This is a must for beer enthusiasts, and anyone else wanting something out of the ordinary. It’s no longer owned by the Surbeck family who started brewing here, but current owners Erwin and Monika Schönau have kept the Frohsinn brewery going. Down in the basement, the beer cellar has a vaulted roof dating from medieval times, wooden benches and a sprinkling of locals, even early in the morning. Sacks full of barley stand ready for the two copper mash tuns, or vats, presided over by the brew master. Twice a week, 500 litres of lager are produced, with a stronger brown beer made in winter as well.
The modern Allegro restaurant has large windows with views over vineyards towards the lake. Sample the Italian cooking (antipasti and home-made pasta) here and then head down to the Braukeller; or, settle in downstairs at the start of your night for veal sausage with Händl mustard, fresh pretzels or cheese salad – accompanied by seasonal beer. If you prefer an evening out, the cellar serves set menus (vegetarian, fish or meat) at lunch.
As for the rest of the hotel, bedrooms are small, neat and plain, ‘strictly for sleeping’, bathrooms (most with shower only) are ‘just for a quick wash’.