Mountain inns – called a Berghaus (or, plural, Berghäuser) in German – are a major feature of the Alps. They’re not quite like village hotels, and they’re not quite like mountain or alpine club huts. They are somewhere in between and are truly a joy for hikers. I like to describe them as rustic, Swiss B&B’s.
Comfortable, clean, and quaint, most have full restaurants serving dinner and breakfast daily, and private rooms with down comforters on the beds. Bathrooms are almost always down the hall, rather than ensuite, and you may or may not have electricity in your room, but hiking all day with only a small daypack and arriving in time for a fantastic meal is a perfect balance of strenuous exercise, outstanding landscapes, and cozy comfort only an alpine Mountain inn can provide.