The massive construction of the “Bayerischer Hof“ hotel was probably made possible by Leo von Klenze, who had the building constructed.

Leo von Klenze is considered to be one of the most important classical architects. He became particularly important in his position as court architect for

King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

The first tenants were Johann and Theresie Harffen of Bavaria, who founded the “Gasthof zum Harffen“ in 1880.

The Empress of Austria, Sissi, who spent her childhood in nearby Possenhofen, was the most prominent guest of this venerable, most than 150-year old hose,

which had been owned by the Wittelsbach family since 1905.

She spent summers here with large entourage including horses.

In 1952 the Ducal Brewery of Tegernsee, then owner of the hotel, had the hotel completely renovated, without, however, destroying its original


Meanwhile, the hotel is owned by the city of Starnberg. In 1998 the hotel was declared to be historically protected, both inside and out.


Yesterday and today:

• The current Greek taverna served as a coal cellar

• The basement vault served as a storage area for beer and wine as

  well as food

• The cold storage building behind the hotel used to be the ice cellar 

• the ice blocks came directly from the lake and were stored there

• The carriages of Sissi and King Ludwig were kept in the back

  building (large gate); the stable lads lived directly above the stable

• The Café Prinzregent was used as a storage room and was rebuilt

  in 1990 and converted to the present Café Prinzregent.


Since 2004, the hotel has been step by step lovingly restored.

From 1984 to November 2009 Rudolf Gaugg was the hotelier of this historical hotel.

Since December 2009 the previous Managing Director, Nicolas Schrogl, has been the hotelier.

Gallery: historical pictures