For a true winter warm-up, look no further than this charming, family-run spa hotel on the shores of Lake Wolfgang in Austria’s own Lake District, with an over 100-year-old history of hospitality. And, for a bit of traveller’s trivia – although the hotel’s name in German may ring unfamiliar, music buffs may recognise its English equivalent ‘The White Horse Inn’ as the one that inspired an operetta by the same name. Marvel over panoramic lake and mountain views from 105 well-appointed cosy rooms and suites set over nine interconnected historic buildings. Other hotel highlights include: three restaurants and wine cellar, a sprawling 1,500m² spa world, a heated pool within the lake kept at 30°C all year round, and the world’s first outdoor, heated, floating whirlpool! The 4-star superior Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl is a real ‘home-base’ for any holidays in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, with the city of Salzburg itself an easy and scenic drive of just under an hour away.
Why in winter?
For those looking for ‘off-piste’ wintery pleasures, this just may be the place that gives a taste of it all. Particularly special is the Advent season, with the traditional Christmas Markets of St. Wolfgang, Strobl, and St. Gilgen among the most magical and enchanting in Austria. Stop and reflect as you admire the shimmering waters around the floating ‘peace’ lantern on Lake Wolfgang, pick up some handcrafted Austrian goods and locally produced treats as presents for loved ones back home, or ring in the New Year with fireworks across the lake. Of course where there are mountains there is always skiing in Austria, and the small, yet well-maintained family ski resort of Postalm, just a snowball’s throw from the hotel, offers 21km of excellent pistes largely for beginners and intermediates. Cross-country skiing, snow biking and toboganning are also available.
Tip: Every February a most unusual tradition comes to life. Dozens of Dirndl-clad women (and men!) join in a spirited completion in which they make a grand and fashionable entry (jumping, diving, dancing...anything goes!) into the Rössl’s heated lake pool. Something not to be missed!