Castel Fragsburg Italy
Fragsburg 3, Merano, South Tyrol
Relais & Châteaux
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Alexander Ortner – Owner and Manager
5* Boutique Retreat – Relais & Châteaux
Give more visibility to the hotel and brand, enhance its fabulous location in an area which is today off the beaten track.
History & Story
Built as a hunting lodge in 1624, the property holds the spirit of a bygone era and is bursting with historical charm and touching experiences. From the very beginning, stories were not just told but experienced here. In 1954, ownership of the Castel Fragsburg Maternum transferred to the Ortner family. With great subtlety and a flair for the essential things in life, the family succeeded in transporting the vintage building into the present, bit by bit, while also honouring and reviving traditions and having an open-minded view about what was to come. Alexander Ortner and his sons are the third and fourth generations of the family to run the establishment and are now tasked with leading Castel Fragsburg into the future, which they do successfully. With the purchase of the Castel Fragsburg Paternum, the castle on the mighty clifftop from the 14th century, the Ortner family has reunited the two buildings that originally belonged together. Nowadays the castle nearby is the perfect event location for fairytale weddings, creative incentives and fabulous anniversaries.
Nearly every year there are refurbishments work
Main Strengths, Special Touch
A retreat, to rediscover and express your inner source of inspiration. A particular philosophy of the fine art of living makes the Fragsburg so extraordinary: namely of enjoying every day in its unique glory, shaping each moment according to your own intuitive rhythm.
High above Merano, where the sensual charm of the Mediterranean meets wild Alpine romance, stands the Castel Fragsburg. Enthroned here since 1624, the boutique retreat enjoys the most hours of sunshine in the whole country. Entwined in wild vines, the hotel is set in an enchanted garden that stretches over 50.000 m² (1.000 m² per guest) around the Fragsburg on a private hill. Wisteria, roses and hydrangea bloom all around. Visitors are immediately spellbound by the garden’s many charming corners and by the picturesque courtyard. And though the spa town of Merano, with all its lively culture and conviviality, lies only a stone’s throw away, the Fragsburg remains perfectly secluded. In the midst of the majestic mountain scenery of South Tyrol, it is a place of refuge where simple Alpine comfort complements sensuous Mediterranean flair.
Key sites/activities in the area
Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage and a paradise for mountain lovers.
Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano: an extraordinary botanical garden.
Merano, a historical spa town, characterized by spacious parks, easy walking routes and waterways which invite visitors to linger and enjoy the green and pleasant atmosphere of the old town.
Messner Mountain Museum, a place of encounter with the mountains, with mountain people and ultimately with ourselves.
Activities out of the property: trekking, biking (we rent MTBs and E-MTBs), paragliding, climbing, horseback riding, helicopter flights, fishing, golfing.
• Soul Luxury Suite 85 m²
Close to the sky and far from the ordinary, the Soul Luxus Suite is carefully crafted and unique. Designed with an eye for beauty and a heart for the past, it seduces with azure finesse and exquisite antique furniture. The luxurious bathroom with panoramic tub and private infrared cabin will make you feel like a king or queen. A private guided tour of the nearby castle will immerse you in history.
• Suite Royale 65-85 m²
With stunning views of the idyllic castle gardens and the enchanting Texel Group mountains, the rooftop terraces or balconies in these suites in our luxury Dolomites Hotel, are the perfect place to spend balmy summer evenings surrounded by blossoming flowers and candles as you listen to the nightingales singing. Lodgings fit for royalty with light, high-ceilinged rooms, decorated with a fine feel for atmosphere using antique furniture and exquisite British fabrics and wallpapers. Some of the bathrooms feature a bathtub with panoramic views and an infrared sauna.
• Suite Deluxe 40-60 m²
An aristocratic ambience in Baronesse style, with either one or more balconies – each suite in this category has been designed with meticulous care to make it one of a kind. But they all share a single aim: to provide our guests with all the amenities and inspiration they need to fully enjoy the art of fine living in the Fragsburg.
• Junior Suite 30-35 m²
Hand-carved or smith-forged furniture, a bathroom in exquisite red marble and a balcony with incredible panoramic views of either the vineyards around Merano or the peaks of the Texel Group – our Junior Suites offer our guests both exclusive comfort and privacy.
• Double Room Deluxe 25²
Furniture choosen with grate care, a bathroom in exquisite red marble and a balcony with views of the rear courtyard ant the the vineyards or the peaks of the Texel Group – our double rooms Deluxe offer our guests both exclusive comfort and privacy.
Restaurants & Bars
For centuries, the Fragsburg has been strongly anchored in stone and rock and has always given the impression of swaying gently above the treetops; similarly, the cooking concept by the Michelin-starred chef de cuisine Egon Heiss is deeply rooted in native soil and the South Tyrolean tradition yet enriched with Italian sensuality.
• Gourmet Restaurant Prezioso, 5 course menu, Michelin starred
• Restaurant Orangerie, half board menu or à la carte
The Alchemistic Healing Spa Castellum Natura, the first of its kind in the world, is inspired by the ancient knowledge of herbal medicine and the almost-forgotten teachings of alchemy. The Fragsburg offers harmonising full-body treatments, massages and healing baths and create personal beauty treatments. Each of the beauty products is made using all-natural ingredients according to the ancient alchemistic recipes by the natural healing expert Renate De Mario Gamper.
Furthermore the Fragsburg offers a heated 8 x 13 m outdoor pool and whirlpool, a sun-drenched relaxation room and the following saunas: finnish sauna, herbal bio sauna, turkish steam room and a infrared sauna.
Corporate & Celebration Events
The medieval castle near Castel Fragsburg is the perfect venue for large festivities for up to 130 guests. Surrounded by a huge garden, the event could begin here with an aperitif against a grandiose backdrop. Celebrate like royalty in the wood-panelled knight’s halls with their magnificent chandeliers.
Weddings & celebrations
Meetings & incentives
Extra Notable Features
At the Fragsburg Soul Garden right next door, we grow in collaboration with the Youth Service of Merano fruits, vegetables, and herbs for our restaurant and the Alchemistic Healing Spa. Together, we support young people from the region, we give them a purpose and we help them to find their calling in life.
Hotel and Restaurant Awards
• Michelin Star for the Gourmet Restaurant Prezioso 2024
• Relais & Châteaux Well-Being Trophy 2023
• Tripadvisor Traveller Choice Award 2023 Best of the Best
• Gault & Millau valuation 2024 with 4 red toques & Egon Heiss chef of the year 2024
Number of employees
30 Members of staff