8. Hotel Schafbergspitze – St. Wolfgang, Austria
Certainly not one for those without a head for heights, the Hotel Schafbergspitze sits roughly 5,840 feet above sea level, overlooking the waters of lake Wolfgangsee from the top of Mount Schafberg in Austria. The peak is part of the Salzkammergut range; and the loftily located establishment was constructed here back in 1862 thanks to the efforts of one Wolfgang Grömmer. In fact, it holds the distinction of being the oldest mountain hotel of its kind in the country.
A little over a century after its beginnings, the hotel was acquired by the Pasch family, who continue to run it to this day. Contemporary guests may be drawn partly by the establishment’s comfortable accommodation, but it is the breathtaking, if dizzying, view of the surrounding lakes and mountainous terrain that’s arguably the real attraction.