King Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490) visited Burg Schlaining. Of course the king’s court went hunting and of course the king himself successful speared a deer in this area. Therefore the second highest "mountain" (862 m) of Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern state right at the border to Hungary, was named after this hunting episode. I don’t know, if it’s true, but at least it’s a good story and nothing interesting was happening in the middle of nowhere since, the name maybe never changed or had once a complete different meaning.
The name Hirschenstein describes also the hospital, which was built back in the 1950s for patients with serious lung problems. Tuberculosis was back then a big problem. The hospital was used until 1986 for lungers, later repurposed as a special care home and finally closed in 2012. The building is impressive, the view is spectacular, and the surroundings are as beautiful as healthy. I don’t understand why the owner, a health organization, doesn’t revitalizing it - for example with an unusual concept for hikers, cyclists, bikers and for the growing health tourism in the Naturpark Geschriebenstein. Maybe the monopolized organization is already rich enough after bleeding dry the already ailing healthcare.
I was never inside the building, but my father and a friend was once visiting some acquaintance, who had some health problems. He didn’t see much, because as soon as my father stepped inside, the janitor closed the door and turned the key in the lock. My father was fleeing the place at once, but he is still – after maybe 30 years - shocked about the idea to be trapped inside the building.
A lost place like Hotel Waldlust, photographed lately by Heike.