My grandma Margarethe had always harboured a secret wish to some day attain independence. In her parental home, the neighbouring Gasthof Bergblick, limited financial conditions had made it necessary for her to work hard from a young age, and for which she received very little appreciation. To obtain fresh bread, for example, you had to make a trek into Riezlern. In those days food was generally scarce, and had to be scrupulously distributed and rationed. Those years were times of deprivation, which made my grandma’s desire for independence even stronger.
With the opening in 1913 of the High Alpine Clinic run by the German Dr. Backer, the first hint of tourism began to develop in der Schwende. The patients, some of whom needed many months of therapy in the clinic, were visited frequently by their families. As a result the need for accommodation and gastronomy developed in the vicinity of the clinic.