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Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See

Tranquil beauty amid Austria’s lakes
Holiday information
Nights: 7
Accommodation: 4-star hotel
Meals: dinner and breakfast every day
Start: 22-30 Dec Sat/Sun; all other dates, any day
Extend your stay
If flying via Salzburg, why not add on a couple of nights to explore this famous city?
walking

While it is tempting to do nothing but relax amid such gorgeous natural surroundings, this would be something of a waste – we recommend that you take to the winter walking trails, at least! As features on the ground can look very different depending on the snow conditions, we do not provide detailed route notes, but instead provide suggestions as to the most rewarding walks. The local tourist office will be happy to provide more information. One 11-kilometre route leads right from the hotel door around the edge of the lake. A second takes you from nearby Strobl (served by inexpensive bus), along the shores of Wolfgangsee, through the village of the same name, and over to St Gilgen. Others crisscross the meadows and woodland surrounding Fuschl. To extend your range, make use of the hotel’s free, twice-weekly shuttle along the valley to Faistenau, which is the starting point for several other walks, or catch a bus to nearby St Gilgen, where you can travel by cable car to Zwölferhorn for some fantastic walks in the mountains.

Winter walking near Fuschlsee

Exploring the area

There are several towns, viewpoints and other places of interest worth exploring. Reached by bus from Fuschl, St Gilgen is located on the shores of Wolfgangsee and boasts an elegant town hall, an onion-domed church, a couple of small museums (one devoted to lace-making, the other to folk instruments), and is the birthplace of Mozart’s mother. Again, it's worth taking the cable car to Zwölferhorn which has proved areal highlight – the views over the entire Salzburg Lake District are just sensational!

In December, Christmas markets (Thursday to Sunday) add to St Gilgen’s allure. While these are taking place, you can take a boat from the town, across the lake, to picturesque St Wolfgang, another town which holds Christmas markets, made all the more special by the floating lanterns which light up the lake at dusk. Yet another option for a day out is Bad Ischl, a former imperial town served by regular buses. We provide notes for a self-guided walking tour that leads you to the main sights as well as a few hidden corners.

Horse-drawn sleigh ride

Visit Salzburg

Being so close to Salzburg (buses depart hourly from the village and take 40 minutes), you will probably wish to spend at least one day in this cosmopolitan city, whose rich culture is inextricably linked with its most famous son, Mozart. The delightful Old Town is a place to stroll at leisure, discovering Baroque churches and elegant squares, and simply enjoying the atmospheric charm of the Austrian winter. (Alternatively, if you are flying via Mozart’s city, you may prefer to spend a couple of nights there either on your outward or homeward journey.)

Salzburg

Skiing

If you fancy donning a pair of skis for a day or two, there are 55 kilometres of cross-country trails around the nearby village of Faistenau (served twice weekly by the hotel’s shuttle bus), whilst the downhill skiing is from Hintersee just a few more kilometres along the same valley.

Winterwalking

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Village information

Altitude: 670m

Activities: walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (55km in Faistenau), downhill skiing (40km in Hintersee), tobogganing, horse-drawn sleigh rides
Christmas & New Year

Christmas: aperitif by the tree, followed by Christmas Eve gala dinner and festive music by a pianist and a local brass band

New Year: gala dinner, live music, midnight buffet
Short breaks
We also offer 3-night breaks here throughout winter.