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“Imagine a point where you could quietly balance Austria on the tip of your fingers. This point is where Bad Aussee is located: It lies at the geographical heart of the country!” Fellow travel writer Andreas Susana (Travelwriticus) and I indulge in our thoughts about the beautiful Aussee mountain district. Austrian movies, great poets and writers, Alpine kitsch & traditional folklore: No matter what your individual associations may be, the Aussee county really deserves to be called one of the prettiest spots in the entire country. Fascinating. Green. Mighty. Inspiring. And so romantic … famous Austrian Duke Erzherzog Johann, who almost 200 years ago fell in love with this mountain district, is quoted to have said: “Only here, I can truly be myself, is my soul able to breathe.”
And if today we do not manage to get a breather because of smart phone stress and really short short holiday breaks, then we shall all come here to relax at Hotel Erzherzog Johann. Luckily enough, my travel writer friends Monika & Petar Fuchs (TravelWorldOnline), Andreas Susana (Travelwriticus), Martin Foszczynski (Tripwolf), Angelika Mandler (Wiederunterwegs.com) and I have already been received by charming hotel manager Regina Stocker and her team: Pure & unspoiled like the Aussee district. This is hotel’s philosophy: We smell, feel, see and hear it. Sleeping in the hotel’s bedrooms completely furnished with aromatic stone pine wood. Indulging in a spa treatment at the recently opened Sky Spa. And of course during mealtimes, when we are served exclusively fresh, seasonal produce from the Aussee mountain district. Mh!
We learn to appreciate the many aspects of this exceptional hotel at the heart of Austria based on its links to the historical figure of Duke Johann. His ways, traditions and (quite progressive) beliefs have helped shaped the image of the entire Aussee destination, turning it into a heaven of Austrian pureness and authentic, traditional lifestyle. At the hotel Erzherzog Johann, we are only served fresh, seasonal meals whose quality really stands out. Everywhere around us, real flowers serve as decoration in the hallways and on our tables, the spa area uses traditional “Loden” & felt fabrics for its mural decorations and deck chairs. I can even feel the local flower and plant essences during my facial treatment at the spa … Beautiful. (It is really just the saltwater drink, proclaimed to be very healthy, that I cannot quite gather … is it really that good for you ?? 😉 ).
Be sure to check out the hotel’s so-called Sky Spa, too. Just over a year ago, the feeling of being able to “swim into the surrounding mountain landscape” in the hotel’s infinity pool as well as sweating from inside the panorama sauna looking out over the mountains has been opened up. Wow. I really enjoy my time here, and would recommend anybody to visit. Perhaps I may even settle down here, with my soul able to breathe?
PS: I turn my cell phone off now. Still the greatest antidote to relaxation I guess!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Hotel Erzherzog Johann to travel to Bad Aussee and experience the hotel’s many cultural and wellbeing offers. All opinions are my own.