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Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See

Tranquil beauty amid Austria’s lakes
 
With its superb lakeside setting, the high-quality Hotel Seerose is a perfect place to enjoy the quiet beauty of winter. Relax in the hotel’s panoramic indoor pool, explore the magical landscapes on foot or by snowshoes, and enjoy a day trip to the elegant city of Salzburg.
Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See. 7 nights
Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Fuschl-am-See

for non-skiers
The lakeside village of Fuschl am See is not your usual winter holiday destination: there are no chairlifts here, nor bustling bars over-spilling with après-skiers. Instead, Fuschl’s charm lies in its wonderfully quiet, ‘get-away-from-it-all’ atmosphere, and in its beautiful setting at the heart of the country’s Lake District.
 
Your base for this relaxing break is the equally relaxing Hotel Seerose, a four-star Alpine retreat that enjoys an enviable waterfront location. It would be easy to stay here, swimming in the panoramic indoor pool or sitting with a drink on the lakeside terrace, but to do so would be to miss out on all the area has to offer.
When it comes to exploring, the choice is yours: walking and snowshoeing are both popular options – Fuschl’s gorgeous natural surroundings are home to a number of scenic trails; though you may prefer to tour the Narnia-like scenery in a horse-drawn sleigh. Thanks to the excellent local bus network, it is also very easy to visit some of the pretty villages that line the shores of nearby Wolfgangsee, or to enjoy a day trip to the vibrant city of Salzburg or the former imperial town of Bad Ischl.
 
Whenever you visit, you are sure to enjoy a magical winter experience, though the run-up to Christmas is particularly special, with festive stalls in many of the local villages, and Salzburg playing host to some superb markets.
 

Our expert says

"If you want skiing, look elsewhere! This is a place for winter walking, snowshoeing, pottering around nearby towns, and generally enjoying the beauty of winter – which you can even do without venturing beyond the Seerose’s lakeside terrace or panoramic indoor pool."
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so you can choose to do as much or as little as you like and explore this tranquil corner of Austria at your own pace.
  • Explore the local countryside
    Walking is a popular summertime activity in the Salzkammergut region, and a number of the same scenic routes are available throughout the winter months. Access to these trails is easy – the local bus service passes through Fuschl every hour, and your hotel also organises a free, twice-weekly shuttle to give guests the choice of several other walks.

    In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our three favourite options, including the following two routes:

    Lake Fuschl circuit: 11km
    Beginning from the door of your hotel, this lovely route leads around the lake, at one point passing Schloss Fuschl – a castle-cum-hotel that has been welcoming archbishops and film stars since the mid-15th century. The Schloss’ bar is a good place to stop for refreshments.

    Strobl to St Gilgen: 4hrs
    This delightful walk takes you along the northern shore of Lake Wolfgang and into the pretty village of the same name, which is a wonderfully tranquil place to pause and appreciate the beauty of winter. From St Wolfgang, you follow lakeside paths, quiet lanes and woodland trails to cross the Falkenstein peninsula and reach St Gilgen, another picturesque settlement huddled by the waterside. This option starts and ends with a short bus journey.
    Explore the surrounding area on foot
  • Bad Ischl, Christmas markets & more
    Fuschl makes an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful Salzkammergut region – an area whose 67 lakes have led many to label it ‘Austria’s Lake District’. The landscape is certainly very dramatic, with steep-sided mountains plunging into the deep waters, and there is also a strong sense of tradition among the region’s inhabitants. Of interest to visit are:

    Bad Ischl
    Best known as the favoured summer residence of the once-mighty Austro-Hungarian monarchs, who described it as “heaven on earth”, Bad Ischl is also a lovely place to visit during the cooler months. The town’s star attraction is the Kaiservilla, where Emperor Franz Joseph I and his family spent their summers and where the Emperor signed the declaration of war on Serbia that triggered the eventual outbreak of World War I. We take in the Kaiservilla on our self-guided walking tour of the town, which also visits the renowned thermal spa baths and tempting Konditorei Café Zauner – a must-try pâtisserie. Bad Ischl can be accessed by bus from Fuschl, with the journey taking just under an hour.

    Lake Wolfgang
    Within even closer reach of Fuschl is Wolfgangsee – one of the more famous lakes in the Salzkammergut region. Clustered around its shores are the pretty villages of Strobl, St Gilgen and St Wolfgang, all three of which come alive with festive cheer in December, when they host some delightful and traditional Christmas markets. St Gilgen is also known for its ties with Mozart – his mother was born here in 1720, and you can still view her former family home in the centre of the village.

    Zwölferhorn
    Many Inntravel guests describe the experience of taking a cable car up the Zwölferhorn – the 1,521-metre peak that towers behind St Gilgen – as the highlight of their holiday. From the top of the cable car station, there is a panoramic footpath which, on clear days, offers spectacular views over the surrounding lakes and mountains.
    NB The cable car is currently closed for renovations, with the work scheduled to be completed by winter 2020-21.
    Visit Bad Ischl
    Take a trip up the Zwölferhorn
  • Mozart's city
    Ornate buildings, elegant squares and elaborate fountains – Salzburg is one of the finest Baroque cities north of the Alps, and it is less than an hour’s bus journey from Fuschl. We provide detailed, self-guided walking notes to help you get the most from your visit; these will lead you to the Residenzplatz – where you’ll find the magnificent cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Glockenspiel, which rings its 35 bells several times daily – and to the childhood home of the city’s most famous son, one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We also recommend our favourite places to pause for Kaffee und Kuchen – such as the 300-year-old Café Tomaselli, a Viennese-style coffee house. And if you are travelling in December, you’re in for a real treat – the city’s enchanting winter atmosphere is made all the more special by the addition of several superb Christmas markets.
    Visit Mozart's city
    Wander the streets of Salzburg
  • Snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides & more

    Snowshoeing
    Snowshoeing is a fun and exciting way to explore the wintry landscapes surrounding Fuschl. There are a number of marked trails in the area and equipment can be hired locally. Guided tours are also available.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    For an activity that’s perfectly in keeping with Fuschl’s tranquil charm, choose a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow. Sleigh rides can be organised through your hotel, and begin in the nearby village of Faistenau.

    Tobogganing
    The thrill of whizzing down the mountainside in a toboggan is hard to beat. Simply hire your toboggan from Fuschlseebad – the health club situated a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel – and take your pick of the area’s runs.

    Ice-skating
    Fuschlseebad also rents out ice skates for use on the village ice rink; this is a natural rink and ice conditions are very much dependent on the weather. When temperatures are sufficiently low, it is sometimes even possible to skate on the lake itself!

    Cross-country skiing
    Or, if you fancy donning a pair of skis, there are 55 kilometres of cross-country trails around Faistenau.
    Cross-country skiing in nearby Faistenau
  • Special events
    Christmas Eve is celebrated with an aperitif by the hotel’s Christmas tree, a gala dinner, and festive music from the piano and a local brass band. On New Year’s Eve, a gala dinner is followed by live music and a midnight buffet.
 

Where you stay

Set at the head of its eponymous lake, Fuschl (670m) is a charming village which deservedly attracts many visitors during the summer months, but is blissfully quiet under a blanket of snow. There are just a handful of cafés open over winter, along with a small supermarket and the tourist office.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Seerose

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 04 December 2020 - 17 December 2020, 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 31 March 2021

    Start any day* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    04 Dec - 08 Dec 2020 £895
    09 Dec - 17 Dec 2020 £945
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1325
    26 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1370
    02 Jan - 31 Jan 2021 £940
    01 Feb - 19 Feb 2021 # £1025
    20 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £940
    03 Mar - 24 Mar 2021 £895

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day
    # Supplements apply 13 & 14 Feb; please contact us for details

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Salzburg (2h) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (0h40)

    A supplement is payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 04 December 2020 - 17 December 2020, 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 31 March 2021

    Start any day* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    04 Dec - 08 Dec 2020 £1160
    09 Dec - 17 Dec 2020 £1215
    19 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £1395
    26 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1440
    02 Jan - 31 Jan 2021 £1195
    01 Feb - 19 Feb 2021 £1280
    20 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1195
    03 Mar - 24 Mar 2021 £1160

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    A supplement is payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Seerose, Fuschl
    Full lake view & balcony: 04 Dec - 31 Mar 2021 £12
    Single room: 04 Dec - 31 Mar 2021 £10
    'Tower' with lake view & balcony: 04 Dec - 31 Mar 2021 £25
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Salzburg jet2 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Salzburg jet2 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Salzburg British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Take high-speed trains via Brussels to Frankfurt, changing pace for the last part of the journey, during which the mountains gradually draw closer. Travel home via Stuttgart to Paris Est station, then stretch your legs with an easy 7-minute stroll to join Eurostar.

    If you would prefer an alternative route, perhaps by sleeper train, our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you.

    > Travelling by train to Austria: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Brussels–Frankfurt–Salzburg (Eurostar, ICE & Eurocity, 12h), transfer to hotel (0h40) Approx 0650 Mon-Sat (0855 Sun) Approx 2030 Mon-Sat (2230 Sun)
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Salzburg (0h30), Salzburg–Stuttgart–Paris–St Pancras (Eurocity, ICE & Eurostar, 11h40) Approx 0915 Approx 2040
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Salzburg Airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. They are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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