This weekend we had the pleasure to stay at one of Altenmarkt im Pongau’s finest hotels, namely Hotel Schartner. We were in a sticky situation after another hotel had cancelled our reservation in nearby Radstadt, but the friendly family run hotel invited us to come and stay with them for the night. Disclaimer : The stay at their hotel was comped by the hotel, but the review 100% our own opinion.
Where is Altenmarkt im Pongau
Altenmarkt im Pongau is just under 200km from Munich, and 70km from Salzburg. It is reachable by road just off the Austrian Motorway, A10, or by train, the nearest train station is in Radstadt, just 5km away. Hotel Schartner will arrange transfer service from Salzburg airport, for just €90 one way for up to 3 people. It can be done cheaper by train, but with luggage, the language we would recommend this transfer option. Altenmarkt im Pongau is a lovely village which offers quite a big range of shops including sports shops for ski hire and a general grocery store SPAR.
A review of Hotel Schartner
Hotel Schartner [www.hotel-schartner.at] is a family run hotel, which is full of old world charm. It has been handed through the family from generation to generation, and has gone through some recent modernisation. The hotels 35 rooms have been individually decorated with the personal touch of Mrs. Christina Schartner and dinner each evening is prepared by the friendly gourmet chef, Mr. Bernhard Schartner himself. The evening meal, which was a blend of traditional Austrian food and international cuisine. Mr. Schartner incorporates many local and fresh produce in his menus.
Here are some pictures of what we enjoyed (for better pictures check out their website)
With the halbpension (half-board) offer you will be treated to some tasty delights, including a Greek food night along with evening musical entertainment. The morning breakfast is typical for Austrian hotels, with a selection of cereals, fruit juices, meats and cheeses. Save room for the pancakes, these are particularly tasty !
What else they offer
The hotel also has a spa or “wellness” area which is quite popular in the evenings to relax after a day in the mountains. Here you can dip into the jacuzzi or sweat it out in the sauna, or just relax and look out the window at the mountains. They also have a well equipped gym on the property.
They also offer wireless LAN (WLAN) throughout the property.
Ski Resorts near Altenmarkt
A free ski bus runs regularly the village to the near by ski resorts of Zauchensee, Radstadt & Flachau which are part of the SkiAmade group of resorts. We visited Zauchensee and Flachau/Flachauwinkl on our weekend trip, which are suitable for all levels of experience. Flachauwinkl is more geared towards snowboarders as they have a snowboard park with a half pipe & rails. Zauchensee has a women’s world cup run for those of you who would like to try something extra difficult. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing and you want to enjoy the snow, you can always go sledding (rodeln) at the Königslehen-Rodelbahn in Radstadt, which boasts a 6.2km long piste.
Thanks to Bernhard & Christina Schartner for showing us such a warm welcome and to Christian Schartner, for being an excellent tour guide. If you do visit, let them know that you heard about them from skiing.ie.
Photos of Hotel Schartner
Here are some other photographs of the hotel :