About Me

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I, Alexander von Halem, was born in Boston, MA, USA in 1969 of German parents (my dad was director of the Goethe Institute there, the German cultural events and language center). I lived in Pakistan, Scotland and Germany up until the age of 18 when I returned to the United States to travel and study.

I served as a graphics specialist in the United States Air Force and left the Air Force after three and a half years in order to accept an Army ROTC scholarship. Upon finishing studies (philosophy, art history) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs I served on active duty as a U.S. Army (Armor/Cav) officer in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Those years were marked by deployments to Haiti in 1995 and to Bosnia (1997/98).

I returned to Germany in May of 1998 and became owner of the castle. I run the hotel together with my mother, Marina von Halem, and my wife Katalin.

I go by Alex with my American friends, whereas Germans usually call me Alexander. Don't ask me why... it just happened that way!

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My wife Katalin is from Budapest, Hungary. She has been an integral part of the castle's hotel operations ever since coming on board the year I returned from the U.S.  Katalin studied hotel management in Hungary before moving to Germany. We got married in 2003.

We have two daughters and a son (Katharina, Isa and Cajus) who are growing up bilingually with German and Hungarian but are sure to add English as their first "foreign" language soon!

I speak English, so please feel free to contact me by email, chat or phone call (keep in mind that we are 6 to 9 hours "ahead" of you, depending on where you're calling from in the United States or Canada!

(These photographs of us were made by my friend Martin Raab)