Krone in Au has a long and exciting history. Long before the upper Bregenzerwald area was even settled, a hunting lodge was built exactly where Krone in Au is located today. The hunting parties of the Counts of Montfort and Bregenz needed a safe place to spend the night where they would be safe from wild animals. They decided to build a lodge where the sun shone the longest. Then and now, residents benefit from the afternoon sun, especially in winter, when the sun is low.
With the settlement of the area in the 14th century, the former hunting lodge developed and became an inn with an adjacent farm. As more and more people started traveling by horse carriage, the inn also build a horse stable to provide new horses for the coaches before the crossed the nearby pass.
In a next step, a brewery was erected. A close friend of former Krone owner Pius Berlinger, a master brewer from Munich, envied him for the pristine water available in Au.
In 1904, Pius Berlinger built a summer hotel with high ceilings and bright rooms. The hotel was fully electrified and had running cold water and sanitary facilities. The “telephone number” was 1. The hotel also had a large, modern kitchen. As summer tourism developed/flourished, Krone in Au became a sought-after address for travelers seeking a place with excellent cuisine and drinks before continuing on their journey.
After the Second World War, Walter Lingg senior married one of the daughters of the house, Katharina Berlinger. Together, they renovated the building, which had succumbed to the occupying forces. In 1971, they built a completely new addition with an indoor pool before expanding the hotel to its current size in 1981.
Their son Walter and his wife Birgit gave the entire building a new face. The hotel now appears in a modern design with lots of wood. The distinct architecture, together with its central location, numerous cultural events and activities in summer and winter, its excellent cuisine, a beautiful Sky Spa, a modern indoor pool and a natural swimming lake make Krone in Au the perfect place for anybody looking for a relaxing holiday with quality amenities.
The sixth generation of hosts has already started working at Krone. Theresa and Albert are actively involved in developing the family business.
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Energy from biomass
Fitness for the queen – refurbishing a pipe organ