The oldest inn in Salzburger Land, first chronicled back in 1326, the Kirchenwirt in Leogang grew under the visionary hand of brother-and-sister team Barbara and Hans-Jörg into a unique ensemble standing on historical foundations, with modern interior decor and a very contemporary culinary culture.
Hidden behind the sturdy walls are dining rooms preserved in original condition with marvellous panelling and a tile stove. These magnificent witnesses to a long inn-keeping tradition are atmospheric spaces shaped by expert hands for complete epicurean pleasure. The outside dining area is a verdant refuge full of flowers and herbs, with a view of the Leoganger Steinberge alpine massif.
|Monday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Tuesday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Wednesday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Thursday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Friday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Saturday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
|Sunday||11:30 - 13:30||17:30 - 21:00|
Sommelier: Hans-Jörg Unterrainer
Head chef Matthias Moser plays in his “K1326 Gourmet Menu” as well as his small “Back to the Roots” menu with the opportunities bestowed by this mountain region. His absolute preference is to cook according to the “nose to tail” principle with complete animals, preferably from local farms, or with fish.
This is then transposed into very contemporary creations, such as clams served with calf’s head. Herbs, whether from their own garden or growing wild, provide the aromatic accompaniment. That said, the signature product is wild game from their own hunting grounds; senior owner Hannes Unterrainer is the passionate hunter of the family.
Also when it comes to companion beverages, Hans-Jörg Unterrainer, himself a sommelier, follows his own highly individual path. The focal point is provided by top-quality wines outside the mainstream, but also exciting drinks removed from the traditional world of wine: For “Back to the Roots”, with its vegetarian alternatives, for example, there are interesting alcohol-free options such as green tea or their own drink made from pear syrup.
In the impressively restored rooms of the two-floor wine cellar, the best wines are stored, and not only from Austria; large formats, rare vintages, a considerable collection of fortified wines along with Sakes give this beverage selection a character that is quite striking.
The traditional, wide hallway on the ground floor of this historical building serves as the reception, while a comfortable, trendy lounge was created on the first floor.
The remodelled rooms, which cautiously yet playfully combine the older structure with contemporary comforts, feature a modern, country design utilising fine materials and antique objects of daily life to evoke an atmosphere marked by very individual style awareness. After a restful sleep, guests can look forward to an exquisite breakfast based upon natural products from the region. The big banquet hall and the Gothic vaulted ceilings of the Samerstall are available for events and special occasions of all kinds.
Homemade, heartily flavoured bread is one of the chef’s driving passions. Also homemade are the jams for breakfast as well as herbal salt and wild herbs.
For the Unterrainer family, it is important to venerate older culinary traditions: Every year in autumn, they celebrate “Tyrol Weeks”, during which they draw upon family recipes once cooked by their great-grandmother from Tyrol, which the kitchen then gives a contemporary interpretation; dumplings, Schlutzkrapfen ravioli and Kaskrapfen pasties, as well as chamois and other wild game from their own hunting grounds.
Leogang , a town in the inner Pinzgau, is a paradise of outdoor sports in summer as well as winter. The region’s special attractions include a wonderfully varied selection of bike tours that are also suitable for hobby cyclists. Mountain tours can also be enjoyed with the help of E-bikes, with a number of recharging stations located in the area.
In winter, the Asitz lift and the new Steinberg lift also provide a link to the ski areas of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, here in one of the most diverse and beautiful ski regions in all of Salzburger Land.
Cultural Tip: Saalfelden Jazz Festival at the end of August; Mining & Gothic Museum in Leogang.
Shopping Tip: Feinkost Hutter directly across from the Kirchenwirt, a small paradise for lovers of fine wines and brandies as well as exquisite delicatessen products.
overnight with breakfast, hike with champagne, deer-watching, collecting herbs, exquisite menu and fine wines at a lodge, live music, helicopter tour, concluding with select wines and cheeses in the wine cellar.
for 5-8 persons,
"K1326 gourmet menu" with a night in a theme suite and breakfast p. person€ 168,-