St. Lorenzen, South Tyrol, Italy

Anyone who goes on vacation at the Gasthof-Hotel Saalerwirt is offered a feeling of cosiness and security as well as down-to-earth simplicity. Arrive in a place with people who love what they do. The philosophy is to offer relaxation in the middle of nature as simple and unadulterated as possible, to maintain slowness and still be open and innovative.

From the rooms and suites you can discover the pink church with the skewed tower, the mountain peaks of the Rieserferner and the Tauern, gentle meadow hills, spruce and larch forests.

A day in the Saalerwirt can look like this: Enjoy an espresso in the morning sun on the piazzetta in front of the house, practice yoga with a view of the mountains, then start hiking and bike tours right in front of the doorstep, come back and relax in one under the spruce and larch trees lie in the hammocks, relax and read a book, enjoy the silence on the bathing jetty, visit the Finnish sauna and then refresh yourself in the ecological natural pond, surrounded by blooming water lilies.

The house was first mentioned in documents in 1730. At that time it was a hostel and horse exchange for pilgrims and travelers. The inn has been owned by the Tauber family since 1887, and responsibility will soon be passed on to the 5th generation. Today the Saalerwirt is an inn with a restaurant, its own farm and hotel.

You can read more about the region in our country special. And you can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom95 €
Double roomfrom170 €
Suitefrom230 €


ArchitectureThe whole property is under ensemble and partly under monument protection, which is why the Tauber family attaches great importance to sustainability in the construction. Each room has been individually decorated with handmade spruce or larch furniture. The suites appear in solid wood from the South Tyrolean stone pine. In every room there is furniture made by the carpenter, natural fabrics, health mattresses and bedding made from the vegetable fiber Kapok. The suites often do not offer WiFi due to the reduced-radiation construction. The Saalewirt works exclusively with small craft and family businesses from the area and mostly local materials such as South Tyrolean wood are used. In the outdoor area, attention is also paid to nature, and therefore no trees are felled.

FoodCooking is done with fresh, high quality and natural ingredients. Much is homemade every day and comes from our own farm, such as veal. Fruit like apples and plums from the home garden like to land on the breakfast table next to eggs from happy chickens, farm butter from the neighbors or homemade jam. The dinner often contains wild plants such as spruce sprouts, dandelions, nettles or meadow flowers from your own garden. Of course, South Tyrolean bacon and cheese should never be missing. Specialties in the Saalewirt are: back steak from the milk veal from their own keeping with homemade potato croquettes and root vegetables, goat cheese roasted in spruce honey on a salad with wild herbs, homemade Schlutzkrapfen with young nettle filling, parmesan and butter. Vegetarian dishes are offered daily in the half board menu and on the menu, vegan dishes are available on request.

Employees are given continuous working hours and / or a 5-day week, and they can also take vacation during the season. Activities as a team are particularly important to the Taubers. The employees' individual needs and diets are always taken into account. They also regularly receive credit for massages and spa. The Taubers cover the costs for work-friendly clothing such as barefoot shoes and support the employees through further training and various courses. The entire Saalewirt volunteers every year at a Bene fi z event. In summer, locals can take part in an outdoor yoga event at the swimming pond for a voluntary donation. South Tyrolean animal projects and families in need are also supported.

EnvironmentSustainability is implemented holistically: in the kitchen when shopping, glass instead of plastic, decoration made of natural materials, use of biological cleaning agents, ecological swimming pond without chemicals, waste separation and avoidance of packaged food. There is also a note on the conscious use of hand and sauna towels. The owner, Mr. Tauber, tries to make the purchase as mileage-saving as possible and therefore buys from the bakery and butcher in the village as well as the nearby farms.

Well-BeingGuests can choose from a range of natural spas, health-promoting massages and holistic facials with bio-certified natural cosmetics. There is also an ecological natural swimming pond, an organic herbal sauna, a steam bath and a Finnish sauna with various infusions. Magdalena Tauber from the host family holds four yoga classes a week. The Saalewirt is used for snapping, meaning that various cold water applications take place. Together you go into the forest to feel it and to walk barefoot on a path in special places. In addition to guided alpine hikes, ski tours or snow hikes are also offered in winter. E-bikes can be borrowed and tried out free of charge.


  • Fifth generation family-run inn hotel
  • Ensemble consisting of a listed historical inn from the 13th century, another guest house, a natural bathing pond, a pilgrimage church and a modern refuge "imHaus"
  • With its own affiliated farm
  • Embedded in untouched nature, surrounded by meadows and forests
  • Regular yoga retreats
  • Seasonal activities: bowling in a natural bowling alley in spring / summer, curling on the frozen natural pond in autumn / winter
  • Many sights nearby: Earth pyramids in Percha (12 km), Reinhold Messner Museum RIPA in Bruneck (7 km), Braies Lake (25 km), Drei Zinnen (35 km) in the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites
  • Also suitable for seminars and events

Gasthof hotel20 rooms and 9 suitesRestaurant (half board)Children welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessPoolNature PoolPets allowed


  • Room prices including half board
  • Suites due to reduced radiation construction without WiFi
  • Inn with a large sun terrace
  • Forest sauna with quartzite steam bath, organic herbal sauna, Finnish sauna and relaxation rooms
  • Kneipp zone with cold water pool and barefoot path
  • Massages and care treatments in the natural SPA
  • Yoga room with regular yoga classes (four times a week)
  • Ecological swimming pond with bathing jetty and lawn

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom95 €
Double roomfrom170 €
Suitefrom230 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Innsbruck you can reach the Saalerwirt in about 1.5 hours (108 km). From Zurich it takes about 4.5 hours (389 km), from Salzburg it is about 3.5 hours (264 km) and from Munich it is a good 3 hours (263 km). You can find the exact directions on the hotel website.

With public transport

With the Brennerbahn line you can reach Franzensfeste / Fortezza from both the north and south. From there, take the regional train through the Puster Valley to St. Lorenzen.