If you make the trip up the steep, winding road from Bolzano to Gasthof Kohlern, you will be rewarded with a special experience. If you don’t fancy driving, then don’t despair: the hotel is also accessible via one of the oldest cable cars in the world.

     Owner Josef Schrott speaks excellent English and has a warming sense of humour. Josef has mastered the art of always being at his guests’ disposal without being intrusive. No doubt this is one of the main reasons why many of his guests aren’t visiting for the first time.

     Rooms are spacious, clean and, as you’d expect from a hotel at 1330m above sea level, come with commanding views. There is an impressive (and heated) infinity pool, with splendid vistas across the Adige valley. The restaurant serves food made with locally sourced ingredients and delicious local wine. If the weather is fine, dine on the terrace with a spectacular backdrop.

     Included in the price of your stay is a BolzanoCard, which grants the holder free public travel and entry to museums in and other tourist attractions in Bolzano. In summer, the BolzanoCard covers excursions to the nearby unmissable Dolomites National Park.

     We don’t usually recommend hotels this large, but the views and hospitality at Gasthof Kohlern were simply too much above average for us to ignore. Prices are also reasonable.