Furtner’s Sporthotel

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Aug, 2013

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This small family-run hotel is literally on the edge of the golf course in Pertisau on the Achensee in the Austrian Tyrol. It is an intimate hotel with about 30 rooms, a very pretty dining room and 5 course meals in the evening. The hotel is what I would typical Austrian in that there is a continental type breakfast, good coffee and you have the choose your supper in the morning from a menu. That does not bother us, as it means that there is less waste in the world, but it does mean that you can think all day of your choice for the evening. Wine is about 10 euros for 1/2 litre of house wine, which is quite nice. Bottled wine is expensive at 30 euros up to the special on the menu of 245 euros – not too many takers on that one I would imagine!. We do not eat meat, but as far the Austrians are concerned this also means that we function without any protein as there sometimes is a meal consisting entirely of vegetables. The say that you can fill up onthe salad buffet but that also contains not one scrap of protein in the shape of a bean or anything. Still never mind. The food that we have is very nice. Our room booked through Inghams is badly in need of a refurbishment, the balcony door is a bit stiff to shut, the shower cannot be properly turned off unless you have superman to do it for you and the furniture has all seen better days about 30 years ago, but the bed is very nice and has memory foam mattress on it. The TV is a nice modern flat screen one and we use that at 7.30am to watch Channel 22 to view all the web cams around Austria to see what the weather is doing at the tops of the mountains. The temperature is a little scarey until you realise that that is the temp at the top of the mountain and not down in the valley. The village of Pertisau is very pretty at the end of the lake Achensee. There are steamers going up and down all day and a small cog railway at one end that goes down to the Inn Valley. We purchased a valley pass at the start of our week to allow us unlimited use of the cable cars in the area (2), the steamers and the cog railways. The local bus is free within the area anyway. We used the steamers on most days to get across the lake to a different area for walking. I think the walk around the lake is 22 km so not for the faint hearted. One side is quite steep and slippery and really not recommended for anyone without walking boots and a strong stomach for heights, but the western side has a nice level path suitable for bikes and walkers and that is very nice and easy. The cog railway or the bus will take you down to Jenbach in the Inn Valley to the railway station and you can get mainline trains from there if you wish. We took the Ziller Valley railway from there to Mayrhofen for the day and it was a pleasant 1 hour ride on the train. You can also take a steam train at a certain time of day but that takes longer than 1 hour. I can recommend Pertisau for a holiday, it is a very pretty resort with lots to do even in the rain which it has been our luck to have to endure, but that is a mountain holiday. The prices are a bit steep in 5.40 euros for 2 small beers and a coffee and cake will set you back about 13 euros for two. Coffee is about the same as the beers.


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