Karl Schupfer purchased Gasthaus "Häuserl im Wald", known locally as the "Brenner" back then, in 1937, running it with his wife Hilda.
The guest house, together with its own farm, soon became a popular excursion destination, well known far beyond Ennstal valley.
Over the years, additions were gradually made including a dining room, kitchen, guest rooms and barns. The "Häuserl im Wald" was becoming one of those insider tips for holidaymakers in search of rest and recreation, who were already enjoying therapeutic summer escapes on the Mitterberg.
The especially beautiful and peaceful setting at 800 m above sea level, surrounded by the glorious Alpine panoramas of the Schladminger Tauern and Niedere Tauern ranges, also served as the starting point for numerous hikes across into neighboring valleys.
Karl and Hilda Schupfer expanded their country inn with a major addition, thus turning it into a hotel.
With construction of a modern kitchen, 20 rooms with all the modern conveniences, guest lounges and a large dining room, ideal conditions were also created to host special occasions, weddings and business events.
Yet another expansion of the business came about as a result of plans drawn up by the next generation of the family, daughter Hilde and husband Johann Langanger.
This time, the focus was on expanding recreational opportunities, as well as adding to the 4-star character of the rooms. The goal was clearly to have the hotel keep up with our guests' steadily rising expectations with respect to quality. Recreation facilities, such as the sauna area with steam bath, hot tubs, tanning studio, outdoor pool, and more, were created, substantially expanding the "Recuperation & Wellness" opportunities for vacationers at our hotel.
The greatest amount of planning, however, went into creating seminar and conference rooms with state-of-the-art amenities and equipment. Upon completion of the project, the hotel was to become an attractive destination for conference participants, both from inside Austria and abroad, as well as for guests whose goals were continuing education and professional training.
In the years to follow, ongoing quality improvements continued to the benefit of all our guests. This included a massage room designed specifically for that purpose, an infrared cabin, a new ski depot, an Internet surf station (wireless), with all guest rooms remodeled to 4-star standards. The outdoor terrace was redesigned, and there were other additions in recreational amenities and the outdoor areas ...
These are family-run businesses with a special focus on typical Austrian hospitality, good Austrian cooking, along with heritage, tradition and regionality.
Meeting all of these expectations is something very close to our hearts!
With great personal dedication, we have always held true to the traditions of this hotel. And now we, the next generation, are honored to hold to the self-same principles.
Our family has received numerous awards and other forms of recognition, including "Folk-Music Friendly Eatery", "Good Styrian Restaurant", "Styrian Seminar Hotel" - to name but a few.
You, as a guest of our country hotel, should have the feeling that you are, indeed, living with people in and of the country!
Re-energizing summer getaways and winter vacations, far removed from the hectic and often stressful outside world, are ultimately what everything we do and offer is all about.
Although the "Häuserl im Wald" grew into a hotel over the course of the years, we still strive to preserve the family, personal atmosphere, and to ensure that our guests feel completely at ease in their home-away-from-home.