Lermoos…A Perfect Mountain Village

A perfect mountain village with spectacular views isn’t just a dream…it is a reality. Lermoos, in the Tirol region of Austria is a top contender for that title as far as I am concerned.  After days of rain and fog, the sun came out on our second day in Lermoos and look at the beautiful scenery that surrounds this Austrian village.

The Zugspitze, Germany’s Tallest Mountain As Seen From The Austrian Side

The hotel for this part of the journey was the lovely Hotel Post. The four hundred and fifty year old Post is a family owned hotel. It has been remodeled into a modern alpine spa hotel with a bright yellow exterior, painted shutters and wooden balconies with geraniums. The interior is decorated with a mixture of wood, stone, leather and warm colored fabrics…comfortable and luxurious at the same time.

The Comfortable Lobby Lounge

Now This Is My Idea Of A Good Bar

There are six dining rooms decorated in different styles. This one had a wonderful Tirol stube feel with a tiled stove to keep the room warm in the winter.

One Of The Dining Rooms

We had a beautiful “panorama” suite that I could live in quite easily…I think you will agree.

The Sitting Room With Views Of The Zugspitze, Sonnenspitze and Grubigstein Mountains

The Large Living Area With A Table And Tiled Stove

The Bedroom With Pocket Doors Separating It From The Sitting Room

The view from the rooms and balconies was breathtaking, no matter which direction you looked.

View Of The Zugspitze From The Balcony

Even the view out the bathroom window of the village church with the mountains in the background was terrific.

View Of The Lermoos Village Church From The Window

On two mornings, the sounds of cow bells had us out on the balcony watching cows being herded down the road to different pastures by a farmer and his two young boys. Even though the weather  was cool, each morning some of the guests enjoyed the heated pool below our living room balcony.

The Heated Outdoor Pool

If the heated outdoor pool isn’t to your liking, you can swim through an automatic door and enjoy the nice indoor pool with a whirlpool off to the side in the huge spa area. In the Alpine spa there are different saunas and steam rooms, a fitness room and even a snack bar with coffee and tea. There are indoor and outdoor rest areas…all with great views of the mountains. Daily activities included hiking, biking and trips to the countryside.

The Indoor Pool With An Automatic Door You Swim Through To The Outdoor Pool

The hotel’s daily rate included a breakfast buffet, afternoon soups and salads, coffee and cakes, and a six course dinner with lots of options. There were regional specialties as well as inventive dishes with inspiration from many areas of the world.

Bell Pepper Mousse With A Mushroom Won Ton

Roast Of Veal With Cabbage And Potato Noodles

Fillet of Char With Creamed Spinach And Spinach Ravioli

Coconut Cake With Figs And Pistachio Ice Cream

As you can see, the trip to Lermoos was wonderful for many reasons. Spectacular vistas everywhere you turned, within easy driving distance for day trips over the border into the Bavarian countryside and a wonderful hotel in which to stay. The Hotel Post had a warm and professional staff that made our stay with them enjoyable in every way.

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116 Responses to Lermoos…A Perfect Mountain Village

  1. The light on that slice of veal roast is perfect! I can taste it.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Rosemary, for your nice compliment. Taking a photo in a restaurant is always a challenge. I’m using a new point and shot camera on this trip that seems to be doing a good job in the lower light situations. The veal was delicious.

  2. reg45 says:

    Spectacular photography and great commentary Karen. Don’t you just love those beautifully tiled stoves. Wouldn’t it be great if they were available in North America?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Reg, I appreciate your nice compliment about the post and photos. The tiled stoves are absolutely beautiful and yes, it would be lovely if they were available here.

  3. This was enchanting in every way. Haven’t been to this part of Europe in way too long. Love the hotel–love the inspired food. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. The Tirol region of Austria is just beautiful…so happy that the fog lifted and the sun came out so that I could share the beauty with everyone. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Norma Chang says:

    What a charming hotel, and the view, so spectacular. I too could live in without any issues. Love the ceiling especially the Lobby Lounge ceiling.
    Oh my, I am drooling over the food, can one ask for seconds?
    Beautiful photos, thanks for taking me along (think I am repeating myself).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, Thank you for your lovely compliment. We were so happy to have discovered the Hotel Post…it was wonderful in every way. The food was as good as it looks. I’m glad you are enjoying our journey.

  5. The dessert looks delish!!!

  6. kitchenriffs says:

    Those tiled stoves are great! So pretty, and I imagine pretty warm. Fun picture with the Veuve Clicquot bottles – I wonder if that’s every size bottle they market? I’d like one of the big ones, please. ;-) Tremendous scenery, and it looks like you’re continuing to eat well. The swimming pool with the automatic door is really a nifty idea! Sounds like a swell place – so happy you’re having a great time.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I appreciate you nice comment. Don’t you just love the collection of champagne bottles. One of my favorite champagnes to drink. The scenery, the hotel, the food…it was all wonderful.

  7. A_Boleyn says:

    A trip of a lifetime in such lovely surroundings and being served those amazing dishes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, Thank you for your nice comment. It really is a trip of a lifetime. Beautiful scenery, wonderful hotels and delicious food are what travel dreams are all about.

  8. Just lovely, Karen. And, you got some Fall Foliage, too!
    Hope you’re not scheduled to fly home the first of next week – Hurricane Sandy is going to be trouble for us.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We have seen lovely fall foliage on this trip…just not the deep reds that we get in New England. I’m happy to say that I won’t be traveling during the storm. I hope it swings out to sea and disappears in the cold waters of the Atlantic.

  9. Absolutely LOVE. And there really should be a “love” button for certain posts…like this. By the way, I think we could travel well together. Just saying.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your very nice compliment, Heather. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and appreciate the thought of a “love” button. I think we would be good traveling companions as long as you can get all your chic clothing into a roll on suitcase. LOL.

  10. Phil Lanoue says:

    Wow! That looks amazing! What a view and that place looks fantastic!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Phil, The Tirol region of Austria really is amazing. The beauty of the countryside is unbelievable. We couldn’t have picked a nicer hotel to stay at in Lermoos than the Hotel Post…it was perfect.

  11. So pleased the sun has come out for you at last, Karen, and what stunning photographs! It all looks wonderful.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, We were so happy that the rain stopped but then we had fog so dense that we couldn’t see the mountains. Then the sun can out and oh my…such beauty. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for your nice comment.

  12. Those photos of the Zugspitze are incredible. We are currently hearing news that a tropical storm/hurricane may hit us in New England early in the week next week….could we trade places please? :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pumpkin, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos…thank you for your compliment. I hope that the storm turns out to see and disappears into the cold waters of the Atlantic.

  13. Bishop says:

    Thanks for refreshing my memory of this beautiful area. I traveled to the Zugspitze from the Garmich-Partenkirchen side back in 1972. Such a breath taking area.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bishop, I’m happy that I brought back good memories of your travels to the Zugspitze. My husband and I took his mother to the top of the Zugspitze from the Garmich-Partenkirchen side years back. You will see a post coming up about historic Partenkirchen. We made a day trip there from Lermoos.

  14. Tandy says:

    That bar meets with my approval as well!

  15. viveka says:

    A wonderful post again and your photos are so stunning – Austria, that I really like – have friends in Vienna – fantastic country – their wines are outstanding too. Really like the hotel, this is Austria when it’s Austria. *smile Like the whole village too seen through your eyes – Your photos of the food is very professional done!
    Karen, by the way I sent you an email – but it came back after 4 days as address unknown.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Viveka, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. I love the Austrian white wine, Gruner Veltliner…I have had more than a few glasses on this trip. LOL. I haven’t gotten an email from you as yet. My email address is backroad-journal@comcast.net. I hope it goes through.

      • viveka says:

        Sure I used that email address … but I will try again. Yes, I really like Austria too … great country. High standards on everything.

      • Karen says:

        I totally agree with you Viveka, about the high standards of everything in Austria. We find ourselves going back again and again.

  16. Sissi says:

    Karen, they should buy your photos for their advertisement! Not only the hotel looks luxurious and comfortable, but your photos are perfect. The views are beautiful (even me who lives in Switzerland, where we have more than enough of mountains, can admit it ;-) ).
    The food looks marvellous and sophisticated.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sissi, for your kind words. I have a new point and shoot camera on this trip and so far I am very happy with the results as I hate carrying a big camera when traveling. You do have beautiful mountains in Switzerland…we have driven through them on other trips. We were very pleased with everything about the Hotel Post. The food was all very good and presented so nicely.

  17. What an amazing trip you’ve been having. I think I’m going to just copy your itin of your trip and just follow in your footsteps when we can make it over there.

    • Karen says:

      Hi France, We really are having a wonderful trip. I can definitely say that if you followed this years itenerary through Germany and Austria…I know you would have a great time. I’m glad that you are enjoying our adventure. Thank you for your comment.

  18. I love that bar!!! I’ll have the biggest bottle please:) LOL:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your nice comment. I agree, I’d take the biggest bottle as well as it is one of my favorite Champagnes.

  19. Larry says:

    You got some awesome shots and you’re visiting terrific places. Would you plan my next trip to Europe?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, Thank you for your nice compliment. We really are staying at some wonderful places with delicious food. I’d be more than happy to help with suggestions if you plan a trip to Europe.

  20. Paradise like never seen before my friend beautiful :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  21. Juliana says:

    Thank you so much for this post…my eyes just went for a short vacation…beautiful pictures as always.
    Hope you are enjoying your week Karen :)

  22. Hotly Spiced says:

    That is so beautiful, Karen. I just love the scenery. And that hotel is spectacular. It’s hard to believe it’s 450 years old. We don’t have anything that old here in Australia xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post…thank you for your lovely compliment. The Hotel Post was truly wonderful in every way imaginable. I know what you mean about the age of the hotel…our countries are so new by comparison.

  23. sybaritica says:

    Gad … I am just drooling with envy (and not just for the food).

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, Our stay in the Tirol area of Austria was wonderful. The Hotel Post will definitely be on our list of places to return to if we have the opportunity. Thank you for your comment.

  24. Gorgeous images. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Kristy says:

    How amazing! This is one of my favorites of the hotels you’ve posted. And that top picture may become my wallpaper at work. Breathtaking!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, This trip is about returning to some our favorite places but the Hotel Post was a new destination on this year’s journey. It will now be on our “must return to” list because it was wonderful. It has everything that you could ever dream about when considering a hotel. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. I’m flattered that you would use the Zugspitze photo for your wallpaper at work. Thank you very much for your nice comment.

  26. OMG…………such beauty……….OMG in my heart …………such envy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emil, I have to agree with you about the beauty of the Tirol region of Austria. It is perhaps one of the loveliest places that I have visited. Thank you for your comment.

  27. Mad Dog says:

    That’s a beautiful village, though it looks like you took one of those fantastic red trees from New England with you! I see you went to the right place for dinner again ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, I was very surprised to see so many maple trees with beautiful colors…they did remind me of New England foliage. Yes, we are dining very well. I tend to plan my trips around food first, accommodations second, and the natural beauty of the area third. I’m a foodie after all…but of course, you know that by now. Thank you for your nice comment.

  28. Yes, I could easily move right into that suite for a very long time. The presentation of the food is beautiful & I assume the taste is too. That coconut cake looks like it has some type of glaze on top – with the figs and ice cream…delightful.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, I’m glad that you agree that the suite is somewhere that anyone would be very happy spending lots and lots of time in…it was large and lovely. The food was definitely as good as it looked. I think what you see on the little cakes was just the natural caramelization of the coconut with butter. The dessert truly was a lovely combination of flavors.

  29. starlight says:

    awesome photos.. spectacular views.. if i’m there i’m sure you’ll find me taking photos of the hotel lobby’s ceiling.. it’s wonderful.. thank you for sharing your photos..

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Elizabeth, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. It is nice to know that you enjoyed the decor of the hotel as much as I did. I always enjoy the mix of styles that make a room so comfortable and welcoming.

  30. Eha says:

    Had never seen Zugspitze from this side, but it was the first mountain for me as a child in post WWII Europe going up the Garmisch Partenkirchen way! Took my own kids a generation later: lovely area and am glad another post from it will be due. Loved the Hotel and the meal, prefer Krug over the Widow [;) !], but would love to reach into the screen for a glass and oh, to swim from the inside to the outside :) ! Wunderschön!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eha, I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing the Zugspitze from the other side. I think most people see the Zugspitze when visiting Garmisch Partenkirchen. Krug is an excellent Champagne as well…I’d take a glass.

  31. mjskit says:

    All of your pictures are gorgeous but the mountain pictures are breathtaking! What a beautiful place to be! Are you having fun yet? :)

  32. We have a Post Hotel in Lake Louise that is, strangely, very similar in the dining room decor. The food there is also exquisite as was yours! The views.. the photos.. all just stunning!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Smidge, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos from Lermoos. I think Post is such a common name for a hotel because that is where the mail (post) coaches originally stopped. I would love to visit Lake Louise sometime as I know it must be beautiful.

  33. lulu says:

    You are outdoing yourself with this trip. Everything is lovely to say the least. We’ve not been to this area of Austria. Looks like something to put on the list.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I’m glad you enjoyed the post about Lermoos. I would definitely put the Tirol region of Austria on your list of places to visit. It is such a beautiful area. There are more lovely places on our itinerary yet to come. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  34. I would have to agree…top contender for a perfect mountain village judging from that opening shot and the row of Veuve bottles is a pretty spectacular view, too! A lovely hotel, town and more amazing food. That coconut cake looks to die for.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, It doesn’t get much prettier than Lermoos…especially on a sunny day. It was so nice when the fog lifted and we had the wonderful view of the impressive mountains. Staying at the Hotel Post was wonderful…the food, service and amenities were all first class.

  35. ChgoJohn says:

    As wonderful as the hotel, accommodations, and food all sounds — and wonderful doesn’t begin to describe them — I’m just so happy for you that the clouds broke and gave you some sunshine. Those views are spectacular and it would have been a shame to have missed any of them because of cloud cover. This truly is a magnificent part of the World, Karen. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, for your lovely comment. It is terrible to visit the mountains and not be able to see them because of cloud cover and fog. We really needed a little sunshine on this trip and what a spectacular place to be when the sun finally came out. I’m glad that you are enjoying following along on our adventure.

  36. Your photographs are stunning, Karen. Thank you so much for taking us along on your trip. Accommodations and meals are first rate. What a wonderful experience.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, Thank you for your compliment. I’m glad that you are enjoying following along on our journey. You are right…the Hotel Post is first class in every way.

  37. Susan says:

    What a beautiful view of the mountains – don’t know how you can resist just sitting there and having a cup of hot chocolate! Love that heater with the tile…special place for sure!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I’m so happy that the sun came out while we were in Lermoos because the views are absolutely beautiful. I loved the warm and inviting atmosphere at the hotel…especially the tile stoves.

  38. megtraveling says:

    The good weather just makes the scenery that much more beautiful! What a gorgeous place Karen :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post about Lermoos. After so much rain, we were happy that the sun came out so that we could enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  39. I love the way you travel Karen: with style! :) I’m taking notes for my bucket list ;) Have a nice weekend!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Giovanna, I’m glad that you are enjoying following our travel adventures. I know that you would enjoy visiting any of the places that we have been to. They would be perfect for your “bucket list”. Have a lovely weekend as well.

  40. Eva Taylor says:

    Incredible views, Karen. The mountains just put me in totally different frame of mind; they are so humbling. And I can just smell the crisp mountain air. I hope your weather is nice, it’s been raining most days with an odd day here and there of warm sun.

  41. Love the Zugspitze, but I’ve never scene it from the Austrian side. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jed, I was like you and had only seen and been to the top of the Zugspitze from the German side. It is just as impressive from the Austrian side. Thank you for your comment.

  42. I can see why you could live in the hotel suite karen, and with such wonderful views to enjoy too !

  43. Karen Harris says:

    Beautiful scenery, beautiful hotel, beautiful food. Would you consider adopting me?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, Two Karens in one family might be a little confusing but I’ll put you on the list of people that want me to adopt them. LOL. Everything about our stay in Lermoos was wonderful.

  44. spree says:

    It’s a privilege tagging along with you Karen…so kind of you to make extra room for us all! That’s a very VERY beautiful corner of the world and your photos have done her justice (which isn’t exactly a slam-dunk!) Happy, that of ALL places, the sun broke through the skies for you HERE, on top of the world! Continued safe and happy travels!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Spree, for your lovely compliment and wish. It is nice to know that you are enjoying following along on our trip. We really couldn’t see the mountains driving to Lermoos. We were thrilled when the sun can out during our stay there…such beautiful scenery to enjoy.

  45. What an absolutely gorgeous hotel! Opulence! I love the view of the church from the windows, with fog and mountains so lovely in the background. Six dining rooms! Karen, this is a special place. I’m sure you are having an exceptionally lovely time. My son has traveled a lot more than I have, and has said more than once that Austria was spectacular. Continue to travel safely and take it all in! Great photos! Debra

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. I loved the view of the church, it reminds me of scenes from the Sound of Music. Your son is right…Austria is spectacular.

  46. Christine R. says:

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait to go to Austria this winter!! You look like you had an amazing time with good food and beautiful scenery around you.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine, Thank you for your nice compliment. We are having a wonderful time. I know that you will enjoy Austria. We have been twice for Christmas and it is lovely when everything is coated in white.

  47. Absolutely breathtaking! And that arctic char looked amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ducky, Lermoos is such a beautiful place to visit. All the meals we had at the Hotel Post were terrific. The char with the creamed spinach and ravioli was excellent.

  48. rsmacaalay says:

    The photo of the mountain looks so good, its like a desktop wallpaper. Nice scenery!

  49. Suzanne says:

    What a perfect hotel with a perfect view. That food is so beautifully presented it would be sad to actually eat it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, We thought that the Hotel Post was perfect in every way. Wasn’t the food beautifully presented…it was as good as it looked. Thank you for your comment.

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  51. What a stunning hotel! It is so elegant yet warm and welcoming :D

  52. dhphotosite says:

    Perfect! Your photos and descriptions are marvelous!!!!

  53. Karen, these are unbelievably breathtaking photos of Lermoos, the mountains, the food, the hotel, just everything! We visited Lermoos twice when I was a child but I do not remember it well, I was too young but your post makes me daydream a bit and think that we certainly have to visit Lermoos again, this time with our kids, it is just wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Andrea, for your very nice compliment. I’m so glad that we visited Lermoos. I know you would enjoy returning with your family as there are so many activities to enjoy in this area. It certainly makes a great base for exploring Bavaria as well.

  54. Sophie33 says:

    Lermoos sounds very lovely & that hotel looks amazing, very cosy too! The food dishes look so tempting especially the veal roast & the dessert! Beautiful pics too! Waw!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sophie, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. Lermoos and the Hotel Post were wonderful. This is a hotel that is on my list to return to if I am lucky enough to be in that area again.

  55. cabinet stew says:

    wow.
    spectacular interiors and spectacular vistas and spectacular food.
    wow.

    (that’s it for catch up reading for today – sadly must return to schoolwork)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, It was a wonderful trip and this particular hotel had some of the most stunning views on our trip. Thank you for taking time out of your studies to stop by and leave your nice compliment.

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