I know of lots of Americans who have ventured to the lake region in Austria (i.e., the Halstatt area) but if you drive just 35 miles SE of there, you can stay at a first-class inn that can serve as the ideal base to enjoy Austria. The Schloss Thannegg is a classic Austrian inn that accommodates families who come for a week (or at least several days) to engage in various family outings -- hiking, swimming, boating and so on -- but we discovered that it also is a great place for a couple from America to spend a few days as well. Austrian and German children, by the way, are well-behaved. The Austria summer card comes with this stay, and so most of the stuff you can do in Austria is either free or discounted with this card.
The inn has great bedrooms and suites, and lots of public space. It is run by a lovely couple who absolutely drip with enthusiasm for their inn and for the people who stay there. The gentleman says good morning to everyone like he is raring to go for the day. His better half casually visits the tables to see if she can be of any help in planning your day- When it is time to leave, they both are there at checkout to make sure that everything was okay; and to wish you well on your journey. These owners do not "mail it in" -- believe me. And everyone who works for them is equally enthusiastic -- there are no dour faces here.
What can you do here if you don't hike? We are not hikers but we took a ski lift to the top of a mountain (bring sweaters!), and took a drive to a monastery. You can be in Hallstatt in an hour. Indeed, there are innumerable rides you can take to enjoy the beautiful scenery around here. We enjoyed just stopping in small towns to have a coffee and to stroll around.
Breakfast is a very big affair at the inn (it's included in the rates). You can choose what you want from a large buffet offering -- it is seriously good. Also, if you come here, you are going to want to take half board. Yes, you can drive somewhere to have dinner, but everyone who stays here also eats here. It's part of the experience. Adult couples or groups are served on a different floor than the families. It is a candlelight affair -- very nice. We also enjoyed afternoon drinks in their outside seating area.
It is easy to recommend this inn -- there are no downsides. Go, relax, have fun -- put yourself in the hands of people who really know how it's done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to castle Thannegg-Moosheim, the idyllic lying romantically white dream castle in the middle of the Alps, with family-friendly and sporty spirit. Don`t dream your life, live your dreams! The dream of living in an unique Fairytale Castle in the mountains ... Once living like a knight, a princess, a count or countess feel or scare the parents as a castle ghost. These wishes come true during a vacation in our castle Thannegg! Our unique castle is situated in the most magnificent view location in the heart of the Schladming-Dachstein region. Feel castle romantic in the quiet, cozy, warm chambers, the candlelight dinner in the knight room, the cozy sun terrace at the Castle pond or the historic vault from anno 1150th. The many sports activities, the healthy "excellent cuisine" and "enjoyable, fine wines" from the more than 850 year old wine cellar will "inspire" you. Our varied summer and winter program for our castle guests, makes every individual holiday wish come true. Our castle is an ideal starting point for hiking and relaxing, adventure paragliding, motorbike and mountain biking, Old- and Youngtimer- trips, golf safaris, family adventure holidays for children and teenagers or for cuddly romantics. Experience Ski amadé - health and fitness activities additionally the unique over 100 inclusives of the free Summer Card from June to October which can be used for almost the entire infrastructure of the holiday region free of charge: mountain railway (also the Dachstein Glacier Railway incl. Sky Walk), transfers, toll roads, water parks, swimming pools and bathing lakes, leisure and adventure parks, museums, walking tours, family, children's and teen action... In winter, we give you a free shuttle to the Ski Amadé 4-mountain ski area, the Hauser-Kaibling / World Cup ski resort Schladming-Planai in only 9 minutes. Fulfill your winter wonderland in the castle with Alpine Skiing, Nordic & Snowboarding! Live action in Ski Amade with 860 km of slopes, 270 lifts and 360 different trails. Our unique vacation packages and other hotel offers are on our hotel website. We look forward to welcome you at our holiday castle! Your family Schrempf and the good castle ghosts ... more less
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