You don’t know Ausseer Land? Well, then you sure have missed out on something. The region just south of Salzburg is yours to discover — between imposing mountain backdrops, crystal-clear lakes prepare to find traditional homes in a picture perfect setting.
In Ausseer Land nature meets Austrian “Gemütlichkeit” and traditional architecture. While this may be news to you, the area has been quite popular ever since Kaiser Karl and Sissi ruled the country, nobles and intellectuals chose to spend their summers here. Once you drive through the picturesque village of Bad Aussee you understand why. You immediately will want to settle down in one of those small houses with their historical wooden facades. And in the streets you see people wearing the typical Aussee attire – Dirndl and Trachtenjanker.
So it was no surprise, that we met the host Bettina wearing a Dirndl when we checked in. A little info on top: Bettina is not only fan of Dirndls, she also runs her own Dirndl shop in the village, where she offers tailor-made clothes for locals and tourists. There, she lives out her penchant for colors and beautiful fabrics.
Since 2019 she is also a hotelier. A Pretty Hotelier, to be precise.
Have Bettina tell you the story where her Bed & Breakfast got its name from, it is quite an interesting one. Quick summary: The bourgeois Anna Plochl, a woman hailing from Aussee, once fell in love with Duke Johann from Austria. Before she was allowed to marry him she had to prove herself as an innkeeper at the Brandhof in nearby Vordernberg. The latter Countess of Meran must have done a very good job, she eventually made it into history books (and Wikipedia, of course).
Miss Grieshofer is a pretty hands-on woman herself. When the two-story villa from the 19th century came up for sale, she immediately sensed potential here. During the renovation, she uncovered several treasures, including a parquet floor hidden under several layers of carpet and an old fresco that is now the eye-catcher above the deerskin sofa in the salon.
Wooden stools, antique cupboards and even radiators from the respective era, Bettina not only found them, she also took time restoring them and then combining those antiques treasures with new items. To furnish the eight boutique rooms — all of them having some reference to the Anna Plochl story – Bettina arranged Swiss stone pine wood and deer antlers to create color-coordinated cushions, curtains and carpets. The guests sleep on heavenly loden box spring beds from the company Sedda. The branded care products in the bathrooms are exclusively crafted by a cosmetic manufacturer in Aussee. Even the coat hangers are handmade and decorated.
Meet Grandpa Willi, concierge at night and breakfast fairy in the morning. When he’s not busy dishing out regional ingredients in family style portions, he’s always available for a little chat. Chat him up to get the best tips for excursions in the region.
- Coffee/tea bar and a Zirbenschnaps tasting in each room.
- Large feel-good bathrooms — almost all of them with own balcony.
- And a gratuity bar with wine selection, beer and liqueurs.
Indeed, there`s a small Sauna cabin in the garden, perfect after coming home from a daily mountain hike.
Couples who want to experience the traditional Aussee hospitality in a more modern interpretation. For celebrations and weddings the whole house can be booked.
A walk through Altaussee and around the lake is a must. The snack station Seewiese can only be reached on foot or traditionally with the Plätte. The most prominent peak in the Ausseerland is the Loser. A 9-kilometer-long panoramic road leads up to the Loser Alm, where you can enjoy the magnificent view from the sun terrace.
Doubles including breakfast from 129.- to 264.- Euros per night. Special Offer in June 2020: 50% off for midweek stays.
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8990 Bad Aussee
Steiermark / Austria