Just fifteen miles south of Innsbruck, in the Stubai valley is the alpine resort village of Neustift. This region of the Austrian Tirol is known by nature enthusiasts and hikers for its wonderful walking trails that can be reached by cable cars up to the alpine meadows. It is also well known for guaranteed skiing from October through June on the largest glacier skiing area in Austria. This is an area of Austria where the Tirolean traditional clothing is not just reserved for special occasions. I often see men in loden jackets with horn buttons and women in long skirts and aprons.
My husband and I are not hikers or skiers so you might wonder why we would visit Neustift. We have returned to this beautiful area because it is the location of the Spa Hotel Jagdhof that is owned by the Pfurtscheller family. Picture us lounging in the sun on the lawn or in the sunroom of the great spa that looks out onto the pool or taking a ride in the lovely countryside.
We have also spent two truly memorable Christmases at the Jagdhof. Christina Pfurtscheller and her lovely family have always made us feel like we are family. No matter what time of the year, this is our favorite hotel in this area. The hotel is decorated in a traditional style that make you feel cozy and warm no matter the season.
There are several beautiful dining rooms in the hotel. You will be given a reserved table for your stay so that your waiter gets to know you personally and any special wishes that you might have. Each evening there is live music in the dining room.
Before diner we always enjoy having an apéritif in the bar where there is live music before and after dinner. When you order a cocktail, you are always given a little appetizer that is beautifully presented. During your stay, you may be treated to a special event on the dance floor as we were on our last visit.
The food and wine at the Jagdhof is wonderful. Each evening a five course dinner is offered with several choices for each course.
There is a good wine list where there is a wonderful selection to choose from. The wine comes from their 20,000 bottle cellar.
The evening always ends with wonderful desserts and a great cheese selection.
What is wonderful about staying in Neustift is its close proximity to Innsbruck and Ingles. On our way to tour Innsbruck, we were stopped for about five minutes so that a procession could pass down the street.
Innsbruck is a wonderful town to walk around in…we did it on an early Sunday morning when the city was not filled with tourists which was nice.
Two of the most famous sights in Innsbruck are the Little Golden Roof and the St. Anne Colume.
After an easy stroll through to old town (alstadt), we drove up to the small town of Ingles. This was one of the first towns we stayed in when we first toured Austria. It has some lovely historical buildings that are lovingly cared for.
Leaving the Jagdhof is always difficult because it feels like you are saying goodbye to your family that you may not see again. Nature seemed to sense my reluctance to leave as I wouldn’t be returning for Christmas this year and gave us an early present of snow.
What a lovely way to leave Neustift and the Jagdhof. Hopefully we will get a chance to return in the future…if not, I have wonderful memories.