The beautiful scenery around the Zeller See normally brings to mind skiing, hiking, and swimming. But with one of the region’s most innovative hotels, Gunda and Johannes Schwaninger are now turning Zell am See into a cultural hotspot as well.
From New York to Zell am See: when a molecular biologist and a psychologist return to Austria from the ”Big Apple” to take over a 500-year-old inn, something very ambitious is certain to be the result. Art and culture are the driving force behind these neo-innkeepers, and they regularly present readings, exhibitions, theatre performances, and panel discussions. The hotel corridors have been transformed into an ”art space” with rotating exhibitions by contemporary artists. And the design of the Steinerwirt also reflects a modern and cosmopolitan attitude that benefits the entire Pinzgau region. The architecture of the guest rooms is conspicuous for its reduced style, with clean, economical lines and furniture made of local spruce. Guests appreciate the free Internet access, and for those who prefer to go ”offline” during their holidays, the hotel library offers a large selection of books and magazines in various languages. The restaurant impresses with classics of Austrian cuisine, while the fourteenth-century wine cellar features treasures from the country’s top vintners. At the Steinerwirt, guests experience delightful holidays along with an array of cultural offerings. The hosts have created and successfully implemented a modern hotel concept for people with a passion for the arts, design, and culinary pleasures. And there are also plenty of places to simply unwind, such as the cedar sauna and the rooftop terrace, featuring a whirlpool and fabulous views of the surrounding Alps.