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The Josephus Lodge. A dwelling with a Tyrolean soul, renowned for its impressive architecture and unique location. All this thanks to Josef Spechtenhauser, the man who built the structure and named it “Josefsheim”. He owned the Örlhof in Vernago, one of the best locations in Val Senales before the construction of the artificial lake. He also worked as a coachman travelling towards Kurzras. At the beginning of the 19th century, Alpine tourism in the Ötztal Alps slowly began to develop. There was great impetus from the parish priest Franz Senn of Vent in Ötztal. The village remained inside Val Senales until 1826. Guests were taken from the station in Senales to Kurzras by coach. This allowed Josef Spechtenhauser, in 1912, to have the necessary means to build a house in a more comfortable location. The architectural concept certainly derived from the spa town of Merano, which at that time was a thriving metropolis built in the Art Nouveau style. Spechtenhauser was a staunch supporter of the Habsburg Monarchy and adopted the architectural style of a “country house” which was very unusual for those times in Val Senales.

Josephus - Alpine Lodge & Apartments | Madonna 42, I-39020 Senales | T. +39 335 348299 | E-Mail | VAT Nr.: IT 02735850212

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