For almost 20 years, this impressive hotel has been abandoned. Built in the early 20th century with the goal of establishing a very modern hotel for about 100 guests with all the luxury imaginable at the time: running hot and cold water, electrical lights, central heating, a music room and a classy restaurant were advertised in the brochures.
Even the king inspected the hotel after its grand opening. In the 1920s, the town flourished under the rise of tourist numbers when snow sports became vastly popular among the wealthy population.
The aristocratic companionship was ended by the start of World War II, when the hotel was turned into a military hospital. Instead of cheerful tourists, wounded and crippled soldiers now populated the hotel rooms and corridors.
After the end of the war, the hotel became a recreation home for the Red Army. Around the middle of the 1950s, a Soviet-German mining company began using the hotel as recreation home for their employees. First, only the tourists were allowed in the hotel. Later, the administration opened the restaurant for the public - but only for two hours per day.
During international skiing competitions, the competitors, their coaches and the officials were accomodated in the hotel, and since the 1960s, the local population was allowed to use the newly built swimming pool..
After the German reunification, the hotel was sold to an international company which continued operating the place until 1998. Since then, the building is left to decay.