gate to the Bohemian Forest

Get to know the exciting and unusual landscape in the three-country border region of Austria, Bavaria, and the Czech Republic. The Falkensteiner Hotel Bad Leonfelden is the ideal starting point to explore the often unexpected beauty of the Mühlviertel.

The Kneipp town of Bad Leonfelden, located in the Upper-Austrian region Mühlviertel only 30 km away from Austria's cultural capital Linz, is well-known because of its unmistakable charm. Anyone searching for a relaxing holiday will appreciate the many walking routes surrounding the hotel and the Bohemian forest which is practically right in front of the doorstep. While some of our guests take pleasure in exploring by foot, others prefer to discover the countryside while cycling. Magnificent farmhouses, well-maintained castles and splendid palaces can all be found in the Mühlviertel – and you are invited to come and discover all of this and more. 


  • The neo-Gothic parish church Hl. Batholomäus was built by order of Thaman Dienstl, the then abbot of Wilhering, beginning about 1483 and finished in the early 16th century. A Mount of Olives relief adorns the south side and two more towers were added by architect Otto Schirmer.


  • After the healing of a carpenter in 1686, a chapel was later build and a picture of Mary brought from the Maria Zell Church. In 1755-1761, the town built a new structure and dedicated the church with the name “Maria Schutz am Bründl.” The church boasts a ceiling fresco of the Nativity by Andreas Kitzberger, neo-baroque side altars, and altar paintings by Johann Grandaue.


  • The Bürgerspital (hospital) was built in 1505 and 9 years later the Spitalskirche (hospital church). After a long closure during the 17th century, it was dedicated to St. Josef and later used for various institutions. It finally was renovated in the 1980s and its church treasures discovered.
  • The Upper Austria School Museum is the oldest schoolhouse in the country since 1577 and was awarded the Austrian museum seal of quality. Visit the special “Gotcha!” exhibition about 100 years of fraud all over the world.

Kurverband Tel. 07213/6397

OÖ Schulmuseum (School Museum)


  • Take part in a historical walking tour with the night watchman through Bad Leonfelden and learn about the history of the place by lantern light.

Guided tours available after reservation
Tel. 0664/73913661

Night Watchman of Bad Leonfelden


  • Rides in the two-horse stagecoach (4-6 people) are available at any time after prior reservation. Other routes are available as well, for example, in four-horse coaches (up to 10 people). Advance booking is recommended. The coaches will not be operated if there is snow and ice. 

Ortschlag 3, 4190 Bad Leonfelden
Tel. 07213/8305, 0664/5102667

Historic horse-drawn carriage rides


  • The City Museum in the former Civic Hospital shows the economic history of the spa town with its guild system, ethnology, folklore, Traditional Costumes Association, commemoration rooms, historic excavations of the Sternstein Glassworks and the history of the “Iron Fence.”  You can also visit the museum as part of this historic city tour.

Guided tours only:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Other tours by appointment:
Spa Association Tel. 07213/6397

  • Family Wagner runs one of the last two blue printing shops in Austria and prints linen for various household goods by hand. Special customer requests will be fulfilled in addition to a large collection of pattern models.

Tel. 07213/6588

Blaudruckerei (Blue Printing Shop) Wagner


  • In a guided tour of the “Hofbauer” Distillery you will get to know the aroma of fine liqueurs, whiskeys, fruit and cereal brandy, and the difficult art of distilling schnapps. Choose some of these highest-quality wines during the subsequent tasting.

Guided tours by appointment only.
Tel. 07213/6465

Hofbrennerei Hofbauer


  • With a lot of manual work, two Leonfeldners continue the tradition begun before the 1920s and brew creative Leonfeldner beers of different varieties, including Bärchens Gold, Black Baron, Chili Billy, and Wermutströpferl.

Guided tours by appointment only.
Gerald Weixlbaumer, Tel. 0650/4177417


  • The first railway on the European continent was the horse-drawn railway, which ran from Budweis to Linz and Gmunden in the 1830s. The museum in the renovated Rainbach train station presents the history of this train route. On half a kilometre of rail route you will encounter a nostalgic travel experience from imperial times. Even the Habsburgs once rode in the luxury car “Hannibal,” which you can visit today to experience the horse railway station as it was in a long gone century.

Kerschbaum 61, 4261 Rainbach im Mühlkreis,
Tel. 07949/6800, office@pferdeeisenbahn.at

Pferdeeisenbahn Museum (Horse-Drawn Railway Museum)


  • Clay that was quarried in the local area was processed in the Hafnerhaus, which dates back to the 18th century. The pottery was well-known in this region into the 1930s and sold as tableware in the surrounding area and the neighbouring Sudetenland. In the 1990s it was bought by the municipality Leopoldschlag and renovated since it was deemed worthy of preservation. The museum is housed today in the former kiln chamber.

Contact: Marktgemeinde Leopoldschlag
Tel. 07949/8255-15, jachs@leopoldschlag.ooe.gv.at



  • Right on the border with the Czech Republic in the municipality Leopoldschlag is an info centre about the European Green Belt and NATURA 2000 site on the border river Malše, operated by the Society for Nature Conservation. Learn interesting facts about the protected flora and fauna of this region during the excursion “The buffalos are going wild – landscape conservation in the European Reserve Malše at the European Green Belt” or other guided tours.

Contact: Tel. 0664/5143548

Natura 2000 info centre


  • The Hinterglasmuseum (Reverse Glass Painting Museum) shows the Sandl reverse glass paintings which were declared national immaterial cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013. You will also receive interesting knowledge about the history of this art.

Contact: Tel. 07944/8255-14,



  • The small town of Freistadt, which had its heyday in the late Middle Ages, boasts a charming old town part with numerous Gothic and baroque facets, such as the almost completely preserved fortification or the bourgeois houses in the town centre. Take the time for a tour in this medieval brewery town.

Contact: Tel. 07942/75700

Tours in Freistadt


  • Find out more about local history and everyday life in Freistadt from its founding until today in numerous collections and exhibitions at the Mühlviertel Schloss Museum

Contact: Tel. 07942/72274

Mühlviertl Schloss Museum (castle museum)


  • There are many attractions at the Lipno dam on the Moldau river. This includes the Šumava National Park with its rich flora and fauna, the small castle Vítk°uv hrádek (Wittinghausen or Wittigstein), which served the Witigons as an administrative centre of their empire up until the 14th century. Horní Planá, also located in this area is the birthplace of the writer Adalbert Stifter.


  • Founded in 1259 by the Czech Colonel Marshal Wok von Rosenberg, the Cistercian Monastery Hohenfurth remained a spiritual and cultural centre of South Bohemia for 750 years. There is a Gothic St. Mary’s Church, a chapter house, an oratory, a magnificent monastery library, a picture and statue gallery.

Contact: Klášter 137
CZ - 38273 Vyšší Brod,
Tel. +420 380 746 674

 Cistercian Monastery Hohenfurth


  • Consisting of a lower and an upper castle, the Rosenberg / Rožmberk castle was erected in 1225 by the Vítkovci Witiko of Prčice and Blankenberg or his son Wok von Rosenberg.

Contact: Správa státního hradu
CZ - 382 18 Rožmberk n. Vltavou
Tel. +420 380 749 838