Tim and Janet's 2014 European Trip travel blog

Bernstein Castle

Lockenhaus Castle is painted in Burgenland colors of red and yellow

Inside the castle chapel

Burgenlanders hundreds of years ago were short people!

The dining hall

Entrance to castle


Horror story...check out Elizabeth Nadasdy...and what she did to preserve her youth.

Car show

Tim and his favorite car!

We had a perfect day spent learning about family history from Herbert Rehling (no relation) who directed us to the gravesite of my grandfather's youngest brother, Josef, in Bad Tatsmannsdorf. Herbert was my very first contact over ten years ago when I started the Rehling family genealogy and how I eventually "found" the Ochsenhofer family. We also spent the evening where Bernd was raised and met two of Bernd's brothers, Gerli and Martin, and their mother, Heidi. Have to admit it was very emotional meeting Heidi who is the same age as my mother would gave been. I have never felt more welcome than I was today. Thank you Ochsenhofer family!!

We drove through Burgenland and saw Bernstein Castle from the road on the way to Lockenhaus Castle where we walked through centuries of history. The part of castle we saw was built in1655. Older parts were recorded in 1242 but probably built in the ninth century. A Roman tower once stood on this place, too. The castle is also linked to the Knights of the Templar who held ceremonies in a cult room. There is also a horror story associated with Franz Nadasdy and his brutal wife Elizabeth. As we were leaving Lockenhaus there was an antique car group in the parking lot that Tim and Bernd checked out.

Traveled back to Oberwart for lunch and Wiener Schnitzel was the special of the day so, of course, Tim and I had to indulge. Was surprised to learn from Maria that most Wiener Schnitzel is made from pork now instead of beef calves.

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