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My Route du Bonheur

Dolomites and the Tyrolean Region

Heinrich Schneider
By Heinrich Schneider, Chef & Owner at the Terra by Auener Hof

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Here, the very idea of border is obliterated before the panorama: from one peak to the next, from the Dolomites to the Tyrol, the countryside seems to be but one. Within this tiny corner of Italy and Austria, the ridges, valleys and passes rival each other in beauty. Gardens, ski runs and jumps allow us to take advantage of nature, which often brushes the summits.
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 Ortisei/Val Gardena, Dolomiti — 1 Night
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Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel & Spa

Ortisei/Val Gardena, Dolomiti - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The Gardena Grödnerhof is a haven of well-being in the heart of the Dolomites, in the legendary Monti Pallidi – Pale Mountains – which take on magnificent hues of pink in the reflected light of the setting sun. It is a paradise for mountaineers, and the perfect destination for skiers in winter. The hotel offers guided tours of the magnificent Dolomites, to experience their fabulous natural resources and stunning views. After a day spent in the open air, what better than the ambiance of the Gardena Grödnerhof. The hotel, which enjoys a reputation for its cuisine, boasts a superb spa and a beauty and fitness centre. At the end of the day, relax in the Bar & Habana Lounge. ... Learn moreless

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South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Bolzano

South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Bolzano

This museum is dedicated to Ötzi the “ice man” - a homo sapiens who lived around 3,000 BC and whose body was found by two hikers on the Similaun glacier in 1991. Remarkably preserved in the ice, he still shows his beard, tattoos and typical Neolithic period tools. A central figure in the museum, Ötzi lies side by side with other archaeological remains of South Tyrol. A discovery you didn’t expect …

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Terra - The Magic Place

Sarntal / Sarentino - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. This sleek, modern building, perched at an altitude of 1 622 metres, almost takes a back seat to the magnificence of the landscape. Yet, inside, its beauty is apparent: tree trunks, raw timber and light colours make for a resolutely contemporary style, from its large guest rooms to its superb dining room which is fully glazed, light-drenched and offers panoramic views of the Dolomites – the perfect setting to savour Heinrich Schneider’s refined cuisine, prepared with ingredients from the South Tyrol. His sister, Gisela, a sommelier, is the other half of the partnership at the helm of this property which was created by their parents and has recently been refurbished. ... Learn moreless

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Manincor Wines, Caldaro

Manincor Wines, Caldaro

This may be the Alto Adige, but this 12 hectare wine growing estate looks more like an enclosed vineyard in Burgundy! It is an amazing place where rows of vines pour down the gentle south-facing slopes. From outside, you would never suspect this is Manincor’s incredibly modern and stylish wine storehouse. There are three underground floors of steel and bare concrete housing excellent fine, light red wines produced to biodynamic methods. You can taste and purchase these vintages on site. 

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Castel Fragsburg

Merano - Italy

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. On the hills overlooking the valley of Merano, clinging to the sunbathed slopes of the Dolomites, sits Castel Fragsburg in all its splendour. This elegant hunting manor of noble origin, dating back to the 17th century, is now one of the most charming hotels in the region, boasting a terrace with stunning panoramic views of Merano and the Alto Adige Valley as well as the orchards of South Tyrol. The warm welcome, excellent hospitality, individual service, absolute discretion, love of detail, fine dining and the 10.000 m2 private park make Castel Fragsburg the ideal place to recharge one’s batteries in the heart of the Italian Alps. ... Learn moreless

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The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano

Imagine almost 100,000 plants and some 80 landscaped gardens overlooking the spa city of Merano. In the shade of the Trauttmansdorff castle - the former haunt of the Empress Sissi and her court (now converted into a museum) - these botanical endeavours are among the most impressive gardens found in Italy. Arranged in amphitheatre fashion on the hillside, they consist of palm groves, rice terraces, medicinal herb plantations and exotic flowers. 

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The Timmelsjoch Pass

The Timmelsjoch Pass

This is one of those magical routes that you discover in the middle of spring. Flowers have already blossomed for a while in the valley, but here on the Tyrol’s highest pass at 2,509m above sea-level, winter is still in charge. You are at the border between Italy and Austria and when the fog is not in your way, there are only beautiful landscapes to behold.

The Passeier Museum, San Leonardo in Passiria

The Passeier Museum, San Leonardo in Passiria

Dedicated to the most distinguished resistance fighter in Tyrolean history, this museum recounts the life of Andreas Hofer, an icon of the rebellion led by the Tyrolean mountain dwellers against Bavaria and Napoleon’s army. The winner of many battles, he liberated Innsbruck from the hands of foreign invaders several times between 1809 and 1810 and was executed by firing squad following a neighbour’s betrayal. A visit to this museum allows one to better understand the mentality and philosophy of the locals.

 

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TOP Hotel Hochgurgl

Hochgurgl - Austria

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The Top Hotel Hochgurgl, at an altitude of 2,150 m, is one of the highest Relais & Châteaux in the world. In Hochgurgl, one of Austria’s snowiest mountain resorts, there is the possibility to ski to and from the hotel doorstep on renowned ski runs, hire all equipment on site, perfect skills in the ski school and, of course, enjoy the après-ski at the hotel. Take advantage of the sunny balcony , the intimate, cosy atmosphere of the main suites with subdued lighting and open fireplaces or enjoy the mountain spa, a magical place where massages, flower baths and jacuzzis guarantee unforgettable moments. ... Learn moreless

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Area 47, Ötzal

Area 47, Ötzal

Is it an amusement park or something else? It is difficult to define what makes Area 47 unique. Created by thrill seekers for thrill seekers, the site offers nearly eight hectares of condensed adrenaline from climbing - the path rises 30 m high – to tree climbing, rafting, caving, diving, canyoning, and more. There are more than 30 unbelievable activities that you’re invited to take part in during your getaway to Ötz Valley at 47 ° latitude.

 

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SPA-HOTEL Jagdhof

Neustift - Austria

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Facing the impressive Stubai glacier, the Jagdhof offers a spacious welcome with its rooms and vast suites (up to 115 m2), all beautifully decorated. Numerous activities are available, and you can enjoy fine dining in a unique, convivial atmosphere. The Vitalwelt spa of 3,000 m², one of the best in Austria, offers twenty different types of bath, relaxation and sauna. A modern fitness room and a programme of activities are likewise available. The gourmet restaurant and the à-la-carte restaurant “Hubertusstube” feature local and regional products. The wine cellar boasts further culinary delights. ... Learn moreless

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Ski jump, Bergisel

Ski jump, Bergisel

Created in 2001 by the famous architect Zaha Hadid, winner of the Pritzker Prize, the Innsbruck ski jump is a true masterpiece. Located on the historical Bergisel site, its start ramp is used for the prestigious Four Ski Jump Tournament. It is also part of a very rich history. The first ski jump established on this site was in 1925 and the Olympic torch has shone twice over Innsbruck - in 1964 and 1976. At the top of the tower there is a café and a restaurant overlooking the entire city. 

Swarovski’s « Crystal Worlds » at Wattens

Swarovski’s « Crystal Worlds » at Wattens

Already visible at the 1900 Universal Exposition, Daniel Swarovski’s crystal glassworks founded in 1885 at Wattens remains a symbol of luxury. In the wake of the Roaring Twenties, the greatest fashion designers - Balenciaga, Dior and Hugo Boss - have collaborated with Swarovski. And didn’t Marilyn Monroe wear Swarovski crystals for Kennedy’s birthday? Through these unique designer pieces, the whole history of crystal glasswork is told at this museum, which was created and developed into a kaleidoscope by André Heller on this historical site. 

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Hotel Restaurant Spa Rosengarten

Kirchberg - Austria

Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. On the most attractive slope of the Kitzbühel Alps, at the foot of the Gaisberg, culinary arts meet chic contemporary design in the visionary cuisine of Chef Simon Taxacher, one of Austria's most distinguished Chefs, and the art of living at Rosengarten. The rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, and the property boasts a piano bar with smoking room, a delightful spa, and a cookery school where the chef shares his secrets. At the "Simon Taxacher" restaurant the Chef creates a ground-breaking , perfectly served French-Mediterranean cuisine. Breakfast is a royal affair: it comes on a special trolley with a profusion of drawers, each with an exquisite surprise nestling inside. ... Learn moreless

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The annual Grand Festival in the town of Kitzbühel

The annual Grand Festival in the town of Kitzbühel

Every year, at the beginning of August, Kitzbühel organises its Summer Grand Festival. Several thousand people dressed in traditional Tyrolean costume, the famous ‘Lederhosen’ (or leather shorts), gather to attend concerts by musical groups in the squares or bars of the resort. Inaugurated almost a century ago, this popular festival offers much more than this…

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Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme Hotel

Kitzbühel - Austria

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The property sits on a hillock in the middle of a vast peaceful garden planted with flowers and fruit trees. The views over Kitzbühel and the surrounding mountains are beautiful. The hotel is at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn ski resort and overlooks the legendary Streif ski slope. The furniture and antiques in the rooms of this former farm belong to the family. The pools and steam baths in the spa are ideal places to relax. In summer, you will appreciate magnificent hiking trails, which start directly from the hotel and an exceptional offering of golf courses. ... Learn moreless

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Visit the Kitzbühel downhill course

Visit the Kitzbühel downhill course

Each year the great white circus of the ski World Cup holds its breath for one famous racing weekend - the Streif. Some 50,000 spectators come to the skiers’ “Mecca”. Imagine up to 85% gradient, jumps surpassing 80 metres and average speeds over 140km/h. The Streif is not just a ski slope - it’s a legend!

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