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Hotel Lambrechterhof: Your green weekend getaway in Styria.

Since about a year, I’ve turned into “a city girl” from Vienna. As much as I cherish all the advantages of my urban lifestyle, I do miss “my countryside”, i.e. the place I grew up in. Miss taking deep breaths of fresh air, roaming forests and fields, taking a walk without traffic or cars. Let me introduce you, therefore, to a truly peaceful slice of heaven in Austria, a spot where I, too, could reconnect with nature.

 

Hotel Lambrechterhof, located right inside the nature park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen in the south of Styria, puts ecological living right at the core of its food, wellness & mobility concepts.

Aaaah! What a treat, lying on top of a water bed after a relaxing neck & shoulder massage, and being spoiled to a hay package for your skin from the fields you just walked in! I love how the hotel pairs innovative (wellness) technology with simple, down-to-earth natural solutions. If you, like me, drive out here from the big city, you can relax almost in an instant, with no desire to leave again soon.

Dpa-Bereich im Naturparkhotel Lambrechterhof ...

The wellness reception area at the Hotel Lambrechterhof …

 

... mit Blick auf das Heupackung-Wasserbett: Nach einer wohltuenden Rückenmassage spaziert man tiefenentspannt in Richtung Abendessen ...

… complete with their generous water beds for a relaxing post-massage hour of bliss! After such a treat, you may walk over to the dining area feeling totally refreshed (and hungry).

 

Talking about food: Head chef Erich Pucher, a rather famous yet utterly charming Austrian chef with no claim to stardom, loves taking us “by the hand” and having us meet his local producers!

For a good two hours, Erich drives us around the area in the hotel’s e-car, meeting local people such as Peter Wallner, who makes schnapps, spirits, liqueur and more from mountain herbs. It’s wonderful to shake hands with those who later care for your physical wellbeing in the form of food and drinks, all locally sourced, clean and fresh. Check this out.

Los geht's mit dem E-Mobil direkt vom Hotel aus ...

Off we go in our beautiful e-car, owned & rented out to guests of the Hotel Lambrechterhof …

 

... zu urigen Bauernhäusern wie diesen ...

… driving out to visit old farmhouses, such as this one …

 

... wo wie wir erfahren ...

… where local distiller Peter Wallner (left in this picture) …

 

... feinste ...

… makes beautiful spirits from local herbs and alcohol (about 2.000 litres a year!) …

 

... danke für den schönen Besuch un die Zeit, die Du Dir für uns nimmst, lieber Erich!

… thank you so much for taking all this time to go out with us, dear Erich!

 

Auch das Mittagessen im Haus überzeugt: Leichte, sommerliche Köstlichkeiten wie die Liebstöckel-Suppe ...

Love your food too: Garden lovage soup it is, perfect indeed during hot summer days …

 

... oder der gebratene Fisch munden, machen satt und glücklich!

… or how about a slice of freshly roasted fish, served on a bed of delicious vegetables?

 

Then, of course, it’s time to enjoy the nature park itself, called “Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen” (top if you can pronounce that); famous for its alpine moor landscape.

The so-called Dürnberger Moor is located in a Natura 2000 nature reserve, giving home to a protected piece of Earth that was formed as a remnant of the last period of European glaciation. As we climb out of our e-car, we are met by larger-than-life sized footprints, dating back to mammals and reptiles of previous Earth ages. Fascinating. If pressed for time, do make sure to visit at least the “Moorturm”, a lookout tower not even an hour’s walk from the nature park’s parking lot (you can get more information from the reception at Hotel Lambrechterhof). And thinking about it: Why not rent one of the hotel’s lovely e-bikes for the day ..? All sustainable, all green & clean, that’s what a typical holiday here looks like.

Schon wieder schick: An der Rezeption des Naturparkhotel Lambrechterhof bekomme ich nach kurzer Einweisung und Unterschrift dieses tolle E-Auto ausgehändigt und darf gar selbst damit bis zum Naturpark fahren ...

Fancy taking “our e-car” out for a ride again …

 

... ab jetzt geht's "auf Schuster's Rappen" weiter: Dass die früher mal anders ausgehen haben, beweist der Blick in die Vergangenheit ...

… watching who else was here before us …

 

... auf dem Weg zum Moor sind weiters alle entspannt ...

… and greeting all those chillaxing out here now …

 

... gut beschildert ist halb geplant ...

… look out for the yellow signposts to the “Moor” nature park …

 

... und der Moorturm hier lohnt sich wirklich ...

… and this lookout tower here …

 

... gibt selbiger doch einen guten Blick auf die vielen großen ...

… is worth your while for a glimpse of a truly magnificent landscape …

 

... und kleinen Zusammenhängen im Moor ...

… as well as all those little details down below …

 

... was für ein Ausflug und Erlebnis: Noch beim Abendessen schäkern wir gemütlich mit "unserem neuen Freund", dem Haubenkoch Erich Pucher der uns erneut hier bedient ...

… what a weekend, and yes we tell our “new chef friend” Erich Pucher all about it during dinner at the hotel …

 

... danke, liebes Team des Naturparkhotel Lambrechterhof, für die schönen Stunden und Verwöhn-Tage bei Euch!

… thank you, dear team at the Hotel Lambrechterhof …

 

für die schönen Stunden und Verwöhn-Tage bei Euch!

… for many hours of fun and relaxation!

 

My last travel tip for you is for Saint Lambrecht’s Abbey, only about 300 metres from the hotel in the village with the same name, Saint Lambrecht (we already came to stay here two years ago!). The mighty abbey with its palace-like buildings, its spacious herbal garden as well as one of the largest, Gothic hall churches, is truly worth being explored!

Friede am Morgen … Stift Sankt #Lambrecht in der #Steiermark #VisitSteiermark #Naturpark #Zirbitzkogel #Grebenzen #Umweltzeichen

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Disclaimer: We have been invited by Hotel Lambrechterhof supported by the Austrian Eco Label to travel to the nature park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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