Freudenau Manor - Meinl Castle

 Črnci 47, 9253 Apače ( Map )


Freudenau Manor, or, as we call it today, Meinl Castle, which stands in the village of Črnci, has had several names and owners throughout its history. In the middle of the 13th century the castle was supposed to be a hunting lodge. Today's Baroque building of Freudenau Manor, with its large estate, dates back to the 17th century. A special feature of the castle is a round Roman relief from the 2nd century, which represents a pair of hugging spouses. Behind the walls of the castle was once a stunning French park with exotic trees and fruit trees. At the beginning of the 20th century, the castle passed into the hands of the best wholesaler of coffee in Vienna, Julius Meinl, who owned the castle until 1941, and after whom the locals named the castle. Julius Meinl was said to have been a good master and a good employer, who took care of his employees. During the Occupation, the entire property was confiscated by Nazis. After 1945, all real estate, property and assets were managed by agricultural estates and a business conglomerate. Today, the castle is privately owned and not open to the public. The next time you sip a cup of aromatic Meinl coffee regarded by their famous dark-skinned boy, remember the town of Črnci, where Meinl Castle stands.