As equally as picturesque as the surrounding Bregenzerwald mountains, the centuries aged Gasthof Hirschen, a 1750’s traditional land house built in the style of Bauer Baroque, rightly takes centre fold of this quaint, listed Austrian hamlet, Schwarzenberg, close to the natural beauty of Lake Constance.
This deliciously aged alpine lodge, once the resting spot for passing royals and the culturati of the day, clings passionately to its agrarian heritage, a house which has been extremely loved by the owning family Fetz for more than 250 years.
Peel under the Baronial façade of cured timber, mandatory flowering blooms and frescos and you discover a family heirloom has been brushed by an incredibly rich canvass of history woven with the arts: a cultural marriage of rustic meets east-side gallery.
The cosy alpine interiors opt towards a natural narrative that immediately cocoons and frames a kaleidoscope of art that hints to the guests of past, both royal and creative, which have each etched a little piece of the Gasthof Hirschen through the centuries.
A rural hotel that plays host to music and cultural events, this little historic gem is an original classic that has ayouthful stride laced with family legacy that simply make it as idyllic as the mountains and pastures of Bregenzerwald.
Natural hostpot, Bregenz is home to the cute village of Schwarzenberg, and right at the heart stands the Gasthof Hirschen as the focal point opposite a wonderful medieval church with sweeping vistas on upto the mountains of the Vorarlberg region of Austria.
Just a short drive down to the shores of Bodensee (Lake Constance) and nearby city of historic Bregenz, sandwiched between Zurich in the west and Innsbruck to the east.
Gasthof Hirschen is a famed foodie bolthole - raved about in fact, recently awarded 89 Falstaff points and 1 Gault Millau Toque. Dipping into the heritage of this Inn's 300 year history, head chef Mario Hermann has delved into the past to source old-table dishes served here centuries ago and given them a healthier, lighter touch served in truly beautiful creations - opt for the 5-course tasting menu.
Family Fetz have their own herb and vegetable gardens, smoke house and even a working dairy farm up in the alps called Alpe Rothenbach where happy pigs roam and butter is churned alongside the famous Bregenzerwald cheeses.
Austrian wine headlines the wine list, with an impressive wine cellar and vinethèque. Dining options include old style cosy Stube decked in history, as well as a great outdoor garden terrace during the warmer months.
Franz Fetz is a sort of legend - not only for owning one of the best hotels, nor for being part of the same owning family for the past 250 years, or for the foodie reputation that he has built up over the years.
No – Fetz is known also for his insatiable appetite for art – which adorns every wall of his hotel.
The charismatic hotelier and art curator makes a perfect splice through the classical world of hospitality and his passion for life is wonderfully addictive.
His hotel is loved and he has installed a magical feel of eccentricity and alpine heart – very much like the good man himself.
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