Flower garden of Parkhotel Holzner in Oberbozen with view of the South Tyrolean mountains in the distance (c) photo Frieder Blickle

Hiking and Meadow Flowers

A journey of discovery to the most beautiful, most hiker-friendly Schlosshotels

June arrives, and with it, nature awakens in full bloom. The meadows shine in vibrant colors, and the mountain pathways entice hikers with their fragrance and splendor. During this time, our Schlosshotels transform into oases of well-being, where the beauty of nature meets centuries-old hospitality. This journey takes us to six unique locations, where hiking and the joy of wildflowers are inseparably intertwined.

From the picturesque Zirmerhof in Radein to historic Ansitz Felsenheim in Tyrol and elegant Parkhotel Holzner in South Tyrol, each of these establishments offers guests a unique blend of nature experiences and historical charm. The journey continues to idyllic Landhaus Koller, traditional Orso Grigio in Innichen, and the ultra-hospitable Lerchenhof in Carinthia. Each of these hotels has its own story to tell and invites you to discover the natural beauty of the surroundings in very special and unique ways.

Accompany us to the world of alpine flowers and hiking trails and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of these places. Explore extraordinary Schlosshotels with us, each of them serving as the perfect starting point for unforgettable hiking adventures.

View through the door into the restaurant at Hotel Zirmerhof in Radein (c) photo Der Zirmerhof
Infinity pool at Hotel Der Zirmerhof with sun umbrella and beautiful view (c) photo Der Zirmerhof

The Zirmerhof - Relaxation and Tranquility at 1560 meters

Der Zirmerhof in Radein, South Tyrol, is more than just a hotel - it is a refuge of peace and relaxation. At an elevation of 1560 meters, nestled amid the untouched nature of the Dolomites, the Zirmerhof offers a breathtaking setting and a special experience for those seeking to escape everyday life. Here, tradition and simplicity meet modern comforts and sustainable luxury.

Hiking Paradise with Spectacular Views

Der Zirmerhof is situated in the heart of a magnificent hiking paradise, surrounded by meadows, high forests, gorges, and waterfalls. A clearly marked network of hiking trails allows guests to explore the beauty of the Dolomites in a variety of ways. Gazing out from the hotel, a panorama of more than 100 mountain peaks unfolds before your eyes, including the Brenta, Presanella, Ortler, and Ötztal groups. Particularly impressive: the view of the 700-meters-deep Bletterbach Gorge, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, offering compelling insights into the formation of the Dolomites.

Relaxation in Clear Mountain Air

After a long day of hiking, the wellness amenities at the Zirmerhof invite you to unwind completely. The nature-inspired wellness area blends harmoniously into the surroundings and features various relaxation rooms, a Finnish sauna with marvelous view, and a rejuvenating herbal steam bath. Bright rooms made of Swiss pine and larch wood, natural stone, and clay plaster give the facility its unique character. The infinity pool with a lounging area, along with the spacious indoor realm also offering massages and body treatments, completes your feel-good experience.

Culinary Delights from the Region

Der Zirmerhof also has much to offer in terms of cuisine. The hotel's kitchen is both rustic and sophisticated, characterized by regional ingredients and traditional recipes. Many of the fine ingredients, such as the meat from Pinzgau cattle, come from the hotel's own organic farm. Guests can look forward to dishes that change daily, prepared true to the "nose to tail" philosophy. Yet another highlight is the Zirmerhof's wine cellar, which also features fine wines from its own winery, "Radoin 1560."

View of the Zugspitze through the windows of Ansitz Felsenheim (c) photo Ansitz Felsenheim

Ansitz Felsenheim: A Historic Jewel at the Foot of the Zugspitze

For 300 years Ansitz Felsenheim has stood proudly across from the impressive rocky edifice of the Zugspitze. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Tyrol, the meadows of wild flowers in full bloom are especially vibrant in June. This historic estate offers a symbiosis of tradition and modern hospitality, inviting guests to experience nature and history in their most beautiful form.

Hiking in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena

Ansitz Felsenheim is the ideal starting point for hikes in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. The majestic mountains, broad meadows, and clear lakes offer countless opportunities for nature lovers. Trails such as " Moosles Forscherpfad" and the "Zugspitzi" water-themed adventure trail along the Gaisbach lead through dense forests and sunny alpine pastures, past rushing streams and hidden waterfalls. Here, guests can breathe in the fresh mountain air, clamber over rocks, and discover astonishingly diverse flora and fauna.

Historic Ambiance and Modern Comforts

Ansitz Felsenheim offers thirteen stylish holiday accommodations, ranging from cozy studios to spacious four-room apartments. Tastefully furnished, they combine historical charm with modern conveniences. The in-house spa area, the sunbathing lawn with mountain views, and the charming tower café invite guests to relax. After a day in the mountains, guests can unwind here and relish a renewed sensation of total harmony.

Culinary Experiences with Benedikt Kössler

Benedikt Kössler, the youngest son of the Kössler family, has brought his culinary vision to Ansitz Felsenheim after years spent in acclaimed kitchens across Europe. With his passion for high-quality, regional ingredients, he creates unforgettable taste experiences. His monthly Supper Club with a 6-course surprise menu is a highlight for gourmets. Fresh, top-notch ingredients from the region take center stage. Benedikt's cuisine is honest, ambitious, and in harmony with nature – a true treat for the senses.

Exterior view of Parkhotel Holzner, built in the style of Alpine Jugendstil (c) photo Hannes Niederkofler
View of the infinity pool at Parkhotel Holzner with mountains in the background (c) photo Frieder Blickle

Parkhotel Holzner: A Paradise for Hikers and Nature Lovers

An example of Alpine Jugendstil design, Parkhotel Holzner is enthroned majestically on a high plateau in the heart of the South Tyrolean Alps. The hotel offers not only breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks but also a wealth of experiences certain to appeal to all generations. With its unique blend of historical architecture and modern amenities, the Holzner invites guests to enjoy the beauty of nature and create new, lasting memories.

Hiking on the Ritten High Plateau

Parkhotel Holzner is located in a splendid park in the village of Oberbozen at an elevation of around 1200 meters. Surrounded by over 300 kilometers of hiking trails, the Ritten High Plateau offers hikes for every taste. From leisurely strolls through vineyards and forests to challenging summit ascents, every hiker is certain to find their own perfect route here. Regular guided hikes lead to the most beautiful spots on the Ritten, and throughout South Tyrol. For individual tours, guests have access to a large collection of hiking suggestions and personal recommendations from the hospitality team.

Blooming Gardens and Shared Experiences

In the summer, the park grounds of the Holzner are transformed into a blooming paradise. The lush nature and flowering gardens warm the heart, inviting guests to linger at their leisure. Hidden park benches allow guests to appreciate the beauty of nature, while children set out on adventures of their own or families spend precious time together. The connection between nature and community is highly valued here, which is also why the hotel offers numerous activities and experiences aimed at young and old alike.

Sustainability and Traditional Craftsmanship

Parkhotel Holzner is not only a place of enjoyment and relaxation but also a model of sustainability. The hotel implements comprehensive measures to reduce CO2 emissions and has been awarded the Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence in the "Best for Green Practices" category. The use of natural materials and the incorporation of local craftsmanship contribute to the unique atmosphere of the hotel. Guests appreciate the balance between tradition and modern, sustainable practices.

Set tables on the terrace of Landhaus Koller in Gosau with view of the outdoor pool and the Dachstein massif in the background (c) photo Landhaus Koller

Landhaus Koller: Refuge in the Heart of the Salzkammergut

Amidst the green expanses of the Salzkammergut lies Landhaus Koller, a Gründerzeit villa that impresses with its rustic elegance and a unique setting. Surrounded by a sprawling park and nestled in the imposing mountain landscape of the Gosau Valley, this historic hotel is the ideal retreat for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Here, on a high plateau, guests are treated to views of the Dachstein peaks and the picturesque countryside of the Salzkammergut.

Hiking Paradise in the Gosau Valley

Landhaus Koller is located in one of Austria's most impressive hiking regions. The surrounding bridle paths, hiking trails, and forestry roads weave through dense high forests and lead up to the glacier regions of the Dachstein massif. These routes offer an inexhaustible reservoir of great hikes, with hikers surrounded by the splendor of nature. Whether leisurely walks through the woods or challenging mountaineering tours, every hiker will find a route that is perfect for them.

Summer Residence on the Rinnbergalm

For an authentic alpine experience, Landhaus Koller invites its guests to stay at their Summer Residence on the Rinnbergalm. Situated at an elevation of 1350 meters above sea level, between Gosau and Lake Wolfgangsee, this idyllic mountain hut sits in the midst of one of the largest expanses of high pastures in all of Europe, known as the Postalm. Here, guests can leave everyday life behind and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the alpine landscape. The hut offers rustic charm and is the perfect starting point for hikes and nature experiences in the surrounding mountains.

Culinary Pleasures at Landhaus Koller

Landhaus Koller is not only a paradise for hikers but also for foodies. Their excellent cuisine features regional favorites and creative dishes prepared with local ingredients. One special highlight is the Alpinae-Culinar weekend in June, which includes wine tastings from top Austrian wineries and culinary delights such as beef and lamb specialties, fresh fish dishes, and game from their own hunting grounds. This event combines culinary pleasures with the incomparable atmosphere of the historic house itself.

Evening atmosphere on the roof terrace of Boutique & Gourmet Hotel Orso Grigio in Innichen (c) photo Hannes Niederkofler
Table set for two, with two dishes and one glass of white wine and one glass of red wine at Boutique & Gourmet Hotel Orso Grigio in Innichen (c) photo Hotel Orso Grigio

Hotel Orso Grigio: Hiking Paradise in the Dolomites

In the heart of the Dolomites, amidst majestic mountains, lies Boutique & Gourmet Hotel Orso Grigio. This place embodies the history and tradition of the region while offering modern comfort and exquisite hospitality. Here, where the beauty of nature and the warmth of the hosts come together, guests experience an unforgettable stay. The historic walls of the Orso Grigio tell tales of times past, while modern amenities ensure every guest feels completely at ease. Residing at the Orso Grigio is more than just an overnight stay – it is a journey into the very soul of South Tyrol.

Hiking in the Dolomites

The Dolomite region around Innichen is a true paradise for hikers. From leisurely strolls through picturesque valleys to challenging mountain tours, the area offers countless opportunities to explore the stunning landscapes. One special highlight are the guided hikes, personally led by hosts Franz or Verena. These tours take guests to the most beautiful corners of the region, such as the Lesach Valley and Porzehütte. During these hikes, guests not only enjoy the breathtaking nature but also engaging conversations and convivial moments. After an adventurous day in the mountains, the hotel's panoramic sauna invites guests to relax – the perfect end to a successful day of hiking.

Memorable Culinary Moments at the Orso Grigio

Fine cuisine plays a central role at Orso Grigio. In summer, guests can enjoy delicious dishes in the gourmet restaurant, prepared with boundless love and care. The renowned wine cellar, passionately maintained by host Franz Ladinser, offers an impressive selection of excellent vintages. Another highlight is the hotel's rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy fresh juices and fruit in the afternoon while taking in the views of the surrounding mountains. The excellent cuisine and warm hospitality make Orso Grigio a place where every stay also becomes an unforgettable culinary experience.

Historic Charm and Modern Comforts

The Orso Grigio uniquely combines a historical ambience with modern comforts. The hotel's 28 rooms are individually designed, offering a blend of traditional charm and contemporary elegance. From the Late Gothic reception hall to the Biedermeier-style parlor and the modern amenities in the guest rooms, the Orso Grigio is a place where the past and present come together in harmony. Guests can feel the long history of the house in every detail while enjoying the comforts of a modern 4-star hotel.

Schloss Lerchenhof: A Place of Peace and Enjoyment

After a warm summer thunderstorm, the scent of fresh earth is in the air as thick clouds drift over the mountains. Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof, nestled in the idyllic nature of the border triangle spanning Carinthia, Friuli, and Slovenia, offers an oasis of relaxation and indulgence. Here, history and tradition blend with modern comfort and sustainable living. A stay at Schloss Lerchenhof means relaxing amidst an impressive natural landscape and savoring culinary delights from their own production. The historic walls tell tales of times past, while the surroundings invite you to embark on new adventures.

Hiking and Exploring in Nassfeld

Schloss Lerchenhof is the perfect starting point for hikes in the Nassfeld-Pressegger See region. With two long-distance hiking trails, the Carnic High Trail and the Gailtal High Trail, there are countless opportunities to explore. The Carnic High Trail, also known as the Peace Trail, runs along the Italian border and offers breathtaking views as well as historical insights into World War II military positions. The lesser-known Gailtal High Trail is a hidden gem, delighting hikers with its pristine nature and picturesque vistas. After a long day of hiking, the nearby Pressegger See promises a refreshing dip before relaxing over a delectable dinner back at Schloss Lerchenhof.

Slow Food Travel at Schloss Lerchenhof

At Schloss Lerchenhof, the philosophy of Slow Food is embraced and cherished. The hotel is one of only 17 certified producers of the origin-protected Gailtaler Speck g.g.A. and offers guests the opportunity to participate in a unique Slow Food seminar. In the "Fascination of Bacon" seminar, participants learn about all stages of bacon production, from animal husbandry and curing to smoking. Host Hans leads the seminar in person, imparting the ancient craft of bacon making. After six months, each participant receives a slab of authentic Gailtaler Speck by mail, along with a certificate as personal proof of participation. This experience not only provides deep insight into regional cuisine but also embodies a connection to nature and traditional methods of food production.

Natural Jewel Weissensee

Just ten minutes from Schloss Lerchenhof lies Weissensee, one of Austria's most beautiful lakes and the highest bathing lake in the Alps. The fjord-like, turquoise-blue lake is a true natural jewel, offering a variety of activities. A boat trip from Techendorf on the western shore to the untouched eastern shore, followed by a leisurely walk back along the lakeside path, promises breathtaking views and pure relaxation. Weissensee is not only a paradise for swimmers but also for hikers and mountain bikers who are able to explore the gentle slopes and new single tracks. The culinary offerings on Weissensee are also impressive: local fish specialties and regional products make every meal a real delight. A trip to Weissensee is an absolute must for every guest at Schloss Lerchenhof.

Zollnersee tarn, with a reflection of the sky, surrounded by alpine pastures, in Gailtal in Carinthia (c) photo Österreich Werbung / Michael Stabentheiner
View across lush meadows and forests extending to the Wilder Kaiser in Tyrol (c) photo Mirja Geh Photography

The best hiking routes close to our Schlosshotels: an overview

Der Zirmerhof, Radein, South Tyrol
1. Bletterbach Gorge – A hike through this impressive gorge offers a unique insight into the formation of the Dolomites.
2. Weisshorn – The southernmost peak in the Dolomites offers breathtaking views and can be reached directly from the hotel.
3. European Long-Distance Trail E5 – A route through the Trudner Horn Nature Park affording splendid views of the surrounding mountains.

Ansitz Felsenheim, Lermoos, Tyrol
1. Zugspitze – Hike up to the highest peak in Germany and enjoy the unparalleled panoramic views.
2. Grubigstein – A variety-filled hike suitable for families and ambitious hikers alike.
3. Moosle's Magic Forest – An exciting trail for children that leads through the forest to an adventure park.

Parkhotel Holzner, Oberbozen, South Tyrol
1. Rittner Horn – A hike with 360-degree views of the Dolomites and the Ortler group, ideal for families.
2. Earth Pyramids Path – An easy walk to the fascinating Earth Pyramids close to the hotel.
3. Sommerfrische Trail – A historic trail from Bolzano to Oberbozen with magnificent scenery.

Landhaus Koller, Gosau, Salzkammergut
1. Gosausee Loop Trail – An easy but impressive hike around picturesque Lake Gosausee with views of the Dachstein.
2. Zwieselalm – Hiking trail leading to a mountain hut with expansive views across the Gosau Valley.
3. Löckermoos – An idyllic hike through high moors and forests, perfect for nature lovers.

Boutique & Gourmet Hotel Orso Grigio, Innichen, South Tyrol
1. Drau Cycle Path – A flat walking and cycling path along the Drau River to Lienz in East Tyrol.
2. Haunold – A hike from Innichen up nearby Haunold mountain offering magnificent views.
3. Drei Zinnen Tour – A challenging hike to the famous Drei Zinnen accompanied by spectacular Dolomite panoramas.

Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof, Carinthia
1. Carnic High Trail – A long-distance trail along the Italian border with awe-inspiring views and historical WWII military positions.
2. Gailtal High Trail – A hidden gem amongst hiking trails, leading through pristine nature and impressive landscapes.
3. Weissensee Loop – A relaxed hike around the turquoise Weissensee, ideal for families and laid-back hikers.


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