Immerse yourself in breathtaking nature and breathe in the fresh mountain air at Naturhotel Forsthofgut. It’s a hiker’s paradise and, come winter becomes a haven for skiers. It’s family-friendly and welcoming to couples with adult-only areas, and relaxing is made easy thanks to the multi-story waldSPA.
Austria is well worth a visit for the breathtaking landscapes alone. It also boasts several buzzing cities. Naturhotel Forsthofgut is right in the heart of it.
This family-owned, family-friendly hotel is brilliant to visit both in summer and winter. The hotel is steeped in history, having hosted guests since 1617.
It’s been run by the Schmuck Family for decades. They’re regularly adding new developments to the hotel and are committed to sustainability.
Mountains and forests make up its landscape, so there is no shortage of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in. Come summer, enjoy hiking and biking, and as winter draws in, Naturhotel Forsthofgut becomes a chic ski resort.
It’s an excellent base for anyone who loves the outdoors, with pure alpine scenery on your doorstep. The resort sits at the bottom of the Salzburgerland mountains, so you really are surrounded by nature.
Rooms and suites
You immediately feel welcome at Naturhotel Forsthofgut, thanks to its warm and friendly atmosphere. The rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with plenty of character and personal touches that make you feel at home. Think embroidered slippers, home-baked goodies, hand-written notes and hot water bottles.
There are modern touches, too, like the in-room tablets with all the information you need during your stay. Many rooms boast impressive reviews of the alpine forest and mountains.
There’s a mix of traditional chalet buildings and more modern lodges that have been thoughtfully constructed to blend together seamlessly.
Locally-sourced fine dining
Most guests choose half board at Naturhotel Forsthofgut, and there are various restaurant options.
Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style with a focus on local produce. The resort allocates the same breakfast and dinner table for the duration of your stay. Families have their own restaurant, and there are adult-only areas for the grown-ups.
In the evening, your options include a fine-dining restaurant Echt and traditional Austrian cuisine at the 1617 restaurant.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, the resort serves up menus that have been sourced in the region where possible. There’s also a full vegan menu available every day.
The sleek Botanist Bar is a real highlight; the area is modern and plush, while the cocktail list is huge and serves herb-infused cocktails and local wines.
Things to do
Naturhotel Forsthofgut creates a weekly programme filled with activities, from wine-tasting to e-bike tours.
You can also book your own experiences with something for everyone. Ski touring, alpaca trekking, igloo building, proposals, photoshoots, birthdays, the list goes on. You’re only a short train ride from the historic lakeside town of Zell am See, one of Austria’s most beautiful spots. It’s perfect for a day trip, and you can check the train times quickly online.
In the warmer months, there’s no end of forest and mountain paths to get lost in. If you’re up for a challenging hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. There are plenty of short strolls too.
Come winter; it’s all about the slopes. You’re right in the heart of the action – the ski slope runs past the resort. You can ski in and ski out directly from the resort, with 270km of slopes for all abilities.
Naturhotel Forsthofgut can sort your lift pass, which gives you access to three ski regions, so you don’t have to queue. You rent equipment there too.
The multi-storey adult-only waldSPA is a stylish oasis. It’s set right in the heart of the mountains.
There’s a huge natural wood sauna that looks over the idyllic forest and mountain scenery. Plus, you can soak up the fantastic views in the steam baths, a 25-metre heated pool and a whirlpool.
Guests will find plenty of relaxation spaces over the many floors, you won’t struggle for privacy, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views.
If health and fitness are important to you on holiday, you can work out in the boutique gym or use one of the many studio spaces for yoga, stretching and meditation. Families are well catered for too. There are two heated pools in the children’s water world and a family sauna area.
Travelling to and from the resort
Naturhotel Forsthofgut is in a quiet Austrian village called Leogang. From the UK, you’ll fly into Salzburg and then it’s a two-hour train ride or a 90-minute taxi ride to the resort.
In Austria, travelling by train is totally stress-free. Trains run regularly, and they’re extremely spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room for luggage. If you arrive by train, use Saalfelden, Leogang, or Fieberbrunn as the final stop. The resort is happy to arrange free transfers from these stations.
Naturhotel Forsthofgut – Where and How?
Naturhotel Forsthofgut is located in Leogang, Austria. To find out more or book a stay, visit www.forsthofgut.at/en/.
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