Oft gfragt!

Tyrolean dialect for frequently asked questions! (FAQ)

In accordance with the Tyrolean inn traditions and due to our strong ambition to be good hosts, we want you to feel „huamelig“ (Tyrolean dialect for feeling at home) in our historical building. Lean back and enjoy the culinary highlights in our traditional inn and do not forget to attend our unique nature events.

In the following pages you will find a great collection of our personal STERN-Tips as well as information about our hotel and the idyllic holiday region it is surrounded by. We hope this will help you make the most of your stay. Alternatively, feel free to drop by at the reception where we would be more than happy to share our tips with you in person.

Welcome to The STERN Family Hotel

Check-in

Rooms and apartments are available after 2pm. We take great pleasure in showing you all our facilities on your arrival, presenting you with your Emil-bottle and providing you with our insider tips for your stay.

Climate Check-in & Check-out

At your check-in at the reception desk you will receive a climate-questionnaire. Please take one minute of your time to learn how easy it is to actively participate in climate protection during your stay at STERN: e.g. when choosing your meals or planning activities. At the end of your holiday, please complete the questionnaire together with your family members and enter the data at www.hotelstern.at, using our carbon footprint calculator. You will be rewarded as a STERN-ambassador, and will be able to compensate for your CO2-emmissions produced at your trip to STERN/back home and will be handed over a certificate.

We recommend to do the climate check-out already one or two days before leaving the STERN, so that we are able to revise your data and resolve uncertainties.

We’d like to be on the first name terms with you

The Tyrolean people are known to be on first name terms with everybody. Even politicians are addressed with the familiar “du” in German. There is also a saying that over 1,000m above sea level your are automatically on first name terms with everybody. You will experience that yourself when on a hiking tour or ordering schnapps at a mountain hut. And that’s also the way we treat our guests at The STERN Family Hotel: we’d like to be on first name terms with our guests. That’s not a lack of respect, but Tyrolean tradition.

Check-out

You can pay your bill at any time at our bar using an EC card, Visa or MasterCard (please be aware of your limits). We recommend paying all your bills on your last evening. Please don’t forget to bring back your Emil-bottle so we can return the deposit. We respectfully request that our guests vacate their room by 11am on the day of departure so we can make sure to provide our next guests the same comfort you enjoyed.

Plateau-Card - your Guest-Card

In order to register for the Plateau-card we need your personal data, which we will handle with care. You will then be presented with your Plateau-Card for the holiday region „Mieminger Plateau“. The card allows you to enjoy the whole infrastructure of the Mieminger Plateau, such as regional bus transfer, Post bus transfer, Shrove-Tuesday-Museum, the indoor swimming pool in Telfs, ice skating rink, the indoor ice-skating rink in Telfs, parking in Arzkasten and Holzleiten. It also gives you access to numerous nature activities and several discounts (e.g. Stams Abbey, mining village “Knappenwelt”, Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Shopping in Mieming and Telfs ). Please carry your Plateau-Card with you at all times as its barcode has to be swiped in order to give you access to all benefits.

Tips & recommendations

We know our region very well and have been able to gain a lot of experience. We want to share this knowledge with you. Please, contact our reception desk in case of any questions or uncertainties. We are happy to help. You’ll also find a good tip on a message in your Emil-bottle.

STERN Shop

In our little shop you can buy all kinds of hand-made souvenirs and regional products, e.g. funny T-Shirts and felt products produced by Kontaktil, “Alpenlarch” cosmetic products from the hotel’s own bio-cosmetic line, flavoursome arolla pine products (e.g. arolla pine drops for flavoured water or arolla pine pillows), Emil bottles in different colours, cups from Gmunder Ceramics, interesting books from regional authors, as well as pictures and paintings of our landscapes that you can also admire in our hallways. Moreover, we offer “Luna” picture frames made of driftwood by a South African social project, schnapps from Styria, Austrian wine or Tyrolean bacon, cheese and other products you enjoy at STERN.

The STERN and the larch – modern architecture in a historical building

Piece by piece we are trying to adapt the STERN’s historical walls to our modern times. In doing so we try to use modern elements and creative ideas to set architectural highlights, which also reflect a visible reference to nature, our region and culture.

Larch trees are a regional treasure and probably the most typical characteristic of Mieming’s sunny plateau. The wood from these trees is consistently used in the STERN: in our larch wood sauna, in our modern family rooms and for our “Sunnebankln” (sunny benches) on our southern patio.

Parking

There are plenty of parking spaces available in front of our hotel and on its east side. There is no need to worry about safety as Obsteig is still a very quiet location with hardly any crime at all.

Complaints

If you have any complaints, please let either our staff or the Foeger Family know. This is very important to us, as this is the only way to get to know your needs and wishes. We will try our best to immediately correct our mistakes in order to make your stay a pleasant one.

Gschmackig – All about food

The STERN gourmet half board

Breakfast buffet with regional delicacies from 8am to 10am

Packed lunch for your hiking trip (in summer) at the breakfast buffet

Afternoon buffet (in winter) from 3pm to 4:30pm

Evening Menu of choice with salad buffet from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

For your evening menu you can choose from different main courses that are presented to you at dinner time the day before. In case our offers don’t meet your taste or you need a special type of food due to dietary reasons, please let us know. We are pleased to help.

Water Bar with Emil bottles

The water bar in the restaurant can be accessed all day for a drink of fresh water or to refill your Emil bottle. Fresh water flavoured with seasonal fruits and herbs is available every day: from lavender water to cucumber-ginger water and mint-berry water.

Put it on my bill, please!

You can charge any service you use during your stay to the room bill: your evening drinks, the inn bill, child care etc. Please sign your receipt before you leave the restaurant to guarantee that only your consumption is booked to your room.

Tyrolean Inn since 1509

The STERN is a centuries-old inn in the centre of Obsteig. Enjoy a glass of wine and seasonal delicacies in our old Tyrolean-style dining rooms, try grandma’s apple strudel on our sunny terrace with the adaptable “Sunnebankln” (Tyrolean for sun loungers) or enjoy a tasty bowl of ice cream “Unter de Keschtn”, as to say, in our shady chestnut tree garden, consisting of trees that are about 120 years old.

In our inn we mainly use regional products from local farmers and we try our best to offer seasonal dishes. Being part of the “Genuss-Wirt” association, as well as being a certified “Tyrolean Inn” reflects thesehigh-quality standards. Moreover, we mainly use products with the “AMA-Gütesiegel” (AMA Seal of Approval).

Breakfast in the garden

In summer you are welcome to have your breakfast outside in the garden. At the buffet you’ll find trays to bring your breakfast outside. Our staff will be happy to serve you there with hot drinks.

In order to serve you a quality dinner, we thank you for understanding that we can’t serve the half board dinner outdoors.

Room service

You are welcome to make use of our room service. Just order from our wide range of local drinks and specialities during the opening hours of our restaurant: breakfast from 8am to 10am, food and snacks from 11.30am to 9pm and drinks from 8am to 10pm Please note that we charge a supplement of € 5,- for each room service order.

The STERN Bar

Our bar is open from Monday to Sunday. The boss himself serves you with beer specialities, fine drinks and local types of schnapps and is looking forward to a little chat with his guests. In winter enjoy the cosy places next to the open fire place.

Non-smoking & smoking

The STERN is a non-smoking hotel. Therefore, we would like to ask smokers to smoke outside in the fresh air. At our hotel’s entrance area you will find ashtrays and you can also get an ashtray for your balcony at our reception.

Huamelig – Your room

Your key

Please leave your room key on its nail on the key rack at the reception. You are welcome to take your key from the shelf at any time. If you plan to stay out longer than 10pm, please take your room key with you. Your key opens the main entrance next to the chestnut tree garden as well as the two emergency entrances.

Door hangers

On our door hangers we use the Tyrolean dialect and therefore they might be a bit hard to understand. “A Ruah isch!” means that you don’t want to be disturbed and “Geht scho!” stands for “Come in – ready to clean!”. If you want to take the door hanger home as a souvenir, you can buy it for €5. If you prefer not to have your room cleaned on a certain day, just leave the „A Ruah isch!“ sign up for the whole day.

Personal messages

We will make sure to forward any personal messages on to you as quickly as possible – either personally or by leaving a note on the key rack.

Cash and jewellery

You can deposit your valuables in the safe at our reception. Moreover, most rooms are equipped with a safe in the closet. For some safes you need a key from the reception desk. Others can be programmed with a number code. We are not liable for anything that goes missing.

Minibar & fridge

If you feel like having refreshments at your disposal in your room, we can provide you with a fridge or a minibar.

Alpenlarch cosmetics line & other personal care products

Together with Bio-Wellnesshotel Holzleiten we have created our own cosmetics line “Alpenlarch”. All products are dedicated to the larch tree, are biological, regional and handmade products. You can use the Alpenlarch soap in your bathroom and the Alpenlarch Hair & Body in your shower. We offer the whole range of products in our shop – from lip balsam to peeling products, massage oil and many more.

To avoid unnecessary waste, we have done away with small, single-packed cosmetic products. In case you need anything, we are fully equipped with shower gel and shampoo, body lotion, shower caps, nail files, cotton buds, cotton pads, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shavers, shoe cleaning accessories or nappies – just ask at reception.

Pillows, blankets and bedclothes

Good sleep is priceless. That’s why we offer you several options for your night’s rest: choose from relaxing pillows with Austrian stone pine stuffing, a warming cherry pit cushion or pillows and blankets that are allergy-friendly. In case you need additional towels or you want to have your bedclothes changed daily, please let us know. The beds in all our upcycled rooms are equipped with Austrian stone pine pillows.

Laundry & ironing

You are welcome to make use of our laundry service: Within 12 hours we wash and tumble dry your laundry (hand in before 10am). Costs: € 10 per laundry load. We also offer to iron your laundry, at extra cost per piece.

Drying clothes and cleaning shoes

Please find some hooks to leave and dry your wet clothes on our (emergency) exit on the west-side. There is also a machine for shoe-cleaning.

Inventory and decor

We kindly ask you to leave your room the way it was offered to you, and not to remove any items from the room in order to guarantee that future guests can also enjoy their stay. If you are interested in any of the decorative cushions, vases etc., please ask for further information at the reception.

Postcards & postage

In addition to the great selection of postcards that can be found at our reception, you will find two STERN Cards in your room, which you are welcome to send to your family. We will gladly pay for the postage. The postage for other cards and letters can be paid at the reception (within Austria €0.70, within EU €0.80). This way it saves you going to our post office in the “Nah & Frisch Markt” in Mieming. Post Tip: Please, do not forget to fill in the destination country into the address field.

Telephone

The instructions for your room telephone can be found in the hotel folder. For the outside line please dial 0, to get hold of the reception dial 64.

TV & DVD

The television guide for all our 12 TV channels can be found in our hotel folder. If you prefer a TV-free room, please let us know.

In our “Spielstube” (playroom) we have a flat-screen TV you can use anytime. A selection of kids’ movies and a DVD/Blueray player is available at the reception.

Books, e-books & audio books

On the fourth floor, in the sauna and chill-out area „Unter de Sterndl’n“ (Austrian dialect for “under the stars”), you will find a small library which you are more than welcome to use. At the reception, you can also borrow an Apple iPad to read an e-book or a CD-player to listen to one of our many audio books that you can choose from in the chill-out area. Magazines and newspapers are also available at the bar and chill-out area.

Internet

We offer free WIFI throughout the hotel. The password for our “hotel-netz” is: hotelstern. Just accept the conditions and you’re on your way. On the WIFI-welcome page you have the possibility to click “I mag di” (Like-button in Tyrolean dialect for Facebook) or to see our STERN-Blog – in order to stay in contact with the STERN.

At our reception desk you can borrow an Apple iPad to surf the internet (max. usage of 2h using a travel document or credit card as deposit).

Dogs & pets

It goes without saying that you can bring along your dogs, cats or guinea pigs. We would just like to ask you that you do not bring them to any rooms where we are offering a buffet. A day rate (food excluded) of €7 is charged for cleaning the room. If you take the dog for a walk, please use the dog waste bags which are offered in dispensers all over the village (in front of the hotel you can find the next one).

Gspassig – Family time

STERNCHEN Kids-Club

In the framework of our STERNCHEN Kids-Club (Sternchen is the German word for little star) we put together a great NATURE.Event.Programme for the whole family every week. It could consist of exciting games like a treasure hunt, interesting trips like a visit to a farm or fire station or an adventure for the whole family. The latest programme for families but also the nature program for adults is available on Sunday evenings and will also be presented to you personally at dinner.

You are welcome to use our kids’ rooms on the first floor even after the opening times: our INDOOR.Kids’play area for climbing, bouldering, craft work, painting, dance, play theatre, reading, watching movies, weaving and much more or you can use our family playroom on the ground floor for board games, chess and table football. Our INDOOR.Kids’play area opens daily from 9am to 5pm and from 7.30pm to 9pm.

We kindly ask parents to accompany their children, to keep an eye on them when they are climbing and to make sure to leave the room tidy.

Babysitting

If you are interested in additional child care or babysitting for your small kids, please let us know in order to organise a babysitter (€15 per hour).

Family games in the "Spielstube"

We have a family Piatnik games arcade on the ground floor. You are welcome to borrow our board games: Activity, The little ghost (look out for the German game “Das kleine Gespenst”), The Very Hungry Caterpillar (“Raupe Nimmersatt”), Callisto, Carcasonne, Zooloretto, collection of traditional games, skat, rummy etc.  Please get the key at the reception. There is also a football table, hop-ball game and a chess table.

Adventure playground

At the back of the hotel you’ll find our playground with some special things: tree house with hunters-stand, eagles nest, boulder facilities, spider net, the old lift swing with the chairs from the former Grünberg-chairlift and the play houses for the little ones.

Petting zoo

In our barn at the back of our hotel, we have a petting zoo with ponies, pygmy goats and bunnies for our little guests. Children are welcome to pet and cuddle our animals under your or a member of staff’s supervision. (We kindly ask you not to feed our animals as they could get sick from eating the wrong food. Parents are liable for their children).

Grandpa Toni feeds the animals in the late afternoon (from 5pm in summer or 4pm in winter) – all kids are welcome to help him.

If you feel like taking a pony ride, you can borrow one of ours. We’ll saddle it for you and give you all the necessary advice. (€10 per pony/h). The best days are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays – Saturdays may also be possible. We offer guided pony-rides on Sundays between 1 and 3pm.

Nature playground in the larch meadow

In the same place where you can spend a night in the hay barn everything is ready for action and adventure. Kids in the Sternchen Kids-Club can use the small high-ropes garden with balancing platforms and a group swing, the Flying Fox zip line and try out archery (only under kids-club supervision). And of course there’s also a fire pit for campfires.

Eardig – Sustainable holidays

I take care of you. You take care of me.

Our philosophy and our thoughts about sustainability are a key topic in this information brochure as it has been a topic close to our hearts for decades.

The Austrian Ecolabel

We were awarded the Ecolabel by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Food due to our following principles:

  • Using energy and water sensibly
  • Avoiding waste
  • Using renewable raw materials and environmentally-friendly products
  • Having staff that believe and act according to our principles.

The criteria are regularly checked by independent institutions.

Our environment

We are delighted that you have chosen to stay in our award-winning hotel. Because we are concerned about the environment and would like to preserve its unique character, it is our goal to actively support its protection. Please help us to guarantee clean air, clear water and healthy food by

KEEPING THE WINDOWS CLOSED, when the heating is on.

TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS, when you leave the room.

SAVING WATER by turning it off while cleaning your teeth and shaving and using the water saving push button on the toilet.

Letting us know when taps or toilet flushes leak.

LEAVING TOWELS ON THE FLOOR means you would like fresh ones!

AVOIDING and SEPARATING waste – we separate any waste that we collect from the rooms. You can help us by putting glass bottles beside the bin etc.

INFORMING US ABOUT REPAIRS – many defects can cause a great lack of resources. Therefore, please inform us about any kind of damages so we can repair them immediately.

"Green" arrival by train

Travelling by train spares the environment and reduces traffic on the streets. Even though it usually takes longer, it’s a much more relaxing way to travel and you’re guaranteed no traffic jams. We are happy to support all guests who travel to us by train by giving them a 5% discount on the total cost of their stay. We also offer free pick-up from Telfs and Ötztal train stations. In addition, we provide you with a great mobility package during your stay.

Free charging for e-cars

The new quick charging station at the STERN is suitable for all types of plugs and up to 22kw can be charged to all common electric cars. Take a break and have a coffee or even a short nap: The car will be charged with Tyrolean green energy in 30 – 60 minutes. Naturally free of charge for STERN guests.

E-car rental

When you start it, it’s silent and there’s no smell. You’ll be surprised by the torque when accelerating. When you drive it, you get an idea of the range and the handling. Driving an e-car is quite an interesting experience. The Nissan eNV200 is available to test or also for your own mobility at any time (€45 for a half day, €65 for a whole day including charging). Please let us know one day in advance if you’re interested.

E-mountain bike rental

You can choose between different levels of power depending on your level of fitness or the steepness of the trail. This way you can significantly increase the range of your tour, reach alpine huts that you could normally only reach on foot or you can also easily pull the kids in a bike trailer (€19 for a half day, €24 for a whole day) AND: trying an e-mountain bike out doesn’t have to mean that you want to do things the easy way or that you have a poor level of fitness !

Mobility on our doorstep

You don’t have to worry about being stuck in one place at the STERN. If you have travelled to us by train or you’d just like to leave the car at the hotel, we can offer you a comprehensive mobility package:

  • Hiking trails, bike tours and cross-country skiing trails on our doorstep
  • Free mountain bike rental for adults and children
  • e-mountain bike rental with Chariot bike trailer for kids
  • Bus stop directly in front of the hotel
  • Free regional bus to Innsbruck (daily and almost hourly)
  • Free lifts in the hotel bus
  • Free pick-up from the train station (Telfs-Pfaffenhofen and Ötztal stations)
  • Free shuttle service from the hotel to Hochötz ski region (2,000m altitude, Tues – Thurs)
  • Free regional bus from the sun plateau to Seefeld (daily service during winter)
  • E-car rental

Fein dunken – Time for relaxation

Music and entertainment

It is our pleasure to invite you one evening per week to enjoy our original „Larchgugger“ from Obsteig. You will spend a nice evening full of Austrian humour and traditional music. Exact dates and more on our culture programme can be found in our latest STERN-programme or in the weekly programme for the holiday region of Mieming’s Plateau which are both available at the reception.

Roof-top terrace “Kraftplatzl”

It is a real place of energy (“Kraftplatzl”) up on the 4th floor. Enjoy the most beautiful view of Obsteig: to the Mieminger Chain, to the church tower and into the expanse of the sunny plateau. Please never leave children alone on the roof-top.

We prepared a fridge with cold drinks. Please feel free to help yourself – just note it down and let us know when checking out.

Panoramic sauna „Under the stars“

Under the stars on the 4th floor of the hotel we built a new, comfortable relaxation and sauna area.  Enjoy the majestic views from this area to the mountains, hanging loungers, special showers and an up-to-date reading area with books, audio books and new Apple iPads.

iPads and CD-Players can be borrowed for max. 2 hours at the reception by leaving a deposit of a travel document or credit card.

In winter the relaxation and sauna area is open daily from 1pm to 7pm for people from the age of 16. On Mondays and Fridays it is family day and the sauna has lower temperatures which are also suitable for children who should only attend under supervision. If you would like to enjoy our sauna and relaxation area in the evening, we can offer the area to you exclusively. In summer when the temperatures are high we switch the sauna on for you individually – please let us know 15 minutes before.

Massages & Shiatsu

Our therapists can offer a wide range of different treatments for your relaxation. Appointments for body massages, foot reflexology massages, lymphatic massages as well as Shiatsu (Japanese energy & body treatment) or aromatherapy treatments can be arranged in the sauna and relaxation area for mornings, or in your hotel room for afternoons (€30 for 25 mins, €55 for 50 mins). Our special tip: A seated shiatsu treatment on the roof terrace or in the herbs garden.

Sunnig – Enjoy the outdoors

Alpine flower and stone garden

We have started a very special project together with Dr. Cerny (Professor of Biology at the Innsbruck University). We have planted protected Alpine plants on the west roof of the first floor, and they can be seen from the larch rooms L. By using limestone, we have found a new natural home for edelweiss, gentian and platenigl plants. We ask you kindly to take care that nothing falls on to these beautiful plants and flowers.

STERN-gardens

Our STERN-gardens are very close to our hearts. In the farmers garden we cultivate our own vegetables; in the herbs garden we have fresh kitchen herbs, old traditional herbs and medicinal herbs. You can participate in a herbs tour with Elfi and learn more about our herbs and get to know how to use them. Please feel free to pick and enjoy raspberries and other tasty treats whenever you feel like it.

Sun beds

You will find sun beds on the sunbathing lawn behind the hotel. Covers for the beds are in the box at the Kids’ clubhouse. Please do not hesitate to ask for help at the reception.

Table tennis, basketball, badminton and football

You can play table tennis at the back of the hotel. If you feel like having a match, you can borrow bats and balls at the reception. We also provide you with basketballs and footballs, as well as rackets and shuttlecocks for playing badminton.

Pony Riding & Rent a Pony

You can go for a walk with our ponies Sophie & Marie as part of the kids’ programme or with your family on weekends – appointments are available for a small contribution towards expenses. You can rent a pony anytime, lead it yourself and go for a walk. We saddle the ponies for you and give you all necessary tips. (€10 per pony/h)

Regulars table & nature-programme

On Sunday evening you have the option to get together with our mountain guide to discuss the different possibilities within the nature of the sunny plateau. Please take the information about our special tips, the most beautiful tracks and unique activities.

We are offering sunrise-tours with snowshoes and breakfast in the mountain-hut and a guided ski tour for beginners on a weekly basis in winter. And in summer you can enjoy a fruit and herbs-picking tour, a sunrise-hiking tour with transfer and mountain-breakfast, a relaxing e-bike tour, a fixed-rope tour or an ambitious hiking tour with our mountain guide. You will definitely experience memorable moments in the nature.

Geocaching – GPS treasure hunt

Geo caching is a modern treasure hunt. You are equipped with a GPS receiver and the coordinates of a “treasure” to be able to find what someone else has hidden at a particular place (www.geocaching.com). If you find a treasure, you enter your data in the log and leave a small treasure you brought with you for the next treasure hunter. You can borrow GPS receivers at our reception desk and we also provide you with different treasure-routes. You only have to bring your own little exchange-treasure.

We tried out this kind of treasure hunt ourselves and were highly enthusiastic about it. It’s a perfect way to make hiking more attractive for kids and it’s a good example of how to combine nature with modern technologies.

Hiking stamp pass

Get your stamp pass at the reception and try to get as many stamps as possible on your hiking tours all over the Mieminger Plateau. For the hard walkers we keep hiking pins.

A night in the hay barn

Fancy a night in a bed of hay? Just make a reservation for our hay barn in the larch meadows at our reception desk. We equip you with all the information, sleeping bags and camping mats and off you go to spend a night surrounded by nature.

Alpine-sleepover at 2,000m above sea-level

In the first two weeks of July we offer the so called Alpine-sleepover, which was rewarded “the perfect hiking holiday” by German hiking experts. In these two weeks we do a hiking tour to an alpine hut with you, put up some tents, collect a lot of wood for the fireplace and spend the night under the stars.

Treehouse or soapbox car building

Your time at The STERN Family Hotel should be special (for kids and adults alike). That’s why we have special programmes for specific times: for example, work hard all week on your soapbox car or treehouse and try out your masterpieces before your trip back home! Please check the STERN calendar in the magazine for times.

Hike through the meadows & torch hike

Every Friday we hike to our hay barn in the famous meadows called „Lärchenwiesen“ in Weißland. In summer we hike together with our ponies along the forest and cook something tasty in a gigantic frying pan and in winter we hike with torches to the hay barn where mulled wine and music await us.

Fruit and herbs picking tours in spring and autumn

In spring and autumn you can find all kinds of herbs, fruits and other food in our surroundings. At www.mundraub.org you’ll learn about several places on Mieming’s plateau where you can freely pick what you encounter. Equipped with a picnic basket and a map, Elfi accompanies our guests to search for hidden spots (wild herbs, berries, elder flower, nuts or fruits) and you can take with you what you need for your own requirements. The chefs at STERN are always happy to welcome the guests with their treasures in the hotel kitchen, to taste what has been found and to discuss creative methods of how to cook and process the self-picked ingredients. You can also tag newly found places on www.mundraub.org.

Together with a local association, we initiated a regional climate protection project for meadows scattered with fruit trees. We want to promote free access to fruits to everyone. At the same time, we want to foster the traditional meadows with fruit trees that have been vanishing in the last years to promote biodiversity of regional types of fruits and to support our climate.

Be part of it ...

… gardening, picking potatoes, making hay or planting trees. If there is a special event or an attractive job to do, Elfi will let you know and you’ll have the possibility to be part of it.

Larchsteig – larch path

Going for a walk along the Larchsteig (a path through a larch tree wood) you plunge into the wonderful landscape of the larch meadows. Information points provide you with interesting information and you can learn more about Obsteig’s typical Larchwiesn (larch meadows).

What else do you need on your holiday?

We have various bits and pieces at the reception for your perfect holiday:

  • Nordic walking and mountain hiking sticks
  • Climbing gear
  • Hiking rucksacks, thermo flasks, headlamps
  • Snow shoes
  • Mountain bikes and eBikes
  • Children’s bikes and unicycles
  • Volleyballs, footballs and basketballs
  • Table tennis bats and balls
  • „sledging plates“ and tobbogans
  • hairdryer, hot water bottles, fever thermometer and a small medicine chest
  • Shampoo, shower gel, shaver, toothbrush etc.
  • umbrellas
  • buggy, baby carrier and baby  phones (also wireless with km long operating distance)
  • and much more

STERN Tips for the region

Enjoy nature on Mieming’s sunny plateau

The originality and natural beauty of the plateau offers unique natural pleasure and numerous options to enjoy sporting activities:

  • 9 square kilometres of protected landscape with the famous larch meadows
  • Easy walking paths through the plateau’s fields and forests
  • Alpine park – enjoy the secrets of nature with our experts
  • Picnics in the great outdoors with the generously filled STERN.Picnic-basket
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride through the protected landscape
  • Large lawn for sunbathing right at the hotel
  • Shady garden with big chestnut trees

Nature activities in winter and summer

Mieming’s smooth plateau makes it easy for our guests to recharge their batteries and rediscover their vitality. Professional guides, the right equipment and a good network of paths allow our guests to try different kinds of activities on Mieming’s plateau – most for free with the Plateau-Card!

Hiking Pleasure

The plateau’s landscape offers numerous hiking opportunities – from easy walks to reaching the summit of a mountain:

  • 410 km of walking and hiking paths, starting right outside the hotel
  • Easy hikes up to an alpine hut with refreshments on arrival
  • Picturesque walking paths which are ideal for families
  • Fascinating mountain hikes culminating in the signing of the summit book
  • Hiking and climbing in alpine terrain (with certified mountain guides)
  • Option of staying overnight at the alpine hut with hut-style breakfast
  • Climber’s paradise: Outdoor region Mieming’s Plateau – Nassereith

Personalized tips for hiking and maps (hiking map €5.50) are available at the reception. Furthermore, every week there are two to three guided hikes in the area which allow you to discover special places on the plateau. Another option is to go on one of the weekly bus trips to alpine pastures, which saves you hiking up the mountain but still allows you to walk around and enjoy the unspoiled beauty… The Plateau-Card gives you a 50% discount which means your trip costs between €7 and €10 per trip.

Nordic Walking (also in winter)

110km of optimally signed Nordic Walking routes lead you to the most beautiful places on the Mieminger Plateau. Practice sessions, Nordic Walking sticks and specifically worked-out routes are available in the hotel. We gladly provide you with the necessary tips and advice for beginners.

Mountain biking (also on e-mountain bikes)

90km of mountain bike tracks are available – from smooth hilly landscapes to lush alpine pastures and mountain lakes on the Fern Pass. Mountain bikes in every size are available to rent for free at the hotel. We also have 4 e-mountain bikes from Cube which will support you getting up any mountain.

Bike parks & Single trails

Going down a mountain by bike on small inclines, purposely-built single trails or even on large bike parks is a sport that’s very much in fashion now. Single trails can be found in Lermoos, Sölden, Mutterer Alm or at the Nordkette in Innsbruck (also with rental options). There are two bike parks in the Tyrol – in Fiss and Steinach am Brenner.

Horse Riding and Trail riding (also in winter)

The Mieminger Plateau is known as a paradise for horse riders and it is possible to ride on every path. You can do guided tours which start directly from the hotel or you can take your own horse. You are more than welcome to have a look around our stables and you can even leave your own horse here. If you feel like going for a ride, please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a time for you.

If you would like to visit a horse riding centre to take lessons or go for a ride, we can organise an appointment for you at the Mang Horse and Pony Centre in Nassereith or at the Lipp Pony Centre in Telfs.

Climbing in climber’s paradise

This area is a paradise for climbers with 4 fixed rope routes and 150 climbing routes (franz 3-8c+) and another 150 routes. Trial climbing courses, kids’ climbing, topographic climbing maps and climbing gear are available for everybody (€7 with your Plateau-Card). Within a short distance there is also a high-standard indoor climbing area in the town of Imst as well as a new climbing hall in Telfs.

Golf

Experience the new 27-hole golf course embedded in the amazing landscape of the sunny plateau and enjoy a game on one of Austria’s most beautiful courses: 9-hole park course and 18-hole Champions Course. As a hotel that has helped to establish the golf culture on Mieming’s plateau, we can make special offers enabling you to take advantage of cheaper prices. Whoever feels like having a go can participate in trial lessons every week – for free!

Mountain lakes & boat trips

Along with the forest swimming pool and the bathing lake in Mieming, our alpine world offers a great number of mountain lakes which are perfectly refreshing in summer. Enjoy the romantic setting when swimming or walking at the Piburger, Moeserer or Blind Lake. At the Fernstein Lake you are welcome to go on a boat trip (included from Monday to Friday with the Plateau-Card).

Fishing

In Stams you can go fishing at a crystal clear mountain lake and rent your gear at the local fishing shop from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You can also go fishing in Nassereith. If you want to fish in the local streams and rivers, you will need a fishing permit (heavily regulated).

Rafting and Adventure sports

We collaborate with two rafting companies in Silz and Haiming. Brochures, price lists and further information is available at the reception.  If you feel like canyoning, bungee-jumping, paragliding, hang gliding or skydiving we have the right tips for you.

The Gruenberg family skiing area

In winter the lifts at Gruenberg are open daily from 9.30am to 4pm and are the ideal place for children and beginners. A toboggan track and a new playground make the place even more perfect for families. All STERN guests get a free ski pass for Grünberg.

Ski courses with certified instructors from the Schaber-Obsteig skiing school and Mieming snow school can be booked in the hotel at reduced prices. Further information is available at our reception.

If you feel like visiting a bigger ski resort, you can take the free daily ski shuttle bus to Seefeld. There you’ll find a wide range of alpine skiing slopes, cross country trails (free) and winter hiking paths.

Moreover, on three days a week we offer a free ski shuttle bus to the skiing area Hochoetz, which offers 12 modern lifts with 41km of slopes of all difficulties. Kids who already are able to ski, can participate in an advanced skiing course there. We would be more than happy to inform you about the numerous big ski resorts in the surrounding area and the possibilities to go skiing at night (20 to 60min drive).

Alpine & Cross country ski rental

STERN-guests have an advantage – they get a 10% discount on rental prices at the Schaber-Obsteig ski school. Opening hours daily from 9am to 5pm.

Cross country skiing on the sunny plateau

The endless cross country ski runs on the sunny plateau (during good winters approx. 120km of perfectly prepared tracks – also high and skating tracks) guarantee winter sport at its best for cross country skiing enthusiasts. A map with all cross country skiing tracks is available at the reception. On Sundays there is a trial course for beginners to get to know the technique. You can also book a follow-on course with one of the ski schools.

Snow shoe hiking

One of the most beautiful experiences to have in winter is a hike into the mountains with snow shoes. Feel free to borrow a set of snow shoes at the reception and to join our weekly guided tours.

In addition, we offer a weekly sunrise-snow shoe tour with our guide Petra (including transfer and breakfast at the hut).

Ski tours

We can tell you about a new sport, something only locals are practicing. Now you have the possibility to do a beginners course in ski touring. Our guide Petra shows you how to use the material, how to walk up with skis and how to get down again. The Grünberg with an altitude of 1,500m is ideal for beginners and equipment can be rented for free in the hotel.

Tips for other tours and on the avalanche situation are available at the reception.

Tobogganing

Who hasn’t dreamt of tobogganing down into the valley through snowy forests? The most popular tobogganing tracks are close by: Simmering (approx. 2.5 hours to walk up to the starting point) and Lehnberg (approx. 1 h, toboggans can be rented). Typical alpine delicacies are available in both mountain huts. At the Grünberg you will also find a small track for tobogganing.

Ice skating and Austrian-style curling

At the lake in Untermieming you will find the next ice skating rink and curling track and in Telfs’ sports center there is a range of options to do sports such as tennis, squash, basketball, ice skating, swimming and solarium. Ice skating in Telfs is free with your Plateau-Card – skating shoes to rent.

Ski and ski boots storage

You can store your skis, boots and toboggans in the cellar of our main building. Please go down the metal stairs next to the kitchen on the north-west side of our main building.

Ski bus

You can take the daily ski bus to Gruenberg, Holzleiten and other places on Mieming’s and Seefeld’s plateau (Obermieming, Wildermieming) directly at the hotel. Please check exact times on the ski bus schedule.

From Tuesday to Thursday we offer an additional ski shuttle directly from the hotel to the skiing area of Hoch-Ötz (20 min) – please sign in at the reception.

Excursions and sightseeing

We have an endless number of tips for you… too many to mention them all here. Just ask us personally and we will make recommendations such as a day full of culture in Innsbruck, Stams Abbey, Locherboden pilgrimage, the peace bells in Mösern, the old town in Hall in Tirol; museums, exhibitions; alpine pastures and mountain huts, waterfalls, excursions to glaciers, castles and palaces, leisure parks etc.

For families:

Alpine Coaster & summer toboggan run

This adventurous and attractive leisure park is great fun for children and adults alike. We can highly recommend the Alpine Coaster in Imst (approx. 20 min. drive) which is a mixture of a roller coaster and a summer toboggan run and can be used in the winter and summer season. There are more summer toboggan runs in Leutasch and Biberwier (40 min. drive).

Miners’ World & Witch-Trail, Tarrenz

Experience the miners’ world in this authentic adventure village. It is only a 20-minute drive from the hotel, offers many things to discover and exciting guided tours. (with the Plateau-Card free entrance for children, reduced entrance for adults) We recommend combining this visit with a short walk on the nice witch-trail in Tarrenz.

Ötzi-Dorf & Birds of Prey Park, Umhausen, Ötztal

The site of the most important archaeological find in the Tyrol’s Oetz Valley is the location of the Ötzi Adventure Park for kids. Children can learn about life back in the Stone Age, how to build bows and make fire. A nice swimming lake and the nearby Stuibenfall (Tyrol’s biggest waterfall) will round off a perfect day trip.  (35 min. drive).

The new Birds of Prey Park is home to 15 different species such as vultures, eagles, kites, owls, falcons, buzzards and ravens. You can see and watch these impressive animals in large enclosures and during flight displays.

Widiversum, Hochoetz, Ötztal

Search and solve puzzles at 17 stations to find the magic crystal for Widi, the buck, at the upper station of the Acherkogel cable railways. You can also enjoy relaxing hikes in this beautiful region.

Swiss Stone Pine Park, Jerzens, Pitztal

The Swiss Stone Pine Park hiking trail, with its numerous attractions such as fitness parcour, fun tower and treehouse, can be found at the middle station of the Hochzeiger Cable Railways at 2,000m.

Area 47, Haiming/Roppen

The ultimate outdoor playground (since May 2010)! At the entrance to the Oetz valley on an area of 6.5 ha, nature and high-tech have been combined to create a unique leisure park for children and adults alike. Outdoor adventures (high ropes courses, climbing walls, megaswing-line, flying fox zip line), an event arena with concerts, water fun in the swimming lake with waterslide park (slides, diving platform and water trampolines) and a theme restaurant – this location on the 47th degree of latitude meets all your expectations. (10% reduction with the Plateau-Card)

Alpine Zoo, Innsbruck

More than 2,000 animals which live in the alpine area, new modern enclosures and a nice petting zoo and playground guarantee a perfect family day. We highly recommend the combination ticket: parking in the middle of Innsbruck’s old town, a trip with the new cable railway (spectacular architecture) and entrance to the alpine zoo for only €10 per adult. (approx. 30 min. drive)

Ehrenberg Castle World and Highline 179, Reutte

An adventure world for the whole family: A museum in the cells, a treasure hunt in the ruins, a castle with a tread-wheel crane and viewpoints as well as many other things to be discovered (45 min drive, reduced entrance with the Plateau-Card).

The new “Highline 179” bridge is the longest Tibetan-style hanging bridge in the world and connects the Ehrenberg castle to Fort Claudia.

Gorges and canyons

There are several examples of outstanding natural beauty in the surrounding area: Klamm Castle in Obsteig with gorge and waterfall (approx. 30 min. walk from the hotel), the romantic Rosegarden Gorge in Imst (on the way to the Alpine Coaster), the perfectly developed „ Geisterklamm” where a ghost is meant to live in Leutasch (also accessible with a buggy), the spectacular Gleirschklamm next to Scharnitz and “Zammerloch” the mystical gorge in Zams. The Climbing Forest – an attractive high-ropes garden with a Flying Fox zip line – can be found in Leutasch.

And if it rains:

Aqua Dome, Wellness in Längenfeld

A new wellness oasis was built in Längenfeld in the Oetz Valley (approx. 40 min. from our hotel) which offers you an exciting and stylish water world for the whole family with thermal springs, outdoor swimming pool and a big sauna area. Entrance tickets are available at the reception desk with a 10% discount.

Indoor swimming pools: Alpenbad Leutasch and Olympiabad Seefeld

The public indoor swimming pools in Leutasch and Seefeld are perfect for families: indoor and outdoor pool, slides and reasonable prices. (approx. 30 min drive). Highly recommended especially during construction work on our regional indoor swimming pool in Telfs.

Audioversum, Innsbruck

The interactive museum, which is all about hearing, is a great experience for young and old: impressive auditory experiences, installations and exhibits of an acoustic world.

Silver mines and Planetarium, Schwaz

Ride into the mines on the mine train and immerse yourself in the medieval world of the miners. There is also a planetarium in Schwaz with interesting programmes for kids.

A day in Innsbruck

Take the regional bus to a guided sightseeing tour of Innsbruck. Together with a guide you will learn about many historic dates of the biggest city in the Alps and find out some interesting facts about this wonderful city (free with the Plateau-Card).

Naturally, you are free to discover the city on your own. Don’t hesitate to ask us for sightseeing tips or the best way to get there. We also offer the Innsbruck-Card at the reception. It costs €39, is valid for 24 hours, and includes entrance to cable railways, museums and public transport and more.

Stams Abbey

The mighty Cistercian monastery in the Inn valley is the cultural center of the Tyrolean Oberland and resting place of the Tyrolean sovereigns. Sightseeing and guided tours are possible and recommended from Easter to the end of October (reduced entrance with the Plateau-Card).

Shrove Tuesday Museum Nassereith & “Noaflhaus” Telfs

Every 3 years the „Schellerlauf“ takes place in Nassereith and every 5 years the “Schleicherlauf” takes place in Telfs. Both are old Celtic traditions to banish the winter season. The museums were built to help visitors discover the world of Austrian Shrove Tuesday (with the Plateau-Card free entrance in Telfs).

Mair’s Berry Garden, Rietz

This cosy distillery is Austria’s only glass distillery. You will learn about the mysticism of the craft of distilling schnaps and the different ways of distilling. Have a taste through the wide range of different fruits (from jam to schnaps) and go on an interesting tour through the berry garden with the boss himself (reduced entrance with the Plateau-Card).

Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Wattens

After 20 years of success, the Swarovksi Crystal Worlds are now bigger, more sparkly and more fascinating than ever! Experience the magic of crystal in newly-designed wonder chambers or relax in the big park around the iconic giant with unique art installations (45 mins).

Cultural highlights

There are many cultural highlights in the region: Traditional Theatre in Mieming, Nassereith, Telfs, Dance Summer and The Festival of Early Music in Innsbruck, festive concerts in Stams Abbey etc. Find out about the latest events in the holiday region’s weekly guide.

Good to know

Pharmacy

The “Sonnenapotheke” pharmacy can be found in Mieming next to the Maurer sports shop. There are more pharmacies in Telfs and the weekend opening times can be found in the daily newspaper.

Hairdresser

Both „Hairstudio 9“ and “Salon Albrecht Ilona” are located in Obermieming on the left side of the main road (towards Telfs). It is also possible to arrange an appointment with our mobile hairdresser Sabine.

Mass

There is a mass several times a week in our local parish church. On weekends the mass takes place on Sunday at 9.30am.

Free Regional Bus

Obsteig is connected to the Postbus transport service from Innsbruck to Reutte/Schattwald. Timetables are available at the reception and all the different transport services can be looked up online. The Plateau-Card allows you to take the bus within the holiday region from Obsteig or Holzleiten to Innsbruck as often as you wish.

GPs - Doctors

Dr. Linser              Tel.:5211

Dr. Offer/Dr. Oberleit        Tel.:20330

Emergency call                Tel.: 141

Dentist

In urgent cases we recommend to go directly to the dental clinic in the University Clinic Innsbruck! Otherwise you can contact our dentist in Mieming:

Dr. Römmelt             Tel.:40097

DDr. Hell               Tel.: 5752

Shopping in Mieming und Telfs

Plateau-Card holders are entitled to a 5% discount in labeled shops in Mieming and Telfs (Zorzi, Gamsjäger jewellers, Glantschnig florist, Stockmeyer, Frisör Christiane (hairdressers), Red Zac electronic devices, Schuhhaus Müller (shoe shop)).

I take care of you, you take care of me!

The history of STERN reaches back to the year 1509. Since then the inn has been owned by the Foeger-Family, who, since then, have administered all the economic, natural and social resources with heart and mind and did not obey every transient trend. Every generation has made its contribution to hand over the family-owned business to its successors.

Since 2005, Rene Foeger has been in charge of STERN and he is leading the business according to the traditional knowledge, experience and sensitivity of his ancestors. At the same time, he tries to consider global challenges for future generations such as “saving resources, climate protection and social development”.

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Climate protection and CO2 neutral

We calculate the emissions our business produces on a yearly basis. Last year our family hotel STERN emitted a total of 204.34 tons of CO2. With special in-house measures we were able to reduce our emissions by 35% within 3 years: the use of green power, efficient heating and cooling, recycling, an environmentally-friendly cleaning system, focusing on close business relations to local suppliers, using our own kitchen garden, etc. In addition, STERN continuously increases its cooperation with dedicated people, businesses and interest groups in the local region. All the emissions that we are not able to save are compensated by supporting two climate protection projects. Consequently, our guests’ stay at the STERN is CO2 neutral.

An average STERN-guest produces about 7.59kg of CO2 per night. In an international ranking this corresponds to climate category AAA+. STERN-guests have the possibility to calculate online at home or on site at STERN how much CO2 is emitted on their journey to STERN and during their stay. In addition, our guests can experience at STERN how easy and beneficial it is to shed CO2 pounds and consequently reduce the impact of your personal CO2 footprint.

Guests may opt for the eardige menus at dinner, made with ingredients and old recipes which originate from local producers, or they can spend a night in our hay barn in the larch meadow. They can also enjoy the self-picked fruits and herbs from the fruit picking tour through our woods and gardens, or they can relax during a ski (hiking) tour, opting not to use a lift. Moreover, our guests don’t need their own car as we offer excellent access to public transport, as well as a hotel-owned minibus for shuttle services, e-mountain bikes and our very own e-car. All the guests that actively help to reduce their CO2 footprint will be presented with a certificate as STERN-ambassadors at check-out.

The STERN Climate Strategy

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Social development

It is important to STERN to offer its employees a workplace that corresponds to their individual abilities, interests and private needs. Being part of a team with a very high level of social consciousness, STERN continuously tries to improve the flexibility of working hours and supports further professional development.

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Healthy ingredients and efficiency

STERN offers its guests healthy and tasty ingredients from the region. Behind every single product stands a person or family that contributes to the prosperity and development of the region. Another important aspect is the conscious use of food in our kitchen and by our service team that is based on the knowledge and experience of our ancestors and has been passed down in old recipes. STERN offers seasonal dishes and buys products as “a whole” to make use of every single piece of it. Obsteig is fortunate to have great quality water and that’s why we encourage our guests to drink fresh water and not to drink water that comes in plastic bottles. Guests can enjoy source water in their rooms, sparkling water at the dining table or flavoured water at the water bar.

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Culture and communication

Huangarten (Tyrolean dialect for having a chat) should bring guests, employees and locals together – not only during holidays. Our STERN Blog and Facebook page motivates people to exchange thoughts and stories beyond boundaries and is aimed to connect people that got to know each other during different activities: traditional festivities at STERN, projects like the Fruit-Picking Tour or reforesting our meadow orchards, or when playing cards or chatting at the restaurant.