*INVITATION* A long and curvy street leads us up a hill. We take it all in. Coming from the concrete jungle of Vienna, the green grass, the vast fields, and the beautiful wild flowers are a treat to watch go by while heading towards our first destination. The Molzbachhof, located in Kirchberg am Wechsel in Lower Austria, where we’re starting off our roadtrip through the Austrian mountains.
First, we do not know what to expect at all. As the Molzbachhof has recently been renovated and reopened only one month before our stay, the hotel website didn’t really give away too much yet. Thus, we kind of headed into our stay with the hope to be positively surprised. And if I can give away one thing right now: we were surprised! Not only by the amazing entrance hall, but also by the beautiful dinner they served us, and the amazing spa-treatment we got to experience. But first I want to tell the tale of how I went on an unplanned digital detox during my stay in lower Austria.
Hiking at the Rax and totally forgetting about time, space, and my phone
As we did the roadtrip with the expectation to hike loads, we already headed towards our first mountain on Tuesday. We got up early, filled our bellies at the delicious breakfast buffet and quickly packed our bags to depart. Once the trip started I had already used up all my mobile data, so I was left with no internet connection for the entire day. On the mountain, I didn’t even check my phone because I completely forgot it was even there.
Usually, I’m someone who is obsessed with their phone, checking it every five minutes and constantly messaging my friends or uploading on social media. During our stay at Molzbachhof I roughly spent only about one hour a day on my phone – I simply could not be bothered to upload in-between hiking, reading and enjoying a relaxing in their lovely garden.
And it was absolutely what I needed. The hotel was so inviting and relaxing, with its natural pool outside and all that wooden furniture inside. I felt like the close proximity to nature and emphasis on slowing-down kind of woke me up from my social media addiction and showed me that, in fact, I do not need to check my phone all day every day to have a good time.
The Molzbachhof – HOTEL REVIEW
We were given a rather spacious room, with a big bathroom, a super comfortable twin bed and, my favourite, a sitting corner right at the window. Once we entered the room we both immediately headed to said corner and uttered our happiness about that space. Needless to say, we spent about 90% of our time in the room chilling on there, watching the sun set behind the mountains. Furthermore, we had a really nice balcony with a garden view that we used for tanning. We probably wouldn’t have needed that big a room as we spent most of our time outdoors, however, it felt really nice to start off our days on the road with a room this nice and spacious.
The cool thing about the new part of the hotel, the Holzbach, is made completely out of wood – with no glue, nails or screws. This means it is absolutely free from chemicals. Definitely one of a kind and perfectly reflects the natural, regional and traditional vibes of the area.
Cook the Gart’l Breakfast and Dinner
Vivi already talked a bit about the delicious food in her hotel review, however, I want to add a few words on it too. Because, believe me when I say it was absolutely delicious. With every dish they served you could see how much effort and love they put into creating it and how much they prided themselves on serving us their Cook the Gart’l menu – vegan edition. My favourite was the carrot-mushroom dish you can see on the pictures. So picturesque and also very much delicious.
Feel the Gart’l Spa Treatments and Switching Off
Another highlight at the Molzbachhof for sure was the Feel the Gart’l Spa Treatment we were kindly surprised with. It started off with a bath that consisted of a mud and herb scrub made from fresh herbs from their garden and a 20-minute relax time covered with delicious scents and a warming water-bed. At first I was really anxious about not being able to switch off. After a few minutes, however, I fell asleep and only woke when my time was over and the lights were turned on again. After, we both were given a 25 minute massage with selected herb oils and focus on the areas that needed work. Whenever I get a massage I realize what a 90-year-old I really am, with back pain that I really shouldn’t have at my age – haha
Have you ever accidentally been on a digital detox? And what do you think about this charming hotel? Doesn’t it sound utterly lovely?
A special thank you goes out to the Molzbachhof team for welcoming Miss Getaway and Vanillaholica as guests and treating us so well. The opinion expressed in this post is, as always, 100% my own!