The Refugium is located directly on the church square in Lunz am See, the Ybbs and the Gothic parish church from the 15th century to the side. The history of the house with its 23 rooms also goes back 5 centuries.
The owners, Joachim Mayr and Heinz Glatzl, felt obligated to this history when remodeling. They did not want to create just another design hotel, but rather a tender coexistence between old and new, a place of contemplation and refuge, precisely the Refugium.
The vision of a place where the desire for new things and the appreciation of the past find common expression has taken shape with the Refugium. Heart and soul, dedication and the clear aesthetic concept are reflected in the design of the rooms. It is a skillful play with textures, structures, shapes and colors. The commitment to authentic craftsmanship and attention to detail can be seen and felt throughout the hotel.
Numerous partners, from the Formdepot cooperative founded by Joachim and Heinz, were involved in the remodeling and furnishing of the hotel. Formdepot is an association of craftsmen, architects and designers based in Vienna Ottakring.
With 46m² and a large terrace overlooking the church, this suite offers enough space. Besides a living room with a small library and 2 bedrooms, the suite also has a sauna.
Fanny laughs a lot and likes people. That's a good prerequisite for pretty much everything at the Refugium. Especially for making the guests feel comfortable. Christian takes care of the physical well-being.
In the kitchen, Christian Metzger is in charge and he follows a simple philosophy: not more of everything, but enough of the essentials. A special kind of luxury. Care, passion and time go into everything that is put on the table.
In addition to his work as Sous Chef at the famous "Motto am Fluß" in Vienna, he ran the restaurant "Die Metzgerei" together with Fanny with great success.
Lunz am See is probably not the navel of the world. But Lunz am See is certainly a small diamond in the Lower Austrian Mostviertel and still something of an insider tip. The area around Lake Lunz, and the largely unspoilt lake itself, are worth a visit at any time of year. In summer for the classic summer retreat with a lot of nostalgia factor – swimming, boating and recovering from the city heat in the cool nights. In winter for ice skating on the frozen lake or cross-country skiing on the trails. In spring, when the daffodils are in bloom, the best way to explore the surroundings is by bike. And as good as always for hiking, especially in autumn.
23 rooms, including 2 suites
Price from € 220
Opening April 2023