Kempinski Palace Engelberg_Belle Epoque Suite - Balcony view
© Kempinski Palace Engelberg

Our favorite hotels for hiking trips this summer

When the heat is high in the valley, the mountains are blessed with a fresher breeze. Hiking isn't just good for the soul, it also helps us keep a cool in hot weather. We present our favorite hotels for hiking trips.

July 27, 2022


© Kempinski Palace Engelberg

The five-star superior hotel embodies a new kind of luxury and a harmonious interplay of tradition and modernity. Its core is the historical part of the building, which was opened in 1905 and has been extensively renovated in the style of the Belle Époque. A lot of light wood provides a cozy atmosphere and elegant alpine ambience throughout the house. The 129 rooms and suites offer a unique view of the impressive mountain landscape. Guests can also enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama from the 880 square meter rooftop spa with saunas, a steam bath, an ice fountain and a state-of-the-art fitness room. The centerpiece, however, is the breathtaking infinity pool, where you'll feel as though you're swimming straight towards the snow-covered peaks.

Kempinski Palace Engelberg
Dorfstrasse 40, 6390 Engelberg, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 41 639 7575
Price: doubles from approx. €610 per night

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©Hotel Truyenhof

A family wellness hotel with lots of heart. The Hotel Truyenhof in Tyrol is the perfect place for active travelers and those seeking relaxation. It smells wonderfully of alpine herbs, mountain mint, arnica, sage and ribwort. Herbal stamps soaked in warm sesame oil slowly glide across the body as all tension falls away. The Truyenhof's garden extends over 7,500 square meters and is thus larger than a soccer field. The place is an absolute oasis, where everyone will find a quiet spot with a spectacular view of the Tyrolean Alps. While the kids have fun on the adventure playground, at mini golf or on one of the hotel's tennis courts, parents can enjoy their downtime and relax on the deck.

Hotel Truyenhof****
Truyen 168, 6531 Ried im Oberinntal, Austria
Tel.: +43 5472 6513
Price: upon request

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HOTEL Der Weinmesser

© Der Weinmesser/Rupert Mühlbacher

Seasonal local produce turned into refined gourmet dishes, well assorted wines from South Tyrol and the world, as well as the contagious joie de vivre of the hosts characterize this vacation home. In the picturesque surroundings of the hotel, which is surrounded by idyllic vineyards, nature and culture lovers will find their summertime bliss. The hosts and certified sommeliers Doris and Christian Kohlgruber do everything they can to exceed their guests' high expectations: wine tastings, vineyard hikes and winery tours are among the weekly highlights and round off a wonderful time out in the majestic mountain worlds of South Tyrol.

Hotel Der Weinmesser****S
Schennastraße 41, 39017 Schenna, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 945660
Price: doubles from €308 per night

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© Daniel Zangerl

Through the large glass fronts, we could stare at the panorama of the mountain world for hours. The clay plaster walls and spruce wood floors make any stay here a sensual journey through the Tannheim Valley. In addition, the hotel offers private retreats in the midst of nature, equipped with ample comfort for hours of relaxation. A total of 27 rooms, nature suites and family suites invite guests to breathe deeply, relax and feel at home amid the clear mountain air. At this nature and organic hotel, visitors will find everything they need to have an amazing day.

Nature & Biohotel Bergzeit****
Katzensteig 48, 6677 Zöblen, Austria
Tel.: +43 5675 20704
Price: doubles from €307

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© Roland Koechl Kraft & Koechl GbR

The idyllic Tannheimer Tal with its family-run Hotel Lumberger Hof is the perfect setting for active vacationers. The hosts will even reveal their favorite hiking tours or – even better – take their guests on a guided tour themselves. After a day in the mountains, relax in the sauna or loosen up those muscles in the pool. On the culinary side, Lumberger Hof spoils guests with a modern twist on traditional Austrian meals. Guests can then round off a day of hiking with some schnapps or a drink at the bar. From May to October, the hosts offer four to five guided tours per week.

Hotel Lumberger Hof****
Am Lumberg 1, 6673 Grän, Austria
Tel.: +43 5675 6392
Price: doubles from €95 per night

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© Heldentheater

The Naturel Hotels & Resorts in the heart of Carinthia offer unforgettable experiences for families and active connoisseurs. Located on the Gerlitzen Alpe near Lake Ossiach, the recently modernized mountain resort DIE KANZLERIN offers the best of both worlds: vacation in the mountains, in close proximity to the lake. The modern suites have one to two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious balcony. In summer, the Gerlitzen Alpe is a popular nature and hiking area with numerous day trip destinations. A rich culinary offer, a great guest activity program, BIBI's Kinderwelt entertainment for kids and the Naturel Spa with an indoor pool and various saunas complete an unforgettable hiking trip.

Naturel Hotels & Resorts
Gerlitzen Alpe, Lake Faak, Carinthia
Tel.: +43 4254 2384
Price: upon request

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DAS EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort

© THE EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort

With the upcoming renovation work, the exclusive five-star hotel DAS EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort aims to become one of the leading vacation resorts in the Alpine region. The associated investment volume of approximately 30 million euro serves to 100 per cent the increase in quality for the guest. For example, the elimination of 15 room units will guarantee even more comfort at the very highest level. First of all, some of the traditional rooms in the south wing of the hotel are to make way for new, spacious family rooms that promise plenty of space in modern alpine chic. On the top floor of the south wing, in turn, three luxurious rooftop suites with their own saunas and whirlpools on the terraces await guests in the future.

THE EDELWEISS Salzburg Mountain Resort*****
Unterbergstraße 65, 5611 Großarl, Austria
Tel.: +43 6414 3000
Web: edelweiss-groß
Price: double room from € 430

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© Stephan Elsler

In Seefeld in Tyrol, the unique mix of 500-year-old tradition and casual lifestyle succeeds. A relaxing time-out between centuries-old monastery walls with a lot of tradition and a good portion of modernity is guaranteed at the "Hotel Klosterbräu". The unforgettable mountain panorama of the region shows its most beautiful side from the rooftop pool. Seven themed saunas invite you to relax, and you can also cool off in the beer fountain of the more than 500-year-old monastery cellar. There are even more experiences including top delights in each of the nine dinner locations in the house. The historic-modern ambience also scores with the honest hospitality of the Seyrling family, which has been running the hotel with great enthusiasm for 200 years and is now in its sixth generation.

Klosterstraße 30, Seefeld in Tirol, Austria
Tel.: +43 5212 2621
Price: Double room including half board from € 257,- per person
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© Michael Huber | Huber Photography

Off to wellness and action in the hiking and biking paradise of Merano! Beginners are welcome on guided hikes with certified guides, experienced summit strikers can reach steep slopes directly from the five-star luxury hotel. In no time at all, you can get to Nordic walking routes, secured via ferratas - and to animal-charming fun: Guided llama hikes inspire not only the little ones. Enchanting secret spots are known to host Michael Reiterer, who is happy to share them with guests. And because summertime is also feel-good time, relaxing hours with a view of the Dolomites including a grandiose panorama of the Passeier Valley await you in the wellness hotel. The palates spoil South Tyrolean delicacies with a special signature.

Hotel Chalet Mirabell
Falzebenstrasse 112, 39010 Hafling near Merano, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 279300
Price: double room including ¾-board from € 250,- per person

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© Bureau Rabensteiner

Hospitality comes first here - joined by living tradition and modern design. Comfort and luxury warm the soul, the house lives from its casual atmosphere. Encounters are what counts here; regional identity and a contemporary look are emphasized. Although Lech is considered one of the most famous winter sports resorts, the town on the Arlberg also exudes plenty of charm in summer. Breathtaking hiking and biking trails hold an incredible amount of beauty in store, while canyoning, fishing and golfing are also available. Afterwards, an innovative spa and excellent cuisine await in the five-star hotel - they provide relaxation and strength after hikes and tours. 

Hotel Arlberg Lech
Tannberg 187, 6764 Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Tel.: +43 5583 21340
Price: double room incl. half board from € 220,- per person

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© Florian Busch

Alpine magic in the Pitztal - reside and hike near a centuries-old protective Swiss stone pine forest. The paths from the "Jerzner Hof" lead to gentle alpine pastures, to a rushing waterfall or along challenging paths as well as over ridges. To the decelerating time-out directly in the hotel the Wellnessbereich loads including sauna landscape and marvelous view of the Pitztaler mountain world. Fancy some exclusive culinary delights? Here, small and large delicacies tempt you, whether at the exquisite breakfast buffet, the gourmet menu or the gala dinner. 

Jerzner Hof
Oberfeld 170, 6474 Jerzens im Pitztal, Austria
Tel.: +43 5414 8510
Price: double room including ¾-board from € 137,- per person

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© Andre Schoenherr

First enjoy hiking, then go to the design hotel - the house is the place to be for mountain sports enthusiasts and gourmets. This is how to enjoy the summer in noble St. Anton am Arlberg: Healthy air and breathtaking panoramas make body and soul rejoice. In the evening, enjoyment is the order of the day: casual dining is available in the restaurant with fine delicacies à la carte. Fine wines sweeten the time - gladly on the sun terrace with their views of the landscape Tirols. Those who feel like an extra portion of relaxation can retreat to the spacious wellness area with its 17-meter-long indoor pool. 

Alte Arlbergstraße 2, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
Tel.: +43 5446 35200
Price: double room including half board from € 272,- per person

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©Benjamin Pfitscher

High pleasures, mountain adventures and comfort: In the "Bad Fallenbach" these wonderful vacation dreams come together. Hikers need energy for the day - the breakfast selection at this gourmet hotel in South Tyrol's Passeier Valley is exquisite and rich in vitamins. So deliciously fortified, the nearby routes can be explored, best with a bottle of in-house spring water for refreshment in the backpack. High up in the mountain world with its breathtaking panorama you can go on a guided hike - or on your own along the signposted paths. The Ötztal Alps make hearts beat faster; Texelgruppe and Sarntal Alps show the massive beauty of nature. If you like it gentle, enjoy the meadows and forests around the hotel or take a deep breath at the nearby waterfall. 

Hotel Bad Fallenbach
Jaufenstraße 23, St. Leonhard in Passeier, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 657 700
Price: Suite including half board from € 225,- per person

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©Dominik Rossner

Recharge your batteries and breathe in the mountain air, feel the places of strength, indulge your wanderlust - where better than in the midst of the Pitztal peaks? Whether spectacular tours or leisurely hikes, senior chef Sepp Schwarz always has the best tips ready for his guests. In any case, the eyes can feast their eyes on lush meadows, blooming slopes and high peaks. At the same time, the "Alpine Resort" is the perfect starting point to get to the trails that lead on more than 380 kilometers right into the middle of the hiking experience full of wild beauty. In the Kaunergrat Nature Park, species protection is lived, there is an infinite amount to discover thanks to the respectful treatment of flora and fauna. Back at the resort, a warm atmosphere fills the house. Lovingly and with natural materials, the rooms are decorated; each retreat has its certain something. In the "Naturpark SPA", Tyrolean flair, feeling good and letting go are what count - everyday life is welcome to stay outside. 

Alpine Resort Sportalm
Plangeroß 36, 6481 St. Leonhard im Pitztal, Austria
Tel.: +43 5413 86203
Price: double room including ¾-board from € 116,- per person

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©Henrike Schunck

Relaxed time-out for hikers, connoisseurs and adventurers - with garden, tradition and Tyrolean cordiality. Once a garden hotel in art nouveau style, today a fragrant oasis of peace in the hustle and bustle of noble Kitzbühel: The "Erika" has been lovingly renovated, but has retained the flair of its founding period. There are many places to retreat, in the spacious house as well as in the extensive garden. Anyone who sets out into the mountains will be amazed: on this patch of earth, the Alps show their diverse side. If you like, you can climb rugged peaks or hike leisurely through nature - that's possible here on forest paths, alpine pastures and meadows. Back at the boutique hotel, a pampering program awaits: In the wellness area, water, heat and treatments will make your soul soar. The heritage of the region also counts; thus, international sophistication and Tyrolean heartiness are combined in the finest way when dining. 

Erika Boutiquehotel Kitzbühel
Josef-Pirchl-Strasse 21, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria
Tel.: +43 5356 64885
Price: double room including breakfast from € 183,- per person

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©Hotel Sonnenhof Alpendorf

 "Normal" is not a category at the "Sonnhof" in Salzburger Land, that much is certain. Rather, in St. Johann im Pongau, it's all about freedom and lots of inspiration - perfect conditions for a time-out, since the owner family Höllwart has dedicated itself to the motto "Everything can, nothing must". During the day, the mountain landscape around the house beckons - how about forest bathing including altitude training effect, canyoning for beginners, adventure via ferrata for beginners and experts, a guided three-thousand-meter climb or a herb hike? There is something for every fitness level. To chill out after sports, head to the inviting south-facing terrace or the "Cocoon Spa" with outdoor pool in the garden, brand-new adults-only sauna area and an exquisite range of treatments. There's even more relaxation in the rooms and suites, spacious retreats with balconies and a high cuddle factor. Fancy some culinary highlights? The pampering culinary delights are available on many levels. 

Hotel Sonnhof Alpendorf
Alpendorf 16, 5600 St. Johann im Pongau, Austria
Tel.: +43 6412 7271
Price: double room incl. half board from € 170,- per person

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©Alpenstern Panorama Hotel

The Bregenzerwald with its numerous hiking possibilities is made for alpine athletes and all who want to become one. Thanks to its privileged location, the four-star superior hotel "Alpenstern" is the perfect starting point for excursions into nature. As a reward for ascents, breathtaking views await in the Damüls-Mellau hiking area. Back at the wellness hotel, various saunas, steam bath, infinity pool, massages, fitness and relaxation rooms invite you to relax. The palates to exult brings the "restaurant Löffelspitze", a new top address for gourmets. The team of the culinary hotspot in the "Panoramahotel Alpenstern" serves guests an exclusive eight-course tasting menu, created by a top duo: the two chefs Peter Bischof and Sandro Abel are on duty for absolute pleasure and also accommodate requests for vegetarian dishes.

Alpenstern Panoramahotel****S
Oberdalmüs 191, 6884 Dalmüs, Austria
Tel.: +43 5510 513
Price: Double room including half board from € 123,- per person

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©Mike Rabensteiner

The castle experience can begin - with family luxury for days full of harmony and cordiality. Tranquility and romance are just as obligatory in the stylish five-star ambience as family friendliness, in a precious A-class location at 1436 meters above sea level. As true Eldorado for active holiday-makers the region Serfaus Fiss Ladis presents itself all around. Mountain lovers will find here the ideal starting point for alpine adventures of all levels of difficulty - in the immediate vicinity of mountain railroads and hiking trails, it's off to incomparable mountain experiences, more than 500 kilometers of prepared trails are waiting to be hiked by young and old. Special tip: the Fisser Höhenweg. If after all the experiences the need for relaxation and pleasure arises, the "Schlosshotel" has the finest to offer. Relax in the noble wellness and spa area, then the hotel's own à la carte restaurant "Beef Club" is the first address for foodies with high standards. 

Castle Hotel Fiss, 
Laurschweg 28, 6533 Fiss, Austria
Tel.: +43 5476 6397
Price: Double room including pampering board from € 410,-.

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©Photo Atelier Wolkersdorfer

What the "Küglerhof" offers makes the hearts of both rest and adventure seekers beat faster. The view from the house alone is one of the most impressive in the whole country. The entire Etsch Valley spreads out majestically, the surrounding valleys captivate the eye. Villages, the city of Merano, the wild mountain peaks - they all want to be explored. How good that the "Küglerhof" is the starting point for countless hiking trails! The cable car to the Muthöfen is a ten-minute walk away, while longer distances can be covered by the village bus. With its only 35 rooms, the four-star-plus hotel is a very special, almost private place. In the Lodgestil resides it itself modern and wohlig. Meals are unforgettable experiences, thanks to the excellent cuisine. 

Hotel Küglerhof
Haslachstrasse 82, 39019 Dorf Tirol, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 923399
Price: Double room including half board from € 182,- per person

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©Christian Woeckinger

Off to your own luxury chalet: What could be more beautiful than enjoying the idyll of the Salzburg mountains as a couple in peace and quiet? Togetherness is capitalized, space and inspiration for new impulses in the relationship there is enough. In the homely alpine ambience of the chalets of the mountain village "Prechtlgut", souls may fly and hearts may leap. A breath of luxury surrounds the noble-rustic architecture, wood, stone and other natural materials bring harmony and harmony. There is even more relaxation in the own "AlmSpa" with sauna steam cabin, free-standing tub and private hot tub on the wooden terrace. How about the feeling of absolute freedom? You can come close to this mountain experience here. Get out of bed (or wellness heaven) and into your hiking boots! The Grafenbergbahn takes nature lovers to the Pongau grassy mountains with lovely alpine pastures and idyllic mountain lakes. And because you can't live on fresh mountain air and love alone, the "Prechtlgut" team also takes care of its guests in culinary terms at the highest level. 

Chalet Village Prechtlgut
Hofmark 1, 5602 Wagrain, Austria
Tel.: +43 676 73 01 911
Price: Mountain chalet from € 270,- per person

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©Ganischgerhof Mountain Resort & Spa

Four brothers and their team are responsible for ensuring that guests feel completely at home in "Gani's World". 41 rooms and suites offer unique mountain views of the Catinaccio, and more than 530 kilometers of hiking trails take you across cozy alpine meadows or high up into the mountains. The unique natural landscape at the foot of the Unesco World Natural Heritage Rosengarten-Latemar awaits with impressive panoramas - guests can participate in six guided hikes per week, book herbal hikes as well as the legendary sunrise tour with mountain breakfast or explore the area on their own. Relaxation is available in the "Ganis SPA". A host of culinary highlights await you in the hotel's gourmet kitchen or in one of the three associated restaurants of the "Ganis World".

Ganischgerhof Mountain Resort & Spa****S
Schwarzenbach 22, 39050 Nova Ponente, Italy
Tel.: +39 0471 616504
Price: Double room incl. Ganis Pension Plus from € 116,- per person

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©Hotel Tauernhof

In completely new splendor shines the "Tauernhof" since recently - in the freshly remodeled house, the proven team in Salzburg Land is looking forward to pampering everyone. The central location in Großarl is great: there's no better place to start the most beautiful hikes in the enjoyment and adventure region. If you don't want to set out on your own, simply join one of the weekly guided hiking or mountain bike tours. An insider tip are the sunrise hikes. Curious about even more action? Then off to rafting, kayaking, archery or a cave tour! Back at the "Tauernhof", a visit to the infinity pool and a jump into the largest bubble pool in the Alps with 50 square meters are worthwhile. After an eventful day, hungry guests head to the à la carte restaurant, the "Schatzarei", which has been awarded two Falstaff forks. 

Hotel Tauernhof
Unterbergstraße 55, 5611 Großarl, Austria
Tel.: +43 6414 2640
Price: double room including half board from € 124,- per person

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©Mirabell Dolomites Hotel

Experience and enjoy South Tyrol's most beautiful natural cinema up close - with Dolomite magic, golf fascination, luxury and gourmet cuisine. Those who treat themselves to a "five-star feel-good time" in the "Mirabell" can look forward to an extra portion of family hospitality. For experiences of the special class Olang is ideally situated in the heart of the Pustertaler vacation region Kronplatz; it is the perfect starting point for top experiences in the Dolomite region. Luxurious living comfort goes without saying, so that you can set off relaxed and invigorated - to the fantastic nature experiences in the alpine paradise of the Dolomites. If you feel like recharging your batteries and treating your soul to something good, you can visit the hotel's own "Ayurveda & Spa". So the away-from-it-all feeling can come! 

Mirabell Dolomites Hotel*****
Hans-von-Perthaler Street 11, Valdaora, Italy
Tel.: +39 0474 496191
Price: double room including ¾-board from € 150,- per person

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©Günter Standl

The view of the Berchtesgaden mountains and their national park is unique - those who choose the "Klosterhof" of the Henrike and Dr. Andreas Färber family as their vacation residence have chosen a grandiose start for multi-faceted hikes. In the immediate vicinity are highlights such as the impressive Watzmann or the Königssee. After the legwork is done, relaxation is allowed, for example in the spa - taking a sauna or musing in the whirlpool is at least as relaxing as floating in Bad Reichenhall's brine. The spa lofts with their own wellness gallery are also a highlight. In culinary terms, chef Sascha Förster sets the tone every evening with his menus - regional meets refined. Plus: The "Klosterhof" has just received the EU Ecolabel - as the first hotel in Germany. 

Klosterhof Alpine Hideaway & Spa
Steilhofweg 19, 83457 Bayerisch Gmain, Germany
Tel.: +49 8651 98250
Price: Double room including half board from € 168,- per person

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©Armin Huber

Dreamlike views of the South Tyrolean nature and culinary delicacies from the region. Amidst the vineyards and not far from the Algunder Waalweg, sustainable experiences full of pleasure and luxury become reality at the "Hotel Avidea" #avideamoments. While active guests can first take idyllic hikes across fragrant mountain meadows and through shady forests, the hotel's spa invites you to relax afterwards: From the infinity pool you can enjoy impressive panoramas or take a deep breath in the whirlpool after a sweat session in the sauna. A deep sleep is ensured not only by the location on the edge of the forest, but also by a sleep consultant, a pillow menu and, of course, the atmosphere in the cozy rooms. Delicacies made from regional and seasonal ingredients are served in the "Panorama Restaurant" - enjoyment that inspires! 

Hotel Avidea
Oberplars 46, 39022 Algund, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 221956
Price: double room including half board from € 140,- per person

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©Hotel Pollinger

An oasis of peace under shady bamboo awaits in South Tyrol. Here, those seeking peace and quiet first hear ... nothing. The "Pollinger" is a place of tranquility, centrally located and at the same time somewhat off the beaten track; city hotel and beach house - and starting point for adventure. As a place of cheerful serenity along with cultivated joie de vivre, it is elegant as well as natural, open and full of possibilities. Those who prefer to take in the stunning panorama of the mountains at a distance can do so on the sun-drenched terrace, by the pools or in the spa area. Speaking of the pool, rosemary, lavender and hydrangeas grow in the garden park, while magnolias and bamboo provide shade. The cuisine focuses on the fantastic regional products and scores with quality and seasonality.

Hotel Pollinger****
Maria Trost Street 30, 39012 Merano, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 270004
Price: Double room including half board from € 129,- per person

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©Alex Filz

"Adults Only" is the motto at this South Tyrolean boutique hotel. Cool lifestyle, tradition and coziness reign here. Life can be this sweet: Located in the heart of the Dolomites, in the center of San Candido and directly on the pedestrian zone, the team of the "Post Hotel" ensures that every guest feels so right at home. The house is thereby an ideal starting point for varied hikes, fast-paced bike tours or leisurely walks. Photo hotspot hungry watch out: The fine boutique hotel is located only about half an hour from the equally famous and enchanting Pragser Wildsee and the world-famous panorama of the Three Peaks. After a little relaxation in the wellness area, the culinary seduction should not be missed.

Post Hotel
Benedictine Street 10/C, 39038 San Candido, Italy
Tel.: +39 0474 913133
Price: double room including half board from € 120,- per person

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©Tiberio Sorvillo

A charming hideaway for lovers delivers moments of happiness and fragrant experiences in South Tyrol. When the morning sun shines through the windows of the elegant panoramic suites, the day begins in Merano's villa district. Those who arrive with a small suitcase will return with tons of happiness and indescribable experiences in their luggage - the proximity to South Tyrol's most beautiful hiking routes and summit experiences ensures this. You can hike in a relaxed way on the numerous Waal trails around Merano. If you feel like resting instead of climbing mountains, you can treat yourself to a well-deserved break in the wellness and beauty area - while you relax, roses are fragrant all around, they are the trademark of the family-run hotel; a special highlight is the rose roof terrace. 

Hotel Pienzenau am Schlosspark
Pienzenauweg 1, 39012 Merano, Italy
Tel.: +39 0473 234030
Price: double room including breakfast from € 300,- per day

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Text: Karin Cerny, Katharina Florian and Michaela Hessenberger

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Summer 2022.

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