As in Tuscany
In the midst of the green, hilly landscape, surrounded by sparse mixed forests, vineyards, apple orchards and flowering meadows, lies the award-winning Wellness-Hotel Steirerhof, which in turn also boasts a 60.000m² natural garden with great views, especially at sunset.
In fact, it is a little bit like the Tuscany, because of the vegitation and the alpine panorama, Bad Waltersdorf is located just 120 KM south of Vienna and can be reached by train in just over 2,5 hours.
Health management in the thermal bath
Above all, the region is known for its spas. The Bad Waltersdorfer thermal water - a sodium chloride solution - also has special healing properties. Stocked over 10.000 years in 1.200 meters depth, it spills with 62 ° C to the earth's surface and is considered one of the highest quality and most beautiful thermal healing waters in Austria.
It proves itself to supportive treatment of vegetative fatigue, general immune system weakness, cardiovascular disorders, rheumatism, respiratory and musculoskeletal disorders.
The effect of thermal water
In a clinical study, among other things, several methods of burnout prevention and treatment were tested on the basis of the cortisol content (stress hormone) in saliva: bathing in ordinary water, muscle relaxation according to Jacobson and resting / sleeping in a darkened room reduce the stress factor up to 25 percent.
Bathing in medicinal water reduces the stress factor by more than 30 percent. Similarly good scores were achieved in tests for allergies and food intolerances. Due to the high pH value of 7,9, the healing water is the most natural deacidifying agent of all. In the truest sense of the word, it prevents it from becoming "sour" and thus acts against inflammation.
Relaxation in the garden
At the Steirerhof, the garden area really did inspire me: in addition to the sunbathing areas around the outdoor pools with plenty of loungers and parasols, plateaus with comfortable beach chairs, privacy-protected berths, themed paths and water points create unique relaxation areas - all of which are naturally to be explored in a bathrobe.
Fragrant highlight is the herb garden, designed by the internationally renowned "agrarian rebel", Sepp Holzer. So you can find here beside well-known local herbs, also most different Mediterranean plants or a Hildegard of Bingen garden with special medicinal herbs.
Nature swimming pond in the sauna area
A unique feature in a Central European hotel is the 200 square meter natural pool for nude swimmers only: The chemical-free construction offers a lake-like bathing pleasure and is heated to 20 degrees Celsius. The main difference to the classic swimming pond is that the natural pool - entirely made of local fir wood - does without nails and does not require a green zone. The wood construction not only has a static function, but also serves as mechanical protection for the underlying EPDM film.
The built-in hydrobalance filter system is based on the principle of mechanical-biological water purification: The pre-filtering takes place through the lateral layers of dolomite gravel. The purification process itself is initiated by microorganisms settling on the surface of the filter substrate. Very important is the four meter deep water area, whose lower water temperature creates optimal conditions for the biological processes. In combination with the two natural saunas (70 ° and 90 °), swimming becomes an extraordinary experience for a hotel. Too bad that one of the grandiose panoramic views is denied.
TCM Therapy & Stress Relief
But even otherwise, the Steirerhof has over 3.000 square meters still some wellness highlights to offer that unlike many other hotel exclusively reserved for hotel guests. A total of seven indoor and outdoor pools with a total of 800 square meters of water, including the outdoor pool designed as an infinity pool, ten different saunas, spacious nudist areas and bathrobe areas, rest rooms, spacious loungers and hidden retreats between shady trees and fragrant herb and flower islands offer many possibilities for relaxation.
30 multidisciplinary therapists and eight beauticians also offer a variety of treatments, treatments and health courses - including a prevention physician and a Chinese TCM doctor in collaboration with a TCM therapist. The in-house physical institute with sports scientists and physiotherapists specializes in the musculoskeletal system, fitchecks and stress reduction. Guests can also take part in a wide range of courses for free. The fitness program is tuned for both beginners and advanced and tailor made for all ages. It includes, among others, Nordic walking, spine exercises, aqua gym, abdominal-leg-butt training, Qigong, the 5 Tibetans, Yoga, Taiji and Pilates.
Golf & eBiking
If that's too much for you, you can explore the region on your own, as I did: really well-signposted walking, hiking and biking trails as well as Nordic and Smovey walking trails lead into the middle of beautiful nature. The hotel also provides free eBikes. Bad Waltersdorf also has an 18-hole golf course. Steirerhof guests receive guaranteed tee times and 25% green fee reduction.
Finally, I was convinced by the selection of healthy cuisine by chef and cookbook author Johann Papst. His Styrian-Mediterranean recipes combine Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine and have been awarded the Green Dome for Austrian natural cuisine. The breakfast buffet, for example, includes organic products and special offers for allergies such as celiac disease or lactose intolerance, as well as the fruit room, from which you can enjoy fresh fruit all day and mix your own juices.
Culinary & rooms
Followed by the light lunch and afternoon cakes and Strudelspezialitäten and finally five-course dinner in the evening with a choice between regional cuisine, light, healthy cuisine, fresh fish or vegetarian delicacies with 5 courses.
Since this extended half-board can quickly become too much, the light alternative, the "dinner canceling" is recommended Instead of the five-course dinner menu, a light, fine menu is served at noon.In the evening you can enjoy a light meal - on request also in the And those who come for the proverbial taste can be inspired by cooking classes, culinary delights or culinary tours for the local stove.
A total of 169 rooms & suites are available to guests, including 1 Penthouse with 120 m² living space, various smoking and non-smoking rooms, 6 low-allergen rooms and 10 garden room with fenced patio for dog owners. 180 employees are always very friendly and friendly.
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