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Help me choose between hotel spas in Austria/Bavaria!

Help me choose between hotel spas in Austria/Bavaria!

Jan 14th, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Help me choose between hotel spas in Austria/Bavaria!

We will be arriving in September in Munich (before Oktoberfest!), staying 2 nights to recover from jetlag and such, and then off for 3 days of mountain relaxation before moving on to Vienna and Prague and Berlin.

Here are our 3 options:
MURNAU : http://www.alpenhof-murnau.com/fr/
In that case, we would probably rent a car in Munich, and return it there as well before taking a train to Vienna.
BAD GADSTEIN : http://www.haus-hirt.com/en/Location/anreise_en.php
Since renting a car in Germany and leaving it in Austria costs a lot more, we were also thinking of taking a train from Munich to Salzburg, and then renting a car there, returning it in Vienna. Good idea?
HINTERGLEMM : http://www.hotel-theresia.com/

Thanks for your input!
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Jan 14th, 2012, 08:41 AM
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No direct experience with those three hotels, but from what I saw on the websites, the hotel in Hinterglimm is far and away the most appealing and seems to have the most facilities. The Trip Advisor reviews are almost overwhelmingly positive (and there are 67 "excellent" reviews, many of them from people who have posted many reviews, few of the suspicious one-hit-wonder reviewers).

One reviewer noted that the hotel picked them up at the Zell am See train station free of charge - you should explore that option as you wouldn't need to bother with the expensive or palaver of a car which you don't need anyway for any of your destinations (it might not be free for your short stay, but I suspect the charge would be reasonable and less than a car rental). If I were jetlagged, I'd prefer hanging out in the train, watching the scenery go by and having a drink over dealing with a rental car and driving on unfamiliar roads.

FWIW, we've been to Bad Gastein and of course opinions vary, but it didn't impress us at all. I would have say it was the low point of our last trip to the Salzburg region.

Thanks for posting the link to the Hotel Theresia - looks like someplace DH and I will have to consider

Finally, also FWIW, Fodorites have recommended the Hotel Friesacher outside Salzburg (near Schloss Hellbrunn). It's a spa hotel and might be worth considering - much easier to reach than Hinterglemm.
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Jan 14th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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FYI, if you do opt to stay in or near Salzburg, treat yourself to an amazing dinner at Ikarus in Hangar 7. It features "guest chefs" from top restaurants around the world. Nothing else in Salzburg compares to it.
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Jan 14th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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Thanks for the input and the Friesacher recommendation! It does look tempting also!
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Jan 15th, 2012, 04:09 AM
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Hi, Where ever you go i feel sure that you will have a great holiday!!

Your idea of renting in Austria is a good one if you feel you need a car.

I can vouch for the two spas in the Gastein valley, both great but my preference is the one at Hofgastein. Also Tauern Spa Kaprun is worthy of a visit is close to Zell am See.
Austrian Trains will take you to the vicinity of all 3 spas.

If you are looking for well being also consider a visit to the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, the Krimml falls, and weather permitting Grosskglockner pass, to lift the spirits. A car would help to do these last two activities but not essential.

Let us kinow how you get on and have a great time.

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Jan 15th, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Here is our latest itinerary. It seems to be the most logical AND cheap! What do you think?

Munich - 2 nights
Take train on Sunday to Salzburg. Stay one night in Salzburg, probably at the Ramada which has a good rate and location.

Rent a car on Monday morning, drive to Hinterglemm slowly, stopping on the way. Stay 2 nights at the Theresia hotel, hopefully having a hiking half-day if the weather permits.

Get up Wednesday morning and drive to Vienna, stopping somewhere nice for lunch. Any suggestions?

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