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The Swans
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THE SWANS

Antonia and Wolfgang and their children Emanuel and Franziska. We call ourselves THE SWANS. For us, the SCHWANEN is the heart of our everyday lives and work. Our family has been living and working in this house for five generations. That’s something we’re pretty proud of.

THE NEXT STEPS IN
THE SCHWANEN STORY

My mother Antonia, the Wild Woman, and my father Wolfgang, the soul of our house, will cut back and dedicate themselves to new tasks in the background. Chef Michael Webendorfer, Franziska Hiller, every member of our team and myself, your host, take on this great venture and give it our all – as we always do, here in the SCHWANEN.

Talking about giving it your all: My ancestors, the so-called Käsegrafen (Cheese Counts), did just the same, causing quite a stir in 19th-century Bregenzerwald. From the tiny village of Schnepfau they traded cheese throughout the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, bringing victuals, fabrics, spices and Italian wine back to the SCHWANEN upon return. Their cheese empire reached as far as Milan, where they had an import business, a factory and, yes, even a box at the city’s famous opera house, the Scala.

Only a courageous, open-minded approach to modern architecture beyond all clichés can lead to authentic, sustainable solutions.

Hermann Kaufmann, architect

Our house has a colourful past. When I look at old pictures of the SCHWANEN, I see this beautiful, traditional country inn with its own farm – and actually that’s exactly what I would like to have again. In between the pictures and today, the SCHWANEN had a rather unsightly period: In the 1960s, the old house was transformed into a rustic, solid building, and unfortunately, neither design nor materials matched the traditions of our village in any way.

When my parents took up some essential renovations in 2009, we had the chance to give our hotel a makeover and re-integrate it into our village’s language, as the architect of our choice, Hermann Kaufmann, so aptly put it. Our new appearance is dominated by clear and simple fronts in natural, flawlessly crafted fir wood, complemented by beds and floors in oiled oak wood. I feel bloody good at the SCHWANEN and am excited to continue this project!