winter


5 Best Lakes in the Austrian Salzkammergut

The Salzkammergut area of Austria boasts a huge variety of lakes. 76 in total, each with their own unique settings and characters. Some are easily accessible and full of activity such as Attersee, the largest lake in Austria. Other lakes require a half day hike or longer to reach, being nestled high up in the mountains. Whilst we haven’t visited them all just yet, we have been to about twenty […]


Superb Snowshoe Hike on Feuerkogel

On a crisp bluebird day after a fall of fresh powder we can’t think of anywhere else we’d rather be than up on the mountain, so we decided to check out the snow shoe trails at the Feuerkogel, our local mountain and ski resort. The snowshoe trails are clearly marked (even after lots of snow) but if you prefer a guide then snow shoe tours are on offer and a free tour is […]


TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

Having always set out to achieve a great service from day one of running the Rosenhof we were thrilled when we found our work was greatly appreciated by our guests and although it is nice to hear in person and receive friendly messages in our guestbook, it is also wonderful when it is shared with the world online as many guests tell us that they use reviews when choosing holiday […]


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 […]


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 […]


Countdown to Christmas!

OK it’s getting close to Christmas and back in our birthland of Blighty the good old, jolly faced, red and white clothed (thanks to Coca Cola) image of Santa is rolled out to get people in the mood. Out here in Austria, St. Nic does share a white beard with Santa but that’s where the similarities end! St. Nic only appears early in December, dresses in blue (no idea how […]