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The Hotel Hochfirst through the ages

It was not so long ago when the Ötztal presented itself as in the famous mountain novels of Ludwig Ganghofer. Archaic, untamed, its harsh summits soar into the sky, with cliffs awesomely keeping watch above the dispersed alpine pastures. In 1934 the Hotel Hochfirst was constructed under the guidance of a famous architect, Baumann, in the shade of the breath-taking mountain backdrop of the Ötztaler Alps.

The hotel was extended in 1969 with a spacious seminar room and an extensive indoor pool. The Hotel Hochfirst then climbed up the ranks, becoming one of the most exclusive and best addresses in Ötztal. There was then a generation change in 1993 - father Franz Gstrein handed over his life’s work to his daughter Daniela and son-in-law Karl Fender.


General refurbishment of the entire hotel including all the rooms, the hotel lobby & conference rooms. The hotel was generally refurbished in stages, with quite a number of additional buildings.Our holiday home now has the "Alpen Spa", a 1,500 m² wellness oasis that offers guests a hideaway to unwind and relax. In this way tradition in our house unites with the trend of the time.


Re-design of the restaurant, extended to 21 guest beds & opening of the beauty farm on the 1st floor


Extension of the restaurant with parlours, buffet room & wine cellar, re-design of the reading room & refurbishment of the hotel bar


Renovation & annex to the 1,500 m² wellness area »Alpen Spa« with 220 m² indoor & outdoor pool, salt cave, aroma steam bath, biosauna, sauna parlour, natural waterfall, relaxation room


Former Federal Chancellor Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer bestowed Mr Karl Fender with the title of ‘Kommerzialrat’.


Austrian Federal Economic Chamber ranked the Hotel Hochfirst in the ****Superior category.
Upgrading of the Hochfirst Superior & Suite Royal categories.


Provincial Governor Dr. Günther Platter, on behalf of the Federal Chancellor, bestowed Mr. Karl Fender with the Golden Medal of Service for the Republic of Austria. Hotel Hochfirst becomes an official partner hotel for Porsche Germany


Re-design of the fireplace area, winter garden & the wine tasting area.


Upgrading of the Königskogl categories & residenz suite, extension ski cellar lift


Setting up of the tyrolean sauna hut and textile bio sauna. Redesign of the restaurant.


Major refurbishment of rooms & suites of the categories Festkogl double rooms, Zirbenkogl double rooms,
Festkogl junior suite, Gurgl suite, Hochfirst suite & Kristall suite.


Annex of Hochfirst lounge - winter garden - gourmet parlour hochfirst & restaurant


The Hotel Hochfirst has recently been categorised by the 5-star commission from the association for the hotel industry in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in the *****category.

For the 80th anniversary, the Hochfirst has been awarded 5 stars.
The hotel is now run in the 3rd & 4th generation of the family


With our refurbishment work, there are new rooms & suites in the categories Seenplatte,
Juniorsuite Spiegelkogl and luxurious panorama suite. 

To be able to offer even more luxury some of the rooms and suites have been stylishly refurbished. All rooms and suites are furnished with fine fabrics, high quality woods and attention to detail. Experience a stay in our upgraded rooms & suites in the categories Seenplatte, Juniorsuite Spiegelkogl and the luxurious panorama suites.


Hochfirst shop

In 2016 the small & fine hotel shop in Hochfirst ***** Foyer opened its doors. Give yourself or your loved ones a treat with exclusive gift ideas: noble schnapps from the premium distillery Rochelt, high-quality decanters from the Tyrolean glassworks Riedel, teddy bears and cuddly toys from the traditional Steiff brand, fur blankets and much more.

New from November 2016: Exclusive silver accessories from the world's leading brand Christofle.

Hideaways of indulgence newly designed

The restaurant in Hochfirst***** with its private dining rooms is a culinary meeting point of award-winning level. Gourmets will find their very own, quiet and stylish spot to enjoy in the newly designed hideaways – from the generous and invigorating breakfast buffet to the 6-course dinner in the evening. A true highlight is the shiny and sparkling Crystal-Parlour.

New Hochfirst Bar

Insights into the newly designed HOCHFIRST BAR.



At eye level with mountains and sky

Since winter 2017/18, the Hochfirst ***** has been wearing a new "crown": The expansion of the top floor and the extension of the roof have created two new suites that meet the highest demands of a holiday residence. This future-oriented investment in quality is at the same time a nice reminder of the early years. Because already at the opening in 1934, the Hochfirst showed an elegant flat roof. Today, the Sky Suite and the Penthouse Suite inspire with their enormous glass surfaces, which offer wonderful views of the surrounding three thousand meter mountains and the valley. Inside, a modern, elegant chalet style invites you to relax. In addition to the two new suites, a new Panorama Suite has been built on the 5th floor.

Penthouse Suite 125 m²


Sky Suite 64 m²


New luxury suites in the Hochfirst *****

Vinothek Santé

More space was needed to truly share the grandeur of our passion for a sophisticated tipple. The new "Santé" wine house has become a real gem and offers a stylish setting for wine tastings with our sommelier or for an exclusive private dinner with gourmet menu. Enjoy rarities from the world’s best wine-growing regions in an appealing ambience with precious materials and old barrel wood. This splendour is fully accentuated by the highest in glass culture from Riedel.

To the Vinothek "Santé"