Cheerful: Your hosts

With love and passion to one of the most unique hotels in Europe

Our philosophy & motivation

Birgit Maier and Alexander Strobl are supported by the General Manager Thomas Bauer and a team of over 130 people for creating our guests perfect events and wonderful vacations. We treat our team like we do with our guests: friendliness and warm hospitality are daily traditions at Brandlhof – not just for our guests: more than half of our employees also live at Brandlhof.

It’s like coming home, just everything is much bigger than at home”

This said one of our regular guests and is very precise with our thoughts and actions. The exposed location of the Brandlhof has always motivated us to think and act creatively. This turned the Brandlhof estate into a very special house that we are very happy to own. It is our goal to share this joy with our guests and our employees.

The management

In 1989 the Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) opened a new driving technique centre in a former gravel pit next to the grounds of the Hotel Gut Brandlhof. A young man from Lower Austria called Alexander Strobl was appointed a director. Already at the first business meeting with the hotel owner Birgit Maier, sparks went flying: The two of them became a couple, got married and expanded the driving centre as well as the hotel. The two of them share many passions, for dogs, and for the mountains, golfing and road racing, and automobiles – and you can feel all these passions everywhere in the hotel.

The passion for vehicles of all kinds, and the local as well as emotional proximity of the driving centre and the hotel, characterised our business area in many ways – no wonder that the Hotel Gut Brandlhof is Austrian’s top location for events of the automotive industry.

Our team

Thomas Bauer

Hotel director

Thomas Oberaigner

Reservations and Sales Manager

Manfred Steiner

Head chef

Michaela Suppan

Housekeeping manager

Niyazi Yüksel

Facility manager

Jürgen Huber

Back of house manager

Andrea Pötscher & Martina Dutzler

Front office manager

Stefan Gregsamer & Aburag Ahluwalia

Restaurant manager

Rudy & Henry

Our reasons are

Constantly improving the quality of the facilities and combining the Europe-wide range of leisure activities around the hotel into a harmonious symbiosis of fun, action and relaxation.

To operate profitably even in demanding and challenging times in order to be able to make future-proof investments.

Recognize the performance of each individual employee, provide them with a pleasant environment and a secure job.

To provide employees with further training and opportunities for advancement and to give them the feeling of working in a very special place.

It is important to us to employ healthy employees in good social relationships with one another through company sports and team building activities. And to create a pleasant atmosphere for employees and guests.

To operate the entire hotel complex as self-sufficiently as possible, taking into account the environment and resources. This enables us to collect, store and infeed our mountain spring water, operate the biomass heating plant and prefer to buy local products.

To position the Brandlhof as a successful hotel that is unique in its overall range and size on the market and in society. To represent it with the core business areas of business, golf, relax and action as the leading hotel in the alpine region.

The Brandlhof Chronicle

Historical development of the Hotel Gut Brandlhof from 1373 to 2024



The chronicle of the house can be traced back to 1372. The name of the farm dates back to more recent times. Initially, the Brandlhof was in the service of St Peter’s Abbey and was already subject to hereditary rights in the 16th century. Until 1978, it was used for agricultural purposes for centuries by a total of 33 owners.

In 1979, Anton Maier, a businessman from Wels in Upper Austria and father of Birgit Maier, acquired the Haflinger stud farm “Gut Brandlhof” with 480 hectares of forest and meadows, 40 Haflingers, 200 chickens and a private hunting ground. The ground floor of the estate was still partly used as stables for the Haflinger horses, while some of the rooms on the first floor of the manor house and the living hall were used by the owners at the time.

Brandlhof Sport Hotel

As tourism grew steadily, the Brandlhof became a bed and breakfast, which was subsequently converted into a sports hotel. This was opened in 1982 with around 80 rooms, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, indoor tennis courts and indoor riding arena.

The 18-hole golf course was built back in 1983 and the Gut Brandlhof Golf Club was founded. Numerous construction phases in rapid succession have constantly expanded the Brandlhof and made it a distinctive jewel in the hotel and catering industry.

In 1985, the hotel was extended to 130 rooms.

The ÖAMTC Driving Technique Centre was built in 1989.


In 1993, the hotel lobby and spa area were rebuilt and the hotel was expanded to 150 rooms

Seminarräume für bis zu 700 Gäste

In 2000, the conference area was extended to over 3,000 m² and in 2007 the new “Brandlhof West” building was added.

Eventlocation EventO

In 2007, the Brandlhof West extension was built with new conference areas and an expansion to 185 rooms. The event location EventO was also created.


B’350 Veranstaltungssaal

In 2012, the building was expanded to 200 rooms. A second staff residence with a total of 75 residential units was also built.


The brand-neutral car dealership was designed for all car fans in 2016. But sport was not neglected either: 2016 saw the grand opening of the hotel’s own football pitch with FIFA dimensions. Since then, international football clubs have been training in Saalfelden at the Sporthotel Gut Brandlhof.

Premiumsuite - Wohnbeispiel Alpin

In 2017, the junior and premium suites, the Unterbrandl and the staff dining room were remodelled.


The hotel’s own football pitch with FIFA dimensions and adjacent training area was opened in 2018. In the same year, the third staff apartment building, the lodge as a holiday flat for guests and the einkehr|restaurant & lounge were built.

Restaurant Zinnkrug

During the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, the enforced break due to corona was used to renovate 36 rooms in the main building. The restaurant was given a new coat of paint.

In 2021, the Brandlhof has developed an electromobility concept and offers all guests 28 e-charging stations. A good holiday starts with a clear conscience and an environmentally friendly arrival and departure. In the same year, a further 35 rooms in the main building were also remodelled.

Hotelrezeption Brandlhof

In spring 2022, the hotel lobby and reception were completely renovated and redesigned, and an ice lounge was added to the Vivid Spa.

In 2023, the Gutshofstube was converted into the “Gutshof” – a cosy restaurant parlour for holiday guests. The indoor pool at Vivid Spa & Beauty and the rooms & suites on the fourth floor west were given a makeover and have been shining in new splendour ever since. The same year also saw the opening of the 8th event location “airstream | meeting & chill” – a restored caravan.

Change for better future

We cannot yet say what the future of the Brandlhof will bring. But two things are certain: we still have plenty of space – and plenty of ideas.

Today, the Brandlhof is run by the owners Birgit Maier and Alexander Strobl together with the hotel manager Thomas Bauer.