The highest alpine mountain hotels in the Alps

09/04/2024 - SnowTrex

Staying between the highest mountain peaks in the Alps and in the middle of a skiing area – a holiday dream! The highest alpine mountain hotels in the Alps make it come true.

A sunrise behind the mountains in the French Alps.

Glacier Hotel Grawand (Italy)

Three stars in the middle of the Schnalstal Glacier and the piste right on your doorstep – welcome to the Glacier Hotel Grawand in South Tyrol’s Schnals Valley. The hotel at 3,212 m is the highest alpine mountain hotel in Europe! In the morning you are guaranteed to be the first on the slopes and swing towards the sunrise on the freshly prepared pistes. Right next to the hotel is the mountain station of the Schnalstal Glacier Lift, which takes skiers from the valley resort of Kurzras to the ski area and hotel guests right to their front door until 4:30 pm. From the sun terrace of the Gipfelhotel Grawand you can enjoy a dream view over the Ötztal Alps. Snow lovers can relax after a hard day on the slopes in the hotel’s wellness area and enjoy cosy warmth in the sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin. Winter holidaymakers who still haven’t had enough after an exciting day on the slopes can work out at the table tennis table or in the fitness room. In the comfortably furnished rooms there are large windows for a dreamlike view of the surrounding three-thousand-metre peaks. In the evening, guests are treated to culinary delights in the panorama restaurant against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. In addition to the 27 kilometres of pistes, the Schnalstal Glacier ski area also offers other activities to discover the mountain world. In winter, for example, guided ski tours to the discovery site of the famous Ötzi are offered and a 5 km long high-altitude cross-country ski trail starts not far from the hotel.

Kulmhotel Gornergrat (Switzerland)

From the Kulmhotel Gornergrat you have a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn.

The Kulmhotel Gornergrat above the prestigious ski resort is only a few metres lower than the Glacier Hotel Grawand and is the highest hotel in Switzerland. The Gornergrat cogwheel railway from Zermatt takes hotel guests up to the hotel entrance at 3,100 metres above sea level. When guests look out of the window of the comfortable rooms, all they see is glacier ice and rock, wisps of clouds and blue sky – and 29 four-thousand-metre peaks, including the famous Matterhorn. What a panorama! Here, however, not only the view is fascinating, but also the air is thin. Acclimatisation is important, and some people have to be prepared for poor sleep and increased appetite due to the altitude. If you don’t mind, you can spend a great holiday in a three-star hotel of a higher standard. The Gornergrat is also home to the Matterhorn ski paradise ski region with 360 kilometres of slopes.

Berghaus Diavolezza (Switzerland)

  • Place: Pontresina
  • Altitude: 3,000 m
  • Ski area: Diavolezza-Lagalb

Skiing in the Bernina massif in the Swiss Eastern Alps is a pleasure in itself. If you then spend the night at 3,000 m above sea level, your skiing happiness is almost perfect. Up here, “Teufels Küche” serves regional and international specialities and there is room for up to 180 guests in the double and multi-bed rooms as well as group accommodation in the house. From the valley station on the Bernina Pass road to the mountain house takes about 10 minutes on the Diavolezza cable car. The mountain restaurant offers great events such as the summit dinner followed by a moonlight ride. The 10 km-long glacier run leads downhill through the bizarre ice world of the Morteratsch and Pers glaciers. This run is the longest of its kind in Switzerland. In total, the Diavolezza-Lagalb glacier ski area offers around 30 km of downhill runs with exclusively red or black markings, as well as beautiful ski touring routes. A dream for advanced snow lovers.

Wedelhütte (Austria)

The Wedelhütte is one of the classiest ski huts in the entire Zillertal and is also a modern five-star alpine mountain hotel. With a new premium lounge and sky terrazza, a gourmet kitchen and the highest wine vault in the region, it stands for a special enjoyment experience on the mountain. The hotel has a total of eleven suites with infrared cabins and many other extras. Connoisseurs can relax in the Finnish sauna, in the steam bath or in the whirlpool on the snow balcony terrace. In the hotel above 2,000 m, value is placed on luxury, so recently there are even Nespresso machines in all rooms. The best thing about the hut, however, is its location directly in the Hochzillertal-Hochfügen ski area. It’s not called the Wedelhütte for nothing; here you get on your skis after breakfast and immediately start skiing down the virgin piste. The Hochzillertal-Hochfügen ski area offers a total of around 90 kilometres of pistes, and in the entire Zillertal there are even around 530 kilometres that can be skied with the Zillertal Superskipass. If you want to add to all this luxury, you can take the VIP gondola up to the Wedelhütte. One cabin of the Leitner lift was upgraded in cooperation with BMW and is designed from the inside like the cockpit of a noble limousine for two.

Adler Lounge (Austria)

The gourmet hut on Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner (3,798 m), impresses above all with its very good cuisine. The Hauben restaurant serves traditional hut dishes as nobly composed meals. However, the Adlerhorst is not only a hut stop for skiers, but also a chic lounge that embodies “a mixture of casualness, Tyrolean cosiness and modern design”. With two flats for six people each and one room for a maximum of four people, the hotel’s living space above 2,000 m is manageable. But that is what makes the hut so exclusive. The house is located at 2,621 m and thus at snow-sure altitudes. The skiing area Großglockner Resort Kals-Matrei offers a total of 37 kilometres of pistes and for guests of the Gipfelhotel, the descent can begin right outside the front door.

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