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|Castle Saalhof in winter|
Castle Saalhof is one of the oldest castles in the Pinzgau region. It dates back to the 11th century, when it apparently was the home of the Counts of the region. During the renovation of the facade in 2010, the oldest parts of the castle on the north-east side were revealed. In 1600, Castle Saalhof was extended and built in the style you see today.
In 1296, the castle is apparently owned by “Konrad, the devil”.
In 1423, the first verifiable owner of the archiepiscopal period is Oswald Eisenstang (= called Oswald the iron rod).
In 1584, ownership passes to the Amann family from Judendorf and Saal.
In 1600, Christoff Amann from Judendorf and Saal rebuild the Castle in a style, typical for the region. See the marble relief and emblem above the main entrance, laid in 1606. Also a large part of the interior arrangement derives from this time.
In 1634, the castle comes to the Riedl family following the marriage of Amanns’ daughter Maria: A magnificent emblem on the 1st floor, laid in 1661, testifies to the marriage of Mathias Riedl from Saal and Maria Riedlin born Stöcklin from Judendorf.
In 1759, Maria Anna von Hackledt comes into possession.
In 1766, the famous botanist Franz Anton from Braune is born in the castle.
In 1840, the castle comes into rural possession, it is bought by the landlord Josef Zehentner from the small village of Weißbach near Lofer. He is a direct ancestor of the Rieder family which owns the castle now.
In 1855, his son Johann Zehentner takes over Castle Saalhof.
In 1874, his daughter Maria with her husband Josef Schattbacher inherit the property, it then passes to their son Johann.
In 1939, Ida, daughter of Johann Schattbacher, marries the farmer Wolfgang Rieder.
In 1969, the castle and farm pass to their son Wolfgang and his wife Rosa Rieder.
In 1971 the two old stable blocks (roof ridges 1828 and 1586) were demolished and new ones constructed.
Since 1992 the castle, the Meier‘s house and the Christian wayside shrine (in the garden) stand under federal conservation of monuments and historic buildings.
In 2004, Wolfgang’s son Hermann and his wife Kathrin Rieder take over the property.
Since 2006 newly renovated apartments within the castle are available to paying guests. In 2010, the facade is renovated and the old colours from the 17th century are restored. The Meier’s house on the eastern side was earlier the dwelling of the curator (=Meier), farm labourers and servants. The date in the roof ridge is 1686 (= construction year). In 1814 the Meier’s house was used as a school for Maishofen. The castle and Meier’s house are private buildings and are not open to visits!
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