History of the Agathawirt in Bad Goisern
More than 400 years of documented hospitality in the Salzkammergut
Already in early times, the salt attracted people to come to the area of Bad Goisern. From the Neolithic Age 4,500 years ago there has been settlement in the region and also the Romans mined valuable raw materials here.
Findings suggest that there was already a Roman tavern at the site of today's Landhotel Agathawirt. Of course, it is hard to prove. But also the documented history of the house is impressive, it was built at the beginning of the 16th century and already in 1644 – almost 400 years ago – it was first mentioned as a tavern.
Building and architecture – characteristics
Today's Agathawirt unites all the characteristics and peculiarities of traditional construction with the balance and strictness of the Renaissance.
Significant equipments and embellishments were added to the building in 1623 – this year can also be found engraved in the marble entrance portals and in the wall wells.
Special features are the early Baroque round arched windows above the entranceways, beautiful wrought iron window grates, entranceways made of so-called Flundergruben marble from Altaussee with angel heads, Gwandtner corridor, three washbasins, murals with religious motifs, arched halls with entrances to the guest rooms and a panelled ceiling in the lounge on the ground floor.
Development of the house and the region
Above all, salt mining in Hallstatt as well as the commercial transport and travellers through Pötschen, as a station of the post carriage, played a decisive role in the development of the establishment.
Artists in the Salzkammergut
At the beginning of the 18th century, the Salzkammergut was discovered by painters and authors: e.g. Rudolf von Alt – he eternalised the building during one of his last summer stays in the Salzkammergut with a water colour "Im Gastgarten von Sankt Agatha am Fuße des Pötschen" (In the garden of St. Agatha at the foot of the Pötschen) – 1903, or Gustav Klimt – with three works: "Garten mit Hühnern in St. Agatha" (Garden with chickens in St. Agatha), "Birke bei St. Agatha" (Birch near St. Agatha) and "Obstgarten am Abend" (Orchard in the evening).
Spa and emperor's town Bad Ischl
Round 1823, Solebad Ischl, which would soon become a meeting place for the imperial court and a posh group of guests, developed and offered regular trips to Bad Goisern and St. Agatha.
In August 1850, King Otto of Greece stayed at Agathawirt for several days on one of his journeys. And on 8th April 1888, the "Kaisereiche zu St. Agatha" (imperial oak of St. Agatha) was planted on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's reign and the 200-year-old old chestnut tree provides a pleasant freshness in the garden at Agathawirt on hot summer days.