Pläsier-Interview mit Roland Ballner, Inhaber Hotel Cortisen am See, St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut.

Owner Roland Ballner is not your average hotelier and despite being born here in this magical setting, being raised in the hotel, he is a true travel maverick at heart and a natural wonderer. A ‘modern Austrian’, Ballner is a cosmocrat who brings accents from his worldly motorcycle adventures in South America, Africa and the United States to gently influence the hotel’s modern interior, which he orchestrates himself.

“Since taking over the reins of the hotel from my father, I have renovated the hotel over several years – I prefer this as it lends a more characterful end result than hiring in an architect, and besides, no one knows this hotel better than me.”

His other passions in life beside hiking up Schafberg, waterskiing in the early mornings or being on the lake smoking a cigar, is his Harley Davidson “Fat Bob”, which he lends out to hotels guests to enjoy the scenic landscapes of Salzkammergut and nearby Bad Ischl.