Jochberg (Kitzbühel Alps), Austria
In 2011, Henning Reichel left the Taunus to head to Tyrol, where he took charge of the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol located in Jochberg near Kitzbühel. With many years of international experience, the hotelier has since brilliantly managed the hotel with over 150 staff members.
Why do guests visit the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol not only in the winter, but all year round?
Of course many guests come to our hotel in the winter to go skiing or snowboarding – after all, we have our own ski lift right next to us. But the hotel – the first Kempinski Hotel in Austria, by the way – and its surroundings have a lot more to offer: Das Tirol is the ideal starting point for hikes, bike tours, and unique excursions in nature. Thanks to the many surrounding golf courses, golfers also get their money’s worth here. In the hotel’s 3,600 m² spa area, our guests can relax and be pampered to their heart’s content.
How do you define modern luxury, and how does it come to life at your hotel?
For me, luxury means getting some peace, not having to worry about anything, and spending time with family. Das Tirol is designed for just that. We consider ourselves an alpine sporty luxury hotel where you can treat yourself to your heart’s content. Thanks to an interior in soft earth tones, open fireplaces, and the warm light, our rooms exude a modern luxury that has an equally sophisticated and cozy air.
What distinguishes the cuisine at Das Tirol?
We serve varied, authentic dishes and rely on premium, regional products. For example, we purchase our lamb from a producer whose lambs graze freely on a 1,800-m-high alpine pasture. At Restaurant Steinberg, head chef Caspar Bork serves classics with a modern twist, while our chef Frank Heppner at Restaurant Sra Bua creates unique gourmet compositions true to the motto “Tyrol meets Asia.”
What mountain in the area is a must to climb, and is there a place in Tyrol you wouldn’t want to miss?
My absolute favorite is the Wilder Kaiser – extremely impressive, with great hiking and energy trails. The Kitzbühel Slate Alps also have a postcard character to them, and with its High Alpine Road, the Großglockner is always worth a trip; the same goes for the Steinbergkogel, the inspiration for the name of our restaurant. Make sure to visit the Krimml Waterfalls: simply breathtaking!