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From humble beginnings in 1617 as a rural forestry operation based at the foot of Austria’s famous Leogang Rocky Mountains, to a new raison d’être 400-years later as a celebrated hotel and forest spa, Forsthofgut in Leogang has much to look back on.
Which is why September 14th – 17th 2017 will see the Schmuck family, purveyors and proud developers of Forsthofgut Hotel and Spa since the shoulder-pad era of the 1980s, look back on the history of their hotel’s foundations in Forsthofgut’s four-century jubilee.
As Christoph Schmuck says, “Only those who are aware of their past, can create a future in the present.”
Having assigned a chronicler to trace the history of Forsthofgut back to before it was ever a multi award-winning hotel and spa, back to the seventeenth century when the forest teemed thickly all around, the jubilee weekend – to which all guests are of course invited – will celebrate its development with a great exhibition unveiling.
But that’s not all.
Feed the deer in the hotel-owned mini game reserve while Christoph Schmuck talks all things regional cuisine, hike to Lindlalm with Rupert Schmuck and at the top be spoiled with Resi’s delicious traditional “Almwuzler“, the best Kaiserschmarrn in town, and afterwards relax in Europe’s first waldSPA, hugged by a vertical indoor forest, a 40 sqm waste-wood sauna and a rock shower supplied by the hotel’s own natural spring.
Pop to the Leogang Mountain Farmer Museum to learn more about the village from a cultural point of view, and taste all there is to know at the gala banquet menu where Head Chef Ingo Lugitsch uses all fresh ingredients from local producers.
Back then, as today – the highlight of the weekend will be the “farm festival”, held on September 16th 2017, at the neighbouring historic farm “Mauthof”. Purchased in the spring of Forsthofgut’s 400th anniversary, this new addition will be farmed as it always has been, with a nod to “the inherited knowledge of our ancestors”. What better way to celebrate the passing of 400 years in Leogang than this exciting, and ever respectful, merging of old and new - of forest, hotel and the land.
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