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Romantik Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

Tyrol – where winter is great fun
 
This 4-star Superior hotel is unrivalled among our collection, and makes the perfect base for a varied winter break. It boasts a state-of-the-art spa with 25-metre pool, and a beautiful lakeside setting. Completing the picture is the warm and genuine hospitality of your hosts, the English-speaking Entner family.
Romantik Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau. 7 nights
Romantik Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A snow holiday in Pertisau -

ideal for non-skiers and skiers alike
Nestling on the shores of Lake Achensee, whose bright waters never entirely freeze, the Tyrolean village of Pertisau is an excellent, all-round snow destination. Small, but with shops and cafés, the village lies at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains; the winter walking and cross-country skiing options here are fabulous, while the downhill pistes are perfectly suited to beginners and families.
These are far from the only activities Pertisau has to offer, however – you’ll have the chance to enjoy a relaxed horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Karwendel Valleys; to strike out across virgin snow on a snowshoe hike; and to try out the local toboggan run. And then there’s the opportunity to visit postcard-pretty Innsbruck – a city that’s bursting with imperial history – or to take a cable car up one of Pertisau’s surrounding peaks for jaw-dropping views and delicious Tyrolean refreshments at an authentic mountain inn. The choice is endless.

The magnificent Wiesenhof is, deservedly, one of our most popular hotels, and earns the most consistently high levels of praise of any Inntravel hotel for the charming hospitality of English-speaking host Hansi Entner and his family. They have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to create a convivial atmosphere in which families with children of all ages are warmly welcomed and well catered for. Dating from the 18th century, the building has been in the family for generations, gradually evolving into a superb 4-star superior hotel of the highest quality. Despite its size and refined elegance, it remains friendly and relaxed.
 

Your home from home in the Austrian Tyrol

 

Our expert says

“The lakeside setting is beautiful, and the easy access to the cross-country skiing and winter walking is a real bonus, but it’s the Romantik Hotel Wiesenhof itself that really makes a holiday to Pertisau – it’s fabulous! If you’re looking for a relaxed winter experience, this is a great choice.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 65km around Pertisau; 150km in the Achensee region
    With a lake, mountains and two picturesque valleys on its doorstep, Pertisau is a winter walker’s paradise. We provide suggestions for five walks from the village itself – all of them accessible to walkers of average fitness – while further trails can be reached by public transport (use your visitor’s card for free local bus travel and discounted cable car tickets).

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our favourite options, including the following three routes:

    Along the Falzthurn Valley: 14km
    This leisurely route starts from the hotel door and leads to the Gramaialm mountain inn, which enjoys a superb setting amid the Karwendel Alpine Park nature reserve. We highly recommend pausing here for refreshments before making your way back to the village.

    The Panoramaweg: 9km
    This linear route certainly lives up to its name – it affords fine lake views as it ascends to a height of 1,000 metres, before crossing snow-covered woodland and dropping down to the lakeside. Return to Pertisau by bus.

    Pretty Gern Valley: 11km
    It’s a joy to traverse the delightful Gerntal on foot, and your reward for reaching the valley’s end is a traditional Tyrolean lunch at the highly regarded Gern Alm mountain inn.
    Take a walk along the lake shore ©Achensee Tourismus
  • 201km of trails in the Achensee region; best suited to beginners & intermediates
    Access to Pertisau’s cross-country trails couldn’t be easier – they start right behind the hotel and lead across snowy meadows and through the trees to reach the valleys that radiate out from the village. These trails form part of a wider local network, across which travel is free of charge with your visitor’s card. This card also includes access to the trails themselves; view the regional trail map here.

    The terrain close to the lake is home to gentle, undulating trails; for more of a challenge, take one of the routes into the surrounding valleys. Here are some of our favourite options:

    Panorama trail from Pertisau to Maurach: 3.5km
    This lovely trail begins in the meadow behind the hotel and, as its name suggests, follows a scenic route alongside the lake to reach the neighbouring village of Maurach. There is the option to return via the same route; alternatively make use of the regular local bus service.

    Along the Falzhurn Valley: 14km
    Follow the river through the Falzhurn Valley on this pleasant, undulating route. If you choose to complete the full, circular trail – by skiing out along one side of the valley and back along the other – be sure to break for refreshments at the Gramaialm mountain inn, situated at the head of the valley. If you would prefer a shorter day, simply turn back whenever you’re ready to return to the hotel.

    Into the Tristenau Valley: 7km
    A personal favourite of Christoph Leithner, who owns and runs the local ski school, this trail offers more of a challenge, climbing steadily through the trees to a height of 1,150 metres. The valley it explores is beautiful and serene, and though there are no refreshment options here, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the solitude and stillness of the mountains.
    Trails lead from the heart of the village
  • Snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides & more
    There are many other ways to enjoy the snow – a whole host of winter activities are available locally, with the hotel itself offering a varied programme.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    A particularly beautiful way to view Pertisau’s magnificent wintry scenery is by horse-drawn sleigh. Not only does this relaxing experience give you time to appreciate the finer detail of your surroundings, it’s also an excellent opportunity to find out more about the area – your host, Alexandra Entner, is a keen rider and will gladly share her love and knowledge of the Karwendel Valleys with you.

    Snowshoeing
    This easy-to-learn activity is perfect for anyone looking to escape the beaten track. Once you’ve mastered the basics – essentially, once you have adjusted to wearing the broad shoes – you have complete freedom to explore, choosing whether to remain on the prepared trails or to make use of the snowshoes’ firm grip and head ‘off-piste’. If you would prefer to hike in a group, the Wiesenhof offers several guided excursions each week, as does the local ski school.

    Downhill skiing
    If you’ve always wanted to give downhill skiing a try, Pertisau is a great place to do it. For one thing, the pistes are virtually on your doorstep – the ski lifts are just 300 metres from the hotel – and they are also ideally suited to beginners and families. The 14 kilometres of pistes in the village are complemented by a further 34 kilometres in the wider Achensee region (accessible by free ski bus).

    Tobogganing
    It’s hard to beat the thrill of whizzing down the mountainside on a toboggan, and Pertisau’s illuminated 1.5-kilometre run can be enjoyed at any time of day. The run can be reached on foot or by an hourly tractor transfer, and has an adjoining mountain inn offering regional cooking and warming drinks.
    Enjoy a snowshoe hike ©Achensee Tourismus
    Easy downhill skiing ©Achensee Tourismus
  • Innsbruck & more
    From imperial cities to interactive museums, there’s more to the Tyrol than snow-covered scenery…

    Innsbruck
    Take the bus and train (pay locally for the latter) to Innsbruck, where we provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour. With the Dolomites to the south and the Tyrolean peaks to the north and west, this fairy-tale city boasts a splendid mountain panorama. Admire the Baroque façades of the houses lining Herzog Friedrich Strasse, and do not miss the Imperial Palace and the beautiful Goldenes Dachl ('Golden Roof'), an extraordinary Gothic bay window with 2,657 gilded copper tiles dating from the rule of Emperor Maximilian I.

    Rofanspitze
    For another highly enjoyable day out, we suggest taking the bus to nearby Maurach, from where you can ascend the Rofanspitze by cable car. At 2,259 metres high, this imposing peak offers a breathtaking panorama over both its immediate surrounds and a number of more distant mountain ranges; there is a choice of places to eat close to the summit, as well as an easy, 1.6-kilometre winter walking trail to follow. For a real adrenalin rush, however, have a go on the Air Rofan Skyglider – accessed from the top of the cable car station, it reaches speeds of 85 kilometres/hour, and affords the most incredible views.

    Karwendel Gondola
    It is also worth taking a trip in the local Karwendel gondola – passengers are transported up to the Zwölferkopf, from where they can soak in the sweeping views over the lake, village and surrounding mountains. The Karwendel Alpine Inn is located here, too, and is renowned for its homemade Kaiserschmarrn, a popular Austrian dessert that owes its intriguing name (‘Emperor’s Mess’) to Franz Josef I, an Austro-Hungarian emperor who is said to have been particularly fond of this sweet, shredded pancake.

    Tiroler Steinöl
    In addition to providing the village’s dramatic backdrop, the Karwendel Mountains are also the source of Pertisau’s ‘elixir’. This comes in the form of Tyrolean shale oil (Tiroler Steinöl), which has been mined from the mountains since 1902 and is unique to Lake Achensee. Products made from the oil are known for their natural healing properties and are used in the hotel spa and available in the hotel bathrooms. To learn more about the history of shale oil mining, and the health benefits of the products, visit the village’s interactive museum, housed in an impressive glass building whose pyramidal shape is intended to symbolise the Karwendel Mountains.
    Visit pretty Innsbruck ©Innsbruck Tourismus
    View from the Karwendel Gondola ©L Browne
  • An ideal family destination
    Despite being a 4-star superior hotel, the Wiesenhof is extremely child-friendly. The bedrooms are large, with space for additional beds, and there are also several dedicated family rooms. The 25-metre indoor pool – the largest hotel pool in the region – is much-loved by children of all ages, as is the basement playroom, which is equipped with everything from Lego to an adventure castle and is only a few steps from the lounge/bar area, meaning parents can relax upstairs while their children play safely below. The hotel also excels when it comes to mealtimes – the buffet breakfasts are extensive and varied, with an equally wide choice available in the evenings.

    If you can persuade the children to leave the pool, Pertisau is an excellent place to learn how to downhill and cross-country ski. The ski school is situated just 300 metres from the hotel, and offers children’s lessons to all those aged between 3-12 years. The experienced instructors make the lessons fun by centring these around Bobo the penguin, the school’s playful mascot.
    Enjoy a toboggan ride ©Achensee Tourismus
    Learn to cross-country ski ©Achensee Tourismus
  • Special events
    Christmas is celebrated with traditional Austrian gala dinners and festive activities for all the family. At New Year, there is a celebratory dinner, followed by fireworks in the village at midnight.
 

Where you stay

Set on the south-western shore, Pertisau (altitude: 952m) is one of the main villages on Achensee which, at 9km long by 1km wide, is the largest lake in the Austrian Tyrol. Although small, Pertisau offers a good range of facilities, including a post office, a bank, sports and souvenir shops, several restaurants and a number of bars and cafés. Pertisau was a favoured holiday spot for Emperor Maximillian I (1490–1519), who built a country residence here, and the village remained the preferred hunting and fishing ground for many Habsburgs until the early 20th century.

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 Wiesenhof
  • 4-star superior

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021, 02 January 2021 - 12 February 2021, 13 February 2021 - 26 February 2021 & 27 February 2021 - 28 March 2021

    Start set days* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 10-16 yrs 4-9 yrs 2-3 yrs
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1730 £1055 £798 £580
    02 Jan - 12 Jan 2021 £1480 £835 £635 £470
    13 Jan - 19 Jan 2021 £1495 £845 £640 £478
    20 Jan - 02 Feb 2021 £1525 £862 £655 £488
    03 Feb - 07 Feb 2021 £1590 £898 £685 £505
    13 Feb - 14 Feb 2021 # £1695 £958 £728 £545
    20 Feb - 21 Feb 2021 £1590 £898 £685 £505
    27 Feb - 02 Mar 2021 £1545 £875 £665 £495
    03 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1430 £810 £615 £458
    Single traveller supplement £125      

    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 & 13-21 Feb Saturday/Sunday; all other dates Friday-Sunday & Wednesday

    # Supplements apply on 14 Feb; please contact us for details
     

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Innsbruck (2h05) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included) or Inghams charter Gatwick-Innsbruck (2h) (Sat only, out dep 0605, home arr 1105; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (0h50)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults. Depending on the age and number of children in your family, it may be necessary to upgrade to a larger room and pay the stated supplement – 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.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau
    Family with balcony: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £38
    Junior suite with balcony: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £38
    Single room: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £18
    South view: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £38
    X-Large with balcony: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £14
    XX-large with balcony: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £27
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Innsbruck (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 to an airport not listed here.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck Charter (contact us) 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Heathrow) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck Charter (contact us),  easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to 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.

  • Choose a leisurely route on Austria’s NightJet sleeper train. Enjoy dinner in Cologne by the Rhine before boarding the sleeper, then wake up refreshed in Austria for a short 10-minute transfer to the hotel.

    We recommend the route outlined below, but our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you. As an alternative, you could take high-speed trains to Zürich and stay overnight. The following morning, watch spectacular mountain scenery unfold as you travel through the Arlberg Pass into Austria. Or you could perhaps take the sleeper route to Austria, and return via Zürich.

    Please call for prices, which are based on 2 people sharing a cabin.

    > Travelling by train to Austria: what to expect

    Recommended route

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Recommended cabin
    St Pancras–Brussels–Cologne (Eurostar & Thalys, 4h), Cologne–Jenbach (NightJet sleeper, 11h30), transfer to hotel (0h10) 1230; arrive at hotel approx 0900 next day Private 2-berth sleeper cabin with 2 bunk beds and washbasin. Continental breakfast is included
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Recommended cabin
    Transfer to Jenbach (0h10), Jenbach–Cologne (NightJet sleeper, 11h30), Cologne–Brussels–St Pancras (ICE & Eurostar, 4h) 2100; arrive in London approx 1600 next day Private 2-berth sleeper cabin with 2 bunk beds and washbasin. Continental breakfast is included
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • afternoon cake
  • detailed documentation
  • local area cross-country trail & bus pass
  • flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Innsbruck Airport
 
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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 

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  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

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  • 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.

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    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies 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 alternative 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.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). 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.
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    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to 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.
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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