Snow-covered winter landscape in Tyrol with horse-drawn carriage (c) photo Österreich Werbung / Robert Maybach

Winter on and off the pistes

Schloss Lerchenhof, Ansitz Felsenheim, Das Bergschlössl, Platzhirsch Kufstein and Schloss Schönbrunn Grand Suite

5 Schlosshotels for the Perfect Winter Vacation

Winter is a magical time offering unique experiences - especially when spent at one of our enchanting Schlosshotels. Snow-covered landscapes, refreshing cool air, historic buildings offering comfortable accommodations and a cozy retreat, and generous hosts inviting you to relish every moment. In this article, we take you on a journey to five extraordinary Schlosshotels that provide the perfect setting for your winter vacation - both on and off the slopes.

From charming Schloss Lerchenhof in Hermagor, to picturesque Ansitz Felsenheim in Lermoos, the idyllic Bergschlössl in St. Anton am Arlberg, the new Platzhirsch in Kufstein, and the exclusive Grand Suite at Schloss Schönbrunn - each of these establishments promises a unique experience and unforgettable winter days. Whether you are looking for an exciting ski adventure, spectacular winter nature, relaxing hours in a historical ambiance, or an extraordinary contrast to the classic winter holiday - this selection of Schlosshotels has the perfect winter fairytale for every taste.

Skiing in Nassfeld, Carinthia (c) photo Nassfeld / Martin Lugger
Nighttime shot of the romantically illuminated Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof in winter (c) photo Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof

Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof - Insider Tip for Ski Enthusiasts

Hidden in the heart of the picturesque 3 Corners Region between Carinthia, Friuli, and Slovenia, Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof in Hermagor is a true insider tip for ski enthusiasts. This charming hotel combines traditional elegance with warm hospitality and is the ideal starting point for unforgettable ski adventures in Carinthia's largest ski area, the Nassfeld in the Carnic region. With its 110 kilometers of slopes and 30 modern lifts, guests are assured of always-snowy skiing enjoyment and breathtaking panoramic views.

At Hotel Schloss Lerchenhof, each day begins with a breakfast made from sumptuous regional products, a true feast for the senses that perfectly prepares you for the slopes of Nassfeld. Here, slow food is a priority, and Junior Owner Johann Steinwender showcases his exceptional skills by treating his guests to an array of culinary delights. After an eventful day on the slopes, Schloss Lerchenhof, with its menu celebrating natural foods, offers the perfect culinary conclusion. The warm, family atmosphere of the castle, combined with excellent cuisine and proximity to one of Austria's top ski areas, makes Schloss Lerchenhof an ideal destination for those seeking an extraordinary winter holiday.

Three Winter Tips close to Schloss Lerchenhof and Nassfeld

1. Skiing Enjoyment on the Nassfeld
Explore the diverse slopes of the Nassfeld, suitable for all ability levels. Enjoy the full spectrum of skiing opportunities, from challenging runs to laid-back family hills.

2. Winter Hikes in the Surrounding Countryside
Discover the enchanting winter landscape during a guided snowshoe hike. The picturesque surroundings of Schloss Lerchenhof provide ideal conditions for extended tours through snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes.

3. Culinary Journey of Discovery
Allow yourself to be enchanted by the regional specialties of Carinthia. In addition to the culinary delights at Schloss Lerchenhof, also visit the local mountain huts, serving traditional dishes in a cozy, friendly atmosphere.

Zoomed-in shot of Lermoos with Ansitz Felsenheim by the ski slope (c) photo Ansitz Felsenheim

Schlosshotel Ansitz Felsenheim - Piste Access Right Behind the Hotel

At 1000 meters above sea level, surrounded by the impressive panorama of the Zugspitze massif, stands Ansitz Felsenheim, a historical jewel with a 300-year history. This former hunting lodge and brewery is now a charming boutique hotel, featuring exclusive accommodations in thirteen stylish holiday residences - from cozy studios to spacious four-room apartments. Under the loving leadership of Junior Owner Benedikt Kössler, Ansitz Felsenheim combines traditional values with modern comforts and a strong commitment to quality and sustainability. In winter, the surroundings transform into a true winter wonderland, promising diverse activities and unforgettable experiences. From the in-house spa to relaxing lounges and the cozy Tower Café - Ansitz Felsenheim offers every guest their perfect spot to unwind and enjoy.

Three Winter Tips in and around Lermoos

1. Skiing Adventures in the Zugspitz Arena
With 207 kilometers of pistes, including on the legendary Zugspitze itself, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena promises variety-filled winter sporting experiences. Look forward to action-packed moments in snowparks and on freeride routes, while the traditional, ultra-friendly atmosphere of mountain huts encourages you simply to linger and enjoy.

2. Family-Friendly Winter Magic
The Grubigstein ski area is a paradise for families. With kid-friendly ski schools, a toboggan run right outside the gates of Ansitz Felsenheim, and the Top Snow Card offering great benefits on both sides of the Zugspitze, fun for the whole family is guaranteed.

3. Felsenheim Supper Club
Once a month, things get really exciting. Junior Owner Benedikt serves up an inspirational 6-course Surprise Menu . Fresh, first-rate, made from the best ingredients the region has to offer. The evening is designed to be fun, arouse curiosity, and provide a relaxed experience.

The Bergschlössl in St. Anton am Arlberg in winter, located right by the valley station (c) photo Das Bergschlössl
Skiers on the piste with a view of the magnificent, snow-covered mountain panorama of the Arlberg (c) photo Tirol Werbung / Josef Mallaun

Bergschlössl in St. Anton am Arlberg - Tradition and Zeitgeist

In the heart of St. Anton am Arlberg, where tradition meets zeitgeist, stands Das Bergschlössl - an exclusive refuge for those in search of the extraordinary. Directly next to the piste and right by the valley station, this hotel is more than just a place to stay; it is a piece of history that tells stories spanning over a century within its walls. With just eight individually decorated rooms combining elegance and rustic charm, the Bergschlössl offers its guests a private, cozy ambiance second to none. Whether for an unforgettable ski holiday, a hike through the Alps, or as a personal retreat - here, you are able to experience deceleration and enjoyment amidst one of Tyrol's most beautiful regions.

Three Winter Tips close to the Bergschlössl

1. Experience the Diversity of the Arlberg Ski Area
As a guest of the Bergschlössl, benefit from the direct proximity to one of Austria's biggest and most famous ski areas. Explore the rich variety of pistes inside the Arlberg ski region, encompassing St. Anton, Lech and Zürs, along with Warth and Schröcken. Perfect for beginners, experienced skiers, and pros.

2. Tobogganing Fun in St. Anton am Arlberg
In St. Anton am Arlberg, wintertime fun doesn’t only mean skiing and snowboarding. The heart of the winter sports area, the Gampen, also entices with a natural toboggan run that extends over four kilometers. Your adventure begins in comfort at Nasserein, elevation 1850 meters above sea level, accessible by gondola. Once at the top, you can look forward to a fast, winding descent dropping 500 vertical meters to the valley below. This toboggan run, taking about 15 minutes to complete and rated intermediate, is also excellent for beginners and families, since it is secured with ski fencing on both sides.

3. Discover Winter Hiking Paths and Cross-Country Ski Trails
Away from the actual pistes, the region around St. Anton offers a variety of winter hiking paths and cross-country ski trails that lead through breathtaking alpine landscapes. Experience the tranquility and beauty of snow-covered nature on a snowshoeing expedition or explore the extensive trail network for cross-country skiers.

Elegant room at the historic Platzhirsch Kufstein in Tyrol (c) photo Platzhirsch Kufstein

Platzhirsch Kufstein - A New Old City Hotel

Welcome to the Platzhirsch, a charming city hotel that bridges the past and present, nestled in the picturesque Old Town of Kufstein. Here, family-style hospitality is combined with an exquisite mix of design and tradition. Each of the 15 individually conceived rooms tells its own story and offers an urban retreat replete with comfort and elegance. From the aroma of freshly roasted coffee wafting out of the in-house coffee roastery to Viennese coffeehouse culture brought to life in the pastry shop and delicatessen – the Platzhirsch is more than just a hotel; it is a marvelous tribute to the rich history and culture of Kufstein itself.

Three Winter Tips for a Perfect Vacation in and around Kufstein

1. Historical Discoveries in Kufstein
Start your day with a stroll through the Old Town of Kufstein, right outside the doors of the Platzhirsch. Discover the historic sights of the city, such as Kufstein Fortress and the local heritage museum, and uncover the rich history of this "pearl of Tyrol".

2. Winter Hikes and Nature Enjoyment
Take advantage of the closeness to Tyrolean nature for extensive winter hikes or snowshoe tours in the surrounding alpine world. The breathtaking views of snow-covered landscapes and the clear mountain panorama promise a truly unforgettable nature experience.

3. Culinary Highlights in Kufstein
Kufstein is a true paradise of gastronomy, with six outstanding toque-rated restaurants and many other excellent dining establishments. Start your culinary exploration in the coffeehouse right here at the Platzhirsch.

Hallway in the Grand Suite at Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna (c) photo Schloss Schönbrunn Grand Suite
Four-poster bed in the Schloss Schönbrunn Grand Suite in Vienna (c) photo Schloss Schönbrunn Grand Suite

Winter Contrast - Stately Residence at Schloss Schönbrunn

Step into a world of imperial splendor and elegance at the Schloss Schönbrunn Grand Suite - an exclusive residence in the heart of Vienna. Located in the East Wing of world-famous Schloss Schönbrunn, once the summer residence of the emperor and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 167-square-meter suite with its salon, two bedrooms, and spacious living area offers a stay that breathes history. The excellent service of the nearby Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, complemented by special offers like carriage rides and limousine service, ensures an experience truly worthy of an imperial guest.

Enjoy the tranquility and privacy after the palace closes, when the magnificent corridors and halls reveal their intimate character. Surrounded by luxurious materials, historical art, and a breathtaking view of the palace gardens, experience Vienna from its most exclusive side.

Three Winter Tips for Vienna

1. Stylish Strolls through the Palace Gardens
Take advantage of the unique location of the suite to wander through the extensive gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn. Discover historical sculptures and structures while enjoying the wintry silence of the park.

2. Cultural Discoveries in Vienna
Explore the cultural treasures of Vienna, which exude a special charm in the coldest season. Visit renowned museums like the Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Albertina, and admire the world-class works of art.

3. Experience Viennese Coffeehouse Culture
Immerse yourself in the famous Viennese coffeehouse culture. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee and a typical Viennese pastry in one of the traditional coffeehouses such as Café Sperl or Café Hawelka, while absorbing the elegant interiors and historical atmosphere.


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