The traditional Hotel Gasthof Krone is centrally located on the village square of von Hiltisau in Austria’s Bregenz Forest. This typical log building from 1838 was originally built as a a courthouse, but has been used as an inn for 170 years. At the beginning of the 2000s, architect Bernardo Bader carefully renovated the building with great respect for its old structure and extended it with six rooms. Its new, modern features are clearly recognisable, but do not form a stark contrast; instead these are harmonious additions to the old. The skill of local craftsmen can be seen in every detail in the dining rooms and each hotel room.
The 27 hotel rooms are divided into three categories: the Bregenzerwald and Werkraum rooms are characterised by straight lines and simple elegance; their furniture is made by regional craftsmen. Somewhat more traditional are the classic rooms, which were designed in the late 1970s by Leopold Kaufmann, one of the pioneers of timber construction in Vorarlberg.
The sauna house in the garden, built in 2018, with its unusual multi-unit form, is a counterpoint to the traditional inn. This wooden structure with a granite floor and black glass roof includes a sanarium, a Finnish sauna, showers, and a massage room.
The hotel not only offers award-winning architecture, but also excellent cuisine and literary events for guests interested in culture. The hotel also publishes an in-house edition with stories about the hotel and its surroundings.
What to do
Hiking (the hotel is located in the nature park Nagelfuhkette Vorarlberg and Allgäu), cross-country skiing, golf. Within 20 minutes walk you can reach the Werkraumhaus Bregenzerwald, Bus.Stop Krumbach, the Frauenmuseum Hittisau, the Angelika Kauffmann Museum in Schwarzenberg, the concert hall of the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
Thanks to its location in the Vierländereck between Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Austria, many excursion destinations can be reached within an hour’s drive: e.g. Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenzer Festspiele, Flatz Museum in Dornbirn, Kunstmuseum Liechtensten, Stiftsbibliothek in St. Gallen, the island town of Lindau.
Why we like this house
The hotel offers rooms with a pleasant, calm ambience, the finest craftsmanship and excellent cuisine.
This house is great for
Foodies and guests interested in culture will both feel at home in Hotel Krone. The hotel is also suitable for celebrations and seminars.
Details of the property
Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Bregenzerwald, Hittisau
Name: Hotel Gasthof Krone
Scenery: At the village square
Number of guests: 27 rooms à 1-4 guests
Architecture: Old & new
Completed: from 2007 (renovation), 2018 (sauna house)
Design: Bernardo Bader, Dornbirn
Awards: Vorarlberger Holzbaupreis, Vorarlberger Bauherrenpreis, Constructive - sustainable building in the Alps, Gault Millau Ambiente Award, Innovation Award Vorarlberg Tourism