The history of the Zangerl family goes a very long way back and originates in Ischgl. The exact place where it all started was “Wippas Hoamatl”, which the Zangerl family and their children, Ignaz and Eugen, looked after. The next generations of the Zangerl family recognised the important significance of booming tourism in Tyrol and worked together with other family members as mountain guides, ski instructors, taxi drivers and mountain inn landlords, among other things.
Franz Zangerl, the youngest son of Franz Xaver Zangerl, was very well-known and popular in the village due to his sociability and curiosity. Franz personally greeted the tourists and welcomed them to the village as guests as soon as they arrived in Ischgl. The hospitality and a love for the profession is still one of the Zangerl family’s great strengths today and one of the main reasons for the hotelier family’s success.
Franz Zangerl’s personality traits always included curiosity and sociability and made him into a prominent resident of Ischgl. Barely had someone arrived in the village and they were captivated by charismatic Franz. Whether it was to find out the latest stories or simply to make contacts. Dressed in just his socks, nothing stopped him from socialising.
This example that he set is being continued – his son Eugen also took this quality very much to heart: as a result he managed to absorb all the news and information that seemed important to him in no time at all. Personal circumstances, activities and work always took top priority in every exchange.
Born on the 3rd October 1933, gone from us on the † 17th January 2009
Always hard-working and striving for his family’s well-being, Eugen Zangerl experienced exciting activities and drastic events in and around his home village of Ischgl. Even at a young age the little Sonne landlord was not afraid of Tyrolean Grey cattle (picture 1). You could see his attachment to the mountains from his own mountain guide badge (picture 2). Totally in keeping with tradition, proper Lederhosen were an absolute must (picture 3). Eugen was a capable shepherd on the Paznauner Taja where others spend their summer holidays. His sister Angelika still vaguely remembers it: “I’m not really sure any more now whether he liked it very much.”
Behind the successful Eugen Zangerl was always a capable woman, Agnes Zangerl (née Falkner). Her home was the idyllic Ötztal valley, where she was born on 9 January 1943. June the third 1963 was the happiest day of her successful life. Agnes, who learned her trade in gastronomy, had previously worked at all kinds of businesses in Hochsölden and St. Anton am Arlberg, before she started her professional career in Ischgl. When she arrived in Ischgl, she got to know the dashing ski instructor Eugen.
The origins of today’s Top Hotel Sonne Ischgl were established for the first time in 1926. The former landlord Aloys had the Gasthof Sonne (picture 1 and 2) converted and expanded – a spectacle that even the newspapers reported on (picture 3). Eugen and Agnes Zangerl were very interested in purchasing the restaurant, until they could finally call it their own in 1970.
Franz Zangerl acquired his sister Theresa’s land in 1958 and converted the Haus Trisanna, which stood on it back then, into a bed and breakfast. This was the birth of today’s alpine hotel. Tourism was still in its infancy back then but more milestones were achieved in terms of catering and provision year after year.
In the meantime, our hotel is a successfully managed 4-star hotel in Ischgl, which is booked repeatedly by many regular guests. The hotel’s success is largely thanks to Angelika Zangerl who runs the hotel with her team with a great deal of passion and attention to detail.
Agnes and Eugen Zangerl became parents to four wonderful daughters over the years: Angelika, Brigitte, Gabriele and Sonja. Each of the daughters also still continues the family tradition today. Together they make it possible for every guest to enjoy a unique holiday in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps...
Being a family means loving and being loved
and being a team. Forever.