History
History

History

100 years of family ownership

We’d like to give you a glimpse of life behind the walls of Döllerer’s worlds of pleasure. A glimpse which goes that bit further than when you stay here as a guest. A look at our family history over the last century which is sure to make you smile. One thing is certain here: there have often been turbulent times in the lives of the extended Döllerer family. We’d like to take a glance back at the exciting development of our company over the last 100 years and at Golling in general and take a look ahead to our promising future.

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Once upon a time...

Our grandparents, Anton and Elisabeth Döllerer, first came to Golling in 1909. They took on the guesthouse with its associated butcher’s and named it ‘Döllerer‘s Grossgasthof zum goldenen Stern – Fleischhauerei und Selcherei’ (Döllerer’s gold star guesthouse – butcher’s and smokehouse). Our grandmother gave birth to a son, our father Hermann, who developed the business with his parents as a passionate butcher and landlord.

Golling becomes a popular holiday destination...

Our success story begins in the 1930s. It’s all thanks to our father that tourism in Golling began to flourish as he has long been active in the tourist industry. He succeeded in persuading the Dr. Carl Degener, founder of Touropareisen (now the renowned TUI tourist business) to run trips to Golling and convinced him of the attraction of our area. Dr. Degener’s biography describes his innovative idea of making holidays accessible to the lower income classes. The travel agents organised holidays and trips to the Alps and from this day on ran endless special trips to the Salzburg region, preferably after Golling. At that time, Carl Degener was so fascinated by Golling that he wanted to establish a spa by the Egelsee lake and was planning to build a lift to the Hochreith. Unfortunately, Hitler’s ‘1000 DM block’ in 1938 put an end to both projects.

Our busy years of learning...

In 1943, our father married our mother Ana, his second marriage –unfortunately his first wife died much too early, leaving behind our half brothers and sisters Anton, Elisabeth and Marlene. We were born of this second marriage: Raimund the big brother and Hermann the little one. In the 1950s, began to encourage tourism to Golling again and German guests from Touropa visited by train in addition to lots of coach trips from Scandinavia. We slowly grew up into young men and soon it was time to decide on the course of our future careers. One thing was clear to our father: one of us should learn to be a butcher and the other should train at hotel management school to take over the running of the guesthouse. Despite our younger years not always being easy, working around the clock without a day off, we still remember this time with fondness.

After all, there were crowds of beautiful women from Berlin and Denmark coming to our doors! In those days we were lively young men who understood how to entertain our guests and celebrate into the early hours. We were renowned for our varied programme of entertainment: we sang, danced and walked with our guests. We even made it into the Guiness Book of Records during one of our legendary market festivals with the ‘longest jellied meat’ in the world and the biggest Gröstl dish (potatoes and pork) ever seen. We were always trying to think of new things to keep our visitors happy.

Sophisticated cuisine at Döllerer‘s gold star guesthouse...

Until the late 1970s, we ran the business with our mother (our father died in 1974) and continued to focus on Summer tourism in Golling. In those days, we were closed over Winter. A key point in re-focusing the Döllerer was a conversation with Rudolf Bayer, then director of the ORF radio station. He was a well-known foodie and caused us to re-think our business. From this time on, we began to focus on the locals who we were able to win over with the fresh quality of our produce and a new cookery line. Admittedly, it wasn’t easy at the start. We had to increase prices due to the increased standards and this meant that we lost a lot of regular customers. But if they had continued to come in the Summer months, there wouldn’t have been any tables spare. We lost a lot of sleep over it all but we had to push ahead!

Our first Gault Millau toque awarded to our chef Karl Einfalt in 1983 proved we had made the right decision, thank goodness. We were awarded 11 points, which we were particularly proud of – the Sacher hotel in Vienna was only awarded 10! We were also lucky enough to meet our wives, Marianne and Martha, during this time and our children were born. And so we became one big family of restaurateurs.

The development of Döllerer's worlds of pleasure ...

With our love of food, grew our love of wine. In addition to the 2 Gault Millau toques secured by Bruno Plotheger and the 3 toques awarded for the artistic creations of Bernhard Hauser, wine also began to play an increasingly significant role and the wine merchants was developed as a 3rd pillar of our business in addition to the gourmet cuisine and butcher’s. And so Döllerer’s worlds of pleasure were born. With our ever growing family, we also had to develop our business further and we wanted to follow tradition and offer all of our children the chance to follow in our footsteps. To ensure that we didn’t get under each others’ feet, which would be easily done with such a big family, we aimed to divide up the responsibility for the individual areas of Döllerer‘s worlds of pleasure. This meant that we were all able to successfully implement our own ideas as we saw fit.

Enter the younger generation...

The next step in 2001 was to open our wine bar, Enoteca & Bacaro at the Brennhoflehen at the gateway to Golling. This is run today by Raimund and Christian together with the wine merchants. Our biggest coup was to secure Andreas who returned to cook his successful recipes with us after completing his cookery training and various apprenticeships at various renowned establishments on the gourmet scene. For the first time in 50 years, another family member was finally responsible for the kitchen since myself, Raimund senior, and Döllerer was soon the subject of much discussion again. And so we come to the present day where we live together as a family of 15, including our 2 daughters-in-law Sabine and Christl and our 5 grandchildren Laura, Raimund, Florian, Andreas and Leopold. They are our pride and joy and, together with our sons, we all pull together and in the same direction. The present day also involves us taking a step back – it’s not easy to hand over the reins for something you have enjoyed so much! And although at times in the past we may have wished we had opted for a different profession, today we are very thankful for the fulfilled life we lead here. Our next generations are the very best proof of this!

WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS...

If we permit ourselves to look to the future, we see great prospects for Döllerer’s worlds of pleasure. It is probably the successful mix of the experience of the older generations and the ideas of our children and children’s children which enables us to look to the future with optimism. We all do our bit to contribute to the success of our family business. And we can share one thing with you: we are already cooking up plans to purchase our 2 neighbouring buildings in the near future. You can only imagine what this will mean for Döllerer’s worlds of pleasure. But we don’t want to give too much away just now!

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