Wanderniki: your Slow Food hotel in Lesachtal
Those who appreciate regional products, mindful handling of food, and a balanced diet will thrive every day anew in our Slow Food hotel. We are proud to say that in our region, in our hotel, we live by the Slow Food philosophy more than anywhere else. Because Gailtal and Lesachtal form the first Slow Food Travel destination in the world.
Set off on a journey into the most natural valley in Europe, in Lesachtal, where ingredients are grown and produced. We will take you with us and show you just how much love we put into preserving the old craft of baking bread, spinning honey, and churning butter. Take a closer look at what farmers do, and get to know and appreciate your food in a whole new way.
Back to the roots of flavour
Nikolaus Lanner is not only the eponym of our hiking hotel in Carinthia; he is also a founding member of the regional chapter and was involved in the creation of Slow Food Travel from the very beginning. We are lucky to be able to source so many products from our region and produce them ourselves. And our Lesachtal bread is something we are particularly proud of.
The treasure in the oven
Lesachtal bread is listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. The recipe has been handed down in our hotel in Lesachtal for many generations. Senior manager Rosa has been baking this bread for over 60 years and has continuously perfected her recipe. In September 2018, Lesachtal bread was the first Carinthian food to be awarded the “Presidio Seal” by Slow Food International at the Terra Madre – Salone del Gusto in Turin. It is now officially considered “worthy of special protection” – something we always knew.
Incredible experiences at a Slow Food hotel
Experience bread history in our Slow Food hotel and discover natural sourdough – the secret to our Lesachtal Slow Food Presidio bread. In our bread baking workshop, the hotel’s senior manager shows you everything you need to know about the fine art of baking bread. It all starts with a local variety of grain that has nearly been forgotten. This grain is ground into flour using centuries-old mills in Maria Luggau and then processed by our master bakers. Afterwards, you will receive your own bread, including a bread baking diploma and recipe to take home.
Sustainable and regional
Many other producers in Lesachtal invite you to follow the food journey yourself as part of Slow Food Travel. For example, you can make your own sheep’s milk specialities and delicious farm ice cream or visit a poppy tasting. It is incredible how exciting regional food production can be!