This time I went to Königsleiten, the beautiful state of Salzburg. There, at 1,600 meters above sea level, in the middle of the hiking and biking paradise of the Hohe Tauern National Park and in the heart of the Zillertal Arena, the largest ski area in the Zillertal, is the 4-star superior Hotel Alpenwelt Resort. The Alpenwelt Resort has been a member of the Leading Spa Resorts for many years, and yet it was my first visit there. So I was really looking forward to getting to know the Kröll-Schnell family and the house personally.
On arrival I realized that this hotel is an absolute dream for all mountain lovers and fresh air connoisseurs. The wonderful view of the mountain scenery of the Zillertal and Kitzbühel Alps makes you want to go skiing, hiking, biking and enjoying nature. On the building itself, I immediately noticed the “Felsen BAD & SPA” extension. True to its name, it merges with the mountain, integrated into the rock. This really successful architecture fits perfectly into nature. When I entered the hotel, the receptionist greeted me most cordially. He handed me a bracelet to enter my room and the spa area. First of all, of course, I wanted to examine the room. On the way there I had to stop at the lovingly designed picture wall in the stairwell. Many photos of guests, the host family and many other memories were a successful eye-catcher. The elevator then took me to the 2nd floor, where my modern and comfortable room was waiting for me. The balcony with a beautiful mountain view was my personal highlight. I was already looking forward to waking up in the morning with this view. After I had freshened up, I met the host family Susi & Hannes Kröll-Schnell at reception. And then at the latest I knew where the warm and friendly atmosphere in this house came from. After a few photos together, Ms. and Mr. Kröll-Schnell invited me to dinner. My table was set in the Susi Alm. The lifestyle restaurant with convertible roof not only spoils the palate of hotel guests, but is also very popular with locals. The stylish atmosphere is perfectly rounded off with cool lounge music. The first-class 5-course evening menu was freshly prepared with high-quality and regional products and was therefore a real treat.
Afterwards, Mr. Kröll-Schnell took me to the 1,600 square meter bathing and spa world, the FelsenBAD & SPA. Everything is offered here that wellness lovers and all those who want to become one need to relax completely. An organic herb and old wood sauna, a herbal and brine steam bath, an ice mist shower and an ice fountain, several oases of calm and a pine farmer's room with real hay beds and a bench. As a whipped cream on top there is a Salzstein Health Lounge and the Emotion Spa lounger with Vichy shower for an even higher effectiveness of the active ingredients and essences used. This is unique in the region! The comfortably furnished treatment rooms invite you to fully enjoy the wide range of massages and health & beauty treatments. Next we went to the floor above. There is the FelsenBAD with a 30 degree indoor pool with an attached infinity outdoor pool. Together, the indoor and outdoor swimming areas are 25 meters long, making it the longest hotel swimming pool in the Zillertal Arena. Bubbling loungers, water geysers and neck jets provide additional relaxation in the water. The infinity outdoor pool opens up a view of the mountains again. A separate area was created especially for families with children - the Family Aquapark. There children can splash, play and romp to their hearts' content. In addition to a water slide and water games, there is also a children's steam bath. As Mr. Kröll-Schnell told me, this is also used by the parents. There is a beautiful terrace on the roof of the house, which was already covered in snow at the time of my visit. Yes, winter had already arrived in Königsleiten.
At the end of the day, I had a glass of wine with Mr. Kröll-Schnell at the bar of the Susi Alm before falling into my cozy bed. I haven't slept that well in a long time! Was it the comfortable bed? the calm? the good mountain air? Whatever - I enjoyed it. In the morning the wonderful view of the snowy mountains that I was looking forward to so much. What a perfect way to start the day! After a balanced and rich breakfast in the form of a buffet, my time at the Alpenwelt Resort was unfortunately over again.
With a smile on my face and a feeling of "I'll be back" I drove back home. That's how a perfect vacation should end, right?