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Cheers to our pioneers & power women

Courageous, strong-willed & full of passion: For this year's International Women's Day on 8th March, we are introducing you to some of our very own individual female ROMANTIK personalities who both fascinate and inspire us with all their energy & joie de vivre. The following portraits of very different women essentially have one thing in common - behind them are strong characters who have created great things with a lot of heart and soul, courage and ambition. They are passionate hosts, ambitious star chefs or committed mothers and contribute their very personal part to representing women in the male-dominated hospitality industry and making them more visible. Cheers to YOU women!

Barbara Ludwig

Barbara Ludwig - Self-realisation at the Beethoven

With her extravagant Romantik Hotel Beethoven directly on Vienna's Naschmarkt and her great commitment to the local culture, art and classical music scene, hotel director Barbara Ludwig is also affectionately known as "The Ludwig of Beethoven". All the rooms and corners of her boutique hotel, which she has been running since 2009, tell of important personalities in Vienna's cultural history. Room number 501, for example, is dedicated to the former Princess Maria Theresa of Austria - a strong woman and pioneer who fascinates Barbara Ludwig to this day.

Insider tip: A visit to the Vienna Kapuziner Gruft - here you can admire Maria Theresa's magnificent coffin. You can get more tips for Vienna here in the podcast from Barbara Ludwig herself.

Like Maria Theresa, Miss Ludwig also wrote her own personal heroine story: After first working as a receptionist at the very first Vienna Marriott Hotel, she ran a language school in Rome at the young age of 24. When she gave birth to her daughter in 1990, she switched to the advertising industry and opened a photo agency. Being a hostess and running her own hotel - this idea came to her quite late. Nevertheless, with the Hotel Beethoven she has found a place that she can freely shape and design, a place that merges with her personality and gives her guests space for enjoyment, art & culture. So you can discover individual collector's items throughout the building - Biedermeier tables, an old gramophone or a valuable Bösendorfer grand piano on which her mother played music radiate a very special flair. Would you like to meet Ms Ludwig and her team and be inspired by the ambience of the beautiful Romantik Hotel Beethoven?

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Gudrun Peter

Gudrun Peter - Rössl lady with heart and soul

Gudrun Peter is the radiant soul of the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang. Even as a little girl, she dreamed of becoming the landlady of the beautiful Rössl. She replayed the famous film, which was running up and down the cinemas of St. Wolfgang at the time, over and over again with her friends - and insisted early on her chosen dream role, which could be perfectly acted out in the premises of the original film set in front of the glittering Wolfgangsee. Her dream came true - since 2018 she has been the fifth generation of Rössl innkeepers and runs the Romantik Hotel with total commitment and heart and soul.

For more than 100 years, the Peter family has now been welcoming you to Im Weissen Rössl on Lake Wolfgang in Austria, surrounded by a picturesque natural backdrop, mountains and historic buildings that blend into a beautiful overall picture. Mrs Peter is known for her loving nature, the hotel's own gourmet cuisine is sought after beyond the country's borders and the outdoor pool, which floats in Lake Wolfgang, is unique not only because of the fascinating view. Gudrun Peter has created something great and fulfilled her eternal life's dream, for which she works hard every day without pretending. Only recently she was also elected the very first female president of the Rotary Club in Bad Ischl, which is committed to social, peace, health and educational projects. We warmly congratulate Ms Peter for her life's work - if you would also like to see for yourself, you can go directly to the Rössl booking here.

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The two ladys from the Schiff

Female power has long been a tradition at the "Schiff": Together with her sister-in-law, Antonie Metzler runs the Romantik Hotel in the Bregenz Forest, which has already been strongly influenced by the excellent cooking skills of Erna Metzler. Find out more about the female-dominated team at the Schiff and about the special name here in our Romantik Travel Podcast.

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Ansicht Ernele ganz
Erna Hittisau
Viktoria Fuchs

Viktoria Fuchs - Wild in the Spielweg

An extremely talented woman at the gastronomic helm - the Romantik Hotel Spielweg in Münstertal is also particularly proud of this. As head chef and successor to her father in the sixth generation, Viktoria Fuchs brings a breath of fresh air to the Spielweg kitchen. She uses mainly regional ingredients, which she combines creatively and cosmopolitan with Far Eastern elements. The results are colourful, wild creations that are nevertheless rooted in the region. Fuchs' speciality: regional game delicacies, fresh from the family's own hunt.

In addition to its own hunting in the Black Forest, the hotel in Münstertal also produces its own bread and delicious cheese specialities. In 2021, the Romantik Hotel Spielweg was therefore awarded the green star for sustainable gastronomy in the Gault Millau. The smell of fresh farmhouse bread from the hotel's own farm bakery, Asian spices, cosmopolitan influences: A unique fusion that characterises the Spielweg culinary experience. Pheasant curry or wild boar dim sum - sounds sophisticated? See for yourself and visit Viktoria Fuchs and her sister Kristin at Spielweg.

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Santer Sisters

Departure with the Santer Sisters!

The three sisters from the Romantik Hotel Santer are best known in South Tyrol and beyond as the Santer Sisters. Even as young girls, they shared a passion for skiing and still can't get enough of cross-country skiing and biathlon. The youngest of the sisters took part in her first cross-country skiing competition at the age of five. If you too would like to follow in the footsteps of the Santer Sisters, the two sisters Saskia and Stephanie, who also work in the hotel business, look forward to your visit to the family-run hotel in Dobbiaco.

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Women's power between Prosecco hills

The South Tyrolean Renate Ortner-Huber not only pours you the best Prosecco in the region, but as a passionate hostess she also puts a smile on your face every day. In a dreamlike location between the green Prosecco hills in Tarzo, the Romantik Relais d'Arfanta pays careful attention to every last detail. The maitre de maison has the best insider tips for the surrounding area and makes it easy for you to really relax. This is especially true in the outdoor pool with its fantastic view, in the garden or in the wellness area. Time to take a deep breath!

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Carola Hausen

On the prowl in the Hirschkönig

Carola Hausen, the creative chef and good soul of the Hirschkönig gourmet restaurant in Parsberg, serves you the best regional ingredients on handmade tables. Her culinary commitment has already been recognized by Falstaff. The Romantik Hotel Hirschen in the wild and romantic Upper Palatinate also offers handmade specialties such as delicious jam and fresh sourdough bread - and above all a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel.

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