Leogang’s time zone, an hour ahead of the UK, greeted us with a leisurely morning at 8 am local time. The hotel’s breakfast options left us spoiled for choice. From the delicacies market to ordering speciality cuisine at our table, we indulged in a delightful culinary experience to suit our taste, there is everything from porridge and cereals to continental selections and bacon, eggs, freshly made breads and pastries and lots more.
One aspect of the hotel that impressed me was the assigned family table, which allowed us the flexibility to attend breakfast and dinner at our convenience without having to book specific time slots. Each morning, we found the “Morning Mail” waiting at our table, thoughtfully curated by the hotel. Printed in English, it provided a wealth of information, including local weather reports, last-minute availability for the waldSPA, guest experience recommendations, and daily schedules for both adults and the Kids Club. Among the tips collected over my three-night stay were examples such as a hike to Lindlalm, a climate-neutral helicopter experience over the Steinberge mountains, a private deluxe breakfast experience in the forest, and a unique camping adventure under the stars. I hope you enjoy the little reels I made for Instagram.
Our exploration continued with a guided tour of the vast and pristine Naturhotel Forsthofgut complex and its extensive grounds, led by the knowledgeable Elizabeth. The hotel’s design seamlessly blended with the natural surroundings, offering both indoor and outdoor corridor connections. Accessible facilities, including lifts between floors, ensured a comfortable stay for all guests.
Following our hotel tour, we embarked on a cable car mountain ride, presenting us with the opportunity to hike or mountain bike down the picturesque trails. At the mountain’s peak, we dined at Die Alte Schmiede, an Alpine restaurant bustling with mountain bikers, hikers, and families savouring the wonders of the mountains. I relished a delicious veal schnitzel accompanied by traditional Austrian potatoes, and the friendly and attentive servers added to the delightful experience. Nature hikes right at our doorstep, with the cable car station just a short walk from the hotel, made exploring the outdoors incredibly convenient. Naturhotel Forsthofgut even provided hiking route suggestions through their collection of books in the lobby.
As I stepped out into the morning, the weather greeted me with a partly sunny, partly overcast sky. The clouds seemed mischievous, teasing us with their presence, but I didn’t let them dampen my spirits. Little did we know that despite their playful appearance, the sun’s rays were still shining through, and my mum learned cloud cover was deceptive as she got a little sun-kissed during our outdoor adventures. It was a delightful surprise to find out that even on overcast days, the sun’s rays can be quite strong, making sunscreen a must for us pale skin folk. If you are seeking a radiant tan, Naturhotel Forsthofgut offers a perfect spot to soak up the sun in the grounds surrounding the Seehaus. Just remember to be cautious and slather on that SPF to protect your skin while basking in the joyous warmth of Salzburg’s natural beauty.
Returning to Naturhotel Forsthofgut, I had the pleasure of joining a Martial Arts class led by Roman at 4 pm in the active room sonnenGRUSS. Roman’s expertise, acquired through his army and bodyguard experience, made the class both intriguing and invigorating. As I was the only participant that day, Roman tailored the experience to my interests, incorporating boxing techniques due to my prior experience in karate. The class was conducted in English, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning various punching techniques, footwork, and boxing sequences during our hours work-out.
To unwind after the class, I made my way to the serene adults-only whispering rooms in the spa. The gentle sounds of natural bird song created a soothing atmosphere, allowing me to relax and rejuvenate.
As the day turned to evening, we savored a delectable dinner at restaurant 1617. My culinary journey for the evening included a fresh salad from the delicacies market, Heidewuggerl Prosciutto with melon, almond, and catuccini, a creamy sweetcorn soup (from their vegan menu), grilled redfish fillet with parmesan souffle and Sicilian vegetables, and a delightful baked cream cheesecake with black currant and violet petals. Ending the evening with a cocktail listening to the melodious live music drifting through the comfortable bar area.
Retiring to my room, I felt the stresses of everyday life melt away, leaving me feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of my Salzburg journey, filled with captivating tours and unforgettable moments.