Roll out the red carpet at the Schloss Lebenberg….

Posted on June 10, 2015 in Austria Lakes & Mountains by Tim.Fowler Tags: , , , ,

When people ask me to describe my recent trip to Kitzbühel, there’s only one word that comes to mind….stunning!

It starts with the picturesque descent into Innsbruck valley, listed as one of the top 10 airports to fly into, and you can understand why. With the breathtaking views over the Austrian alps and the steep descent into the valley, it really is an incredible way to begin your holiday. Another great factor about Innsbruck is its location as it has short transfer times to many Austrian resorts – you can see why it’s such a popular choice.

When we arrived at the Hotel Schloss Lebenberg, we couldn’t help but be impressed by the way in which they have built the new side of the hotel with the original castle. Rooms were of a large size and provided everything you would need.

If you arrive on a Saturday you are greeted by a Piano player throughout your 7 course Gala dinner. All the wines recommended are local Austrian wines and they are delicious. After the 7 course feast we had to be rolled out of the restaurant as we were so pleasantly full and into the lounge area where the piano player continued late into the evening. The lounge serves a variety of drinks and cocktails to suit everyone, all enjoyed in front of the large fireplace. Make sure you are up early on a Sunday for the champagne breakfast!

Not only is the food in the Schloss Lebenberg stunning, but so are the facilities. The real showstopper at this hotel is the 50m rooftop pool. It’s the perfect relaxation destination, particularly if the weather closes in and there’s a large storm brewing, head up to the pool and watch as it unfolds across the Kitzbuhel valley.

Another feature which made this hotel stand out was the outdoor sauna. It really is a room with a view….

Kitzbuhel is a destination that has something for everyone. Whether you fancy a gentle stroll or a rigorous hike there are many different routes to choose between, all of which your resort rep will be more than happy to advise you on. We opted for a red route which headed straight up the mountain and across the famous Hahnenkamm run, after ascending almost 2000m we luckily found retreat at the a tradition mountain hut, a Radler has never tasted so good! Luckily we had both booked a massage at the Schloss Lebenberg spa for that evening to nurse our muscles after the strenuous hike.

One excursion I would definitely recommend is the Tyrolean Evening. A mix of dancing, singing and wood chopping, the whole evening is an experience from start to finish. Get there early to get a table near the front, you’ll understand why!
Overall, like I said, no other word describes this trip apart from stunning. Everything from the views to the food, the hotel to the walks and of course the traditional Austrian cuisine!