The History of the Sonnalm

1955

In 1955, the Sonnenalm and Sonnkogel lifts were built in order to promote hiking and skiing on the Schmittenhöhe. A small, 300-year-old hut - known as the "Kaspernalm" - used to stand next to the mountain station of the Sonnenalmbahn - according to people even back in the olden days, this was a place that had a very unique atmosphere and a special power all its own.

Old Sonnkogel lift
Old Sonnkogel lift
Kaspernalm
Kaspernalm
Old Sonnenalmbahn
Old Sonnenalmbahn
Formation Sonnalm
Formation Sonnalm

1957

In 1957 my parents, Irmgard and Kurt Blaickner, purchased this wonderful part of the world, investing their boundless love and artistic gifts into designing a wood-framed house, known as "Berghotel Blaickner´s Sonnalm".

The coins you see when you step inside were added because of a Russian tradition which says that, in order to bring good luck to a wooden house, you should stick coins into the cracks. This custom became a ritual, and every year new coins and banknotes from around the world are added.

Blaickners Sonnalm 1958
Blaickners Sonnalm 1958
Irmgard and Kurt Blaickner
Irmgard and Kurt Blaickner

2000

Sonny Blaickner with Walter and the children Amelie, Moritz and Marie
Sonny Blaickner with Walter and the children Amelie, Moritz and Marie

Since 2000, I, Sonny Blaickner, have continued my parents' business with the same boundless love that they had.

I hope that my guests draw as much energy and joy from the mountains and Sonnalm as I do.

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