Green Finance GmbH Austria renovated this property in the spring of 2018 – modern and contemporary living at the highest quality standards in a stylish castle ambience was made possible. With a focus on sustainability and in cooperation with the Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, eight large family apartments and four offices were created here.
The castle Schloss Frein in the heart of Frankenburg am Hausruck, with its central location and excellent infrastructure, offers a charming living experience in this idyllic rural region.
The well-preserved, historical character and the newly renovated, intelligently and well thought-out apartments and offices complement each other to form a unique and representative income and residential property.
The castle Schloss Frein is the most striking building and landmark of Frankenburg. The three-storey castle not only forms the heart of the Upper Austrian market town, but is also known far beyond the borders of the region due to its historical significance. Originally built as a moated castle, today a rectangular building with a characteristic high hipped roof made of patinated copper rises directly on the main road. This landmark was acquired by Green Finance in autumn 2017 and completely renovated in spring 2018 according to the highest quality standards. Sustainability was very important to Green Finance, so eight large family apartments and four offices were built in the castle.
The chronicle of Schloss Frein
The Freyn Estate – Created at the first turn of the millennium
When and by whom the castle was built is unfortunately not known. However, it is documented that in 1170 Engelschalk von Reite donated an estate in Freyn to Asbach Abbey. It is therefore very likely that it came as feudal estate from Passau, Schaunburg or Bamberg.
Document of the Mattsee Abbey
Until the middle of the 12th century, the bishop of Passau (Bamberg archbishopric) had the right to dispose of all parishes in the Hausruckviertel. Through him, the parish of Frankenburg, for example, was placed under the control of Mattsee Monastery. This connection was not only of ecclesiastical, but also manorial importance. At this time the Frein seat was pledged to the lords of and to Schaunburg. The Habsburgs circumvented what they believed to be the right of first refusal of the land by transferring the sovereignty from the diocese of Bamberg to Duke Albrecht III of Austria in secret negotiations. The noble family of the Habsburgs sought to subjugate the County of Schaunburg and with this purchase they weakened their influence.
The sovereign fiefdom
The von Scheding (later Schöttinger) gentlemen were regarded as respected citizens of Mattsee. On the basis of house names and corridor relations in the area around today’s Frankenburg, conclusions can be drawn about their influence and power. It is unknown how long the Schöttinger family owned the castle Schloss Frein. From their hands the knights Zärtl probably received the noble seat, which in turn were replaced as owners of the estate by Ludwig Hueber.
The estates of the country ob der Enns
The estates of the Land ob der Enns were bequeathed the castle this year by “the noble, vest Ludwig Hueber zu Frein”, who was childless. In his will he appointed Frein to furnish the aristocratic school in the Landhaus zu Linz, which was considered to be the educational centre of the aristocratic lords and knights. The lords in Upper Austria thus saw themselves as direct, entitled heirs and sold Schloss Frein to the knight Hans Christoph Geymann zu Gallspach.
Possession to Emperor Ferdinand II.
The new lord of the manor, Hans Christoph Geymann, converted the estate from a wooden factory to a castle. Until his death he succeeded in completing the exterior of the building. His son Hans Ortholf Geymann did not pursue the expansion any further and joined the Protestant rebels against the Emperor.
After the end of the revolts by the monarchy, the property was confiscated and sold in 1621 by Emperor Ferdinand II to Franz Christoph von Khevenhüller. Shortly before the change of sovereignty, the village of Zwispallen was elevated to the status of Frankenburg market, and with the drawing of the new borders Frein became part of it. The Blutgericht am Haushamerfeld, where the Bavarian governor, Adam Graf von Herberstorff, held court over the rebels, can also be placed in this period.
Since 1925 the dramatic events have been commemorated in the form of the famous Frankenburg dice games.
Baron Veit von Gera
In the years from 1674 to 1684 the Frein Castle was owned by Johannes Veit, baron of Gera, which led to the abolition of the entailment.
After 10 years in the possession of the baron, the Khevenhüller again took over the rulership of Frein and its estates, united the administration and held on to the succession by the entail committee until 1810.
The Schaup family and the Zipf brewery
The Schaup family and the Zipf brewery Franz Schaup acquired the castle with the forest and estate of Frankenburg this year. He was one of the founders of the Zipf brewery. The family remained the owners until the last of the dynasty, Emilie Schaup, died childless in 1942.
Literary monument by Adalbert Stifter
“I told you you’d like it very much at Firnberg Castle.
Now you go. …but go out more often and be sociable.” – Excerpt from Stifter’s “Descendants” (1865) in which Frein Castle served as “Firnberg Castle” for inspiration.
World War II
During and shortly after the Second World War, the castle provided accommodation for refugees from the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. At that time, the premises also housed a school with 2 classes, but this was closed down in 1950.
Location of regional administrations
From 1850 onwards, Schloss Frein was the administrative centre for the many and varied tasks of the Schaup and Lilienau large commercial enterprise. It was also used as a seat for administrations, including the Frankenburg forest and estate administration and the archives of the Frankenburg local history association. In the years 1965/66 renovation work was carried out on the castle.
Christian Limbeck-Lilienau, as a brother-in-law and heir-in-law of the Schaup dynasty, sold the property in autumn 2017 to Christian Schauer, the managing director of Green Finance GmbH.
Green Finance GmbH – General renovation for modern living and working
In 2018, Green Finance GmbH carried out a general refurbishment of Schloss Frein to provide modern and contemporary living in a stylish ambience.
With the main focus on sustainability and in cooperation with the Office for the Protection of Monuments, eight large family apartments and four offices were be built in the castle. intangible co-ownership shares in an extraordinary interest-bearing property of historical significance are offered exclusively for sale.
Living in a stylish ambience
In 2018, Green Finance GmbH carried out a general refurbishment of Schloss Frein to provide modern and contemporary living in a stylish ambience. With the main focus on sustainability and in cooperation with the Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, eight large family apartments and four offices were built in the castle. The castle, which is under a preservation order, was completely renovated to the highest quality standards in order to provide modern and contemporary living in a stylish ambience.
Schloss Frein in the heart of Frankenburg am Hausruck, with its central location and excellent infrastructure, offers a charming living experience in this idyllic rural region. The well-preserved, historical character of the building which is listed and protected as a historic monument and the newly renovated, intelligently thought-out apartments complement each other to create a unique and representative income and residential property.
The 8 spacious apartments and 4 offices are completely renovated. The total effective area is 1,051 m2, which is divided into 790 m2 living space and 261 m2 commercial space. The building is located on a 3,331 m2 plot and also includes a wonderful park.
Modern office space for big ideas
On the ground floor of the historic building there are four attractive offices with a well thought-out layout. The charm of the original construction method is transformed by the high-quality revitalization into a unique working environment with plenty of room for ideas.
The separately accessible office units extend over a floor space of 56 m2 to 99 m2 and thus offer many possibilities for the respective space requirements. A total area of 261 m2 is available for regional companies.
TOP 1 59,41 m2
TOP 2 99,10 m2
TOP 3 68,26 m2
TOP 4 56,59 m2
TOP 5 59,41 m2 TOP 9 96,17 m2
TOP 6 69,75 m2 TOP 10 72,79 m2
TOP 7 127,30 m2 TOP 11 125,13 m2
TOP 8 106,18 m2 TOP 12 107,45 m2
Apartments in mint condition
with historical charm
The eight newly built, spacious, family-friendly apartments combine the impressive, historical ambience with the most modern facilities to create a unique living experience.
On a total of 790 m2, light and stylish living space was created through the use of high-quality materials. This offers generous space for development. By restructuring the floor plans, an intelligent room concept has been created that meets high standards.
The building is located on a 3,331 m2 plot of land, includes a wonderful castle park and still has a well-preserved water-bearing moat. A property that offers many possibilities and options for private or business use.
floor plans of the 3 floors
Impressions and media reports
Here we have set up a small picture gallery of Schloss Frein. A few impressions of the castle building with its details and the beautiful castle park. We have also kept interesting media reports for you to read.
Holiday region Attersee
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Frankenburg am Hausruck is a market town in Upper Austria in the district of Vöcklabruck in the Hausruckviertel with 4842 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2018). The municipality comprises 63 villages and is situated at an altitude of 519 m in the Hausruckviertel. The extension is 10.6 km from north to south and 10.3 km from west to east. The total area is 48.5 km2, 44.5 % of the area is forested, 49.3 % of the area is used for agriculture.
Frankenburg has beautiful Schloss Frein in the centre of the village, but the castle has aged a little over the decades. Thanks to the new owner, Green Finance GmbH, the castle was extensively renovated in 2018. The building which is listed and protected as a historic monument was renovated to the highest standards and with high-quality materials and now shines again in its beautiful splendour.
Nature conservation bats
One of the largest bat nursery colonies, in Upper Austria lives in Schloss Frein in Frankenburg.
Up to 800 mouse-eared females spend the summer here and raise their young.
Mouse-eared bats are, with a wingspan of about 40 cm, our largest native bat species.
The females form nursery colonies in the summer to raise the young, that usually consists of 50 to 1,000 animals. These bats are often referred to as the typical attic inhabitants. As they usually live in large, undisturbed attics in summer.
The following causes threaten and endanger the bats in their habitat in Austria
The company Green Finance GmbH acquired the castle in November 2017, with all its residents in the attic. An extensive renovation of the castle was carried out in 2018. Despite extensive renovation work, the preservation of the fifth largest bat colony was an important concern. Green Finance stands for green investment with sustainability and there was also close cooperation with the Coordination Office for Bat Protection and Research (KFFÖ) in Austria. Every effort was made to ensure that the mouse-eared bats return. During the renovation of the roof structure, care was taken to preserve the bats’ breeding grounds. At the same time, extensive precautions were taken to guarantee a trouble-free living in the castle.
Renovation with consideration of the bats
The renovation of the roof structure and the roof was completed at the end of March 2018, when the bats returned from their winter quarters. The bats spend the winter in caves, cellars or tunnels and then return to their summer homes. To make it even easier for the bats to get used to their new quarters, old boards were put up again. This is an important aspect so that the bats recognize and accept their quarters by smell.
To protect the bats living in the buildings, they are looked after by the Upper Austrian Nature Conservation Association and remain under the supervision of the members of the local group. The care and preservation of the quarter is of great importance, as there is no suitable replacement in the area.