Feb 27, 2024 3 min read

Haus Maria - Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse in Austria

It has been almost four years since Austria became a mandatory destination for us at least twice a year. We went both in summer and winter, spending the last two Christmases in Zell-am-See.

Haus Maria in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse

We arrived at Haus Maria in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse in December 2023, right on the second day of Christmas.

We wanted to stay another night with the children and, due to space reasons, had to look for accommodation nearby. It was not an easy task, not only because it was Christmas but also the peak ski season, which made finding suitable accommodation, both in terms of conditions and price, quite difficult.

Eventually, we found one right in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse, about two kilometers from the children's residence. The guesthouse is located at Raiffeisenstrasse No. 3, right in the center of the small resort.

We made the booking and full payment on booking.com, just two days before arrival. Right after booking, we received a welcome email from the owners with instructions regarding online check-in, arrival time, and parking options.

Haus Maria is located in a typical Austrian villa, with two floors, featuring beautifully decorated wooden balconies in summer with the indispensable geraniums.

For those who come by their own car, parking is right next to the hotel, with a few spots indicated by the owners.

The guesthouse has rooms with two or three beds, with private or shared bathrooms, and two-room apartments with private bathrooms. We had a double room with a private bathroom.

We arrived at the location in the evening. There isn't always someone at the reception, but we had already checked in, and the key with our name was waiting for us at the reception along with a welcome message.

We had already received other instructions via WhatsApp, including a phone number to call if needed. On the first floor, there was a small reception, the breakfast rooms, and a few guest rooms.

Our room was on the second floor. There is no elevator, but it's not too difficult to climb. The room was simple, spacious, with a double bed, a sofa, a television, and a desk with two chairs.

On each side of the bed were two nightstands, and above, on the wall, were two reading lamps. The wardrobe for clothes was in the hallway at the entrance, it was very spacious, but we did not use it because we only stayed one night.

The room also had a large balcony, with a table and two chairs, overlooking the city. The bathroom was very modern, spacious, with a shower, a demisting mirror, underfloor heating, quality toiletries, and a hairdryer.

Everywhere, from the entrance of the guesthouse to the room's balcony, was very clean. I even checked the shared bathroom and can say it was sparkling clean.

The website states that the guesthouse also has a sauna, which we didn't see because we didn't have time for such activities. But I believe in the winter, after a day of skiing, it would be very welcome.

It was very quiet in the guesthouse, and that evening, I had the impression that we were the only guests staying there. However, the next morning at breakfast, I realized I was mistaken. The guesthouse was full, mostly with young people who had come for skiing.

The breakfast was very good, a Swedish buffet with cheeses, cold cuts, vegetables, boiled eggs, butter, several types of bread, tea, coffee, milk. Upon request, fried eggs or omelets were made.

Breakfast was the moment we met the staff of the guesthouse, or rather the family members who owned Haus Maria.

The guesthouse is very well positioned both for those who come skiing in the winter and for those visiting the area in the summer. In winter, the ski bus stops right in front of the guesthouse and connects to the slopes in Zell-am-See and Kaprun.

In the summer, the guesthouse can be a starting point for the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

Nearby are Kaprun Castle, the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier (which can be visited all year round), the resort of Zell-am-See, and, less than an hour by train, the beautiful city of Salzburg. The train station is just a few minutes' walk away.

If you go to Austria, in the Salzburg area, I recommend Haus Maria.

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