After the cities, valleys and mountains experienced an extraordinary Indian summer wafted in by warm breezes, the colder season tapped softly at the door. With clocks reset, linen garments stowed away, caps and scarves set out, we now embark on a time replete with magic and wonder. In the streets, chestnuts sizzle on grills, the air smells of nutmeg and cinnamon, and, filled with anticipation, we eagerly await the first snowfall. Already easy to hear, the call of the Alps, whose chains of peaks slowly acquire ever denser dustings of the “white stuff”. A time of rest for many of our establishments is a time when others come into their own. We set out in search of the winter magic of Castle Hotels.
Hotel Bergschlössl lies in one of the snowiest regions of Austria. A refuge beyond compare amid alpine ski magic. You will find the charming Bergschlössl directly in the center of St. Anton am Arlberg, with the ski lifts right behind the house. In eight differently furnished rooms, the ambience is one of elegance and rusticity alike. Treasured above all for its cordial-yet-private atmosphere, the hotel may also be rented out in its entirety for special occasions.
The Salzkammergut enchants each season anew. Picturesque Hallstatt is worth visiting time and again. With Heritage.Hotel Hallstatt as your “basecamp”, every day you are able to sally forth on fresh adventures, enjoying the hours of sunshine to the full. The ErlebnisTicket offers every conceivable opportunity to experience the winter magic of the Salzkammergut, allowing you to choose between spa visits, ski passes, snowshoeing tickets and so much more.
From its terrace, Ansitz Felsenheim gazes out directly at the Zugspitze, a panorama beyond compare. This historic house is home to lovingly designed apartments that leave nary a wish unfulfilled for a perfect winter holiday. Only a stone’s throw from the back of the house is a six-seater chairlift, serving as a convenient gateway to the Grubigstein ski area. Meanwhile, the junior owner conjures up the sustenance you crave. Returning to his roots after stays in London and Copenhagen, he is now transporting the Ansitz into a whole new culinary era. His extraordinary breakfast dishes excite every guest and are now well known far beyond Lermoos itself.
Amidst the mountain world of Zillertal lies one of the oldest inns in Tyrol, Landgasthof Linde. Three rooms and two suites in the main house and four suites in the nearby Landhaus simultaneously offer understatedness accompanied by every creature comfort. Through their elegant inn-style cuisine, the Ebster family leads guests to one culinary highlight upon another. Innovatively interpreted Tyrolean recipes and, perhaps above all, the family-style atmosphere lend the Landgasthof its distinctive charm. Barely two kilometers away is the main valley lift station for the Hochfügen-Hochzillertal ski region. 90 kilometers of pistes and 39 lifts in total promise fun and entertainment for winter sports enthusiasts of all ages. Whenever a diversion from skiing is in order, Zillertal is able to offer a broad palette of recreational opportunities, such as snowshoeing, sledding, ice climbing and paragliding, as well as rides on horse-drawn carriages.
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St. Anton am Arlberg (c) Tirol Werbung / Josef Mallaun