from December 1 through December 14. Located in the alpine village of Gloggnitz, the opulent 50-room palace is expected to fetch between $4.3 million and $10.9 million in the online sale, which is being jointly organized by Austria Sotheby’s International Realty and Concierge Auctions.
Dating to 1130, the enormous estate—known as Schloss Stuppach—has been enlarged over the centuries to its present 26,900-square-foot size. The current owners, Reinhard and Rita Zellinger, spent 15 years restoring the four-bedroom property to its former glory, turning it into a haven for Mozart lovers. Now christened Mozart’s Last Castle, the landmark has played host to more than 160 concerts by orchestras from around the globe.
Equipped with its own chapel and performance hall, the destination is where the legendary musician began composing his final work, Requiem in D Minor. During the mansion’s lengthy existence, other visitors have included a raft of historical figures, among them Napoleon, Pope Pius VI, and Franz Schubert.
The Zellingers are parting with the estate as they feel that after three decades, it’s time for a new steward. Prior to the auction, it had been listed on the market for $12 million. “It’s the right moment for handover,” said Reinhard. “As the castle will be sold as a successful business model, we are more than happy to offer our support to the new owner. We are sure he will live unforgettable moments in the castle just as we have done.”
Bidding is open December 1 through 14 with Concierge Auctions and Austria Sotheby’s International Realty.