The 1st of July sees the usually tranquil town of Spielberg hum to life as the Red Bull Ring fires up for the Austrian F1. Spielberg, nestled in Styria, is also know as the gorgeous green heart of Austria – aptly named thanks to its rolling green meadows and thick forests that tumble down from the tip of the alps. Travelers heading to Spielberg should be sure to book in for a long weekend to make the most of the qualifying sessions, press conferences, and electrifying races that are set to take place. Alongside the roar of the engines, concerts, culture and hearty cuisine is on the menu ensuring a decadent experience beneath the shadow of the emerald alps.
The Gästehaus Steirerschlössl should be the first port of call for those wanting to be a stone’s throw from the circuit. The beautifully renovated Art Nouveau building is utterly quaint from the outside, with manicured lawns, creamy walls, and space for al-fresco steins. Inside, suites boast well-tailored open plan living with polished dark wood floors, oversized beds, and classy chocolate box and rose red color schemes for an added dash of romance.
Bathrooms are a vision of glass and marble, and for a little extra pampering – guests can head to the neighboring Hotel G’Schlössl Murtal for sumptuous spa services.
From hot and cold stone therapies to high massages with alpine fresh oils to soothe and regenerate; when combined with the lush mountain air, guests are sure to fall into the stillest of sleeps.
The Superior Suite delivers dreamy mountain views and maisonette style; gifting guests who need that extra space more than enough room with separate living and dining quarters and lavish bedroom and private bathroom on the first floor. The penthouse offers a roof terrace for those evenings when you want to watch the sun sink behind the sprawl of the forest.
The blissfully boutique hotel of the Gästehaus Steirerschlössl truly hits the mark when it comes to culinary class. Breakfast buffet tables groan beneath the weight of cured meats, global cheeses, home-baked breads and endless treats.
The evening menu captures the heady warmth of Austrian cooking – offering sheep cheese ice-cream and pumpkin starters, melt in the mouth venison served with tart lingonberries, and pear bonbons to finish. When paired with exceptional sweet whites from the local region or brooding reds, you have the regal feasts that put Alpine cuisine on the map.
Before dinner, be sure to head to the Wasserturm Panoramic Bar for an aperitif – there is nothing like gazing out of the glass facade and watching the changing light filter over the dramatic peaks.
When you aren’t filling up on track fantasy action, the great outdoors of the alps beckons and calls. Golf lovers will be in their element to hear that Styria boasts no less than five golf courses well within reach. Those who prefer to play beyond the fairways will find endless hikes through wildflower strewn mountains, cycling trails, and lazy afternoon fishing in the cold clear waters that babble down from the rising hills.
Wine lovers can find their own sip and swirl bliss in the nearby area of Steiermark where the hills are scattered with tangled vineyards and open cellar doors. This region of Austria is famed for its sauvignon blanc grape – the perfect accompaniment to a picnic basket and stroll in the meadows.