The Hotel am Reiterkogel*** is located in the town center of Hinterglemm with the new Reiterkogel 8-passenger gondola lift a few steps away. The taxi let us off in front of the flower bedecked balconies of this hotel where we were welcomed by Family Ripper who own and run the hotel. Given keys, it was up to large Room #1 that had an expansive balcony looking out at incredible mountains. A breathtaking view on a sunny, hot day and I could only imagine what it looks like in winter! There was plenty of room to spread out the too many items packed for such a short trip. We could have packed one pair of shorts, two t-shirts, fluff jacket, hiking poles, hiking boots for day; pair of long pants, and two shirts for the evening; ski/hiking areas in Europe are notoriously casual.
Great pillows. Comfy duvets. Toilet in separate room. Bath/shower sink combination in another. Regular chairs, two lounge chairs on the long balcony. And even better, there are no worries about drinking the tap water in Austria or eating wonderful food.
Hotel am Reiterkogel is on the sunny side of Glemmtal valley. They have a “Dorfcafe” cafe with homemade pastries, grill night in summer (depending on weather), cozy dining room, terrace, garden, Internet surf station, Wi-Fi. (The Wi-Fi actually worked in our room directly above reception.) Our rate included half pension, always our preference if offered (we detest looking for restaurants at night). A more than filling breakfast buffet is served with: cheese, meats, cake, yogurt, fruit, breads, kaiser rolls and filled carafes of hot coffee on every table.
The dinner menu was placed on your breakfast table to choose from two different offerings. If you have allergies or food preferences just tell the Ripper’s who don’t hesitate to accommodate your needs. Soup. Nightly salad buffet. Entree (very large portions). Dessert. Good, inexpensive house wine (offnen wein) on menu was another plus. The hotel began serving dinner at 6:30p. Hallelujah. We are usually starving after hiking all day.
What more could a person ask for? The Joker Card. Herr Ripper printed out Joker Cards that would remain in effect until departure. The Joker Card gives free, unlimited use of: bus transport up and down the valley; and four cable cars in operation. A huge savings whether you choose the European method of hiking, ride the cable car up, hike down. Or the ex-Marine/Travels With Sheila method hiking – hike up, ride cable car down. Or…don’t hike at all! Take the cable cars up, walk around, sit in the sun. (More about other Joker Card benefits tomorrow.)
Caveat – Your hotel must participate in the Joker Card offer! Double check before making reservations.
Stomachs full, jet-lagged, psyched with plans. A Visit to the Hinterglemm Tourist Information Office for brochures, decide on a hiking trail out of the 400kms/250 miles of hiking/biking trails available; ready, set, go…