Surrounded by the Ötscher-Basis nature park center, the Wienerbruck reservoir and the Mariazellerbahn narrow-gauge railway, the “Urlaub am Bahnhof” accommodation is located in Annaberg, Austria.
With one of the most beautiful mountain railways, guests travel directly to their temporary home, a historic train station. This was built in 1910 and housed the dispatcher until around 1990, with the house serving as a waiting room and apartment for the dispatcher's family. The station, like a picture book, has been empty since then and the rooms were no longer used. The Nutz wanted to change that, because the station is the first thing guests see when they get off the train. And since the first impression counts, Veronika and Jürgen finally bought and renovated the station in 2015.
Today the station is a meeting place, for guests and passers-by. The couple runs a master painter's business, which is reflected in the colors of the room walls, which are also repeatedly painted over. The accommodation can be described as a colorful, friendly mix of old and new, with comfortable furniture.
ArchitectureThe exterior of the historic building remained unchanged during the renovation. New windows made of larch wood were installed, which are similar to the original windows and have double sashes and a jamb. The interior insulation consists of hemp and mineral foam, and the interior doors and door frames are original and have also been renovated. Only silicate paints including old rolling techniques were used. Much of the furniture dates from around 1900. The renovation was carried out with the so-called “district masters” - a recommendation group of regional master craftsmen such as carpenters, builders, electricians, plumbers and garden planners. The hosts themselves run a master workshop for painting and floors and have installed the spruce floors themselves.
FoodThe train station is a self-catering accommodation. On request, a breakfast basket with products from local farmers can be ordered. It is marked where the groceries can be bought. Veronika bakes the bread for it herself. The breakfast basket is also available as a vegetarian or vegan version and food intolerances are gladly catered for.
In addition to Veronika, another employee works on vacation at the train station. She also lives in Annaberg and comes from the region, so guests can get tips from her. Veronika is also a nature mediator in the Ötscher-Tormäuer nature park and, on request, brings her guests closer to the nature park in a walk together.
EnvironmentThanks to micro-dry steam, cleaning agents or disinfectants can be dispensed with, waste separation is a matter of course and chickens (who do not live at the train station) are happy about leftover food or they are composted in the garden.
From Vienna it takes just under 2 hours by car to Wienerbruck (122 km). From Linz it is about 1.5 hours (128 km), from Graz it takes about 2 hours (128 km) and from Munich it is just under 4 hours (346 km).
Coming from Vienna, it takes about 2.5 hours to get to Wienerbruck, with only one change in St. Pölten. The Mariazellerbahn runs regularly - the current timetable for the journey to “Wienerbruck-Josefsberg Bahnhst” is available at oebb.at.
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