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St. Gilgen/Wolfgangsee: Gasthof & Hotel Furberg

Phone: 6227.2385.0
www.fuerberg.com

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Reviewed by: SL Jones from IL, review #3245

When: September 2012

A wonderful small hotel on an Alpine Lake in the Salzkammergut region.

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This place is a hub for hikers, visitors and locals on the weekends, who are attracted to the excellent restaurant in this glorious setting. We really loved this place. We were certainly the only Americans there, and though Steve can speak a little German, we were glad the staff spoke some English.

The place is very well run, and the excellent staff works very hard. It is a very traditional Austrian place, with some contemporary touches in the kitchen and in the decor. The chef takes pride in top quality local ingredients, including butter, cheese, jam, breads, sausage, eggs, etc. plus fish from the lake. This was the best breakfast buffet we had anywhere in Europe. It was artisanal, varied and healthy. They even had a juicing machine for us, with a bowl of fruits and vegetables.

We were also lucky enough to be there during the restaurant's wild game week. Fabulous food, obviously a source of pride for the place. Steve ate lots of venison and I especially enjoyed their trout, fresh from the lake.

Our room was big enough, not extravagant but well equipped with what we needed. There was copious storage, and two big windows for mountain air. The public areas were the real attraction. There were areas for swimming, and before the weather turned bad, we did indeed jump into the lake, which was fairly warm in mid September. It was great to have the lake ferry (quiet and at least partially electric) stop right there at a small dock in front of the hotel.

The outdoor tables were sheltered with big trees and we enjoyed many drinks there. I do wish there had been a shared room for relaxing with a fire, a big table, a book.

We were 8 minutes from St. Gilgen by ferry, which came fairly often. And we were 30-45 minutes by a beautiful lakeside trail. So though the place was outside of town, we didn't feel at all isolated. One caution might be for drivers who descend the road to get there. It is steep and when people crowd there for weekends, you just might have to back up because there isn't ample room for two cars to pass each other.

It wasn't cheap, but it was good value for what you received, we thought.

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