A realm of snow-capped mountains, medieval castles and glacial lakes, Austria is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon. Throw in excellent spa facilities, high-end treatments and first-class wines, and you’ve just created the perfect romantic setting. Check out our top fairytale resort picks – bookable with Culture Trip.
In Austria, you’ll find all-inclusive resorts in mountain scenery or by a pristine lake, as well as historic castles and palaces refurbished into unique, atmospheric accommodation. Here we give a rundown of the best dreamy destinations across the country.
Romantik Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the centre of the mountain town of Zell am See. For a romantic holiday, book the garden suite in the Landhouse Cottage in the middle of a rose garden, or the Romantic theme room with a fireplace and stone walls. The highlight is the Emotion Spa area with an indoor-outdoor pool heated to 30C year-round, and a relaxation room with water beds.
Mountains Hotel is in the heart of the Olympia region Seefeld, close to Innsbruck, Munich and Zurich. Dinners of fresh-made traditional dishes are served in a cosy dining room with a winter garden overlooking a vast panorama of mountains. Don’t forget to pair these delicious dishes with wines from the hotel cellar or an energy drink at the juice bar in the spa section. Lomi lomi, or hot stone massages, are also available for hotel guests.
This family resort has a private beach by Lake Fuschl in the Salzkammergut region. Add 4,000sqm (43,000sqft) of all-inclusive spa, a golf course and indoor playing facilities, and you have all the ingredients for an active honeymoon getaway. Upgrade options include a junior suite with a lake view or terrace facing the garden, and a two-room suite spread over two floors. In the herb kitchen, you’ll see herbalists making hydrolates – plant extracts in water picked directly from the resort herb garden.
The Hettegger family set up this alpine-style resort in the Salzburger Land region, taking advantage of a prestigious mountainside setting. Rooms and suites feature massive wood furnishings and decors in the Austrian traditional style, while the mountain spa exudes alpine romance. Watch while the chef prepares your steak in the open kitchen at the family’s Sirloin grill and dine restaurant. Don’t forget to try the Black Angus specialities, rump steak or a nice T-bone steak – all made of meat catered from local farmers.
Located in the “Sound of Music” Salzkammergut region of Austria, overlooking Lake Fuschl, Schloss Fuschl dates back to 1450. The resort has 110 guest rooms, luxury suites and lakeside cottages, combining old-European charm with modern opulence. In the palace, you’ll find a collection of old master paintings, as well as sparkling chandeliers that lend an air of sophistication and grandeur. Dining at the Schloss Fuschl Fishery, you’ll taste the freshly smoked catch of the day or a delicate fish soup paired with a wine from the on-site Vinothek.
Interalpen Hotel near Seefeld stands at an altitude of 1,300m (4,265ft), surrounded by lofty mountains. This upscale hotel resort was built by the Liebherr family and includes one of the largest spas in the Alps, spanning more than 5,300sqm (57,000sqft). Elegantly and cosily furnished rooms and suites are equipped with a balcony or terrace with mountain views. For an unforgettable honeymoon, book one of the exclusive penthouse suites on the seventh floor.
In a circular building surrounded by fields and lakes, this chic hotel with a safari vibe was one of the first holiday lodges in central Europe. The upgraded suites include living areas, four-poster beds and sometimes even private lake access. Don’t miss out on the sea spa, where you can enjoy the sauna while viewing Lake Neusiedl, before taking an icy plunge beneath the lake surface. The water in the pool area originates directly from the Burgenland healing spring. Safari trips are available for nature lovers all year round.
Set in a stately palace on the Danube river, this refined hotel features antique furnishings, opulent rooms, and an art gallery in the entrance archway. Rooms have river, village or castle views, and there’s also a stylish piano bar next to the terrace overlooking the Danube. For breakfast, you’ll be served from quaint old-fashioned teapots, part of the original castle collection. Make sure you don’t miss the apricot jam produced on the property, and the wine-tasting tour in the castle cellar.
Rooms in Schloss Mönchstein have been redesigned in an elegant contemporary style. They feature calming tones with accents of dark red – the signature colour of the castle. Other suites are furnished in a traditional style with Calacatta marble, silk tapestries, original paintings and sumptuous chandeliers. For a romantic dinner, stick with the old favourites – such as the traditional Wiener schnitzel – at the castle restaurant high above Mozart’s city.
This upmarket hotel is set on the Seefeld mountain plateau. It features rustic rooms with large glass fronts and high ceilings, exquisite wood and marble floors, and sometimes an electric fireplace. The resort also includes no less than 4,700sqm (50,500sqft) of indoor wellness facilities and a 40,000sqm (430,500sqft) hotel garden amid mountain scenery. Dining is accompanied by exclusive house wines, such as massiv, batonnage, visionnaire and la guillotine.