The history of Val Senales, South Tyrol: our holiday apartments in a historical building
In the heart of the Ötztal Alps of South Tyrol since 1912: the Josephus lodge
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, South Tyrol, 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 of South Tyrol 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 was inspired by 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.