Summer and Winter – the Hochkönig region offers plenty of variety for big and small adventurers. Whether it be skiing, cross-country, ski touring, cycling or hiking – outdoor possibilities are enormous. Even if the sun is hiding behind the clouds, there are a lot of attractive things to do.
We, the „Our Unterberg“ team, are happy to sweeten our guest´s best time of the year. We are attentive listeners and try to fullfil all their wishes. Personal care is important to us – we are, of course, most discreet if you prefer to enjoy your holiday in intimate togetherness.
Those that know us, also know that we like to entertain. For example our senior host, Alois Schwaiger, enjoys telling anecdotes from past decades about the beginnings of tourism and the interesting people he has met during his life.
Altogether, we are hosts with a big heart. We love to make people happy. „When guests leave for home with a smile on their faces, I know they have had a great time with us and will come again.“, says Elisabeth Schuster, our hotel owner and hostess.
Fun, action and enjoyment await our guests. Our 35 rooms (in 4 different categories) have plenty of space for rest and relaxation. Due to our perfect location next to the main lift in Maria Alm, the Aberg-Langeck, winter athletes can enjoy jumping straight onto the ski slopes.
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Whether you are sporty, or just taking it easy, everyone loves excellently prepared food. Our chef, specialises in creative cuisine - international and national dishes, local treats and regional specialities have found their way onto our menu card.
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Our new apartment house, with 10 apartments, is right next to our hotel. Our guests here can enjoy „independence“ and „freedom“ within their own four walls whilst still enjoying the hotels´services. If you don´t wish to cook, simply come and eat in the hotel and let us spoil you.
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Our Winter in Maria Alm
Skiing, tabogganing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, winter hiking, curling – Winter in Maria Alm is full of variety and starts right at our front door. Ski in – ski out – the valley terminal of the Aberg-Langeck lift to the Hochkönig region is directly next to our hotel and apartment house. 120 connected piste kilometers with perfectly prepared slopes await you in the Hochkönig realm. If you arrive by car, you can happily leave it parked with us until you drive home.
We can also organise your sporting equipment: "White Water Solutions" ski hire is situated in our hotel – hotel and apartment guests receive a price reduction. The ski school next door takes care of beginners and advanced riders perfectly.
The town centre of Maria Alm is a good kilometer away. The bus stop for town is only 2 minutes away – one can also walk or drive to this idyllic village and go shopping, to a restaurant or enjoy the night life. Many events, such as the Advent market or the Nightshow (spectakular ski show in the Magic Area) make this village an experience.
Go cross-country skiing or winter hiking for a special discovery expedition. The magnificent mountain panorama accompanies you with every step. As well as many cross-country circuits and winter hiking paths, Maria Alm has an illuminated night cross-country circuit at Gasteg.
Our Summer in Maria Alm
Our guests experience nature and culture at its most beautiful in the Summer months. The mountain world seems endless. Athlethes can choose from countless hiking and climbing tours, cycling paths and trails. Families and adrenalin junkies love the Natrun adventure mountain and the first forest sliding park worldwide. Gourmets taste their way through the culinary highlights of the Autumn harvest and marvel at the vibrant culture. Those who simply wish to go inside themselves can walk in the tracks of the pilgrims.
And those who wish to measure their strength can participate in the „HochkönigMan“(a breathtaking trail running event) or in the „Hundstoa biag di“ (the toughest mountainbike uphill race in the Pinzgau). And those who wish to measure their strength can participate in the „HochkönigMan“(a breathtaking trail running event) or in the „Hundstoa biag di“ (the toughest mountainbike uphill race in the Pinzgau).
Our Unterberg in Summer is an ideal location for families, explorers and athletes. Both our houses are quiet but central – in the Hochkönig region – and make your holiday an unforgettable experience.
In the 19th Century, the Guesthouse Unterberg was already a popular stop over for locals and travelers. It was bought in 1902 by the great grandparents of Elisabeth Schuster (born Schwaiger), Maria und Alois Schwaiger. Alois Schwaiger was also known as the „Hogmoar from Hundstein“ at this time. This title can be fought for by strong young men by „Ranggeln“ (mountain wrestling) on the Hundstein.
The winner is celebrated as the Hogmoar for a year, until the next Summer when he has to compete again. It is still held every year on the Hundstein, on Jakobi Sunday on 25th July. This is the place where, since over 500 years, the strongest man in the area is decided upon.
But back to the Gasthaus Unterberg: Maria and Alois Schwaiger bequeathed the Gasthaus to their son Alois Schwaiger who in turn left it to his son Alois Schwaiger in 1966/67. He was a passionate host for 48 years: in 1973 he rebuilt the guesthouse in the hotel´s present location and extended it in 1997. In 2013 he began the construction of the apartment house (where the „old Gasthauses Unterberg“ used to be). With 82 years old Alois Schwaiger proudly handed over the Hotel and Apartment House Unterberg to his daughter in Autumn 2014. She finished building the Apartment House and greeted her first guests in Winter 2014/15. She runs both houses with fresh energy, drive, elan and a team of 15.
left: great-grandparents Alois Schwaiger and Maria Hölzl 23/11/1897
right: grandmother Maria Schwaiger, born Fersterer. She was a clever, quiet, hardworking and modest woman.
left: grandparents Alois and Maria Schwaiger at their wedding on 21.11.1931
right: grandfather Alois Schwaiger born on February 16th, 1900. As an enthusiastic sportsman he got in 1922 and 1923 "Hogmoar" at Hundstein. The hunting was his passion.
The whole family in front of the Gasthaus Untersberg late 40s
Family photo c. 1949
80th birthday of great-grandfather Alois Schwaiger on 03/11/1951