What is New for Ski Season 2015/16? Meet Hecherhaus Alpine Lodge near Schwaz

What is New for Ski Season 2015/16? Meet Hecherhaus Alpine Lodge near Schwaz

By  Monday, 2.11.2015, 09:26    Accommodation

A change of management at Hecherhaus - a new gourmet hospitality hotspot well worth the trip in Tyrol. 

The nights are drawing in, snow is settling on the mountains, winter is coming... For some a time to shiver and look forward to the warmth of the Spring sunshine, for many others, time to get out the skiing gear for another winter of activity on the slopes.

Before the snow sets for this non-skier, I was keen to get out into the mountains and contrast with life in the big city. Having just arrived back in Munich a few days ago after a glorious summer on the island of Hvar, the contrast between the Adriatic and spectacular vistas in the Tyrolian mountains was something I was keen to experience, and I headed to Schwaz, where my friend Wolf was embarking on his latest hospitality project, a complete makeover of the Hecherhaus mountain house, high above the town at an imperious 1887m. 

This of course is off season, and although snow had fallen, there was none now in evidence. The lift, which stops right by the house, was also having a 3-week break, but the owner turned it on to allow Wolf to get essential supplies and materials up the hill. What seemed like almost a private lift on a private mountain - there are no buildings in the vicinity to Hecherhaus, allowing one to make noise, or enjoy the silence of nature, whichever floats your boat - soon brought us to a piece of Alpine paradise I predict many others will be discovering in the next 12 months, either by ski lift, or mountain hikers - there were a steady stream for my entire stay.  

The first thing one notices of course is the view. Simply breathtaking. Zugspitze can be seen through some other mountains, but it is the valley below which leaves the most lasting impression. As well as the isolation from the rest of the planet, where the only company is the occasional curious mountain goat, keen to find out what is going on at Hecherhaus.  

For change is coming. After several years of run-of-the-mill self-service, Wolf and his team have decided to breathe life into Hecherhaus, bringing his own unique approach to hospitality. Veterans of the region's skiing community will know him well from the legendary Kristallbar in Hochfügen, which he ran on and off for 16 years until 2010, before achieving even greater success in Croatia by building up a run-down beach bar into not only one of the top attractions on the island of Hvar, but also one of the internationally acclaimed top beach bars in the world.  

Breathaking view by day, absolute stunner by night - here is Innsbruck as you have perhaps never seen it. With 55 beds, place for 200 guests inside and another 200 on the amazing terrace, Hecherhaus is equipped to entertain large groups, and with no neighbours apart from that occasional goat, it is the perfect place to celebrate, or relax - yoga retreats are just one of the concepts that will be coming to Hecherhaus.  

As will (not this year) a panoramic sauna, just below the main house, one of several amenities planned which will raise the level of service and quality in this idyllic and delightfully lonely spot. 

Hecherhaus will be undergoing a rebranding, getting back to its traditional roots, which focusing on quality service, outstanding cuisine, and a very warm welcome and atmosphere. 

The team are hard at work reorganising the lodge, with plenty of carpentry, painting and other preparations ongoing before the planned opening next month, but if you happen to be hiking past, pop in and say hello and see the progress being made.  

At 1887 metres, Hecherhaus is a fair way up the mountain, and while the skiing may not be the best in the area, it is very competitively priced, with a day pass costing just 27 euro for adults, 17 for kids (or 21 and 13 for a half-day).

The few people I spoke to in the valley were more than a little excited that this great tourism resource looks set to live up to its potential. And for those who enjoy the elevated and superior morning view, how about this weekend's morning spectacular in the lead photo above - while the valley was shrouded in mist... 

Hecherhaus Alpine Lodge - one to watch when it opens next month (we will keep you posted). In the meantime, why not follow progress on the Hecherhaus Facebook page

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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