The history of the Hotel Zauchenseehof
…how it all started – from an alpine hut to 4 star Hotel
The Walchhofer's home farm at the start of the Zauch Valley in Altenmarkt
The Vorderkuchelberg farm in Altenmarkt around the turn of the last century in typical Salzburg Pongau farmhouse style (wooden house with bell tower). Life on the farm wasn’t easy but fulfilling and varied. Summers up on the alpine pastures were particularly beautiful. The animals were lead up to the alpine meadows in Zauchensee, where today the 4 star Hotel Zauchenseehof stands.
Zauchensee at the turn of the last century - in summer alpine pasture area
The lush alpine meadows, the Zauchensee lake with its fresh spring water and the secluded location in this valley bowl were ideal pre-requisites for productie mountain farming.
Zauchensee im Winter - the first ski turns
In winter the few alpine huts belonging to farmers from Altenmarkt, Radstädt and Flachau huddled together on the valley floor in Zauchensee. Earlier the alpine hut were made winterproof in autumn and the valley was closed off. Slowly the individual huts were rented out to winter guests. In the beginning these holiday-makers were primarily Alpine Club members, who catered for themselves or were looked after by the hut’s dairywoman.
Those were the days…
Grandfather was a keen skier all his life.
Crucial to the development of Zauchensee were amongst others Rupert Mooslechner, Peter Walchhofer and Benedikt Scheffer (left to right).
Peter Walchhofer und Sohn Rupert Walchhofer, der das Erbe seines Vaters mit Geschick und Weitsicht ausbaute.
Rupert Walchhofer senior
Rupert Walchhofer sen.
The first Stemag lift in Zauchensee Unterberg
The first Stemag lift in Zauchensee Unterberg was in operation from 1956 to 1967 and a real development in those days. In 1964 the Zauchenseer Lift Company was founded and the first drag-lift was opened in Zauchensee Unterberg.
Piste preparation back then…
In 1967 Maria and Rupert Walchhofer opened the Gasthaus Zauchenseehof and looked after their guests with much enthusiasm. Michael and his brother Rupert, today’s hoste, were allowed to help in the winter months and learned all about the hotel industry and skiing from a young age.
Zauchensee in the 1980's
There has been a connection from Altenmarkt – Zauchensee to Flachauwinkl and Kleinarl since 1984.
The first piste bashers
Extension of the Hotel Zauchenseehof
The 4 star Hotel Zauchenseehof in Altenmarkt – Zauchensee in Salzburger Land
Sons Rupert and Michael Walchhofer with their families and parents Maria und Rupert.