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Eating Our Way Through Austria!

19 Jul 2013

Susan Gaskell, who recently visited The Grand Park Hotel, Bad Hofgastein is my guest Blogger for this month. Food is her "thing" and the following is a section from he recent Blog:

This week, we have been golfing in Austria. When I say we, I mean us two along with a bunch of golfing buddies. Yes, we went there to play golf. Austria traditionally summons up images of the Sound of Music, Lederhosen, Dirndls, Alpenhorns and skiing (think of Franz Klammer). However, there also happen to be over 140 golf courses in Austria. Some might not rate them as being top notch from a golfing standpoint but they certainly rate highly by way of the views!
We stayed at the Grand Park Hotel in Bad Hofgastein, in the Gaseinertal ( Gastein Valley) and "grand" it was.

At this time of year the occupancy rate is low but that did not mean that the standard of service slipped. Quite the opposite; from Claudia the General Manager to Petra in Sales and Marketing, to Jatin, the Maitre 'd, the wait staff and the spa staff, they pulled out all the stops for us. From breakfast to dinner, from the golfing "halfway house "to wine tasting, we ate our way through the week. The breakfast buffet is just the most amazing breakfast buffet I have ever seen, not just boring old cornflakes or cold scrambled eggs for us! And the evening, well, we could have had the healthy spa menu, but no! We ate all the 5, 7 or 8 courses that were on offer. The Menus were always published in English and German and though the gourmet choices each day were international from sushi to lamb there was always an Austrian option, ie, “Boiled beef “or “Symphony of Blood Sausage” - not for the faint hearted one might think, but equally enjoyed by those who felt strong enough to try! 

Some golfers headed back to the hotel spa each day to make the most of the extensive facilities and excellent treatments - others enjoyed sipping local beer and superb Austrian wines while enjoying stunning views. Austria in the summer is well worth a visit!

For more foodie Blogs from Sue go to http://oystersandchampagne.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/eating-our-way-through-austria/ 

To book The Grand Park Hotel visit our Mountain Spas page.