More than 60 years of hospitality in Zell am See
Coming from nearby Tyrol, the Daxer family came to Zell am See in Salzburg’s Pinzgau region at the beginning of the 20th century. The brothers Johann and Josef Daxer worked both as innkeepers and farmers. The hardworking people bought, among other things, an inn with a farm, which was to be given the resounding name “suspension railway”. After all, it was at the end of the Schmittental right next to the cable car to the Schmittenhöhe.
As soon as the Sonnenalmbahn saw the light of day in 1958, it was enough for Johann and Maria Daxer to expand their main building with a smaller guest house. Somewhat below, therefore, there was one with 9 double and 2 single rooms. With the rise of tourism – after all, a “second season” developed with winter sports – the “Gästehaus Schwebebahn” became an independent “Pension Margarete” and from the 1960s was run by Johann and Maria’s daughter Herta Daxer.
At the beginning of the 1970s, Herta Daxer expanded the pension to double its size, but had to withdraw more and more from active business due to health problems.
So it happened that her daughter Erika ran the fortunes of Pension Margarete in the third generation and was to run the house with love and care for over 40 years. With a lot of commitment and personal care for the guests, it was she who made the house what it is today: A small, but fine, uncomplicated accommodation with a lot of personal charm in an absolute dream location in Zell am See.
In 2015, son Georg took over the house in the fourth generation. He was born and raised here and is now allowed to live and work with his own family in the house that was his childhood home.
His partner Fleur, half a Zellerin herself, but actually much more Dutch, brings an eye for detail and the necessary feminine care, son Laurenz creates a good atmosphere and otherwise, like his dad, enjoys his hopefully carefree childhood. Since 2022 little Roselie completes the family and proves again that the Daxers are a family with many strong female personalities!
A house alone is nothing without its guests, and we are delighted that we have been able to welcome many of them to us again and again for years – often decades. Together with our long-term employees, Marica and Mendushe, and the two grandmas, who are not only there for the grandson, but also help us with everything that a house like “Margarete” entails, it is a well-rounded affair.
Our guests feel that too and so Pension Margarete has become a second home in Zell am See for many.