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Rudi, Elfriede, Roland and Katrin Steger

40 years hotel Barbarahof – A chronicle of the anniversary

The Hotel Barbarahof would not be what it is today without Barbara and Rudolf Steger. It is thanks to our grandparents that every year guests from all over the world visit us to experience an unforgettable holiday in the Austrian Alps. How the story began and what hard work and tireless diligence are in today’s 4-star hotel, shows a look at the hotel history.

1945 to 1951

Rudi as holzknecht



Rudi works as a woodcutter in Styria, while Barbara earns her money as a waitress in Obertauern.

1945 to 1951

1951

First guest room rental



With their first joint savings, the two build their first house with guest room rental in St. Johann im Pongau.

1951

1952

Hochzeit



Barbara and Rudi get married.

1952

1959

Gasthaus Schifterwirt



The Steger couple builds the Gasthaus Schifterwirt in Taxenbach, the two host their guests here for a total of 13 years.

1959

1966

First agriculture



Barbara and Rudi buy their first farm, the Rainergut in Högmoos.

1966

1970

subsoil



The building land for the Hotel Barbarahof is purchased.

1970

1971 / 1972

Construction & Opening



The construction of the hotel takes about two years. The opening is celebrated christmas 1972.

1971 / 1972

1978

Hochzeit



Elfriede and Rudi Steger junior, today’s senior bosses, get married.

1978

1980

First addition



First addition: The restaurant is extended by the terrace, and the hotel is expanded.

1980

1981

birth



On February 28, daughter Barbara is born.

1981

1984

birth



On June 28, son Roland, today’s hotel manager, is born.

1984

1985

Handover of the hotel



The grandparents hand over the Hotel Barbarahof to Rudi junior.

1985

1992

birth



On December 8, daughter Isabella is born.

1992

2000

Ferienhaus Landleben



Rudi junior and Elfriede buy the neighboring house “Trybulec”, today’s “Ferienhaus Landleben”.

2000

2001

Sauna



The sauna landscape is expanded and the life garden is designed.

2001

2003

renovation



All bathrooms at the Hotel Barbarahof are being renovated.

2003

2005

renewal



The entrance area and the reception are renewed.

2005

2007

renovation



The sauna area is being renovated.

2007

2008

reconstruction



The hotel kitchen is rebuilt and expanded. In addition, a geothermal heater is installed. The old oil heating is removed.

2008

2011

All-round renewal | 3-star superior hotel



An all-round renovation is being tackled: all 40 hotel rooms are being renovated, a new lift is being installed, the exterior façade is being renovated and four new deluxe rooms are being built – all in just eight weeks. In the same year, the major renovation is rewarded with the reclassification as a 3-star superior hotel.

2011

2011

Classification 3S



In the same year, the major renovation is rewarded with the reclassification as a 3-star superior hotel.

2011

2012

extension



The restaurant is expanded and the Herzerlstube is furnished.

2012

2013

The 40th anniversary is celebrated.



In a further major conversion, the entrance area will be renewed and the large reception will be built in its present form. The winter garden is enlarged, and the mountain fire lounge and the pine relaxation room with a cozy tea corner are created.

2013

2013

Major conversion



In a further major conversion, the entrance area will be renewed and the large reception will be built in its present form.

2013

2013

conservatory



The winter garden is enlarged, and the mountain fire lounge and the pine relaxation room with a cozy tea corner are created.

2013

2015

birth



On December 23, son Felix is born.

2015

2016

Country House Felix



In August Roland and Katrin buy the “Landhaus Felix”. The apartments can accommodate a total of 25 people.

2016

1. June 2016

Hotel handover to Roland



In spring, the hotel is connected to the fiber optic network and receives a high-speed Wi-Fi system. The parking lot will be enlarged. In addition, a small garden with sun terrace will be built.

1. June 2016

2017

House Seilergasse in family ownership



Re-purchase of the apartments in the house Seilergasse (Zell am See), which great-grandfather Rudi had built in the 70s together with son Rudi.

2017

2019

Conversion of the garden



A new garden is being created with barbecue area, sun terrace, bike wash center, children’s playground, petting zoo, fitness course, bobby car track, mini pump track and much more…

2019

2020

Conversion of pleasure workshop

The buffet has been completely renewed and enlarged, we have also expanded the restaurant by the Heustube and a new children’s playroom has been built.

2020

Would you like to learn more about the history of the Hotel Barbarahof?

Then you’re in luck! Because senior manager Rudi loves to tell stories. Book now your 4-star holiday home in Saalbach. The host family Steger and their team are looking forward to your visit!