The history of the “Barbara”
From our history – 1963 to 2016
1963 - 1964: Construction of the “Alpengasthof Haus Barbara” (Alpine guest house) by Barbara and Ferdinand Winter, the parents of Monika and grandparents of Christian Sager.
1964: Start of the first winter season with 15 rooms. The “Barbara” was managed by Maria Huber, Barbara Winter’s sister, until 1990. Barbara and Ferdinand Winter were administrators of the Bergheim der katholischen Jugend (Mountain Home for Catholic Youth), located at Obertauern’s town entrance, from Christmas 1952 until 1982 († Ferdinand Winter).
1965 - 1980: The hotel was open in both winter and summer.
1969: The first winter seasons in “Das Barbara” were so successful that the family were able to add 3 guest rooms, two rooms for staff and a private flat.
1979: The Hotel Winter was build next to the old Zehnerkar cable car line.
1989: Renovations of all rooms in “Das Barbara” – all rooms were now equipped with a shower and toilet. Monika Sager and her brothers Herbert and Sepp Winter founded the Hotel-Winter-GmbH company the same year, running it jointly until 1999. After dissolving the company, Monika took over the “Das Barbara” and her brothers the Hotel Winter.
1992 - 2000: Continuing renovations at “Das Barbara”. The majority of the guest rooms, the dining room, the informal restaurant and the sauna area were renovated or newly built, respectively.
2001: Christian Sager took over the hotel operations together with his wife Marie.
2002: Construction of six additional rooms and suites, as well as a lift. Renovation and remodelling of the dining room, the sunroom and the bar. The “Barbara” is given the new name “Hotel Haus Barbara”. Birth of our son Gianluca.
2005: Construction of the sun terrace and the Spiderbar. Direct ski run access was created by constructing a bridge. The Barbara was also open during the summer months.
2006: Birth of our son Gianluigi.
2006 - 2010: The Barbara was also open during the summer months.
2008: Plans to build the smallest 4-star hotel in Obertauern began in summer. Sadly, our namesake Mrs Barbara Winter passed away that year.
2009: Realisation of the smallest 4-star hotel in Obertauern. 15 rooms, the spa area, hotel bar and dining room were re-modelled. An outdoor whirlpool was also added and the half board guests were separated from the à la carte guests. The “Spiderbar” was turned into the à la carte Restaurant “M3”. Bernese Mountain Dog Giacomo became a member of the family.
2011: The first summer season for the second hotel Hotel Garni Joainig in Pörtschach at the Wörthersee. From then on it became “summer by the lake and winter in the snow”.
2014/2015: The Hotel Garni Joainig was completely renovated and re-modelled with some new additions during the winter months.
2017: Ongoing improvements (fitness room, new rooms)