The Gartenhotel Theresia****Superior in Saalbach-Hinterglemm is now in its third generation of owners. The Brettermeier Family turned the Theresia into the first organically certified hotel in the Province of Salzburg (in 2002) which offers organic board all day. They are true organic pioneers in this province.
She then sold her homemade butter and excellent Pinzgau cheese. During 14 summers at the pasture (in winter, she worked odd-jobs as a cook, housekeeper, etc.) she acquired her own herd of goats, pigs and later a few cows which she sold to purchase a piece of land in a meadow on the Saalach River in 1947. There she set up the framework for her life’s goal – her own home and inn.
Due to lack of money for construction, it was only in 1955 that the inn was completed. Theresia was born into the first farming family in Hinterglemm that, in addition to farming, also owned a restaurant called the Dorfwirtshaus with a so-called dance floor. As was common back then in rural areas, the entire estate was split among the family’s four sons. The two daughters received only a bedroom with a cabinet containing items such as linens, dishes and silverware as a dowry for their new household and the right to live with their brothers until their wedding day.
Their son, Bartholomäus, was officially adopted by his father Johann so that the name Hasenauer could be passed on and succeeded his father by also becoming a farmer. Born in 1928, daughter Marianne ran Theresia’s inn and its 45 beds and received a piece of land from her father. On this land she built the Hotel Egger with her husband, Franz, born in 1919 in Jochberg near Kitzbühel in Tyrol. The Hotel Egger is now run by Mrs Brettermeier’s brother, Josef Egger.
Economic thinking and sustainable economy are in our blood:
At an age when most others retire, the couple tore down the entire inn in 1980 and built the Hotel Theresia with room for 96 guests in 1981. It was equipped with an indoor pool and two saunas and was officially categorised as a 4.5-star hotel. In the mid-1990s, they built the Aparthotel Hechenberg with 12 holiday apartments in Hinterglemm for their son Franz.
Here is where our joint Theresia begins:
At the end of the 1980s, Marianne Brettermeier-Egger and her husband took over the Hotel Theresia. Under their direction, the hotel has become a design hotel with a clear direction: modern design – timeless tradition. The renowned, award-winning Viennese architecture firm Pichelmann (Gustav Pichelmann is a cousin of Mr Brettermeier) has been re-designing the classic alpine hotel since 2003, always during the autumn season. The highlights of the hotel’s style: light wood, clear, modern lines, plenty of natural light, unimposing lighting. This gives the effect of "new purism" without seeming cold and distant – but rather, with lively character and an Austrian touch. The Brettermeier family have always invested in renovations for the Gartenhotel Theresia (awarded the "Initiative Architektur" in 2010), in environmentally- and resource-friendly measures and, last but not least, in the highest quality of organic food and beverages.
A love of beauty
Our gallery for modern and contemporary art is both the passion of art aficionado Mr Brettermeier and a treat for guests interested in art.
In keeping with our deceased loved ones’ wishes, we treat our guests from all over the world as friends and love spoiling them! As one of our wonderful regular guests once said: "This house has soul!" And we hold true to Gustav Mahler’s idea: "Tradition is the passing on of fire, not the worship of ashes."
Many unique experiences richer
It is our honour to invite guests to our weekly history hour. Using the gallery of beautiful old photographs in the hotel lobby, we explain the tradition and development of our hotel and the region. Please feel free to join us!
the Brettermeier Family and Mrs Egger
PS: The name of our hotel was changed in 1981 from the Gasthof Auhof to the Hotel Theresia in honour of our founder, Grandmother Theresia – she was very pleased! She lived with us until she passed in 1992 at home and in the company of her family.