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The history of the Speckbacher Hof

The Mesnerhaus (the sexton's house, also known as the "Küster"), which was built in 1499 and affiliated with St. Martin's Abbey in Gnadenwald, developed out of a tradition of hospitality towards priests and church-goers into a public inn known as the "Koandlwirt".

On 20 August 1720, the sexton of St. Martin was granted rights to vend beer and brandy-wine (Source: Josef v. Metzler), the establishment later becoming Gasthaus "Zum Speckbacher" in the mid 1900s, named after freedom fighter Josef Speckbacher, who was born at Hof No. 16 - the "Unterspeck" - in Gnadenwald. Josef Speckbacher fought together with Andreas Hofer and other historical figures, such as Peter Haspinger and Peter Mayr.

In 1931, the establishment was bought by the direct ancestors of this very same Peter Mayr, subsequently being expanded and remodeled. The Speckbacher Hof was owned by members of the Mayr family until 2003, the last being a Peter Mayr, born in 1939.

After his withdrawal to private life, the Hofmann family from Thaur acquired the Speckbacher Hof. Also owned by this prominent family of hoteliers and restaurateurs are the Gasthof Purner in Thaur and Gartenhotel Maria Theresia in Hall in Tirol.

The Speckbacher Hof was lovingly expanded by the Hofmann family, including addition of a new wing and modern, spacious rooms, ultimately becoming the Alpenhotel Speckbacher Hof we know today.

Alpenhotel Speckbacher Hof features 120 beds in 38 spacious rooms and apartments, along with a wonderful wellness area and a private underground parking garage.

The dining room, which reflects a traditional Tyrolean style, as well as our beautiful, old lounges and the unique winter garden, provide room for as many as 350 guests and are ideally suited for weddings or family events of all kinds, as well as conferences, seminars and more..

Also located on the grounds of the Speckbacher are Specki's Kids Paradise with an 18-hole mini-golf course. Especially for our hotel guests, we offer a small, organic swimming pond with sunbathing lawns and one-of-a-kind views of Tyrol's mountain world.