6 Waterfront Summers
Austria can offer more than just winter, snow and skiing. Lots more. Here are our favourite locations for a waterfront holiday in the country.
Amador x Dietrichsteinerhof
Juan Amador has only just arrived in Vienna’s 19th district, but he’s already found another new domain: the Dietrichsteinerhof by Carinthia’s Lake Faak. Though it’s only open over the summer, for 99 days between 16th June and 15th September. During that time the star-winning chef entertains a maximum of 15 guests each day with 6-course set menus and “Amador’s Highlights”, such as red king prawns and Parfum de Siam.
The Das Traunsee lakeside hotel in Upper Austria lives up to its name. After all, it is the only hotel by Lake Traun that has direct lake access. And in the rooms and suites the cool water is never out of sight. The Salzkammergut Suite and the Mini-Suite on the hotel’s ground floor even offer private, direct lake access. And boss Lukas Nagl’s in-house Bootshaus (“boathouse”) Restaurant is – according to A la Carte-Gourmet Guide – the best restaurant in Upper Austria. You can now try his cuisine at the new Poststube 1327, too, a down-to-earth pub in Traunkirchen monastery’s former court tavern.
Haus im See
Here, the name says it all: the Haus im See (“house in the lake”), on the southwestern bank of Lake Neusiedl, is precisely that – a charming wooden building on stilts in the lake. With a few improvements: Walter (in a “King of Grill” apron) and Eveline Eselböck are holding the fort themselves this summer, and there is a new bar with a sensational view of the lake and a beach boutique with clothes by Petar Petrov. By the way, the closest town to the Haus im See is Hungary’s Fertörákos.
Right on the banks of Lake Wolfgang lies the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl. This hotel has a rich tradition and wins us over not just with its romantic lake atmosphere, but also with the world’s first floating Whirlpool as well as its in-lake pool that is heated all year round and is part of its 1,500-square-metre wellness area. A view of the lake is also on the menu at the restaurant. And the new head chef, Hermann Poll, is there to ensure that the culinary offer is equally as superb.
Linen from Austria’s Mühlviertel, oak planks on the floor and aromatic forest air on the terrace: at this design hotel on the River Mühl in Neufelden in Upper Austria’s Mühlviertel, tradition meets modern and contemporary architecture. The creativity also spills over into the in-house toque-winning restaurant, where the head chefs Helmut and Philip Rachinger set the tone. If relaxation is on your agenda, then head to the in-house cosmetic area, complete with shiatsu treatments and hot stone massages.
The lake’s historical jewel: the listed Werzer’s Badehaus (“bathhouse”) has stood on the banks of Carinthia’s Lake Wörther for over 100 years. Recently, the bathhouse was completely renovated: it now boasts a spa area complete with lake sauna, temperature-controlled pool, gourmet restaurant right on the lake and a “Sunset Suite” on the first floor. What’s more, the team at Werzer’s Kinderland (“kids’ land”) guarantees that parents will enjoy some restful hours alone.