Hotel Gitschberg

Meransen, South Tyrol, Italy

Blue skies, sunshine... that's how it should be on holiday! Then always up, up to the charming, family-run Hotel Gitschberg. Small, fine and quiet, it has stood amidst mountain meadows at 1400 metres above sea level on the sunny high plateau of Meransen for over 40 years.

In the meantime, the young generation has taken over and transformed the hotel into a boutique organic hotel, which is renovated, converted and managed according to the strictest environmental criteria. This return to the original life on the mountain, the connection with the surrounding alpine nature and to their own South Tyrolean roots is now communicated at every level in the hotel. The materials in the house, the ingredients in the food, the hay and herbs in the wellness area.

With only 38 rooms, the hotel is an ideal place for peace-seeking summer hikers or nature lovers and snow-loving winter sports enthusiasts and wellness lovers. From everywhere, nature greets you through large windows into the inner rooms, vis-à-vis the Dolomites shine across. It is a very natural feeling of vacation and life that is shown here. With a reduction to the essentials and the luxury of simplicity. With a lot of individuality, freedom and fine, sustainable enjoyment. 

And especially great: Although it is so remote and in the middle of nature, you can get here very well by public transport.

If you like, you can read on our blog how The Gitschberg is on the way to the organic hotel. You can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom102 €
Double roomfrom170 €
Suitefrom184 €


ArchitectureThe hotel has been renovated and completely renovated in recent years in a modern and new way, but still based on the rustic farms and barns of the alpine region of Gitschberg Jochtal. In cooperation with local craftsmen and from traditional and environmentally friendly materials, the building has been energetically optimized. Now it complies with the strict KlimaHaus regulations and was the first existing hotel in South Tyrol to be certified as a KlimaHotel®.

FoodOn Tuesdays there is "100% South Tyrol" in the Hotel Gitschberg. Although this means that the range of food and drinks from breakfast to dinner is a little reduced. For example, there is South Tyrolean grape and apple juice for breakfast instead of the classic orange juice (because they don't grow in South Tyrol). But that also means actively living sustainability. It's also fun and it's tasty, or maybe even just now! On the other days, many of the foods used are also regional, seasonal and organic, because they come from farmers, traditionally working small producers or producers who know and support the Peintners personally. This includes slow food products such as the local Geisler beef or the Villnösser Brillenschaf or simply wild forest and meadow herbs. By the way, there are vegetarian offers every day.

Most of the Gitschberg employees come from the immediate vicinity and the hotel tries to promote a good working atmosphere with various measures: attractive working hours for team members with children, opportunities for further training and advancement, team building and, last but not least, relaxation, leisure and wellness offers outside of working hours . The Gitschberg commissions the specialized sewing room "forget-me-not" in Bruneck for work clothes and various small items of everyday use in the hotel, such as bread baskets. This inclusion project for young people with disabilities produces unique items and wonderful items of clothing. The social project is also supported with the additional sale in the hotel shop. Plants and garden herbs are also purchased from a social cooperative. And with the organic fair trade coffee, which can really be traced down to the smallholder where the bean comes from, Horst and Barbara Peintner make further socially valuable contributions.

EnvironmentHere on the grandiose plateau of Meransen not only the view and the wonderful nature are convincing. The sun also shines with inexhaustible power almost every day. It heats all the pool water and some process water via a solar system. The hotel also produces green electricity itself. The house technology is also optimally set to save energy. All rainwater is stored and used for irrigation. And no new tree is felled for the hotel's toilet paper, napkins and printed matter. The garbage is strictly separated throughout the house and in the guest rooms. This is one of the reasons why the Hotel Gitschberg has been certified by KlimaHotel® since 2013. This seal of approval confirms the ideal energy efficiency of the building envelope and the entire building. The environmental compatibility of the building materials used and the company's handling of water and earth are also examined. It also deals with dealing with waste prevention and disposal, the environmentally friendly mobility of employees and guests and the active promotion of regional traditions and resources in daily use. In addition, the expenditure for the seal is checked so that only investments with the most sustainable and long-lasting impact possible.

Well-BeingThe Fenilia SPA at Hotel Gitschberg is - nomen est omen - all about hay, forest and meadow herbs. Accordingly, you can sweat it out in the hay sauna, steam room, infrared or Finnish panorama sauna in the garden. In the indoor and outdoor panoramic mountain pool you swim in the sun-warmed mountain spring water directly facing the Dolomites. And the relaxation room, filled with the scent of Swiss pine, extends out into the panoramic scented garden during the summer season. An open-air living room and place of strength amidst old fruit trees, flowers and herbs. Unobstructed mountain view included. Unique deep relaxation is also promised by the hay lounge, which is probably not available anywhere else.

The naturopathically inspired treatment programme includes massages and rituals with alpine herbs, healing stones and sensual sounds.

And outside the spa area, of course, the great healer nature awaits with the power place forest and doctor tree. Host Barbara Peintner accompanies interested guests there for Alpine forest bathing. This brings people peace in a very special way and gives them lasting strength.


  • Authentic South Tyrolean mountain hotel opposite the Dolomites at an altitude of 1400 m
  • Ideal for those looking for rest and relaxation
  • Panoramic location with 280 days of sunshine a year
  • Almost all rooms with an unobstructed south view of the mountains
  • Awarded as KlimaHotel® and recommended by Bioland
  • Panorama restaurant with nature-inspired Gitschberg mountain cuisine
  • Only 300 meters from the gondola lift to the Gitschberg ski and hiking area
  • Both the episcopal city of Brixen and Bruneck are only a few minutes away by car
  • Naturopathic wellness offer for relaxed, vital, harmonious and radiant life force
  • Hay lounge relaxation room with hand-mown, high-alpine hay
  • From spring to late autumn: the activity program with alpine forest bathing, guided sensory tours and a mountain hike
  • In winter a guided snowshoe hike and the diverse range of leisure activities in the ski and alpine region of the Gitschberg Jochtal

Boutique KlimaHotel38 roomsRestaurantno childrenWi-Fino disabled accessPoolno pets


  • Hotel with only 38 rooms and suites, all with lots of wood and natural materials
  • Panorama restaurant, wine bar and fireplace lounge
  • Spa with various saunas and relaxation rooms
  • Sustainably heated panoramic mountain pool with panoramic scented garden
  • Holistic treatments with massages and natural cosmetics
  • In-house fitness room
  • Library
  • Free parking, garage space for a fee
  • Free year-round Gitschberg Jochtal Almencard for free travel on all public transport throughout South Tyrol, participation in various themed hikes and admission to over 80 South Tyrolean museums. In addition, from mid-May to the beginning of July and from mid-September to the beginning of November, free use of the mountain railways in the Almenregion
  • Free rental of mountain bikes, backpacks and hiking poles
  • E-mountain bikes for a fee
  • Free rental of snowshoes, backpacks, spikes and hiking poles in winter


Südtirol verknüpft bodenständige Regionalität mit traditionellen regionalen Heilmitteln. So führt die Hotelchefin und Kräuterpädagogin des „Hotels Gitschberg“, Barbara Peintner, in Meransen ihre Gäste morgens zum „Atemwandern“ in den angrenzenden Wald... Danach stehen im Gitschberg der Fenilia Spa, die Heu-Lounge und die Saunen bereit.

Karin Willen,, March 2020

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom102 €
Double roomfrom170 €
Suitefrom184 €

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With public transport

Here you can safely travel without your own car. The public network of the South Tyrolean transport company is so well developed that guests can take the cable car from Meransen to Mühlbach at regular intervals, from where it is easy to continue by bus and train. From spring to autumn, the free AlmencardPlus includes the use of all mountain railways in the Gitschberg Jochtal alpine region, as well as all public transport throughout South Tyrol. If you come by train, the hotel offers a free transfer from and to the Franzensfeste train station. The exact address can be found on the hotel website.