History of the Baur Hotel – Annex of the Landro Grand Hotel

 Josef Baur 
  Anyone interested in the beginnings of tourism in South Tyrol will soon encounter Landro. In 1861, two Englishmen by the names of Gilbert and Churchill came to Landro from Cortina through the Ampezzo Valley during their first expedition to the Dolomites, and stayed overnight at the post office of Joseph Baur, Sr.
 The Englishmen’s book about the Dolomites, which was published in London in 1864, instantly put the Pale Mountains on the radar of tourists in Europe. They began thronging to the Land of the Three Peaks.
 At first, travellers rushed to their destination along a road called the Strada Ampezzana and later aboard the Pusteria (Pustertal) Valley Train; soon afterwards, the mountaineers arrived. Imperial Postmaster Joseph Baur recognised the upturn that mountaineering would bring his guesthouse with unerring eye. So he used his own resources for building roads in his mountainous region and looked for guides who could take the tourists hiking.

   The list of benefits that the father and son in Landro reaped from the development of Dobbiaco (Toblach) into the main tourist centre of Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal) Valley would continue to grow. Joseph Baur, Sr. would even found a chapter of the Alpine Club together with Niederdorf’s grand hostess, who was known as Frau Emma.

das Hotel Ampezzo in Neutoblach One more note of importance for historians doing research about the Baurs: Paul Grohmann, the uncrowned King of the Dolomites, was a friend of the family. He set off from Landro when he climbed the Cima Grande (Große Zinne) Peak for the first time.

Hotel Baur & Dependancen Landro-HöhlensteintalJoseph Baur, Jr. didn’t rest on his father’s laurels. He developed Landro into a hotel group of international stature: his company was called Hôtel Baur & Dependancen and was known worldwide. In 1901, he opened the Baur am See Hotel, which soon became a popular tourist destination and a highly esteemed address.  Belgian King Albert I himself was a welcome guest here, drawn by the nearby Three Peaks of Laveredo a number of times.
Other monarchs followed him, enjoying excursions from Dobbiaco Nuova (Neutoblach) to Lake Dobbiaco and into LandroValley.

  die Bahnstation in Toblach That Dobbiaco ever got a railway station is due in no small part to the work of the Baur family. The electrical plant in Dobbiaco is another major accomplishment: Joseph Baur, Jr. recognised its importance from the beginning and pushed through its construction. The municipality of Dobbiaco thanked him by awarding him honorary citizenship.


During World War I, the Austro-Hungarian commander blew up the Landro hotel group because it was located on the Italian front. Only the chapel and the hotel on the lake remained intact.
Das Automobil hielt seinen Einzug
  Ms. Maria Antonia Franchi-Baur has led the estate and the Baur Hotel safely through difficult times. She laid the foundation for a new beginning: Landro and its success story will not be soon forgotten, and Ms. Baur has preserved her ancestor’s lifetime of work and achievements for posterity.