Archduke Johann Hotel in Bad Aussee
The main house was built in the 14th century, and since 1848 the house has borne the name of Archduke Johann, the friend and supporter of the Styria. The Erzherzog Johann Hotel in Bad Aussee was already a spa hotel in 1900 Austria. For buildings like this, it is always a challenge to bridge the gap between the traditional and the modern. The four-star hotel in the center of Bad Aussee not far from the Dachstein in the center of Austria succeeds with flying colors. A sense of tradition does not have to be archaic. The Erzherzog Johann Hotel proves this in its own way.
The stone pine rooms in the Archduke Johann Hotel Bad Aussee
At the hotel's invitation, we spend a night in one of the stone pine rooms with a view of the surrounding mountains. The stone pine makes these rooms something special. The smell of wood wafts through the hotel wing. As Regina Stocker assures us, you don't even need ventilation in these rooms. "The wood ensures freshness and good air in the rooms". We spend a good night in our room above the roofs of Bad Aussee.
Wood in the Archduke Johann Hotel Bad Aussee
In general, wood plays a major role in this hotel. Our balcony, on which we relax after a massage in the spa after a few days of research while being creative in Altenmarkt, a Tour along the South Styrian Wine Route and our visit to Graz recover is made of larch wood. Both stone pine and larch give the room an atmosphere full of coziness, but also a touch of modernity. A combination that we appreciate very much. This shows that a sense of tradition does not have to be old-fashioned.
Spa wellness in the Archduke Johann Hotel Bad Aussee
The Sky Spa in the Erzherzog Johann Hotel in Bad Aussee takes our breath away. The entire top floor has been converted into a spa area. In the yoga room, users do their exercises with a view over the roofs of Bad Aussee. The indoor pool invites you to relax and unwind with loungers. The pool and outdoor relaxation area could be a bit bigger. But here the building fabric sets limits to development. There is also a sauna next door. From there, the smell of wood fills our nostrils. Those who first relax with a massage in the treatment area of the spa on the second floor can relax afterwards in the Sky Spa with a view of the surrounding mountains.
Eat in the hotel restaurant
We particularly liked the restaurant and its service. When we arrive at the hotel at noon, we are served a menu. This consists mainly of products from the region. We are greeted with a greeting from the kitchen. This is followed by a tomato soup (tomato soup) combined with arctic char on a risotto, beef tartare with cress salad and port wine mustard, filet of char with potato brandy and summer vegetables and a curd pancake with roasted apricots and vanilla ice cream. As usual, Petar likes to test the staff and asks our waiter something he couldn't possibly know: "Is the cherry tree in front of the hotel terrace also bearing fruit?" After receiving a helpless look from our waiter, he disappears into the restaurant and comes Minutes later again and answered his question.
We conclude our stay at the Archduke Johann Hotel in Bad Aussee in the evening, where we have the pleasure of listening to a reading by Cornelius Obonya. This recites poems and stories by Robert Gernhardt and others. No wonder! Obonya played "Jedermann" at the Salzburg Festival in 2013 and is such a master of his craft. He later tells us that Cornelius Obonya is not here for the first time. He tells us that he was always in Bad Aussee with his mother as a child. That's why he always likes to come back to the Erzherzog Johann Hotel, where he retires for a few days to relax. That makes him one of the Artists who feel at home in the Ausseerland. Rightly so, in our opinion.
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Source: On-site research at the invitation of the Archduke Johann Hotel in Bad Aussee. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika and Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline