A 14th-century Austrian estate turned minimalist mountain lodge, Wiesergut is as pure as fresh powder. Nestled in the Alps – in fact, hardly distinguishable from them – its modernist aesthetic of pale woods, exposed stonework and barely there glass seems to melt into the pine-dotted pinnacles like the last snow of the season. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame patchwork meadows and crisp, white peaks that will entice even the least adventurous onto the hiking trails and ski slopes that surround. As the sun sets, wilderness gives way to wild herb cocktails and plates piled with warming schnitzel at the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, where evenings are all about cosying up around crackling wood fires.
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11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $311.26 (€283), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include an à la carte breakfast, use of the spa and, in summer, a pass that provides guests with free access to Hinterglemm’s mountain railways and cable cars. There’s a minimum stay of seven nights during peak season and holiday periods.
Spa treatments and spinning bikes can be brought to your room and guests are free to pluck fruit from the onsite orchard. The hotel has four Rotwild mountain bikes that can be borrowed, free.
Wiesergut closes during spring and autumn: from 11 April to 12 July in 2018, and from mid-April to mid-May in 2019.
At the hotel
Spa with a Finnish sauna; pool; small gym with fitness classes such as yoga and pilates; free Wi-Fi. In rooms: flatscreen TV; yoga mat; minibar; espresso machine; tea-making kit; Susanne Kaufmann bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Gutshof Suites in the main manor house feel snug without compromising on space, particularly those with a balcony and views over the surrounding hills. Done up in the hotel’s signature pared-back palette of light wood and stone, they’re full of supremely soft fabrics and let in masses of natural light; it’s the perfect place to hole up and watch snowstorms swirl outside. In the Hideaway Suites, you can slalom your way from the slopes straight into a private garden, complete with your own sauna and a hot tub for thawing frosty feet.
The heated indoor pool is in the spa, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over meadows and mountains in summer or swathes of snow in winter; children are welcome as long as under-12s are supervised. On the other side of the glass walls, there's an 80sq m outdoor heated infinity pool with built-in sunloungers.
Wiesergut’s spa makes the most of its soul-soothing setting by bringing the Alps indoors. Lotions and potions come from Susanne Kaufmann, who packs her products with Alpine plants, and water is sourced from the hotel’s own well; Alpine-inspired elements like warm pine-wood chips replace hot stones in specially adapted treatments. Stretch out aching limbs at private yoga sessions, sink into some guided meditation or soak beside an open fire with your significant other in a lavender-infused outdoor bath.
Bring your most stylish ski goggles and a Fitbit so you can smugly order a second apple strudel.
Common areas and suites located in the main manor are wheelchair accessible. Extra beds can be added to Manor Suite Bliss, Garden Suites and Hideaway Suites for €70 a night for kids aged 5-12, and €120 a night for teens from 13-17.
Children of all ages are welcome and under-4s stay for free. They can run riot on the hotel lawns and the restaurant has a playroom (and a children’s menu), however, there isn’t much else to entertain them on the property.
Meals at Wiesergut are made with organic, locally sourced produce, much of it grown onsite on the hotel’s family-run farm; there’s also a wild herb garden and orchard. Food waste is composted, bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly products from Susanne Kaufmann and energy-saving lightbulbs are used throughout.
Long lunches are best spent at tables by the window where you can watch the sun glinting off snow-capped summits, but evening meals are more suited to the restaurant’s intimate little Austrian stube.
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Mealtimes are to be savoured at Wiesergut. The farm-to-table ethos means everything is either locally sourced or grown onsite and transformed into their interpretation of contemporary, Austrian “slow food”. Wood garlic soup, truffle-topped pasta and saltimbocca with cheese curd gnocchi and sugar peas all feature, but the real star is the sublime wiener schnitzel. Served with fresh bread, whipped, herby cream cheese and a pot of rosemary salt, it’s far too delicious to take your time over.
Sleek stone pendant lighting is about as statement as things get in Piazza, the hotel’s masterfully minimal lounge bar. Après-ski aperitifs come in the form of Wiesergut Spritzers (their take on an Aperol spritz made with wild berries) and glasses of gin punch that pair perfectly with crusty slices of straight-from-the-oven Wiesern bread smothered in herby cheese spread.
Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 11am wherever you like: in the main restaurant, out on your private terrace or in bed. Lunch is from 11.30am to 6pm and dinner begins at 6.30pm, running until 9pm. Piazza lounge is open from 11.30am to 6pm.
During restaurant opening hours you can order anything from the full menu.
You’ll find Wiesergut in the dramatic Glemmtal Valley, on the precipice of Austria’s Tyrol region.
The closest airport is Salzburg, which is roughly a one-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel, and there are direct flights from airports across the country, including from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Alternatively, you can fly direct to Munich from Southampton, Birmingham and Cardiff, after which the journey to the hotel is two-and-a-half-hours. The hotel can arrange transfers from both airports for €44 and €98, respectively.
Zell am See station is a 25-minute drive away, from where there are direct services to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz.
You can hike, bike, ski your way around most of the surrounding area straight from the hotel, but a car might come in useful for easier access to trails and pistes further afield. There is free parking onsite.
Worth getting out of bed for
The town of Hinterglemm is in the centre of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski circus, with ski-in, ski-out access all winter and snowfall that dissolves to reveal 400 kilometres of hiking trails.
Baumzipfelweg – the highest treetop trail in Europe – is open year-round and forms a leisurely two-kilometre stroll over fairytale hills and pine forests. The more intrepid can tackle the challenging and remote Seven-Summits circuit which takes you 24 kilometres through the Glemmtal valley, along craggy ridges and over sky-brushing peaks like 2,363 metre-high Geisstein. Snow-sports enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, surrounded by the 270km of runs that range from blue to black, plus the area is a fantastic freeriding destination. The Alps might be made for the adventurous but if you’d rather leave the hiking boots behind, cable cars can whisk you up to meadowy mountaintops. Zwölferkogel is one of the most picturesque and a jumping-off point for some of the area’s most awe-inspiring hikes and adrenaline-pumping mountain bike trails.
Perched beside the top of Reiterkogelbahn cable car, the hotel’s on-piste pitstop Wieseralm Mountain Inn serves up classic currywurst and other Austrian staples, though the food is all but outshone by the spectacular views. If you’re ski-ing closer to the town of Saalbach, duck into Seppi’s for dry-aged steaks, après-ski charcuterie and smoked burrata or slide into a candlelight-filled booth at Tiroler Buam which turns out impeccably crisp wood-fired pizzas.
When ski season hits, the fairly lacklustre bars around Hinterglemm neighbouring Saalbach tend to get overrun by rowdy ski-tripping crowds. Piazza lounge at Wiesergut is really your best bet for a quiet cocktail but closes early. In the town, Der Jennerwein does the job with a large selection of drinks and pleasant, if plain, decor.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury lodge in the Austrian Alps and unpacked their snowshoes and strudel, a full account of their adventurous mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Wiesergut in Austria…
Austria’s Wiesergut has taken a sharp U-turn from the traditional Alpine aesthetic, favouring leather, stone and steel over fur trims and taxidermy. Don’t be fooled, however, by this back-to-basics approach to decor. This luxury lodge is anything but bland.
Whether you’re sweating it out on the hiking trails or in your own private sauna, it’s an escape for those who like their adventure with plenty of creature comforts. The Alps beckon from beyond four-metre-high windows; a playground for the hikers, bikers and freeriders who flock to Hinterglemm throughout the seasons. Fuel up with a breakfast of organic smoked sausages and made-to-order eggs, snack on strudels between ski runs and then head back to your room to shed sports gear and slip into something a little more seductive: an alfresco hot tub made for steamy winter nights.
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