Wolfgangsee Chronicle
Wolfgangsee old views

The history of the Hotel Zimmerbräu

once and now

The history of the Hotel Zimmerbräu on Lake Wolfgang starts in 1514 with the construction of the old "Kaufflinger Haus". It was then managed by master brewer Aegidius Zimmermann and renamed "Zimmermanns-Bräu". Beer was brewed according to the German Purity Law for over 300 years - until mechanical breweries arrived in 1895. With the invention of the steam cooling machine, the large breweries were able to brew beer all year round. Without refrigeration, brewing was only possible in March, as temperatures of 8 to 12° C were needed for the fermenting vats - therefore the name Märzenbier. 

Between 1892 and 1897, 85 percent of all small breweries dissolved. In 1895, the Zimmer-Bräu was closed and converted into an inn and from then on served as an accommodation facility on the market square in St. Wolfgang. In 1954, my parents joined the Zimmerbräu's innkeeping tradition and ran the house on a leasehold basis for 18 years before becoming the proud owners in 1972. In 1997, I, Alexandra Pöllmann (born Scharf), took over the house. Since 1999, together with my husband Hans Pöllmann, we have been continuously rebuilding, modernising and restoring the house.

We look forward to meeting you! See you soon at Lake Wolfgang!

  • 1514 - Reconstruction of the old "Kaufflinger Haus" after a local fire
  • 1573 - They call it "Zimmermannsbräu"
  • 1790 - Namensänderung  von "Zimmermannsbräu" in "Zimmerbräu"
  • 1895 - Closure of the brewery and conversion to an inn
  • 1955 - Scharf family (Alexandra's parents) as tenants, after 1972 as owners
  • 1997 - Takeover by Alexandra & Hans Pöllmann
  • 2006 - Construction of the boathouse at Lake Wolfgangsee
  • 2011 - The Zimmerbräu becomes a 4* hotel
  • Continuous expansion & restoration
Zimmerbräu old postcard
Zimmerbräu in the year 1960
Zimmerbräu in the year 1940
Zimmerbräu in the year 1950
Lake Wolfgang at once
Skiing at once
Zimmerbräu old views
Mountain top old views

This is what awaits you at Hotel Zimmerbräu

  • We are heartfelt, honest, authentic and always there for some insider tips
  • Our hotel is located in the heart of St. Wolfgang - centrally located in the pedestrian zone of the historic town center
  • Attractive discounts with the Wolfgangsee Card - already valid from one overnight stay
  • All rooms have their own balcony with comfortable chairs & a table
  • Our house tells history - and that since 1514!
  • Your breakfast is prepared daily with fresh, regional products and of course with a lot of love
  • Our own private bathing place at the Lake Wolfgang is only 2 minutes away
  • Free W-LAN in the entire hotel
  • Free outdoor parking or your personal garage space with reservation (for a fee) - you choose!
  • E-bike and bike rental on site - to explore St. Wolfgang & its surroundings
  • Free, lockable bike room for your bike or e-bike
  • We will give our best to make your vacation in the beautiful Salzkammergut something special