Herburger’s Mohren

Our eventful history!

The unique story of our hotel begins in 1904. It has made us and our home and business what we are today. In every corner there are memories of the eventful story of how the hotel came into being. It's a story that tells of how we have been shaped by both good and challenging times, what a chemist has to do with it all and how we have changed Vorarlberg gastronomy.
Herta and Norbert Herburger with their children


Guests round off their evenings with a sociable drink at the Gasthaus Mohren on Ringstraße. Until the day a devastating fire destroys three buildings on Ringstraße. Including the Gasthaus Mohren.


Josef Präg, known by everyone as "Schwoba Sepp", decides to resurrect the community's essential meeting place. To this end, in short order he transforms the chemist's shop that he was running in Stiegstraße into the new Gasthaus Mohren.



A few changes of hands and a good 20 years later Jakob Fulterer, owner of the brewery of the same name, becomes the new owner.

He buys the business for his daughter Irma, bringing her back to Vorarlberg from Salzburg, and her husband Anton Ludescher.

Two years later Irma passes away and Anton leases out the Mohren until war comes to the country. From then on, Irma and Anton's daughters Herta, Lotte and Claudia join forces and take care of the hotel.

Herta und Norbert Herburger mit Kinder


Herta marries Norbert Herburger and together they expand the Mohren: the unique "Rankler Stube" with its impressive oak ceiling is born.

It isn't long before Herta and Norbert's home cooking gains a reputation and draws enthusiastic guests to the Mohren. A good reason for the Herburger family to invest in six new guestrooms and a new kitchen area in 1960


Herta, Norbert and their son Elmar plan the next big tranche of building works with 12 new guestrooms and an impressive dining room seating over 70.

One year later, Elmar and his wife Gerda take over the running of the Mohren. This is the heyday of "nouvelle cuisine" and a new era is also beginning in the history of Vorarlberg gastronomy. Tradition is reinterpreted and collaboration with local farmers becomes the order of the day.

The first Kalbsmetzgete (a nose-to-tail celebration of veal), Alpschweinschlachtpartie (everything pork), St Martin's Day goose and pasture-reared beef all celebrate their premiers at the Mohren in Vorarlberg.


The Mohren expands: Elmar and Gerda purchase the "Mirza Franz" house with the unique Mohrenschopf barn. The hotel gains even more comfort and character and also wins a prize for its work with farmers and the state award for the training of apprentices.


A short time later the Mohren is listed in Gault Millau for its "typical Austrian cuisine". It also wins the Vorarlberg innovation prize for employee management.


Elmar and Gerda create even more space for people to feel at home with ten new guestrooms, a lift, hotel bar and conservatory. Now there's nothing at the modern Gasthof Mohren to stand in the way of the 100-year anniversary celebrations. At the same time the kitchen and restaurant are updated – now there's nothing at the modern Gasthof Mohren to stand in the way of the 100th anniversary celebrations.

On the 105th anniversary of the Mohren, the Herburger family move out of their apartment at the Mohren into the neighbouring "Mirza Franz" house, creating space for four modern new guestrooms.


Elmar and Gerda Herburger together with their youngest daughter Michaela establish a GmbH (limited company). Working together they generate plenty of new ideas for the family business.



This move is followed soon after by six new guestrooms and two luxurious suites. They are in keeping with the unique style at the Mohren, with its 120-year-old vaulted cellar, unique Mohrenschopf barn and cosy dining rooms and guestrooms.

To be continued – we are looking forward to the next exciting chapter!