Gourmet Hotel Karnerhof

4-star gourmet hotel on the Faaker See in Austria

Home-made apple strudel with a view of turquoise blue waters. A glass of Frulian red wine beside a crackling fireplace. Roasted sea bass with celeriac and Périgord truffles in our toque-awarded restaurant Götzlstube. Thanks to regional products of the highest quality, masterful culinary handicraft and imaginative cooking flair, the Hotel Karnerhof is considered one of the finest gourmet hotels in Carinthia. The restaurants’ panorama windows and extensive terraces provide an impressive setting for your culinary enjoyment.

Restaurant, Café and Bar

Restaurant Götzlstube

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Culinary Philosophy


Our cooking philosophy at the gourmet Hotel Karnerhof

Your culinary experience at the Hotel Karnerhof: local roots with a worldly outlook, seasoned with a light Mediterranean touch. Kitchen chef Leonhard Salchegger takes you on a culinary journey across Carinthia and the Alp-Adriatic region to meet the people and the tastes of the Dreiländereck, where Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. The journey brings you to traditional producers of local foods enriched with knowledge and tradecraft handed down through generations. These natural, healthy products form the cornerstone of our impressive cooking. The priority we place on the culinary experience is mirrored in our membership in Genießerhotels, an alliance of gourmet hotels who are all committed to providing “exceptional quality from kitchen to wine cellar.”

Passion for fine cuisine

Your hosts the Melcher family understand what it means to be connoisseurs, and they live out their high aspirations, right down to the last detail. Just notice the elaborate attention that’s put on the humble salad at the Karnerhof. Our Senior Hotel Manager Johann Melcher mixes and marinates the salad himself in a large bowl, right in front of his guests. The ingredients: freshly harvested lettuce, the Melcher family’s traditional balsamic vinegar, along with selected olive, walnut or pumpkinseed oils. The salad arrives on the plate crisp and crunchy, topped with an individually-mixed dressing. Beef tartar, tuna fish salad and beef salad are other specialties that the master of the house prepares before his guests’ eyes.

The best from our very own garden

Your hosts the Melcher family understand what it means to be connoisseurs, and they live out their high aspirations, right down to the last detail. Just notice the elaborate attention that’s put on the humble salad at the Karnerhof. Our Senior Hotel Manager Johann Melcher mixes and marinates the salad himself in a large bowl, right in front of his guests. The ingredients: freshly harvested lettuce, the Melcher family’s traditional balsamic vinegar, along with selected olive, walnut or pumpkinseed oils. The salad arrives on the plate crisp and crunchy, topped with an individually-mixed dressing. Beef tartar, tuna fish salad and beef salad are other specialties that the master of the house prepares before his guests’ eyes.

Flavour of the region

Fresh products of the very highest quality – with the unique tastes of our region, and of the season. Everything that the Melcher family loves to eat and drink, they share with their guests. Collaborations with local and regional producers take priority. In this way, golden honey from Föderlach, tasty goat’s cheese from Tainach, the best meats and cold cuts from Frierss in Villach, eggs from the happy hens of Picheldorf and hearty craft beer from the Biermanufaktur Loncium in Kötschach-Mauthen all find their way through the Karnerhof’s gourmet kitchens to our guests. Carinthian specialties such as spaetzle and traditional “sour soup” made to a generations-old recipe provide a traditional touch to our culinary handicraft.

Fine wines and home-made digestifs

Good food and good wine simply go together. The Karnerhof wine cellar was built in 1975 and is carefully stocked with more than 200 vintages; a highlight for connoisseurs of fine wines. Fruity golden muscatel from southern Styria, steely grüner veltiner from Kremstal and full-bodied pinot grigio from the Karst region: our cellar places a strong emphasis on wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Bordeaux and Burgundy – and of course from Austria as well.

As with so many products, with wine local origin is increasingly important. Although Carinthia is not traditionally a wine-producing area, over the past few years wines from the region have been gaining in both quality and popularity. The Karnerhof stocks a golden muscatel and the “gemischten Satz” from the Weingut Burg Taggenbrunn in St. Veit. Alongside our wide selection of fine wines, connoisseurs and beginners will find a range of schnapps and spirits to suit their taste. A highlight for aficionados: brandy made in-house, with fruit from our very own garden. Wine cellar tours and tastings offer you a chance to get acquainted with our range of fine wines and brandies, and to exchange views with our sommelier Franz Egger - or with invited vintners

Gourmet experience with a view: half-board for connoisseurs

Meals at the Karnerhof. We serve up feasts in the morning and in the evening. In the afternoons, you can replenish yourself with sweet and savoury snacks alongside coffee and tea.

A gourmet breakfast at the Karnerhof: the perfect way to start your day. Fresh, aromatic bread. Hearty egg dishes. Various cold cuts and cheeses, marmelade, honey, fresh fruit, juices and a large organic corner with a range of mueslis. Tea, hot chocolate or coffee are served with the breakfast. If the weather is good, you can enjoy a leisurely open-air breakfast on the terrace. On Sundays in the summertime, your morning meal is even accompanied by the gentle sounds of the harp.

Dinner with a panorama view. Our five-course dinner menu brings a new surprise each day. Kitchen chef Leonhard Salchegger and his team conjure up dishes from the best local and regional ingredients. Regular buffets guarantee an even wider variety of culinary experiences. Trained servers and our sommelier Franz Egger can always recommend a fitting wine. With a spectacular view of the Faaker See, dinner at the Karnerhof becomes a daily highlight.