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The history of the Arlberg1800 RESORT

From the pilgrim's inn to the RESORT at the Arlberg

Philanthropy and hospitality are the cornerstones on which the RESORT at the Arlberg rests. Even today, the founding concepts are shown through the history of the "inn" at the Arlberg, which began in the 14th century with Heinrich Findelkind.

The beginning of the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel
The Arlberg Hospiz Inn in Tirol

We are writing about the year 1386. Heinrich Findelkind, a swineherd at the Arlberg, built an inn at the Arlberg on the site of the present-day Arlberg Hospiz Hotel. There, people who took the way over the Arlberg pass found food and lodging. As the messenger of Christian love of neighbor, Heinrich received from Pope Boniface the right to found the Brotherhood of St. Christoph , in order to be able to give to pilgrims protective lodging.

More than 630 years of history until the present-day arlberg1800 RESORT

For six centuries the inn at the Arlberg was a life-saving refuge, until the railway tunnel through the Arlberg began in 1884, resulting in and few people crossing over the mountains. The inn was left to deteriorate. Carl Ganahl, Deputy Governor of Vorarlberg and great-grandfather of Arnold Ganahl, the late owner of the Hospiz, succeeded in having the building declared a protected monument.

Winter sports in earlier times
Ski sports in Arlberg at earlier times

Arlberg is the cradle of Alpine skiing and the Arlberg Hospiz is its birthplace

During the turn-of-century winter of 1900/1901, four skiing pioneers conquered the deep snowy cliffs of the Arlberg – a premier that lastingly marked the Arlberg and the history of the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel. The four skiers paid a visit to the known and hospitable innkeeper, Oswald Trojer, and overnight made the inn the birthplace of ski sports at the Arlberg.

The modern comes first and foremost at the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St. Christoph

Since 1959, the Arlberg Hospiz Hotel has radiated new glory. The call to be the most modern and the most beautiful hotel at the Arlberg has spread far over the peaks of the Austrian Alps. It was the beginning of an era.

2015 - With the construction of the arlberg1800 Contemporary Art & Concert Hall and the adjacent arlberg1800 Chalet suites, new doors were opened once again and the arlberg1800 RESORT developed from the existing Arlberg Hospiz Hotel , the Hospiz Alm Restaurant with the Alm Residence Suites and the Chalet Skyfall .


Genuine hospitality and social engagement are a matter of course for the Werner family. Adi Werner is the chairman of the Brotherhood of St. Christoph and together with his wife, Gerda, is a courteous, sociable host. The host of the entire arlberg1800 RESORT is Florian Werner with his wife Ursula, who, along with the entire team, look forward to welcoming you to St. Christoph.

Send your non-binding inquiry for a special vacation steeped in tradition and history at arlberg1800 RESORT.

Winter & Holidays

Skiing on the Arlberg in Austria is a winter sports experience at the highest level.

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Concerts & Art

With the arlberg1800 Contemporary Art & Concert Hall, devised by the architect Jürgen Kitzmüller, a unique concert and exhibition hall opened on 4th October 2015. Unparalleled in the Arlberg region, the hall wants to offer a programme that acts as an international, open forum for artistic exchange. 

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Restaurant & Wine

The arlberg1800 RESORT impresses not only with several exquisite award-winning restaurants, but also with the renowned and top-class wine collection of Adi Werner.

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Meeting & Celebrating

When you come to St. Christoph, you will be surprised. Experience meetings and conferences in a new way. 

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