Stefan Muxel: Hotel manager and mountain farmer.
People like Stefan Muxel define success by the happiness they feel. The 4-star hotel manager and host in the Hotel Mohnenfluh in Oberlech had long nurtured a dream of caring responsibly for nature, which he loves, and for the home that keeps him grounded – and making an active contribution to the agricultural heritage of its culture. So the hotel manager has, since 2012, also been a mountain farmer. With conviction and with a whole heart. With respectful give and take and a lot of authenticity and calm, he cultivates his Muxelhof … and in LA LOUPE he tells us about his decision and his genuine joy.
Happy animals. Unspoilt nature. Inspiring meetings.
Today it is our proud heritage, a place of rest and a lively place to play, but once it was essential for existence. "Living on the Schloss", as Oberlech was once known, was not easy.. And even today, the Muxelhof at 1,750 metres above sea level is still the highest agricultural land in Vorarlberg that's farmed all the year round.
The history goes back a long way: The farm is first mentioned in records as early as 1660. During the centuries that followed, several Walser families (speakers of an Alemannic German dialect) lived in and farmed the "Schlössle".
In 1872 Anna Maria Gassner married the son, Johann Engelbert Strolz. Their youngest daughter Germana took over the farm and married Josef Muxel, born in 1888, which marked the entry of the Muxel family to the "Schlössle".
The farm has been in family ownership to the present day – and only a few years ago Stefan Muxel, your host in the Hotel Mohnenfluh, bought the farm from his cousin.
Stefan was now able to realise his dream of the "Muxelhof", which he had long been nurturing and which he today manages personally in a traditional and sustainable manner. He is a mountain farmer motivated by passion and conviction, here cultivating a little paradise for humans and animals – and their healthy, respectful life together.