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Jul 28, 2014 06:27 PM

Chambre and/or table d'hote in Austria Countryside worth the detour?

Hi Austria Hounds,

We will be traveling for a week in mid September, and really enjoyed reading many great threads on Vienna and vicinity. I have to say that Austria/Vienna sub-board is by far one of more quality driven and informative. Here's what we are looking for.

Most of our memorable dining experiences are from chef/owner-driven "smaller" places with food that warm our hearts; from our travels abroad in small villages to husband/wife/family teamed tables whose food is filled with soul. Most of them are not starred places or necessarily fancy, they deliver with concise - sometimes no choice -seasonal menu handled by caring cooks who source the product locally if not from the back yard. It is these places where we find soul-comforting meals with memories that outlast most starred/famed restaurants.

Any place that fits the description?

It does not have to be in the countryside necessarily, but it is here that we most often encounter these heart-warming places. We will have a car. Many thanks in advance.

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  1. We had a wonderful meal at Gasthof Eberhard in St. Michael. We did not stay there but that was available. Definitely local. Chef/owner very friendly and great food. We were there in September 2011. Venison with sauce that used pumpkin oil. Last peaches from the garden in a wonderful dessert. Styrian food. Sturmi on this board has posted about it also.

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    1. re: wally

      I second Gasthof Eberhard, which I have also recommended already quite a few times on this board.

      Similar places can be found in the book "Slow Food Österreich", which is available from Amazon:äuser...

      Last hint:
      In the wine growing areas, which cover eastern Austria from the north to the south, there are hundreds of "heurigen", many of which offer exactly what you are looking for.

    2. I would recommend a visit to the wine village of Poysdorf, about 30 minutes north of Vienna. There are quite a few heurigen around the village square as well as cellars (kellers) that have a variety of different opening hours for tasting and purchasing. The wine information centre on the main road through Poysdorf is always worth a stop for a quick degustation. Prices for the wines here are always a Euro or two lower than in Vienna.

      On the south side of Poysdorf (turn at the VW dealership) is Gasthaus Schrieber, on a fine day their terrace is one of the best places to be in the Weinviertel region. The cooking is simple and homey, but done very well and always with seasonal variations.

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      1. re: vanderb

        This looks nice, quite close from Vienna too. Thanks for the rec vanderb.

      2. Thanks wally and Sturmi for your rec which we will keep on this trip if not on our return. Appreciate the book reference for our future trips which will depend much on this short trip. As we only have a week, we are trying to balance the time in the city and in the countryside which we generally prefer.

        Any thoughts on Kleefeld in St. Michael? How about Schloss Fuschl?

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        1. re: Kurtis

          Have not heard about Kleefeld, and there are several villages called St.Michael !

          Schloss Fuschl is a high-end hotel, with an old castle as major attraction, but most hotel rooms located in a modern building close by.

          Maybe you can give us a hint which Austrian regions you will visit, this will make it easier for us to give you hints !

          1. re: Sturmi

            Hello Sturmi,

            Those two places were mentioned to us as an option for lodging on a overnight tour to Salzburg and Alps from Vienna. This tour allows us to alter the itinerary as much as we want, and as we were looking to make plans according to the finds, I left the geography open.

            Looking at the map Kleefeld is near Lake Wolfgang in Salzkammergut area. I think anywhere within an hr in general direction west of Salzburg would work I think.

            Gasthof Ebernard would work well within this limit even though bit further out from Salzburg. And I should know better, we have another St. Michael in Chesapeake Bay near us in the US!

            Many thanks again.

            1. re: Kurtis

              Now I have a clearer picture !

              No, Gasthof Eberhard is way out of your itinerary !! It is located on the southern route from Vienna to Klagenfurt, and would be a detour of several hours. Forget it.

              On you way from Vienna to Salzburg you will most likely use the A1 highway, which is nice to drive but avoids the more interesting areas such as the Wachau valley. You might therefore decide to rather use the A22 and the the S5 to Krems and then drive along the Danube through the Wachau. There you might stop for lunch at Dürnstein or at Weissenkirchen, where there are quite a few small inns according to your wishes (see prior threads about Wachau !). The go back to Krems and use the S33 to get to the A1 and continue to Salzburg.

              Salzburg itself is quite interesting and full of nice restaurants. See prior threads for Salzburg.

              Gasthof Kleefeld is in Strobl, a village on the Wolfgangsee lake, right in the center of the Salzkammergut. This is a major tourist area, but not heavily overrun with the exception of St.Wolfgang. The Kleefeld OTOH seems to be a typical Salzkammergut hotel/inn place, of which you might find dozens more in this area. Just go and explore.

              1. re: Sturmi

                The A22 and S5 route will be driven over on the next day on return from Salzburg to Vienna so we will certainly make a point of stopping through the points you mention and thanks again for taking the time to respond.

                I think the night will be spent bit outside and west of Salzburg such as Salzkammergut. Any suggestions in this region that is similar to Gasthof Eberhard (very tempting to visit, but as you said it is out of the way and likely have to be another time I think)

                1. re: Kurtis

                  How about this place, which we have been to and enjoyed a lot ?

                  Or this place, recommended by Slow Food:

                  And this place not only fits your criteria perfectly, and is located at half the way to Vienna:

                  1. re: Sturmi

                    These look great and they are well within the axis of our travel. Seehotel looks charming with great food, and perhaps ideal for the dinner and overnight stay. Iris Porsche looks great for lunch after morning sightseeing. Many thanks for these addresses, and truly appreciate your guidance.

                    1. re: Sturmi

                      Regret to inform Seehotel Winkel is closed on the day of our travel.

                      Strumi, do you have other recs in vicinity of Seehotel that resembles it or the Gasthof Eberhard?

                      1. re: Kurtis

                        How about this:

                        Same region as Seehotel Winkler, but maybe more meat and less fish (but they too have fish on their menu…) !!

                        And also listed in Slow Food...

                        1. re: Sturmi

                          Thanks for these recs.

                          As luck would have it, few changes in our plan allowed us to keep Seehotel Winkler and made reservation via email with very helpful manager. very much looking forward to this and many thanks again for your help and guidance.