Tratterhof in Meransen: your hosts
Tratterhof in Meransen has been owned by the Gruber-Hinteregger family since 1981. In the 1980s, Franz Gruber and his wife, Regina, turned the once small farm into the Tratterhof guest house. Much has changed since then but Tratterhof is still a popular destination for hikers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Time for change
The Gruber family was completely devoted to hospitality, so the 16-room guest house became Bergidyll Hotel Tratterhof ***S in July 2005. It didn’t take long for the hotel’s good reputation to precede it, and the hosts were able to welcome their first regular guests.
Year after year, the hotel has been modernised and it is now one of the best 4-star superior hotels in South Tyrol. The secret, as so often, are the people who put their whole hearts into their work. In 2019, the family decided to mirror the closeness to the most beautiful mountain sky – and Tratterhof Mountain Sky Hotel was born.
Passion and lifeblood
Your host family, now the Gruber-Hintereggers, maintains close contact with their guests – for example, at Mrs Gruber’s cooking course or at Evelyn’s guided hikes. As the daughter of the house, she mainly takes care of the organisational side of things. Her two children, Evamaria and Franz, are also always to be found somewhere in Tratterhof. Son-in-law Andreas makes sure that everything runs smoothly in the service department as well. All together, they strive to meet their guests' wishes day after day.
Do you feel like getting to know your hosts personally? Then book your unforgettable getaway in Meransen now.
The smallest farm in the village
1650: The tyrolean farm ‘Trota’ (dialect for ‘Tratter’) is mentioned for the first time in a written document. In many Tyrolean communities, the term ‘Tratter’ refers to the smallest farm in the village.
1947: Johann Gruber acquires the farm.
1969: Johann Gruber hands down the farm to his grandson Franz Gruber.
1970: The “Trota” is the smallest farm in Maranza (1 hectare of meadow, some woodland, 2 cows and a few goats in the stable).
The passion for tourism
1976: In the cable car from Rio di Pusteria to Maranza 21-year-old Regina Hinteregger from the Zalnerhof in Luson meets 23-year-old Franz Gruber from the Tratterhof farm at the top of the village.
Regina Hinteregger has a passion for tourism running through her veins. At the age of 15 she had already managed the alpine hut Kreuzwiesenalm on the Alpe di Luson with her siblings.
As a young lawyer, Franz Gruber works for the school board in Bolzano and later teaches at the commercial high school in Bressanone.
1981: Wedding of Regina Hinteregger and Franz Gruber in Luson.
1981: Regina and Franz fulfil their dream of a tourist accommodation business. They found the Pension Tratterhof. The small business has one employee and 15 rooms. At this time, mainly tour groups and school classes are guests at the Tratterhof.
1982: Birth of Evelyn Gruber, who will join the business at the age of 22 after completing her secondary education in commerce and tourism.
1986: Birth of Stefan Gruber. After his university studies, he too will find his professional development in a career as a tourism consultant and in marketing.
1988: Franz Gruber becomes mayor of the market town of Rio di Pusteria and will hold this office for 22 years.
1992-1996: The old farmhouse in front of the present hotel is demolished and rebuilt.
2005: Renovation and opening of the ‘Bergidyll Hotel Tratterhof***s’. The loyal regular customers come mainly from Germany and Italy. The guest base is now mainly made up of individual tourists. The hotel now also includes a beauty farm, saunas and an indoor swimming pool.
2006: Andreas Hinteregger from Luson, Evelyn‘s life partner, joins the Tratterhof.
2007: The old guesthouse is demolished up to the ground floor and 15 new rooms and suites are built in wooden construction in the upper floors.
2007: Evamaria Hinteregger, daughter of Evelyn and Andreas, sees the light of day.
2010: The Tratterhof becomes a 4-star hotel. A new Finnish sauna with a panoramic view and an outdoor whirlpool are built in the basement.
2011: Evelyn and Andreas celebrate the birth of a second child. It is named after both grandfathers in the first name: Franz Heinrich.
2011: Dr. Franz Gruber receives the Cross of Merit of Tyrol from governor Luis Durnwalder.
2014: Franz Gruber passes away after a long illness at the age of 60. With his non-stop commitment as mayor, he also played a decisive role in shaping the tourism development of the Gitschberg Jochtal/Rio Pusteria holiday region.
2014: The Tratterhof receives its first outdoor swimming pool and the outdoor sauna with relaxation places in the garden. The Bergidyll becomes a 4-star superior hotel with 25 employees.
2015: The north extension is built with staff rooms, fitness room and several new guest rooms.
Terrace Hotel & Mountain Sky Hotel
2017: Evelyn and Andreas expand the Tratterhof by adding the west wing in terraced construction. Various suites, a spacious wellness area, a fitness room and a new restaurant are built.
2017: The Tratterhof becomes a member of the Belvita Leading Wellnesshotels Südtirol, thereby underlining its expertise in the field of alpine wellness. As a hiking and skiing hotel directly in the outdoor area, the hotel becomes a popular holiday destination all year round. The hiking programme is expanded even more. The direct
connection to the Altfasstal valley and the 3 Seefeldsee lakes as well as the view of the Dolomites are key success factors.
2018: Stefan Gruber marries his Verena, who had worked at the Tratterhof reception for many years. Together they open an apartment hotel.
2019: The name of the hotel is officially changed to Tratterhof Mountain Sky Hotel in accordance with its immediate proximity to the most beautiful mountain sky and its unique view of the Dolomites.
2020: The Mountain Sky Hotel is extended by 2 floors with new luxury suites and a large infinity sports pool. The new suites are also built in terrace construction.
Jubilee & wedding
2021: The Tratterhof celebrates its 40th anniversary. A new logo emphasises the immediate proximity to the mountain sky, the competence in the field of alpine wellness as well as the terraced construction with wooden structures.
2022: Evelyn and Andreas celebrate a big wedding party at the Tratterhof with their two children Evamaria and Franz Heinrich Hinteregger. The Mountain Sky Hotel now has over 50 employees and 70 suites.