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Sustainability & ehc

At the Gralhof, we strive to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible.

The Gralhof has a CO2 output of 7.82 kilograms per guest per night, ranking us at No. 5 of the top BIO hotels! And we never stop trying to improve these numbers even more.

Since the summer of 2014, we have made it possible for our guests to leave their car at home for a staycation of its own: the Weissensee Nature Park bus leaves every half-hour and is free for Gralhof guests. Our shuttle service makes arriving by public transport a breeze.

Wednesday is all about sustainability: it’s the Gralhof’s meat-free day. With our creative and delicious menu options, you’ll never even miss the sausage or bacon at breakfast! The idea: since most CO2 emissions come from animal agriculture, having a meat-free day helps us reduce our footprint. Good for the environment, good for our guests.

In spring of 2012, the Gralhof received ehc certification for eco hotels, a designation that recognizes ecological and sustainable thinking, acting, and management.

For us at the Gralhof, however, sustainability is not a marketing tool; it reflects our deep convictions. And we demonstrate these convictions every day, with full transparency.

Michael Knaller harvesting in the Gralhof herb garden.

Michael Knaller harvesting in the Gralhof herb garden.

What makes the Gralhof so sustainable? And what exactly is sustainability?

The Gralhof heats using wood chips from its own forests.

In and around the Gralhof, green electricity flows from all outlets — powered by AAE Naturstrom in Kötschach, about 30 kilometers away.

At the Gralhof, we use 100 percent organic products with low CO2 emissions — which means they are also produced using fewer resources.

At the Gralhof, we use only ecologically sound cleaning products and laundry detergents.

We produce a large proportion of our food, including meat, right here on our own farm, and for everything else we strive to use regional products. For example, all of our dairy and yogurt products come from our neighbors, the Haus Jakober Organic Farm in Neusach. Our ecological footprint is quite small — and therefore so is that of our guests. Help us to continue on this successful path. Relax completely on your holiday — while also making a statement. Visit us at the Gralhof!

Our ecological footprint is quite small — and therefore so is that of our guests. Help us to continue on this successful path. Relax completely on your holiday — while also making a statement. Visit us at the Gralhof!

And what does ehc mean?

Using green electricity, choosing regional businesses and products, using resources carefully, exclusively using recycled paper or paper from sustainable forestry, using certified organic cleaning products in the hotel and laundry, reaching our personal benchmark, and constantly reducing our CO2 emissions: these are the minimum criteria for successfully maintaining ehc certification. It is an active, dynamic process that we constantly strive to improve further.

Only businesses with a demonstrable ecological sensibility are given the ehc seal of approval, with an independent, state-run control office — in our case ABG Austria — ensuring transparency during evaluation.