Thursday, January 3, 2013

All things considered

Yes they have ducks

All things considered the Weissen Rössl hotel at Wolfgangsee was the best hotel in which we have ever stayed in Austria. Cate gave it a 10/10 – high praise indeed.

The rooms were not our best ever – but the level of comfort in the hotel was brilliant and the service was outstanding. There was – of course - no air conditioning but we were able to leave our door open to get the cool (and occasionally freezing) night air.

There were unfortunately almost no snow falls when we were there – but there was lots of snow laying about so we could have a trudge through it on walks through the woods.

On the whole we behaved quite well – although we did make a bit of a mess of ourselves on New Year’s Eve in the Romantik restaurant - where our dear friend Herr Zoran gave us a seat by the window – overlooking the lake.

I threw in the towel at about 12:30 but the girls decided they needed another bottle of Dom Pérignon and did not get to bed until about 2:30 AM. We were all below average the next morning and had a rather slow day.

I had booked this restaurant some time ago but it was until about day three of our stay that Cate noticed a sign saying ‘ We ask that guests dress formally for our New Year’s Eve dinner’.


The girls could get away with what they had with them but I had no coat and no tie.

So we made an urgent expedition to the local store selling traditional Austrian clothing and I acquired the appropriate clobber.

The general consensus was that  I looked terrific and I  plan to wear this gear in Vienna. 


  1. Yes, you look very smart and very Austrian. Glad that you enjoyed the break.

  2. I am thrilled that Cate liked the Weiße Rössl! I was praying for snow in St. Wolfgang, albeit to the wrong gods, methinks. ;-)

    I spent many of my childhood summer days with my grandparents and as young girls with my sister at Lake Wolfgang, looking at the hotel on the opposite shore. When my children were small, they knew that we'd soon be at their aunt's by the lake, that there's only one more mountain pass ahead, once I started singing "Im Weißen Rössl am Wolfgangsee, da steht das Glück vor der Tür!" - they sang along, in German.

  3. P.S.:
    Love your new Outfit!
    Now Cate needs a Dirndl.

  4. Yes, you DO look terrific! Glad it was an enjoyable stay!

  5. Yes, you should wear that in Vienna, eXcept when you go swimming. I prefer Asti champagne, but I discovered Disaronno which I like about as weLL as Bénédictine.

  6. Quite the dandy in the new duds. I am so happy you guys finally seem to be on to better hotels.

  7. Phillip you do look terrific!! But personaly I think anyone looks handsome wearing the traditional Austrian outfits!!

    Glad you had a good time!!

  8. Noice! That's one large body of water for that one duck!
    Here's to a wonderful 2013!

  9. KP: Thanks KP

    Merisi: There are just so many gods......

    Cate looked at Dirndls but could not bring herself to buy one.

    SK Waller: Thanks

    esb: No chance of swimming in Vienna for a while!

    fmcgmccllc: WE are getting quite good at hotels now.

    Annie: Thanks

    Rozalin: Well you would wouldn't you!

    Sandy: And to you too.

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