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The history of the Hotel Hirschen in Schwarzenberg

The history of the Hirschen

Peter Fetz is hotelier in the 10th generation. We would like to give an insight into the history of our historic house.

The story of the Hirschen dates back to the year 1755 when a catastrophic conflagration destroyed the church and 14 buildings surrounding it.

The innkeepers were also traders and money lenders and played a correspondingly large role. Schwarzenberg's most important inn has always been the Hirschen. The so-called "Maria-Theresien-Concession" enabled the Hirschen-host to deal with all types of goods. Peter Fetz's great-great-grandfather Josef Anton Fetz (1834-1875) also held a concession as a fur trader. He traveled to the world's largest fur fair to Nizhniy Novgorod, 300 km east of Moscow where he purchased beaver furs, which were necessary to make the traditional winter headgear, the "Bräma-Kappe". Such a journey usually took six months or more.

One of the first Hirschen-hosts after the fire in 1755, great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Josef Anton Metzler (1753 - 1796), became acquainted through his relationships to art.

Large farmer, grocer and manufacturer in one, Metzler also developed a production and trading company for muslin and cotton goods, with business relationships as far as Milan, Vienna, Bohemia and Hungary. As at the time wealthiest man of the region he also acted as asset manager of the paintress Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1806). Angelika Kauffmann who financially supported young, talented people learning a craft, asked in her letters whether the money was well spent. If this was not the case, she suspended her sponsorship. A blooming time experienced the today's 4 star hotel Hirschen under family Natter. 

Angelika Kauffmann ziert auch die Metzler-Stube des Hirschen.

Under the direction of Josef Anton Fink (1848-1911), the current Landammann Hall was built around 1882


Under the guidance of his daughter Anna Berlinger, the Gasthof Hirschen was a popular destination for textile barons from the Rhine Valley, who spent almost every weekend with Mrs. Berlinger. At the end of the 30s my grandfather Albert Fetz leased the Hirschen together with my grandmother Gertrud until 1949.

In 1952, my grandfather bought the Hirschen, but still leased it until 1975. Then began the career of my father and patron Franz Fetz in the Hirschen. Under his leadership the Hirschen developed to the house that nowadays graces the village square of Schwarzenberg. Franz also made his passion for art and music as a key element of the hotel and revived the Hirschen hotel hall with the popular "Wälderness" concert series.

Peter Fetz is running the Hirschen since November 2017 and is looking forward to the stories the future of the house will tell.  

Franz Fetz und Peter Fetz