"It's the many small things that make a big difference!" That is something we hear again and again from our guests.
A friendly smile from a member of staff, the attention to detail in the decorations, the fusion of traditional and modern elements, the outstanding evening meals and the extensive wine list put together by the hotel owner and resident sommelier – all these small things combine to make holidays at the Hotel Böglerhof a special experience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
Tradition you can feel
The turbulent histoy of the Hotel Böglerhof starts many centuries ago when the building was used as a workshop by a craftsman making bows and arrows. It was later a courthouse for miners during the reign of the Fugger dynasty, before becoming an inn.
This long and proud history can be seen and felt by visitors to the Hotel Böglerhof, from the age of silver mining to the battles under freedom fighter Andreas Hofer and the modern incarnation of the hotel run by the Duftner family.
Then and now
The Hotel Böglerhof takes its name from the Bögler, which was the name given to a maker of bows. This was the first recorded use of the site where the hotel stands today. During the successful mining period in the Middle Ages under the Fugger family there was a mining court located in the building. Our large wine cellar and the wood-pannelled Fuggerstube room date back to this period in the 15th century. When the silver rush came to an end, the Böglerhof becamean inn.
In 1809 the Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer wrote a letter to Herr Pögler in Alpbach to call on the residents of Alpbach to take up arms in the struggle against the Napoleonic forces. This letter is still kept in the Hotel Böglerhof today.
In 1933 the young wine trader Alfons Moser bought the Böglerwirt – the start of a success story which continues today under the leadership of the Duftner family.
Construction of the first open-air swimming pool using wood. At the time there were many complaints from the bishop, so a decision was taken to turn the pool into a duck pond. It would later be used once again for its original purpose.
Lady Vernay, the first Englishwoman to come to Alpbach, visited a travel agent in Innsbruck to find a typical farmhouse. Alfons Moser, who unusually for the time had a car, took Lady Vernay to Alpbach, It proved to be the start of a long friendship which would last for several generations between Alpbach and the schools in Frensham Heights, Malborough and Sevenoaks. Major Ingham also came to Alpbach as a result of his links to these schools and visited Alpbach. Since then the village has welcomed many guests from England.
The Hotel Böglerhof becomes a member of the Romantic Hotels.
Exhibition of Wolfgang Pfaundler's black-and-white photos "Alpbach wie es früher war" ("Alpbach in Days Gone By"). These photos can be seen in our rooms.
Expansion of our restaurant to include a large buffet area with a show kitchen.
Many interesting personalities from around the world still come to Alpbach and the Hotel Böglerhof every year. Famous guests have included Sir Karl Popper, Erwin Schrödinger, Sir John Eccles, Konrad Lorenz, Arthur Köstler, Helmut Kohl, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Catherine Ashton and former Austrian president Dr. Heinz Fischer.