The Föger Family: 1509 until today
The family name "Föger" has it's roots in the region of South Tyrol and originates from the profession of sword polishers, who were responsible to polish newly forged swords. In the late Middle Ages the Fögers moved to the Upper Inn Valley in North Tyrol. In 1509 they were granted their family coat of arms.
Chronicles by municipalities, churches or cloisters are hard to find from that times. Therefore, the next report about the family already goes back to the 18th century when the Fögers owned a tavern in the Fernpass region. In 1907, Alois and Franziska Föger decided to leave this region and become the owners of the STERN tavern in Obsteig.
(1907-1915, † 1915)
(1907-1949, † 1960)
|Hermann Föger sen.|
(1949-1977, † 1986)
The history of the tavern-owning family actually reaches back much further. First records date back to 1509. But the hour of birth of today’s STERN in Obsteig was in 1907 and this is why the story starts here ...
Franziska and Alois Foeger decided to leave their restaurant in the Fernpass region to try their luck somewhere else. They were fascinated by the Mieminger Plateau with its scenic and unique tranquility, resulting in the purchase of the tavern STERN (formerly known as Neuwirt tavern) with all its agricultural surroundings.
Hermann, the fourth child of Alois and Franziska Föger was born.
Alois died after suffering an injury in the First World War. From this point on, Franziska managed the STERN herself with the help of her parents and loyal employees. Franziskas’ children also helped her to run the STERN in later years.
Adele, the oldest daughter of Anna and Josef Föger was born.
These were dificult times for STERN. Franziska was desperatly trying to keep up the tavern and the associated farm, while facing severe cuts in her income as she openly rejected the NS regime.
Hermann returned home from imprisonment after the Second World War. Being the only child out of 4 who survived the war, he started to back up his mother and finally took over the STERN tavern and farm. The business began to grow again and Franziska, being an excellent cook, finally had time again to spoil her guests with local specialities.
Adele and Hermann came togehter, tied the knot and got married on April 19th, 1949.
The children were born: Josef in 1951, Hermann in 1953, Hildegard in 1955 and Günther in 1959. Moreover, Adele was inducted into the art of cooking and started to treated the guests with her famous apple strudel which Franziska taught her to bake. As well as being a very welcoming host, Hermann was also a passionate farmer who devoted a lot of time and care to looking after the animals and fields. The region of Obsteig was then a famous summer resort for foreign guests, whereas in winter mainly local people enjoyed the beautiful landscape.
Roswitha was born as the fifth child of Marianne and Franz Rappold in Nassereith.
An extension was built with no less than 20 rooms with running water and plenty of bathroom facilities along the hallways. At that time STERN's slogan was "Nice rooms, pure wine, good food, bottled and draught beer." - which would still apply for today.
Thanks to the Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck winter holidays became more popular. Due to its mordern guest rooms STERN was able to also welcome guests in winter. As the guesthouse was now open all year round, the STERN team was growing and in 1968 Anni, our most loyal soul, started working at STERN - and still is until today.
After Hermann suffered a heart attack, Hermann junior and Roswitha took over the business. At that time a large conversion took place and the gable of the main building was turned around – this was the beginning of a new era which gave the building the appearance it has today
1977 – 1988
Making holidays in the mountains was in fashion and more and more people were becoming acquainted with the beautiful natural scenery of the Mieminger Plateau. Thanks to former tourism pioneers the natural landscape of the region was not spoiled – we are still very thankful for that. At that time, Rudolf von Habsburg, son of the last k.u.k. emperor also honoured us with a visit. The Föger Family was growing with René (1977), Marcell (1986) and Leon (1987) being born and in October 1986 Roswitha and Hermann finally got married.
The last big modification was made at STERN. Another floor was added, a new wing at the north side was built and nearly all of the guest rooms were rebuilt. And so the house continues to provide high standards in modern living comfort.
The next generation took over: Hermann now runs the business together with his oldest son René. New ideas and up-to-date service were introduced, while tradition was maintained. Moreover, STERN officially became member of the Tyrolean Tavern Association.
2007 until today
STERN – same old, same old ... A hotel with high quality standards, a personal and family atmosphere and roots which go back to the traditional tavern business. The idea of a Tyrolean tavern is as a place where people can get together and HUANGARTEN (Tyrolean for amusing oneself). And this is how it should remain for the next 100 years.