Naturhotel Forsthofgut, The High-Altitude Hideaway Surrounded By Nature

Naturhotel Forsthofgut, The High-Altitude Hideaway Surrounded By Nature

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.

A photo showing the whole family sat smiling

It’s been run by the Schmuck Family for decades. They’re regularly adding new developments to the hotel and are committed to sustainability.

Looking over the resort's pool towards the mountains

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.

Inside one of the bedroom suites, the theme in this room is wood!

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.

A view out of the window onto the alpine forests

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.

Freshly prepared sushi

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.

The dining areas in one of the high-class restaurants at the resort

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 Botanist creating cocktails at the bar

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.

A family enjoying a hike on one of the many mountain paths

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 indoor pool at the spa surrounded by comfortable loungers and seating

The waldSPA
The multi-storey adult-only waldSPA is a stylish oasis. It’s set right in the heart of the mountains.

Inside the huge sauna with a deer standing outside in the snow

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.

The inviting swimming pool at night

Guests will find plenty of relaxation spaces over the many floors, you won’t struggle for privacy, and you’ll enjoy panoramic views.

Two images, one showing a woman practicing yoga outdoors and the other a man exercising with a run

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

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Leanne Kelsall

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Leanne jumped ship from a sleepy suburban town to the Big Smoke to pursue a career in creative writing and advertising. She now freelances as a luxury travel and lifestyle journalist for Luxurious Magazine. As an avid storyteller, she combines her love of the written word and luxury travel to review trending and undiscovered hotels, restaurants and events. Recent adventures have taken her as far as Fiji, Iceland and New York to discover what really makes the world’s top hotels tick. As well as writing, her passions include boutique luxury escapes, fine dining, theater and music events, alongside a keen interest in fitness having been a previous British swimming record-holder and a current fitness/figure champion.

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