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Restaurant-Hotel Obauer
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Werfen
Paris, France
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“OH BOY! Obauer! It is werf a visit to Werfen.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Let me say immediately, that we take our Tripadvisor reviews VERY seriously.

We are very fortunate because we travel more than the average person - nearly 400 nights spent in hotels during the last three years - with almost as many fine lunches and memorable dinners in some of the best (and a few of the worst - either because there was no Tripadvisor review or we were in Provence) establishments in the world!

WE TRY NOT TO GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT VERIFYING OUR CHOICE WITH TRIPADVISOR.

If you read Tripadvisor reviews, and you separate out the fringe reviews, those with an axe to grind at the bottom end, and the owner's mistress/cousin at the top end, and then study several reviews from a varied cross-section of people you can usually deduce the right impression of a venue.

If several reviews report that the: "hotel room was shabby", well, the chances are, it will be even shabbier when you get there - if you are crazy enough to ignore the reviews.

Every time we have chosen to ignore a Tripadvisor review we have lived to regret it.

So, as I said, we take this kind of review very seriously, because we understand we are dealing with other people's happiness, other peoples finances, and more often than not, other people's few precious days every year of R&R - so deliberately misleading people is a selfish and unkind.

Hopefully we have established our credibility?

Having said that, if you are fortunate one day to visit Austria, and within Austria visit the little town of Werfen you will enjoy the "quirky" hospitality of the fabulous OBAUER BROTHERS!

And you might even by a handmade hat from the kick hat maker?

Forget the two Michelin stars, the two brothers are stars in their own right.

The hotel is what you would expect from a "Two Star Establishment".

Dinner is what you would expect from a "Two Star Establishment".

BUT BREAKFAST is what you would expect from GOD!

I have written elsewhere on Tripadvisor, that breakfast is not my favourite meal as it is difficult to enjoy a glass of wine with breakfast without feeling the need to say a few Hail Marys along with the Bloody Marys, but Austria - first in the Holmann Beletage, in Vienna - and then here, in Werfen, converted me to sitting back and enjoying the first meal of the day.

I am not going to attempt to describe breakfast at Obauer, as it would take pages and pages, suffice to say it is absolutely and totally sinful with a cornucopia of endless dish upon dish of sheer sophisticated delight that you don't need to eat again until the following week.

I have never advised friends or family to go somewhere for breakfast before... BUT GO AND STAY IN WERFEN... it is well "werf" it.

It is more than a "breakfast of champions" it is a champion breakfast!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bellville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Having a 3-week commitment in Vienna my wife and I sought a weekend get-away and chose Werfen as a small, picturesque village in the Austrian Alps for our first night away. Reviews offered on TripAdvisor swayed us to select this hotel and we were not disappointed.

Our train ride was reminiscent of our honeymoon over 30 years ago when we back-packed the continent and had only a EuRail Pass to guide our journey. From Vienna to Werfen one connects easily in Salzburg after 3 hours and then gains altitude into exquisitely picturesque countryside for another 40 minutes. Our walk from the Werfen train station up to the Restaurant-Hotel Obauer was easy, taking no more than 15 minutes and was delayed more by photographic opportunities than the mild incline into this wonderful Austrian village.

Upon arrival we simply had to approach the front door before a member of the staff attentively opened it and warmly ushered us inside. At the front desk we were told that "owner wanted to greet us personally" and Karl Obauer quickly appeared, smiling and gracious. Via email I had previously requested a room for the night and also scheduled a dinner reservation for 7:00. We were shown our choice of 2 rooms, the first was a larger room facing the rear and the second a smaller room overlooking the main street, which also offered a fine view of Burg Hohenwerfen, the famous medievel fortress overlooking the valley. We chose the smaller room for the view and were positively comfortable with down comforter bedding and tasteful decor. Fresh fruit and sweets were already laid out for our enjoyment.

We dropped our bags and left the hotel for a tour of the fortress, pleasant walking distance up the main street toward the entrance. The views, falconry demonstration and more were just as we hoped, but the best part comes with our return to Restaurant-Hotel Obauer. After refreshing ourselves inside our comfortable room we descended the staircase and were warmly greeted, ushered inside the dining salon and then treated to an elaborate performance of exquisite culinary art. The dining experience goes above and beyond any expectation, where food becomes more than a sum total of service, preparation and presentation. Well worth the cost!

Would we stay here and experience this culinary excellence, the stylish decor and wonderful ambiance again? Absolutely!

Room Tip: Our room facing the main street offered a better view than the more spacious room to the rear, yet e...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We decided to stay in Werfen based on a travel guide enthusing about the Eisriesenwelt, the Hohenwerfen and the Obauer restaurant. The hotel and restaurant were a bit of a splurge for us but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sitting on our balcony, literally watching the cows come home, while the restaurant, just below our balcony, prepared for the coming evening. The tub for two was great, the bed was comfy and the service was just a little too accommodating for do-it-yourself Californians (but we liked it!). Breakfast, a multi-course and delightfully over the top affair, is included in the room rate. Frankly, after our dinner the evening before (four course tasting menu with paired wines), we weren't especially hungry but sometimes too much is just enough. And we wouldn't have wanted to drive after dinner!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Went there based on several great reviews, but even thghey didn't do the place justice. It was, simply, superb. No Michelin stars here, but surely it deserves al least one. The food was just perfect, and thre service almost as stellar. Wine service was especially nice because the recommendations were in the 50 Euro range, and that was unexpected. Wine list is extraordinary, and includes some $2500 bottles. Obauer was the highlight of our 10-day trip to Western Austria and Bavaria.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Neusiedl am See, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

When you have finished your fantastic dinner, you can go up to your room, and have a good night in this hotel. And in the morning enjoying the superb breakfast they will serve you from local products. And you will be happy with all this experience!
Even if the room is a bit pricey, even if the old rooms are quite simple and a bit cheaply furnished, you will love it.
Btw: the new part's rooms are nicer, bigger and are also having the same "fun" effect that you find in their dishes at each and every time.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the newly finished rooms. They are having better quality furniture and also some f...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

This place is too expensive if you are staying at the hotel. The rooms are small are poorly laid out- with few amenities. The service is great. The town was sleepy On that Saturday night- perhaps common in a saturday.

The meal- well sosubjective to critique but it was a expensive so I'd expect greatness. The foil grad turine was ok. The soup was unimpressive and lacked creativity. The fish served was carp- id expect more than a cheap fish. And then the main was venison or veal- also lacked ingenuity in preparation. Overall maybe I'm tired of the little plate contemporary meals- but I was impressed to say it was worth the Euro

  • Stayed September 2012
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knysna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

We eat here every year when we visit Salzburg, and it is always the food highlight of my trip.
It is one of those meals where you ooh and ahhh after every bite. Without fail every course excites, and is not only visually appealing but tastes great.
Service is very professional, well trained and friendly without being stiff.
You simply have to eat here when you are in the Salzburg area!

Room Tip: If you happen tostay over in theur hotel or happen to drive by in the morning, dont miss breakfast...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Restaurant-Hotel Obauer
Address: Markt 46, Werfen 5450, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Werfen
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Number of rooms: 12

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