Posthotel Achenkirch

Austria may be known for its alpine scenery and world class skiing but it is also known for having some of Europe’s best spas. Just south of the Bavarian border and about a half hour from Innsbruck, is the small village of Achenkirch. It lies just a few kilometers from the northern edge of Lake Achensee, which is the largest mountain lake in the Tyrol region of Austria and totally surrounded by mountains.

Achensee, Austria

Achensee, Austria

That is where you will find Posthotel Achenkirch, a wonderful five star spa resort which is  dedicated to the wellbeing of its guests.

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Compared to the other spa hotels my husband and I have stayed at over the years, the Posthotel Achenkirch is different in that it is a resort for adults. The hotel considers itself a retreat for wellness, rest, relaxation and tranquility, so no children under 14 are allowed. The owners want you to enjoy a peaceful environment so that you can recharge your body during your stay.

If you are arriving by car like we did, after checking in, you drive your car into their underground garage where your luggage will be unloaded and your car parked. Parking is free and upon  your departure, the car will be given back to you washed. We were happy to be given a tour to acquaint us with the hotel before heading to our room. The resort is large and consists of eight buildings connected by indoor passages designed like village streets with lamp posts, directional signs, fountains, flowers and lit candles everywhere.

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The Posthotel Achenkirch is a blend of relaxed country charm and elegance…warm woods, stone and wood floors, crystal and iron chandeliers, a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture, velvets and leathers, and colors of subdued blues, grays, and browns. The wood and white plaster dining rooms have brown plaid carpet and are set with all white linens and white draped chairs. There is a punch of red plaid on the upholstered chairs in the winter garden dining room.

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We were very happy with the room category we had selected. We had a very spacious junior suite with a lovely sitting area with a flat screen TV, a beautiful marble bathroom with a large soaking tub and a separate walk in shower, his and her’s vanities, one with a TV hidden in the mirror, a separate toilet room and there was a nice balcony looking out at the mountains, the little St. Anna chapel and the local parish church.

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The hotel is one of the leading spa resorts in Europe. The water and wellness worlds that make up the spa are huge. At 7000 sq. meters, the spa is one of the largest in the Tyrol region of Austria.  There is an incredible variety of indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths, an yin yang pool outdoors where you can switch from cold to warm water, a woman’s only section in the spa, 35 treatment rooms as well as rooms for napping and reading.

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In the underground sauna area, there is also an area designed as a sunken temple with a round meditation room. A Shaolin monk from China stays at the hotel six months of the year to teach guests how meditation helps with your health. They also have their own acupuncture specialist at the spa.

For those looking for something more active, you can sign up for daily fitness classes such as yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and Nordic walking. The resort also has tennis courts and its own 9 hole golf course, horse stables and indoor and outdoor riding rinks. The owners of the hotel have the largest private Lipizzaner stud farm in Europe, with 40 white stallions. They are the breed of horses closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria. You can sign up to take riding lessons on one of the horses or perhaps just enjoy a carriage ride pulled by Lipizzaners around the surrounding area.

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This is another resort where all your meals are included in the price of the room. There is a large buffet breakfast, a light lunch of soups, sliced local hams, cheese, salads and fruits, teas and coffees served with pastries in the afternoon and a dinner in the evening. You can order à la carte or have a meal off the buffet that usually is prepared around a different theme each evening. The meal includes a salad, dessert and cheese buffet (one evening was a special cheese night with 74 different cheeses, both local and from other regions of Europe.) There is also a spa menu and many of the products are raised and grown on their own organic farm, one of the largest in the area.

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During an afternoon drive through the most southern part of Bavaria a couple of years ago, my husband and I crossed over the border into Austria and discovered the little village of Achenkirch and drove right past this resort without knowing how lovely it was. I’m happy to say that we can now add it to the wonderful list of spa hotels that we have stayed at. If you want to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I believe you would truly enjoy the Posthotel Achenkirch. The hotel is sophisticated and luxurious and yet relaxed and informal, making for a perfect holiday.

 

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70 Responses to Posthotel Achenkirch

  1. It looks like an absolutely marvelous place, Karen, and I can only imagine how much you enjoyed your time there. 🙂 Me? I’m still raking leaves. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, We really did enjoy our stay. Seeing the fall leaves on this trip was nice and the best thing was that there was no raking involved. 🙂

  2. I can begin to feel a little recharged just by reading all about it, but I think having packed myself away in your suitcase would have been the better plan!
    just when I think I like where you are, you show us another more marvelous!
    Hear my sigh…..

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie, I’m so happy that you have enjoyed following along on our trip this year…thank you so much. I think we had the best trip ever, each spot has been special.

      • well given the craziness here at home that you so timely missed—you may just decide to stay in Austria or Germany—tucked away in some lovely Alpine hamlet—cause it sure beats the raucous, violent temper tantrums that have take to the street and everywhere else—a nice hidden spa resort might just be needed by us all!!! safe travels

  3. This sounds wonderful and beautiful photos.

  4. Lovely photos. You gave us a wonderful view of this area.

  5. A_Boleyn says:

    Another stunning post. Makes me wish I were there in person.

  6. Darlene says:

    This looks like heaven!! Something for everyone.

  7. Deb Ryan says:

    I haven’t been back to Austria, since my childhood. Your wonderful post has me longing to travel to that part of Europe!

  8. Cecile says:

    I love the charm of this resort. And I can’t believe how big it is! I would’ve loved to have seen the Lipizzaner horses – that alone must’ve been great fun. ; o )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cecile, This was certainly the biggest resort we stayed at but it certainly wasn’t lacking in the charm department, it was quite lovely. I had hoped to ride one of the Lipizzaners but the weather didn’t cooperate.

  9. I am in Mansfield, Connecticut visiting some German friends and we are talking about this beautiful area in Germany and Austria. The Spa sounds divine.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gerlinde, This area of Austria and Germany that we have been traveling in is just beautiful. It makes it hard for us to think about traveling somewhere else. The spa at Achenkirch doesn’t leave much to be desired, that is for sure.

  10. Mad Dog says:

    Cheese night sounds right up my street. Those indoor passages made me wonder what it would be like to be snowed in there in the middle of winter.

  11. I want to slide into one of your suitcases to enjoy some of your amazing holidays too.

  12. Another heavenly resort to add to my list. It all sounds wonderful and the food looks mouthwatering. 👍

  13. Another beautiful destination with lots of yummy food. Hope you had a wonderful time 🙂

  14. Karen, when you travel you do it right! Love all the pics and the pumpkin soup is just incredible. I think you trip sounds dreamy.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, I like to do a lot of research into where we travel and the hotels we stay at. This trip may have been the best so far. Lovely parts of the world, great hotels and delicious food…what more could you wish for. 🙂

  15. Pam says:

    Austria is breathtaking and this resort has to be near perfect, Karen! I fell in love with Austria, so beautiful, great architecture and scenery and the food is the best. Lucky Wolfgang Puck and Arnold Schwarzenegger, for growing up there. The Alps, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks for this great post!

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    What an incredibly wonderful experience. I usually find this type of Bavarian décor a bit heavy but it seems to work very well in this setting because of the use of lighter colours. I can just imagine how wonderful and crisp the air must be. The food looks divine!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, One of the things I enjoy about the areas of Austria and Germany that we travel in is the wonderful traditional decor both inside and out of the buildings. I believe the all white dining rooms at the Posthotel would definitely be to your liking.

  17. Wonderful images. Wonderful food. I bet that it was a wonderful time.

  18. kitchenriffs says:

    You travel to the BEST places! This sounds wonderful. And looks wonderful — terrific pictures. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, I have to agree with you about the places we stay. My husband and I keep talking about going back to Italy or France but this part of the world spoils you. You get so much more value for your money, the people are wonderful and the scenery is amazing.

  19. Everything about this place is just amazing Karen! I’d be in heaven, I’d think…

  20. Such a beautiful place! I would love to visit it one day,….hopefully SOON!!

    • Karen says:

      It really is a beautiful place Angie. I do hope you get a chance to visit someday soon. What’s nice is that you won’t have that long plane ride getting there either.

  21. spicedblog says:

    You know what’s funny? My wife and I were just talking about vacation spots, and we actually mentioned Austria. We’re still in the early stages of planning, but if we pick Austria then I’m definitely putting Achenkirch and this hotel on the list! It looks amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, As you can see from my posts, Austria is a wonderful place to visit. If you decide to go, take a look back over the years at where we have been. If you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to give you some suggestions.

  22. I can see (thanks to you) Austria is more pretty than I thought!! beautiful and lovely pictures!
    Thanks by sharing ❤ ❤

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gloria, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and photos…thank you. I’m afraid my photos don’t do Austria justice though as I only use a small point and shoot camera when we travel. You can never capture the true beauty of what you see in person.

  23. David says:

    This also looks nice – it makes me want to go back so badly!

  24. Liz says:

    What a grand looking hotel!

  25. Great places, I lived in Austria and I’m still going regularly 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Graziano, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I wish I lived closer to Austria like you do, I’d visit a lot more often.

  26. paintdigi says:

    Good posts, beautiful blog. Congratulations.

  27. What a wonderful place! And that cheese had me wanting to book a trip right now:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ksenia, The hotel was wonderful. I couldn’t believe all the cheeses they had on that one night. The ones I trued were great, wish I could have tried to all.

  28. Miriam @londonkitchendiaries says:

    Achenkirch looks beautiful and so idyllic. What a great place to relax!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miriam, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and you nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The Posthotel was everything you would want in a hotel.

  29. What a wonderful, wonderful tour you’re taking us on! (But this one is my favorite — now only to convince Mr. Rosemary!)

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your lovely compliment Rosemary, I’m happy that you have enjoyed following along on our trip. This may have been the best on yet. Some of the hotels have been new ones and others have been some of our favorites. Now my list of favorites has grown. 🙂

  30. What a beautiful spa hotel! All of your travel photos are beautiful, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I just found your comment in my spam file…don’t know how you ended up there. Thank you for your nice compliment, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos from our stay at the Posthotel, it is a lovely hotel.

  31. Does there come a point in your holiday that it all becomes too much, and you just say “lets get pizza!”. I can’t believe how many amazing places you stay at. Do you have a favourite or is that like asking who your favourite child is?

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, your question made me laugh. I can have pizza all I want when I’m home but as long as I’m traveling, I’m going to take advantage of all the wonderful food there is to be had. If you remember, I promised everyone this trip was going to be about “spas for food lovers” and I think I’ve found some outstanding ones. Do I have a favorite…maybe, but you are right, I could never tell and hurt the other’s feelings. 😀

  32. Oh my .. This place is amazing! I just adored seeing the horses, such beautiful animals. What a glorious place to stay .. I’m envious! 😃

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Julie, I’m sorry to be responding to your comment late but somehow it ended up in my spam file. The Posthotel was certainly a special hotel. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos and yes, the horses were beautiful…I really enjoyed seeing them.

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