What was once a coffee shop ...

... is today a 4-star-Superior wellness hotel

In order to create something big, you first need a vision as a driving force. And then you require plenty of courage and foresight to invest in the right changes at the right times. Find out here how the Rieser family transformed a coffee shop on the Achensee into one of the leading Achensee hotels.

The history of 4*S Alpine Wellness Hotel Karwendel

1960: Karla and Sepp Rieser acquire the Karwendel Café

1965: The Vienna-style café is converted into a Tyrolean-style local pub

1967: The Stegerhof farm in Eben is purchased and converted into a modern cattle farm

1973: Construction of Hotel Panorama

1977: Expansion of Hotel Karwendel

1983: Further expansion of Hotel Karwendel

1985: Expansion of Hotel Panorama

1989: Construction of the "Badestube" water parlour, with a sauna, steam bath, etc. at Hotel Karwendel

1990: Construction of the Karwendel cottage, located 150 m from the main building. (Now owned and managed by Manfred and Burgi Rieser.)

1998: Expansion of Hotel Karwendel with the Swiss pine parlour and hotel bar

1999: Purchase of the Gramai Alpine guesthouse including the Gramai Alpine pasture, mountain lodge and hunting area. (Alpine Guesthouse Gramai now owned and managed by Adi and Gabi Rieser.)

2004: Hotels Karwendel and Panorama are connected, while investments are made in the wellness areaindoor and outdoor pool, vitality garden and a new hotel bar with an integrated farmer's parlour.

Certified the 1st Alpine Wellness Hotel in Tyrol.

2005: The rooms in the "Panorama" building section are modernised. All rooms are designed in Swiss pine and with salt stone lamps and are now known as the Sonnjoch rooms and the Achensee suites.

2006: Modernisation and merging of the rooms in the main building. All rooms are designed in Swiss pine and with salt stone lamps.

The hotel is awarded the rating 4-star-Superior.

2009: Extension of the 4th floor of what was Hotel Panorama, resulting in the creation of the new Junior suites and the Panorama luxury suite. All rooms built with Swiss pine panelling and furnished with salt stone lamps and hand-made tiled stoves.

2011: The kitchen is expanded and the new Organic luxury rooms are built: anti-allergenic rooms with exclusive wooden floors and large bathrooms.

2013: Awarded a "toque" for the "Wilderergourmetstube" restaurant by the Gault Millau Guide 2014 (13 points) as well as "1 fork" in the Falstaff Guide 2014.

2014: Renovation of multiple rooms as well as the creation of new "Relax Suites" with infra red cabins and Samina sleeping systems.

2016: Largest investment in our history with the creation of the new Karwendel Sky Spa on the 3rd and 4th floor of the hotel with an unobstructed view of Lake Achen - "a bit closer to heaven". The spa area was doubled in size and is now 2,800m² and 8 new room categories were established (22 rooms were renovated completely). The total number of rooms was increased from 58 to 69.  The Josefistube was built and the Panorama restaurant Lichtspiel and the buffet area were expanded extensively.