About the Krimmler Tauernhaus
The old tavern in the Achen
The Krimmler Tauernhaus is located in a picturesque site in the centre of the Krimmler Achental:
surrounded by gentle mountain pastures, dark stone pine forests and majestic mountains that touch the horizon, the Tauernhaus is a source of strength. Yet its location is by no means due to aesthetic reasons or coincidence.
As early as medieval times, the tavern, which can be traced back officially to 1389 and is probably much older, was a special place for travellers, traders and pilgrims.
Those who enter the historical Krimmler Tauernhaus experience tradition and nature as they should be: genuine and wonderfully authentic.
The traditional Krimmler Tauernhaus
The Krimmler Tauernhaus is famous well beyond the region and is a very special place for lovers of nature, mountain fans and health enthusiasts who want to leave everyday life behind them, relax, and slow down.
A house with a soul
Although it offers great comport to its visitors, the Tauernhaus has still retained its special soul: having developed historically, it combines traditional rural living comfort, natural construction materials, local craftsmanship and carefully added modern technology, to ensure a harmonious environment in which one feels at home.
About the Krimmler Tauernhaus
When Simon Geisler, the great-grandfather of Friedl Geisler, the present landlord, acquired the Tauernhaus in 1906, he worked with enormous energy to transform it into a magnificent inn. An additional upper storey offered overnight guests more room, and a meticulous conversion on the ground floor, taking pains to leave the 600 year old inn untouched, transformed the “old tavern” (“alte Taferne”) into a contemporary inn and mountain shelter. At the end of the First World War Simon Geisler modernised the Tauernhaus by building a small power station and installing overhead cables by means of which he as a National Assembly member could keep in telephone contact with the outside world at all times.
After the Second World War, when some 5,000 persecuted Jews from Eastern Europe illegally crossed the Krimml Tauern and Austria’s border with Italy to get to the Land of Israel, it was the landlady Lisl Geisler who devotedly took care of the refugees, providing them with what they desperately needed - a meal and a warm room for the night.
Until 1999 the inn was run by Adolf and Franziska Geisler. In their almost 40-year period as landlord and landlady of the Krimmler Tauernhaus, they constantly modernised and improved the Krimmler Tauernhaus and during this time a road was also built giving better access to the Tauernhaus and the pastures of the Krimml Achen Valley. Since the establishment of the National Park Hohe Tauern in 1984, the Krimmler Tauernhaus is the only farm in the national park.
In 1999 Friedl and Gundi Geisler took over the inn and farm and, with foresight and discretion, modernised the Tauernhaus with careful regard to the very individual landscape and conservation of nature and the environment. The Tauernhaus itself has been extended with great sensitivity, combining contemporary comfort with the functional character of a mountain shelter. Friedl and Gundi Geisler place particular emphasis on an extensive cuisine with regional specialities, for which to a great extent they use milk and meat produce from their own farm.
With pride and a strong sense of tradition they maintain the Krimmler Tauernhaus as a jewel steeped in the history of the Krimml Achen Valley and have an ever open door for guests, mountain walkers, mountain climbers and ski tourers in both summer and winter, welcoming them with genuine hospitality.