4 chalets – 4 namen

The four chalets are built in the same way and equipped with the same quality but never the less they are different in the character. We have chosen four names in relation to the history of the area: Chalet Grubenhunt, Chalet Zur Bach, Chalet Wirbellutte and Chalet Alter Mann. 

Historical background of the names
Around 1150 Todtnauberg as a small village began because of a large silver ore founding to play an important role in the mining industry, an the few scattered farms became an establishment of a large mining community.

The main adit of the large pit named “Zum Gauch” ran over a length of 1.900 m directly above the Herrihof. Here, right at the tunnel entrance, was even most probably the seat of the grand mountain judge or bailiff. The “Vogt auf dem Berge” was the most important man/instance in Todtnauberg. He was the chief officer of all mines and employees in the region. We found out that the site of today’s Hotel Herrihof & Chalets is situated on a huge pile that was formed from the tailings of the mine. This is also still a visible connection to the time of ore mining and for us was it the reason to choose the chalet names of the miner’s language to remember at this important time for the village Todtnauberg.

Chalet Grubenhunt
Hunt is called in miners’ language an open, box-shaped tram. In contrast to the Lore the hunt has no dump body. The Hunt was developed in the 16thCenture because of the need to increase the capayity. Till the developing of the hunt, the silver ore was funded with troughs, baskets or carts running.

Chalet Zur Bach
First time the mine „Zur Bach“ is mentioned in the year 1329. Also a large mining company in the regioan was named “Zur Bach”.  Additional the mining area which was situated from the Herrihof out to the Radschert was also called Zur Bach.

Chalet Wirbellutte
Lutte is called in the miner’s language a thin-walled tube made of sheet steel or synthetic material for the derivation of water (Wasserlutte) or ventilation (Wetterlutte). Wirbellutte is a special Lutte which mix air in the mines. The technique is used in blind-ending tunnels and similar bad ventilated places.

Chalet Alter Mann
An abandoned mining tunnel and disused route is called in the miner’s language Old Man (Alter Mann). The poduct (silver ore) to be recovered is more or less completely removed. Often there remains a void. This cavity may remain or be forfeited.