mountain lodge Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart
Children holidays Hotel Hohenwart, Kids Scena, South Tyrol
Gsteier Hotel Hohenwart Schenna, South Tyrol
View from Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart Schenna, South Tyrol
Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart Schenna, South Tyrol
Children holidays Hotel Hohenwart, Kids Scena, South Tyrol

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Paradise in the mountains

Farm & mountain lodge Gsteier

Mountain Lodge Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart, Schenna
Mountain Lodge Gsteier, dining-room, Hotel Hohenwart
Mountain Lodge Gsteier, holilday at Hotel Hohenwart

Mountain Lodge Gsteier

Summer Highlights

Breakfast with a View

Every Sunday in summer, delicious South Tyrolean specialties are served for breakfast at the Gsteier – of course with a fantastic view!


Sleeping under the Stars
Be close to nature for a night out: In the warm summer months, the Hohenwart Hotel in South Tyrol offers the unique opportunity to spend the night outdoors in the mountains – however, not on the hard ground in a tent, but rather in a bed on the edge of the forest. Close to the hotel's own mountain lodge Gsteier at around 4,600 ft above sea level, guests can spend the night completely undisturbed off the beaten track
Mountain farm Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart, Holidays between the mountains
Mountain farm Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart, Holidays between the mountains
Mountain farm Gsteier, Hotel Hohenwart, Holidays between the mountains

The Gsteier Lodge, emerged from two different Mountain Farms

The now enclosed Gsteier farmstead originally consisted of two separate estates, namely the "Obergsteier" and the "Untergsteier". Later, the upper farmstead was named the "Außergsteier farm" and the lower one the "Hintergsteier farm".

The Naifbachgenossenschaft Mais cooperative owned the two farms since 1910/11, which they then combined into a single property. The Gsteier farm was left to a tenant, the Walzl family, to run it. Besides farming, they started running a tavern in the Außergsteirer farmhouse.

No road or cable car lead up to the Gsteier back then. Oxen and horse carts had to drive up a steep cobbled path from St. Georgen to extract timber from the forest. After World War II, a cable car was built from the Naiftal Valley. In the late 1970's, a forest lane was built from St. Georgen to the Gsteier farm.

In 1980, the Naifbachgenossenschaft handed the estate over to the South Tyrolean provincial government. Unfortunately, in 1997 the tenant, Johann Walzl was killed in a tractor accident. As a result of this tragic accident, the family did not want to continue working on the farm, so the state government put the property up for sale.

On February 5, 2002, the Mair family of the Hohenwart Hotel in Scena became the new owner. Today, sheeps are raised and vegetables are grown for our own use at the mountain inn and the hotel. Since December 2010, hikers can conveniently reach the Gsteier farm by exiting at the mid-station of the new Merano 2000 cable car.

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Attractions around the Gsteier Farm

Chapel of St. John of Nepomuk
He was born as Johannes Wölfl around 1350 in Pomuk, Bohemia, ordained as cleric in 1380, and became priest in the Gallus Church in Prague. In 1389 he became vicar general and canon of the Archbishop of Prague. In the confrontation between King and Archbishop, John was captured by King Wenceslas on March 20th, 1393, tortured and drowned in the Moldova River.

The deliverance (legend) reports that the then Queen chose John as her confessor. The King wanted to force John to break the seal of confession, but refused and was therefore drowned in the Moldova River. Through a miracle, the river dried up, so his body was discovered. John was then buried in the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

Patron: St. John of Nepomuk is the patron saint of Bohemia, confessors, priests, sailors, rafters, millers and is called upon to protect against all water hazards.


The Mill

The first Gsteier mill was built on the Naifbach stream crossing. During a violent thunderstorm on August 20th, 1902 the Naifbach flooded and destroyed it. Later the Gsteier and Leiterbauer farmers built a new mill with a pond. When yet another storm hit, the pond spilled over and the mill was again destroyed. In 1946 the present mill was then placed directly on the Gsteirerhof farm and operated on a diesel motor until the late 1950’s until grain was no longer cultivated. Mr. Mair sen. renovated the mill after the purchase of the farmstead in 2002, and added a new waterwheel system. The mill would still be fully workable today.


Farming Museum

Mr. Mair sen. has in recent years collected a considerable set of old farming implements used in daily life on the farm in the old barn. These include  a bread grate, washing urn, cabbage masher, wine press, apple grater, pack saddle, carbide lamps, horn sheath, snowshoes, ox harness, ox yoke, fox trap, grain sorting machine, electric motor, milk centrifuge , butter tubs, chestnut roasters, chestnut basket, cabbage plane, cabbage barrel, flax flail, and threshing machine.
The Farming Museum is accessible at any time.

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capel in the middle of the mountains, hotel hohenwart, schenna, south tyrol
old-fashion water mill, Gsteier, mountain lodge
"Gsteier" – the name of our small mountain farm. Sheeps are grazing peaceable on the pasture, chickens are pawing gleefully in the backyard, you can hear the fountain splashing and the mill wheel turning softly in the background, the salad grows and thrives in the garden – and the sun won't set until 9.30 PM. Here, high up in the mountains, far away from any town, only home-made products are served: eggs, lamb dishes, bacon, salad...
Our mountain farm Gsteier is located "dramatically high" above the flume of the Naif Valley; the panoramic view is simply breathtaking. We bought the farm/mountain lodge "Gsteier" - which is set in a really picturesque location at an elevation of 4,600 ft above sea level – in autumn 2001. Gsteier is more than just a mountain farm: it invites you to take a rest after a brisk hike, it changes into an open-air spa in summer, serves as a retreat for those seeking relaxation, and even offers a museum for culture lovers and a large adventure playground for children.