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The Austrian Ecolabel

The Austrian Ecolabel (Das Österreichische Umweltzeichen) was established in 1990 on the initiative of the Ministry of Environment, to enhance quality and environmental awareness in the Austrian tourism and leisure time industries.
The Austrian Ecolabel for tourism and leisure industry is awarded to tourist accommodations, catering enterprises, conference and event locations, camp sites and shelter huts for their commitment in the fields of environmentally friendly management and social responsibility.



Austrian Ecolabel eco-rating was benchmarked against the GSTC:

Austrian Ecolabel is compliant with following hearts of the staygreencheck :


The Austrian Ecolabel standard performed the Greenest Choice, according to the staygreencheck methodology. All the accommodations Austrian Ecolabel will show the four hearts of sustainability.




The Austrian Ecolabel for tourism was the first certification body in the world, totally recognized in 1996 by the Ministry of Environment and nowadays is a project of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. Since 1990, the Austrian Ecolabel has been a guarantor of environmental and climate protection and a reliable guide for Austrians in environmentally friendly purchasing.

In 2005 a collaboration between Austria ecolabel and the European Eco-label (Eu-label) has created a common standard for accommodation in Europe. The Austrian Ecolabel standards aims at complying with the international standards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC).


  • The certificate is valid for 4 years, when all mandatory criteria have been met.
  • The Austrian Ecolabel auditing process is done by independent environmental auditors and executed by Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism
  • See the Austrian Ecolabel standards for accommodations here
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Best practices

Whether luxury or seminar hotels, private rooms or apartments – the European Ecolabel awards accommodations for their top quality and environmentally friendly policies. Organic food from regional suppliers is as natural as the responsible use of water and energy. Ideal conditions for a relaxing stay for guests and the environment!


Boutiquehotel Stadthalle

Located at Hackengasse 20, Vienna, Austria

This family-run and eco-friendly hotel located in the centre of Vienna. With a beautiful garden and 80 individual designed rooms. Awarded the State Prize for Tourism 2009 “Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Industry and Gastronomy. An organic buffet breakfast including local products is served in the breakfast. The water is heated by solar panels, and rainwater collected from the roof is used to water the garden. There is a bicycle trail leading straight to the centre of Vienna from the hotel.


Aktiv- und Wellnesshotel Gutjahr

Located at Markt 187, Abtenau.

Austria Hotel Gutjahr is a lovely family run business in a quiet location in the centre of the picturesque town of Abtenau. with a splendid view of the Austrian mountains. To make everything perfect there is a relaxation oasis featuring sauna, steam bath, heat cabin, fitness room and a panoramic indoor swimming pool.  Horse rides, Skiing or guided hikes and individual excursions are available. Free guided cycling tours for adults and kids can be requested.


Bachgut - Das Resort am Berg

Located at Hasenbachweg 144, Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria.

Situated in Saalbach Hinterglemm, Bachgut – Das Resort am Berg features 13 accommodation with, Flow limiter to save water, EU-label amenities, LED or/and energy-saving lamps. Bachgut already generates more energy from renewable resources than it consumes, using photovoltaics, hydropower and biomass energie source. Guests at the aparthotel can enjoy skiing and cycling nearby or make the most of the garden. Mitteregglift is 1.4 km from Bachgut – Das Resort am Berg.


Naturhotel Waldklause

Located at Unterlängenfeld 190, Längenfeld, Austria.

Surrounded by a forest in Längenfeld in Tyrol’s Ötz Valley, Naturhotel Waldklause was built from timber, glass and stone. The beautiful Oetz valley and the thermae of LŠngenfeld offer perfect premises for memorable spa-holidays in the mountains. All rooms and corridors are light-flooded and ensure a look-out over the magnificent alpine scenery of the Oetz valley. You can enjoy a rich breakfast as well as an afternoon wellness buffet including soups and desserts.


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