Tradition combined with and in the middle of nature and all of that just above the provincial capital of Innsbruck. The Grünwalderhof was first mentioned as a guesthouse in records dating back to around 1500. The location along the old Roman road makes it easy to get there and early on it was chosen as place for recreation by persons travelling southwards.
Among other things, salt used to be transported from Hall past the Grünwalderhof across the Brenner pass southwards. The owners, the princes of Thurn und Taxis, who used to be the general post masters of the Tyrol, used the house as hunting residence over many years. In 1929 the princes of Thurn Valsassina und Taxis had it rebuilt as hotel. The Bavarian painter Gotthard Bauer made the frescos on the outside façade, in the parlours and the hallways.
The brothers Janetto and Francesco dei Tasso founded the European postal system on behalf of the Roman-German king and future emperor Maximilian I. in 1490. The descendants became the general post masters and managed it from Brussels, from 1701 from Frankfurt am Main and from 1748 from Regensburg.
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