Balthasar and Magdalena Hauser
Balthasar Hauser was often lucky, he never had it easy. His father Lois remained a farmer of conviction. Even though he really liked what his son was making out of his inheritance, he showed his appreciation according to his motto “no scolding is more than enough praise”.
There were many setbacks during construction projects. During the second oil crisis in 1980, Hauser made a virtue out of necessity and commissioned the first biomass energy plant for his hotel, which he fueled with waste wood from the neighbouring sawmill. At first the biomass energy plant drowned Going in smoke. But he found a simple solution to this problem in the riding hall. He spread the wood chips in the riding hall and the horses crushed the wooden chips; these crushed chips reduced the smoke emissions.
Stanglwirt had become a social institution. The biohotel, the living traditions, the love of music and the innovative ideas of the owner resulted in steady occupancy rates. But Hauser became a legend when he bought the Lipizzaner stallion Pluto Verona for one million Schillings (approx. 70,000 Euro) at the Austrian TV charity auction “Licht ins Dunkel”. Suddenly everybody in Austria and in the neighbouring countries was talking about the smart innkeeper from Going who had turned a centuries- old inn into a luxury resort for the most discerning guests while still remembering his rural roots.
Hauser had long since become a father. He met his wife at a traditional singers’ meeting and fell in love with her. Soon after he married his Magdalena, who originally came from Bavaria. Their first son was followed by their daughters Maria and Elisabeth, and their youngest son Johannes. They will take over Stanglwirt one day and they will always remember the secret of their father’s success: “I had a wonderful childhood. As a little boy I was on the Alpine meadows and in the cow shed until the tourism-boom almost destroyed this world. As the host of Stanglwirt I had the chance to rebuild this world.” Balthasar Hauser did it - and he created a world of wonders for himself and thousands of Stanglwirt fans.