Finally Escape to SONNENTOR!
There is much to discover at the SONNENTOR Experience. Regular tours through the Herbal Halls, which are fragrant with fresh peppermint, oriental turmeric and Mediterranean lavender, give visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of the herbal and tea production of this organic treasure.
The Bio-Gasthaus Leibspeis (organic inn Leibspeis’) offers delicious Austrian cuisine as well as a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The tea and coffee house “Genuss-Reich” spoils you with typical snacks and drinks from the Waldviertel (forest region).
During the guided tours at SONNENTOR Frei-Hof you will learn how land can be farmed in harmony with the natural cycle, and get useful tips and tricks for your home. At the same time, the forward-thinking Frei-Hof would like to prove that it is possible to achieve an independent life on an organic farm nowadays, without ever using chemicals and agricultural additives.
Guests who are eager to learn, combine their visit with us in the Waldviertel with one of our wide-ranging seminars and workshops, or enjoy the colourful festivals and Events & Functions for young and old. Elaborating on topics such as “Living a Good Life”, “Herbs & Tea”, “Tradition & Crafts”, “Permaculture”, “Cooking” and “Cuisine”, experts pass on much of their knowledge to you.
The spacious grounds surprise visitors with fragrant Herbal Oases, exciting play areas and adventurous pathways such as the Herb Trail (approximately 7 km long) which allows guests to dive into the history of native medicinal herbs, all the while surrounded by the most beautiful Waldviertel nature.
Colourful Annual Highlights
Under no circumstances should visitors miss this! At the beginning of the herbal year, on the first Sunday in May, we always celebrate the funny Bio-Bengelchen Frühlingsfest (Organic Cheeky Cherubs Spring Festival) with our cheeky cherubs: Constanze, Moritz and Leander. There are entertaining games and Experience Stations for visitors, whether big and small. On the 15 August, we celebrate the traditional SONNENTOR Herb Festival. On this day we open our SONNENTOR (after all, the English translation of our company name is: “Gate with Sun (Rays”) and invite you to our Open Day. The event is rounded off by a varied programme for the whole family which is guaranteed to put you in a good mood!
We settle into a contemplative mood shortly before Christmas. On the last weekend before the Christmas Festival, our SONNENTOR Advent Market offers you an atmospheric backdrop for the growing anticipation and the enjoyment of regional delicacies. Gift ideas from the SONNENTOR shop and Waldviertel artistic handcrafts offer visitors the chance to find the right present.
Cheeky Cherubs Children’s World
The SONNENTOR Children’s World is every bit as colourful and varied, as the SONNENTOR herbs and teas, are fragrant. A day filled with excitement is waiting for you – with games, fun and interesting herbal knowledge for children and youths. Simply enjoy all of the adventures on the treasure hunt, a guided tour for children, or the Bio-Bengelchen Garden.
Special Offers for Groups
The SONNENTOR Experience offers cheap packages and additional combo offers with the most beautiful Waldviertel attractions, especially for groups!
Curious about what you can discover? At SONNENTOR you can enjoy the world of herbs and spices with all your senses.
Guided tours for all ages, groups and individual travellers. There are so many exciting things to discover here. Get to know us better, learn more about our company history and our vision of a future worth living.
SONNENTOR Company Tour
Daily at 14:30 we open our fragrant Herbal Halls to visitors and guide you, for about an hour, through the world of herbs, teas and spices. We tell you how Johannes Gutmann developed his idea for fine organic products from his love of nature and craftsmanship. We explain what is important to us during the gentle processing of our herbal treasures, outline where our herbs and spices come from, where they go from here and how an international company can manage to remain regional. These are just some of the questions we answer during the SONNENTOR Company Tour.
Just drop by, register at the SONNENTOR shop and take a look behind the scenes.
We warmly welcome groups of all kinds! Whether it a club or company outing, a school trip, family daytrip or study trip, a tour of the SONNENTOR Experience is possible any time for groups of 20 people or more. Simply register by phone or e-mail and we will open our fragrant Herbal Halls for you and your friends, colleagues or guests. So you can fully enjoy the experience, we divide groups once they reach 50 people!
Coach drivers and tour guides are welcome to immerse themselves in the world of herbs, teas and spices for FREE!
Are you big enough to know where pepper grows? Do you know how delicious dried applemint smells? Or freshly ground caraway? Have you ever had a “Good Mood” tea? At SONNENTOR you will learn everything about the processing of organic herbs and spices and how the tea makes its way into the bag.
Register and take a trip with your friends from kindergarten or school! We will show you the movie: “Die Bio-Bengelchen finden das SONNENTOR” (The Cheeky Cherubs find the SONNENTOR), and then together we will visit the original locations in the fragrant Herbal Halls of SONNENTOR. Playfully, and with lots of fun, you will learn more about the world of herbs and their effects, and go in search of the Cheeky Cherubs.
SONNENTOR Frei-Hof Guided Tours
The General Tour of the Frei-Hof site, and the public parts of the Permaculture Garden, takes place in July & August from Friday – Sunday: at 13:00. For groups (20 people or more), we offer individual appointments for guided tours from the beginning of April until the end of October. During the tour, we will inspire you to imitate us, to work with nature, to revolutionize your garden. Get tips and tricks and learn more about how small-scale agriculture can change the future.
Frei-Hof Special Tour
You have heard of permaculture and would like to know exactly what it is all about? You are interested in natural, small-scale organic agriculture that promotes diversity, strengthens local self-sufficiency and enriches our landscapes and living spaces? Then the special tour is the one for you!
We will show you how to grow produce in tune with nature, as we explain our “Frei-Hof” which is based on the design guidelines of permaculture and let you take a look behind the scenes.
We are pleased to offer our special tours of the Frei-Hof grounds upon request and by reservation.
It is Worth Bearing in Mind
Additional appointments for groups of 20 people or more can also be arranged by telephone. For groups of fewer than 20 people who would like to book an individual tour appointment, a flat rate of €140.00 will apply.
FREE entry with the NÖ Card – as often as you wish!
Please note the tour times. The listed tour times are valid until 31 December, 2018. It is only possible to tour the company as part of a guided tour. Tours take place in all weathers and we recommend you wear sturdy shoes! Our walkways are mulched with the stalks of herbs. For this reason, tours are only partially suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
As a food producer, our company is subject to legal hygiene regulations. Therefore dogs, and other pets, are not permitted to enter the production area, the gardens, the SONNENTOR Frei-Hof or the SONNENTOR shop.
Our Organic Inn Leibspeis”
We live and breathe having meals together at SONNENTOR, and that tradition has carried over into our Organic Inn Leibspeis‘.‘ Reserve your table right now per mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All we need is your name, phone number, number of guests, date and time. We will contact you as soon as possible with a confirmation of your reservation.
You need a good reason to visit our inn?
There are several more HERE!
Tea, coffee and fine pastries are best enjoyed in the Genuss-Reich. Start the day with a hearty breakfast the SONNENTOR way, strengthen yourself with small snacks or with a good piece of cake and an aromatic cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon.
Once your energy has been replenished, off you go on a journey of discovery with all your senses through the SONNENTOR Experience.
For groups of 20 or more, we will prepare a delicious breakfast buffet or hearty refreshments in our Genuss-Reich tea and coffee house. Guests can choose between their favourite tea or a cup of “Wiener Verführung” (Viennese Temptation), SONNENTOR’S own organic coffee. In addition, there are delicious SONNENTOR bread rolls, freshly baked for you, and various appetizing spreads.
SONNENTOR Sprögnitz Shop
WWhere Tea Pyramids, Flower Blossoms, Sun Kisses & Guardian Angels (all types of tea) are right at home.
How wonderful it smells here, how aromatically beguiling! The colourful herbs, spices, tea, coffee, snacks and sweets are by no means all that catches the eye when you enter the SONNENTOR shop. SONNENTOR organic cosmetics, accessories, gifts and literature are also available for you to test and acquaint yourself with.
It’s a good thing the friendly staff can lead all visitors through the immense abundance of delicacies with competence. If you would like to know more about our range before your visit, or re-order your favourite products, the entire range of SONNENTOR products can be explored in our online shop zu erkunden!
Hiking Trails & Herb Gardens
Around the SONNENTOR Experience you will find interesting themed gardens and hiking trails amid the most beautiful Waldviertel nature. Get to know the herbs right there where they grow, learn more about the secrets of Hildegard von Bingen, and enrich your gardening knowledge with ideas for using the cyclic patterns of permaculture.
On a lively, and entertaining, herbal trail between Sprögnitz and Engelbrechts, which is 7 km long and pushchair-friendly, you can enjoy and discover the varieties of herbs from SONNENTOR.
The cultural history of herbal knowledge and the effects of these valuable natural remedies are presented on 16 signs along the herb trail. Learn about exciting stories and myths regarding the most important local herbs.
You can find more information about the Aubergwarte and the Celtic Tree Horoscope >>HERE.
Please note: Our outdoor areas are CLOSED: November – April!
Seminars & Workshops
Firmly rooted in the rural idyll of the Waldviertel, the extensive SONNENTOR Seminar Programme offers all herbal lovers inspiration, balance and self-improvement, whether you are an inquisitive first-timer or a connoisseur seeking a little time out. Visitors can look forward to comprehensive insights into the herbal worlds of fragrance and taste, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about a future-oriented economy, ecological sustainable gardening and traditional handcrafts. We approach new insights with the benefit of our traditional knowledge gained through years of experience, and work together to find solutions for a better future.
To list just some of the year’s highlights:
- Karl Ploberger’s visit – Austria’s number one organic gardener!
- Johannes Gutmann’s impassioned and inspiring lectures
- Our exciting workshops on the theme of closed-loop gardening at the SONNENTOR Frei-Hof
- Unique training courses qualifying SONNENTOR tea sommeliers or SONNENTOR organic nutrition consultants, supplemented with culinary EVENTS AND FUNCTIONS in the Organic Inn Leibspeis’
- Those who like to try their own hand in the kitchen, or are looking for new recipe ideas, can improve their skills in one of chef René Roth’s cooking courses and embark on a journey of discovery of new flavours
At the SONNENTOR Experience, visitors can look forward to a successful combination of “Time-out and Extra Time” for the spirit and soul.
Prices for the SONNENTOR Company Tour and SONNENTOR Frei-Hof Tour:
EUR 8.00 Adult
EUR 6.00 Student Group:
EUR 7.00 Student & Senior
EUR 7.00 Group (20 people or more
Duration of each tour – approx. 60 minutes
Prices for the SONNENTOR Frei-Hof Special Tour
EUR 160.00 Group (under 10 people) Flat Rate
EUR 16.00 Group (10 or more people)
Duration approx. 90 minutes