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It was at the turn of the millennium that Maria and Viktor's dream began to take shape. It all began with one small farm....

Schrannenhof cowshed

How it all began

Grandfather Friederich Moosbrugger was running the farm with his 12 children, among them Hermann and Hansjosef (Johann Josef Moosbrugger, the father of Maria Zündel). 


After 1934 the Niederau dairy was also housed in this farmhouse. Milk from the hamlets of Halde and Niederau was processed here until the dairy was disbanded in the 1970s.
The milk was subsequently taken to the dairy in Mitteldorf.


The entire farm was destroyed by fire. Hansjosef built a new barn and carried on farming as a sideline, with a couple of cows, and a few head of cattle and goats.


Building commenced on the Schrannenhof, including 4 apartments, a small restaurant and part of the bar. The first winter season was in 2000/2001, with the house opening for Christmas.


The 5th apartment was built.


The riding stable and hen house were built.
A private apartment was developed, and the family moved from the present Zündel holiday cottage to the Schrannenhof.


The former family home was converted into the Zündel holiday cottage, featuring two large apartments and two double rooms.


The house of Maria’s uncle Hermann was converted into the Hermann holiday cottage, featuring two large apartments.


The barn was enlarged and converted to offer appropriate standards of animal accommodation, with loose boxes and an exercise enclosure for the cows.


An extension featuring 4 apartments was built, and the restaurant was expanded to accommodate a further 50 seats. The hay storage barn was also enlarged.

Hen house


To ensure adequate car parking space, a new underground garage beneath the ski slopes was developed.


Construction of the Niederau biomass power station, to supply guaranteed heating and hot water to the Schrannenhof and the Zündel and Hermann holiday cottages, as well as a further seven houses in Niederau hamlet.

In the same year the Vorsäß Armengemach barn was rebuilt.


Construction of the Gräsalp biomass power station, to supply heating to Hotel Elisabeth, as well as other hotels and households in Schoppernau.

Both power stations are fuelled by wood chips. Wood is a sustainably sourced local fuel which ranks, along with hydro-electrical power, as the principal and, importantly, indefinitely sustainable energy source in Vorarlberg. Both power stations together replace approx. 240,000 litres of oil per year. The Gräsalp power station also plays an important role in protecting the environment in our region.


Hotel Elisabeth, just 70 metres away from the Schrannenhof, was leased and run as a bed and breakfast hotel.

The hotel was developed in the 1970s by the Kaufmann family from Schoppernau. Previously the building had housed a few guest rooms plus a small electrical shop; over the years more and more rooms were added, until there were eventually sufficient to accommodate an entire coach group. In 2006 Herr Kaufmann died suddenly and, since his family did not want to run the hotel, it was sold. It continued to be run as a hotel until 2013, when it changed hands, and remained closed for the entire summer. 


A new snow-making system was installed by the Ahorn lift – the Zündel family invests in its own snow cannon.

In the December of the same year Hotel Elisabeth was sold. Since the house was now securely in the hands of the Zündel family, the owners decided to invest in a new reception area and office. In addition a few minor discrepancies were righted, and several rooms fitted with new carpets.  A new infrared heat cabin was installed for the benefit of the guests.


In spring, after the end of the winter season a lift was installed in the Schrannenhof and the one in Hotel Elisabeth replaced.

The apartment Bergkristall with fabulous panoramic views was built in the attic space of the Schrannenhof.


For more exciting developments, watch this space ;)

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