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“It all started with our original pub and a simple bed & breakfast that my grandparents opened way back when. Many regular guests continue to come for the local fare we serve in the restaurant, as well as the location of our hotel as an ideal hub for nature excursions around Kirchschlag. With the newly built nature hotel ‘Holzbach’, my wife and I have continued this process of innovation and expansion; our gourmet restaurant ‘Gaumenkitzel’ too is an expression of our many years of work and travel abroad.” Such are the words of Peter junior as he meets us for a conversation in the hotel lobby of the Holzbach hotel. The same lobby is unusually large and spacious, “you can breathe so well here”, I notice time and again. Peter explains the “gentle medicine of the trees” and the philosophy of the master builder, who used mostly local woods for construction without the use of commonly available chemicals. The result is a truly unique atmosphere here in the so-called “Bucklige Welt”, at the foot of the Eastern Alps of Austria, ideal for a short holiday based on sustainable tourism activities.
Maybe that’s exactly what I like so much here: the down-to-earth honesty of the people and staff, coupled with the modern luxury of a hotel built as naturally sustainable as possible. The Pichler family is rightly proud of what they have created, but still allow for nature to speak for itself – in the feel-good ambience of the rooms, the wellness area and, of course, the excellent local cuisine.
The local cuisine is nothing short of sensational. At his restaurant termed “Gaumenkitzel” (tickle my taste buds), Peter junior serves us dishes whose preparation and art of serving speak volumes. This is also what the renowned “à la carte GourmetGuide” has written on Peter Pichler and his “Gaumenkitzel” restaurant as a so-called “discovery of the year”: “The secret tip that will soon no longer be secret. Peter Pichler and his family have transformed the Molzbachhof into a natural paradise. The kitchen is bursting with ideas and great products. Peter Pichler once cooked in the Vila Joya (Dieter Koschina), in the Taubenkobel and with Andreas Döllerer, among other places.”
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Many say that the climate alone and the good air on site are pure means of recreation. Looking at the surrounding forests and the (still) snow-covered mountain slopes on the horizon, I can only agree with the thought. “The world still has its way around here”, says Peter Pichler with a smile when he talks about regional economic cycles, local producers and sustainable energy management. “We built our own green electricity wood chip power plant especially for the extension of the ‘Holzbach’. This not only supplies our own business properties, but also that of the neighbouring school buildings. That’s what I call a truly sustainable development.”
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Molzbachhof to experience their new nature hotel “Holzbach”. All opinions are my own.