Berta and husband Florian Gürtl came to the Ennstal in 1947 for career
reasons. Mr. Gürtl was an employee of the provincial division of
agriculture & forestry in Graz. Both of them having been born and
growing up in Feldbach, they got to know each other during a tour of
Schloss Kornberg and married in 1947 in Feldbach.
In the autumn of 1947, Mr. Gürtl was transferred to Haus/E., where he held a management position in animal husbandry. He would teach milking courses in winter, and would take care of office work in summer. His first lodgings were with the Leonhard Buchsteiner family at Haus No.11. In spring, Mrs. Gürtl followed her husband with their little son Walter.
The people of Haus welcome her very pleasantly, and everyone lent her a hand when needed. But the homesickness she felt and the confines of the mountains often dampened her spirits.
The problems adjusting eventually disappeared, there was plenty of work to be done. Daughter Monika and Willi were born. Their one room-kitchen apartment became too small, but no prospects of another apartment, no prospects of a council apartment. And so they decided, spurred on by their neighbors, to build their own home. It was now 1954 and they had purchased the land.
Many people questioned the wisdom of their decision, but the Gürtl family wanted to stay in the town, and they had no other choice. They simply had to have the extra living space.
With the move came new
neighbors, of course, and the gratifying feeling of finally having
their own home. And right there in that home stood the cradle of
The years past, the children grew up and Mr. Gürtl retired. Which is when the idea was born, "We're going to remodel into a guesthouse!!"
This occurred in 1969.
In 1972, son Walter and wife Irmi Gürtl, née Lankmaier, take over the guest house, adding a patisserie and more rooms. For those times, the new rooms are very modern, equipped with bath and WC. Now, of course, every guest wanted to stay in the new rooms, which meant that, each off-season over the next few years, Walter was busy remodeling the "old" rooms.
The homemade cakes and pastries are famous far and wide, as are their own creations such as the "Haus Snowball", the recipe for which was a fiercely guarded secret.
1977 The family is complete. Daughter Astrid sees the light of day for the very first time.
1982 The Alpine Ski World Championships come to Haus and Schladming. America's lady skiers feel right at home here with us, and we host a great medal celebration with Tamara McKinnei.
1987 The guest lounge is remodeled and our à la carte cuisine is born. Technology moves into the rooms. TV with "two" channels, mini bar and telephone are installed.
1988 A breakfast buffet replaces breakfast served at the table.
1994 After spending time overseas on the "Golden Princess", Peter spends his first full season at the hotel. Daughter Astrid is trained in her parents' business as a restaurant manager and chef.
1998 The south-facing rooms of the hotel are expanded, with all of them also getting a balcony. The winter garden is created, providing a lot more space for à la carte diners.
1998 -2001 The rest of the bathrooms are remodeled.
When our neighbor Anni Wohlmutter came to us in spring 2001 and asked if we were interested in buying her guest house, we spent a few sleepless nights. The last major remodeling project had been just three years previously and plans for the building of a wellness area were already in the drawer. But happily, the family decided in favor of buying the guest house.
Since that year, the "young generation", Marion and Peter, have been living in former Haus Anni.
The house was in good condition, though the amenities and sanitary facilities were no longer up-to-date.
From 2001-2005, all of the rooms were remodeled and two others were created. In addition, a weatherproof connecting walkway was constructed between the two buildings.
An eventful year.
Right after the winter season, wedding bells began to ring. After 10 years of being together, Peter and Marion decided to get married.
In October we celebrated the birth of Helene Gürtl (daughter of Astrid and Johann Schaumberger ), and once again the bulldozers began to roll .....
The outdoor pool had to give way .. .to an indoor pool. Add to that a wellness facility with theme saunas as well as relaxation rooms with view of the Dachstein. A 300 m² wellness area transforms any rainy day into rejuvenating holiday moments.
After the birth of Fabian Gürtl (Marion and Peter) in spring, Paul (Astrid and Johann Schaumberger) comes along in the autumn.
Irmi and Walter Gürtl hand over their life's work to Marion and Peter Gürtl on 1.1.2009.
From 1972 to 2009, they transformed our establishment from the small Pension Gürtl to today's 3***Superior Panorama Hotel Gürtl.
Irmi was the receptionist, bookkeeper, pastry chef, while also taking care of service and the needs of our guests.
During this time, Walter was in charge of the kitchen and was responsible for the good reputation it enjoyed. His great passion, and a counterbalance to all of that kitchen work, was the "Gürtl Garden".
Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, beans, strawberries, blackberries, currants, countless herbs and, above all, giant pumpkins have been refining our dishes for many years.
The two of them are there for us to this day, mostly taking care of the grand kids. Our boundless gratitude for that, and all they do.
With the desire to have "one" house growing ever bigger, architect Andreas Kranwitter was hired to make this dream a reality. We also wanted to put an end to the tiresome stair-climbing. That said, we didn't want to negatively impact the cozy atmosphere. After one year of planning and many discussions with our loyal regular guests, the time had finally come:
On 7.12.2011, in a record building time of just 72 days, the new hotel was opened with a big celebration to which locals and friends, our cherished regulars and colleagues were all invited. During these hectic days, as many as 80 construction workers were busy on our building site.
The most important points in brief:
In 2011, we celebrate yet another highlight, the birth of Roman. Which makes our family complete.
In 2011, Astrid and her family move into the newly built " Haus Schaumberger" www.hausschaumberger.com and rent out 2 apartments there.
In 2012, son Moritz is a new addition to the family.
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