Gartenhotel Daxer

The Garten Hotel

Hello and welcome to the Gartenhotel Daxer

Staying with us you are that little bit closer to the mountains. Our hotel is situated in Zell’s Schmittental at 945m - 2 km from Zell am See town centre, providing a superb view to Lake Zeller.

Whether walking or if you take the cable car, our hotel is the perfect starting point for exploring the surrounding mountains. The cable cars are just a 3 minute walk from our hotel and the hiking trails start directly from the hotel doorstep.

As a family run business in its 3rd generation, our job is our vocation and we endeavour to make the loveliest time of your year - your holidays - that bit nicer.

Exclusive service, hospitality and a welcome that you would expect in Austria, are our maxims. We and our staff endeavour each and every day to see that your needs are catered for!


Gartenhotel Daxer - a short history...

The story begins in 1961/1962 when Josef Daxer began the construction of a guest-house in the Schmitten valley that would be known as Pension Daxer.  In early 1962 Josef unexpectedly died before the work was complete.  Josef's widow Paula was initially undecided whether to continue with the project, or sell.  However Paula and daughter Renate saw the work completed during 1962 and the hotel was open for christmas 1962 with thirty beds and "full pension".

Starting a new business is never easy and Pension Daxer was no exception.    In those days the summer trade was much more reliable than winter, in January 1963 for instance there was only one guest for three weeks!  While the business grew slowly over the next few years the next significant event was the marriage of Renate to Joseph Wartbichler.  Children, all of whom have at some stage worked at the hotel, soon followed.

The development of the building continued during the 1970's with an extra thirty beds, every room being fitted with shower and toilet and the first indoor swimming pool in the area installed.

In year 2000 came the next major change with still more rooms added.  The name was changed to Gartenhotel Daxer to reflect the ample gardens and green space surrounding the hotel.  Renate took great pride in the plants and flowers she collected, planted and looked after.  The business was gradually handed over to son Michael and his wife, Conny.  Since then each year something new or improved has been completed - such as the outside swimming pool, upgrades to the sauna and steam room facilities and the fitness room.

The next major change began in 2015 with beginning of the construction of an additional twenty-three rooms, but in late 2015 the family was shocked as Renate was diagnosed with cancer. In February 2016, after a short and difficult sickness, Renate, who had been the heart and soul of the hotel, died.  This meant that she did not live to see the completion of the latest changes to the hotel which saw twenty-three rooms added.  There is now sixty-eight rooms and suites with about 160 beds.  Husband Joseph now looks after the garden and grounds.  

And thats the story up until now...


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