A family affair
since 1908Hans Holzner, an experienced hotel manager, and his wife Maria, née Krawany from Mödling near Vienna, became directors of the Oberbozen Hotel, which had been built by the Rittnerbahn AG. He was able to buy the hotel from the company as early as 1911. After his early death in 1939, his eldest son Herbert took over the management of the hotel together with his mother. The war and post-war period were marked by privation and constantly recurring rumours about the sale of the hotel. It was only after Herbert's death in 1968, when his nephew Hans took over the hotel together with his parents Wilhelm and Herta, that the house could be renovated and restored piece by piece. When Hans and his wife Marianne had already brought six children into the world in the 90s, the Holzner was increasingly transformed into a hotel for families. In 2008, their third son Wolfgang and his wife Monika, née Waldner from Schenna, took over the family business in what is now the fourth generation.
The beginningsIn 1906, the construction of the cog railway from Bolzano to Renon and the associated hotel on a natural terrace on the southern slope of Oberbozen began on behalf of the Renon Railway Inc. The builders Musch and Lun from Merano entrusted engineer Joseph Riehl with the planning, implementation and construction management of the mammoth project. A first draft of the hotel was rejected because it envisioned a project that was too urban in appearance. The second design was in the so-called Swiss Alpine style, an Art Nouveau style adapted to the Alpine region. Plans by the architect brothers Ludwig for an extension of the hotel were already available in 1912, but they were discarded with the outbreak of the First World War.
extensionsIn 2013, Wolfgang and Monika Holzner launched a competition for architects, each of whom put down on paper their vision for the Holzner in the decades to come. In 2014, the first construction lot of the competition winners BaumeisterWolf from Brixen was implemented: Once again, the Holzner's utility rooms were adapted to modern requirements, the 1908 restaurant found its place on the north side of the building, an elevator and a new staircase were built within the framework of the fire protection ordinance, and a new version of the tower that had already graced the Holzner in its founding days was erected. In 2018, the sustainable project was completed with the Bergmeister Wing with underground parking and Eden Suites, as well as the Liberty Spa.
In the attic of the house you will find our house museum with display boards and unique historical visual material on the history of the house, the Holzner family and the development of tourism on Renon. Why not combine a visit to the museum with a visit to the panoramic tower? Binoculars and keys are available at the reception.
World War I
World War II
In cooperation with the climate neutrality alliance turn to zero, the CO2 footprint of the hotel is measured for the first time and subsequently compensated. This means that a holiday at the Holzner will be climate neutral from 2022 on.
The Holzner family develops and enacts the "New Tradition". A comprehensive sustainability concept with a catalogue of measures designed for the coming years. The first area to be tackled is catering at the Holzner, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the culinary offerings from 360 to 180 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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Blessed with the natural beauty of our surroundings, the splendid view at the Holzner has evolved into a thoughtful vision. From 2022, your vacation at the Holzner is climate neutral. We received the Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence in the category "Best for green practices" for our sustainability concept.Our sustainability concept