Built in 1757 in traditional "Bauer Baroque" style, the authentic Gasthof Hirschen is a boutique hotel avant-la-lettre. Located in the bucolic village of Schwarzenberg, it is surrounded by the mountains and pastures of the Bregenzer Forest. Behind its Baronial façade of cured timber, mandatory flowering blooms and Austrian frescos you will discover a fascinating history and an impressive art collection where rustic meets East Side Gallery.
The hotel is opposite a wonderful medieval church and offers sweeping vistas on up to the mountains. Focusing on sustainability, the hotel has 2 charging stations for e-cars. Scenic Lake Constance, Dornbirn and Bregenz are a short drive away. From 1 May to 31 October, the Bregenzerwald Card is included in the rate with a minimum stay of 3 nights. This card offers many free benefits and discounts, including free use of local cable cars, buses, and trains.
Individually furnished rooms have cosy alpine interiors with wooden furniture and floors, either located in the main building or in the Wälderhaus annex (30 m away). All come with a satellite TV, and a bathroom with bathrobes, slippers, and a hairdryer. DVDs can be borrowed along with the player.
The hotel's famous restaurants has been awarded 1 toque by Gault Millau and 89 Falstaff points. It serves regional specialities and Austrian cuisine with a contemporary twist, as well as a wide selection of fine Austrian wines in the traditional parlours, dating from the 18th century. The hotel has its own herb and vegetable gardens, smoke house and even a working dairy farm up in the Alps, where happy pigs roam and butter is churned alongside the famous Bregenzerwald cheeses.
There is a garden with a sunbathing lawn, a sauna and hiking trails can be enjoyed from the doorstep. In winter a ski bus stops in front to take guests to various areas. Snow shoeing equipment and toboggans can be borrowed free of charge.