Annaberg and Abtenau, Austria 20th -23rd December 2016
The Chalet from Heaven
Although pretty pricey, Luxuslodge, a company run by Christine has three luxury chalets in the ski area of Annaberg Lungotz. The closest lift to the ski slopes is just 100 metres away. All of the chalets offer panoramic views of the Bischofsmutze and Dachstein massive mountains. In reality, the chalet was a home away from home. Better equipped than any property we’ve ever rented, the chalet was warm, comfortable and impossible to leave. Christine kindly agreed to show us around on arrival, she explained how to light the modern glass fireplace, how to keep the outdoor hot-tub at a cool 40C day and night.
We did encounter our own treacherous and perilous undertaking when we had to walk across the actual ski path to make it to the only pub on the mountain. We doned our thermals and our snow / hiking boots, our hats and gloves and we braved the wild outdoors, of this luxury Austria ski chalet resort. The sides of the roads were icy and slippery so it was enjoyable. We made our way to the side of the slope and watched locals literally fly down the ski slope. The kids in particular, were fearless as they launched themselves without sticks, off the slope clearing some 20 feet before zooming down the hill.
Service to write home about
-On our last evening we asked Christine to bring a Fondue kit so that we might cook a leisurely meal. As usual Christine went over and above our expectations, arriving at 6pm with a huge box of treats. Included in the ‘fondue kit’ was a bottle of Austrian wine, washed and prepped salads with a variety of dressings; four types of meat all pre-cut for fondu-ing along with a variety of different vegetables and dipping sauces. We spent the evening cooking, chatting about the wedding and relaxing. It was just what we needed and set us up for the rest of the trip.
Upon hearing that we were on honeymoon, Christine arrived back to our chalet a few hours after checking in, with a beautiful hand written note and a heart shaped cake. It was a lovely touch and served as a necessary reminder that this trip was different to the others we’ve taken, this is the only time we’ll ever be on honeymoon! Thanks Christine!
Adventures in Abtenau
From the Chalet office we booked a horse and sleigh going from Abtenau into the surrounding hills. Neither of us knew what to expect but we were optimistic. We took the bus for the 30 minute journey from the ski resort to the little village of Abtenau. Wheelie suitcases in tow we literally rolled into town. We were an hour early for the sleigh so we hit “Tony’s café” for a coffee. The little café was perfect for a quick stop, local, nice staff and an array of local dishes at cheap prices. We enjoyed a local hot chocolate and a warm bowl of goulash soup (tiny meat balls and veg in a rich tomato broth).
We arrived back half an hour before the next bus to Salzburg (herself is a genius at scheduling). Just enough time to pop back into Tony’s and grab a coffee, basking in a honeymoon well done…….. We also destroyed the poor woman’s café floor with all the mud and snow we tracked in from the fields. Whoops!