Schloss Aichberg in easternStyria was built in the 12th century as one of a chain of fortresses erected to protect the then border of the Holy Roman Empire against the sudden attacks of martial eastern tribes.
Over the centuries Aichberg experienced a changeful history. A prime age under the family Aichberg until the early 15th century brought much construction and enhancing of the house. The ownership of the family Steinpeiß until the late 18th century saw repeated raids and partly destruction of the fortress by the Turks, the Haiducken and Kuruzzen, mainly in the 16th and 17th century.
After the death of the last Steinpeiß castle Aichberg saw much change in ownership until it came in the possession of the counts of Wimpffen for a century and a short ownership of the Greek prince of Ypsilanti.
The years after the end of WW2 saw the house slip more and more into decay until it was inherited by Cajetan Gril du Guern in 1986.
Art historian, art dealer and exceedingly well read he started to renovate the house and research its colourful history. Part of the house were opened to the public with changing exhibitions.Every year Cajetan publishes a small booklet about his findings.
Cajetans numerous artist friends dropped by to turn walls and doors into masterpieces of art, marvelling over a prolonged stay in this lovely, hilly landscape with its apple gardens.
Over the years Aichberg more and more turned into a Gesamtkunstwerk, monitored with a mixture of pride and distrust by the locals.
The house is filled with paintings, objects and books from cellar to roof and well worth a visit when in Austria.