Romantik Hotel
Das Schiff

A tribute to the sophistication of simplicity

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What is a ship doing in the Bregenzerwald? Deeply anchored in the region, it has been a safe haven since 1840 for all those in search: of culinary surprises and regional treasures. After a second home with lots of atmosphere and lived hospitality. In this "house with character", quality is offered at the highest level on all levels.

Hosts at Romantik Hotel Das Schiff

Our hosts

The host family Metzler has been running the traditional house for over 180 years and stands for authentic, hearty hospitality with far more than stars, toques and forks. In a prime location with a far-reaching view of the Bregenzerwald mountains, the small but fine house welcomes guests from near and far and tells stories and history. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the centuries, the sensitive innovations and additions give the SCHIFF its incomparable character and charm. The cuisine in particular - highly praised as "one of the best kitchens in the country" - was shaped by Erna Metzler: as a self-taught chef, she was the first woman in Vorarlberg to be ennobled with a Gault Millau toque in 1993.

Auch heute noch ist Frauenpower im Schiff angesagt. Mehr darüber erfahren Sie im Podcast Romantik Travel in der Folge „Frauenpower im Bregenzer Wald“ mit Gastgeberin Antonie Metzler“:

Our recommendations

Double room Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Double room

Absolutely quiet double room with south-facing balcony.

From280 EUR
Double room Weisstanne Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Double room "Weisstanne"

Experience the wide view of the landscape. Quiet double room with full-surface glazing facing south.

From300 EUR
Junior suite Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Junior suite

Beautiful junior suite with magnificent view and south-facing balcony.

From340 EUR
Junior suite Holz Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Junior suite "Holz"

Beautiful suite, all in local wood, in a quiet location with south-facing balcony.

From355 EUR
Junior suite Relax Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Junior suite "Relax"

Spacious junior suite with south-facing balcony overlooking the garden in a completely quiet camp.

From355 EUR
Suite 400 Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Suite "400"

Modern comfort in the historic main house with separate living and sleeping areas.

From395 EUR
Suite 420 Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Suite "420"

When did you last bathe with such a panoramic view? Suite with freestanding bathtub by the window.

From395 EUR
Suite Holz Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Suite "Holz"

View of the mountains directly from your bed. Separate living and sleeping area with large window front.

From410 EUR
Panorama Suite Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Panorama suite

Dreamlike panorama suite with large living and sleeping area and south-facing balcony in a quiet location.

From395 EUR


at Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Electric Car Charging Station
Electric Car Charging Station
Free Wifi
Free Wifi
Outdoor Pool
Outdoor Pool
Pets Friendly
Pets Friendly
Quiet Location
Quiet Location


Senior chef Erna Metzler
Culinary delights for every palate

There are probably several reasons why the Romantik Hotel "Das Schiff" has one of the best kitchens in Vorarlberg according to the most important gourmet guides. For many years, the main reason was Erna, who is now the senior chef. Cooking her way to the top as a self-taught chef says a lot about talent, motivation and passion. However, the most important thing is the successful combination of traditional and modern as well as international and regional cuisine.

One of the iron laws is to use regional rather than imported, fresh rather than preserved, natural rather than industrial raw materials. This not only benefits the region and the environment, but also tastes much better.

Wälder Stube at the Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Wälder Stube 1840

According to various gourmet guides, the ship spoils its guests with some of the best cuisine in Vorarlberg. Bernd Reimer is no stranger to the helm, as he was at Erna Metzler's side a few years ago and cooked the ship into one of the 100 best restaurants in Austria. His refined yet down-to-earth dishes demonstrate a great passion for the best products. He and his young team in the gourmet restaurant prove that regionality and an international twist can shine side by side on the plate.

Restaurant Ernele at the Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Restaurant "Ernele"

Ernele - the shop in the Romantik Hotel Das Schiff in Hittisau - brings together under one roof all the fine delights that the Bregenzerwald and the surrounding area have to offer.

To browse, to shop or to enjoy right here. At Ernele, you can eat excellently, shop with pleasure or stop in comfortably, for example for a good glass of wine. Between shelves full of hand-picked specialities from the Bregenzerwald and the surrounding area, we spoil you with selected regional speciality cuisine. Chef Felix Groß is an advocate of regionality, he passionately refines products from within a maximum radius of 100 km, absolutely fresh and from selected partners. For him, "from nose to tail" is not an empty slogan, but a meaningful conviction.

Cheese cellar

In addition to fine wines, selected top cheeses from the Bregenzerwald and Vorarlberg are stored in the in-house cheese cellar. In addition to sliced cheeses such as red wine, wild garlic, beer and herb cheeses in various degrees of ripeness, the range also includes soft cheeses and fresh cheeses made from goat's and raw milk. The cheese cellar serves as a room for delicious tastings, as an introduction to a culinary evening or as a cozy conclusion among friends.


Vegetable Garden Mountains Meadow Cook

A small farm with all kinds of farm animals and its own bee colonies - those were the beginnings of the "Schiffles". What began with the hospitality of guests in the farmhouse parlour grew over generations into a smart 4-star hotel with all the comforts. For many years, the large vegetable and herb garden has been cultivated in order to be able to offer guests as many products as possible from regional, sustainable and organic farming. However, the hosts' awareness of closeness to nature and sustainability is not only reflected in the cuisine and through the preservation of the historical inventory. Starting with the heating (solar energy warms the outdoor pool, the biomass heating plant provides clean energy for the hotel), to the body care products in the rooms (produced in the Bregenzerwald), to the resource-saving use of detergents and cleaning agents, which are labelled with the eco-label, decisive steps have been taken for decades to preserve nature as a source of energy.

Restaurant Shop Economy Culinary

Regional cuisine - short distances

Eggs, butter, cheese and dairy products, fish and meat, flour, semolina, berries, fruit, honey, etc.

Many regional producers and suppliers supply the Romantik Hotel Das Schiff with the best products from the immediate surroundings:

The short distances save unnecessary transport kilometres and also support the traditional dairy and agriculture of the Bregenzerwald.
At breakfast, the hotel offers a plastic- and packaging-free range of products. 

Use everything - waste nothing

At the Ernele shop, nose-to-tail recycling is not a buzzword, but quite logical. In addition to the dishes on the menu, the chef also recommends daily changing creations - depending on what went into the fisherman's net or came before the hunter's lens.


Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

The pool in the large and absolutely peaceful garden is pleasantly heated all year round and has an indoor entrance. Everyone will find their favorite spot in the well-kept garden.

Sauna with a view in Schiff

In the small but exquisite wellness area, nothing blocks the view of nature and the vastness. Let your gaze wander, come to rest, experience silence and wonder. Finnish sauna, tepidarium, steam bath, solarium, experience shower and whirlpool invite you to relax.

Massagen & Ruheräume

Attentive, sensitive and well-trained staff will pamper you on request with various massages, soothing treatments in the soft pack lounger and cosmetic "delights". You can simply do nothing on the soft loungers and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Bregenzerwald.


Enjoy fitness with a view of the countryside in the morning in the hotel's own fitness room. Here you can really work out right after getting up or in the evening and don't have to worry about excess calories or a delicious dessert.

Around the hotel

Hittisau region

The Bregenzerwald is a region of visionaries, forward thinkers and creative minds. Far beyond the borders of the "Ländle", this region stands for exceptional architecture with high aesthetic standards, special crafts and design, world-class cultural and music festivals and living customs. Numerous museums such as the Kunsthaus Bregenz or the Women's Museum Hittisau convey the ways of thinking and living of the people of the Bregenzerwald, the Werkraum by star architect Zumthor is a showcase of craftsmanship, guided "Umgänge" in some villages provide information about the remarkable buildings and their history. A classical music concert of the famous Schubertiade or a visit to the Bregenz Festival on the world's largest lake stage on Lake Constance round off a stay. The Bregenzerwald is inspiring - in every aspect!

Contact & Directions

Romantik Hotel
Das Schiff
Romantik Hotel Das Schiff
Familie Metzler
Heideggen 311
Austria-6952 Hittisau
AT - Vorarlberg -

Use your navigation system to find us as quickly as possible.

Take the train to Oberstdorf via Munich, for example. From there, take the bus to Hittisau Gemeindehaus station.

The nearest major airports are Zurich (140 km) and Munich (220 km).