Spectacular Spring Flowers

As Winter begins to retreat with the melting snow and the flora gradually wakes from its slumber, it is an exciting time as when Spring advances, the enormous range of flowers and riot of colour will soon appear. The growth is so vigorous during this time that even just in the Rosenhof garden, different varieties of flowers come and go almost on a weekly basis. Of course, this is no […]

Sublime Ski Safari

Although there are no big 5 animals to track on a ski safari in Austria, there are plenty of snowy areas to explore with excellent varied terrain, all surrounded by the most beautiful scenery of the Salzkammergut region in Austria. View from the top of the sunniest plateau in Upper Austria, the Feuerkogel From Ebensee and the Rosenhof it’s possible to access 5 different ski areas with a great variety […]

Summer Sun Sun Sun

Although the Rosenhof is surrounded by stunning mountains it doesn’t mean we have snow or even cold conditions through the year. In fact from May to September the average temperature is nearer 20C/68F but often temperatures reach highs of 30C/86F and above – this is often surprising to many of our guests many of whom anticipate cooler weather on their Summer holiday. However, mountains are never to be underestimated and […]

Beautiful Cycle to St. Wolfgang

It would seem that after writing the last blog entry about the superb weather we had experienced in May that I well and truly jinxed the next fortnight as we barely saw the Sun. Instead we were deluged with unusually persistent and at times torrential rain, so much so that in the first weekend of June many rivers around Austria and Germany as well as Eastern Europe broke their banks […]

Great day’s hike to our local cave

With the fantastic weather we’re experiencing at the moment and the abundance of beautiful Spring flowers it would be rude not to get out and take a walk in the mountains! One of the features of the dramatic mountains that surround us is the limestone which means there are some great cave systems around, and it was with this in mind that we headed off on a 9km hike to […]

Snowshoe and Ski Touring

I must admit, I’d always wondered what on earth possessed folks to travel up hill in winter when all the fun, as far as I was concerned was in zooming down. Full disclosure,  I’m not that keen on skiing really, snowboarding is my addiction and how many of us do you see ever going up hill? Well, as fate would have it, Santa bought me some snowshoes this Christmas and […]

Not long til Winter!

Wow, over half a year since our last update, think we know what our New Year’s resolution is! Our lack of blogging certainly isn’t due to having nothing to write about though, last winter was one of the best we’ve ever seen out here in the Alps and with the cold weather and snow already falling, this year looks like it could be just as epic. Whilst we’re excited about […]

Life in Hell

You probably didn’t know this but we live close to Hell, as the Rosenhof is situated near the Höllengebirge (Hell Mountains). I have yet to find out how the mountains came to be known as this but the local peak, the Feuerkogel (Fire Funnel) is definitely a Hell I’d be happy to spend my afterlife in. If you don’t believe me then take a look the video below to get […]

Incredible Conditions!

Well, much has happened since the Krampus came to Ebensee and our last update. There were hundreds of Krampus that night and they all put on a good show, though my favourites had to be the first group who dangled comically from a tractor that was partially ablaze! Shortly after, we had the Advent markets which were full of goodies and Glühwein! We had some brilliant days exploring the varied markets […]

The Krampus are almost in Ebensee!

While St. Nicholas used to go from house to house bringing presents to children who have been good over the year, the Krampuses carry birch rods and large cow bells and are said to beat the naughty ones. The Krampuslauf is an old tradition in this part of the world and every December the noisy Krampuses are guided through the streets by St. Nicholas who rings his bell to drive […]