How everything started and how we came to specialise in holidays for families with babies and children.
History of the Leiners
Family hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria
How our family hotel was created
The Leiners Familienhotel was built at the end of the 1920s by Pauline Bierprigl, the grandmother of Toni Leiner and great-grandmother of Monika Leiner-Pieri.
Pauline Bierprigl initially ran three mountain huts on the Zugspitze with her husband Martin (known as "Zugspitz-Martl"). The Münchner Haus, the Knorrhütte and the Reintalangerhütte. At that time, there were no cable cars on the Zugspitze and food and all other necessary items had to be carried up the mountain by mules.
Martin Bierprigl died suddenly in 1911, one year after the birth of their daughter Paula. Pauline now had to manage three huts by herself and raise her daughter alone.
In 1926, the German Alpine Association declared that a woman was not allowed to manage three huts alone. She therefore kept the Knorrhütte, which received the most mountaineering guests at that time. Yet this wasn’t enough for Pauline, so she started building a hotel in the valley.
In the 1930s, Paula Bierprigl married Willi Leiner, an extreme mountaineer from Munich who had spent a lot of time at the Knorrhütte. They together managed the Knorrhütte, while down in the valley Pauline Bierprigl transformed the hotel into a flourishing business with many wealthy regular guests. At that time, the hotel was called “Hospiz".
At the start of war, Willi Leiner was conscripted, the mountain huts were closed and moved back to the valley with their sons Toni and Peter. The hotel was also closed and used to house children who were evacuated during the war.
After the war, it was used to accommodate families whose homes had been occupied by the Americans.
Upturn after the war
Tourists slowly started returning to the hotel in the years 1948/49. Paula and Willi Leiner, who had returned from captivity as a prisoner of war, now ran the hotel together and Willi Leiner gave it the name "Hotel Leiner". This was followed by conversions and expansions. Toni Leiner, their son, trained to become a chef in Munich, attended the hotel management school in Lucerne and worked in various hotels in Germany and abroad.
In 1960, Toni married and together with his wife Lisa invested all his efforts in the hotel. Further conversions and modernisation measures followed.
Focus on families with children
In 1998, their daughter Monika Leiner-Pieri joined the family business. She was always on the lookout for areas of interest for the Hotel Leiner. They first considered becoming a venue for conferences and seminars. Then their experiences with their own patchwork family gave rise to the notion of a hotel for families with children. This was initially followed by the construction of an adventure playground and the transformation of part of the restaurant into a playroom. It started with a half-day child-minder and three apartments and four family rooms. The next step was joining Kinderland Bayern, followed in 2007 by being accepted as part of Familotel.
Over time a youth room was built, the number of child-minders was increased to three full-time employees, and childcare became available 7 days a week. We became a baby hotel and started offering childcare of at least 30 hours per week for children from age 3 months. In 2009, we were awarded 2nd prize in the innovation competition organised by Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourism for tourism offers.
In the meantime, we offered three childcare rooms, 12 family apartments and five family rooms.
Everything you need
That’s a family holiday at Leiners
In 2011, we changed our offer to “all-round care” and now offer all-inclusive non-alcoholic packages.
After improving our software, we also created in this year a plan to adapt our hardware. We wanted many more family apartments, a large, related childcare programme with plenty of space to let off steam and play. A new indoor pool with a baby pool seemed essential. Parents should be able to enjoy the pleasure of a wellness area. After four years of negotiations with the local banks, we received the desired credit acceptance in early 2015. In March 2015, we also received planning permission and were able to start work from 07.04.2015.
Extensive expansion of the Leiners
Many new things in 2015
We expanded our family hotel from its very foundations. The new Leiners was born. Plenty of space for children to play and let off steam, numerous places for adults to withdraw & perfect feel-good rooms and apartments for the whole family. A stylish indoor pool with a baby pool and new wellness area.
A new design since January 2016
Am 19.12.2015 war es dann endlich soweit und wir eröffneten unter Einsatz wirklich aller unserer Kräfte und unter Mithilfe der Familie und des gesamten Teams das neue „Leiners“. Zwar war noch nicht alles ganz fertig und die ersten Gäste mussten noch mit einigen Einschränkungen leben, aber mit Ende Januar 2016 konnten wir dann wirklich alles fertigstellen, auch die gesamte 2. Etage.
Im April 2016 war dann der Außenbereich an der Reihe: Die Fassade und die Balkone wurden komplett erneuert. Am allerwichtigsten war aber unser Garten. Wir schütteten Hügel auf, die den Garten im Sommer auflockern und im Winter zu wunderbaren „Schlitten-Buckerln“ werden, verlegten meterweise Rollrasen und installierten neue Spielgeräte. Von nun an werden unsere Gäste von einem wunderschönen Garten empfangen, der zum Spielen, Entspannen und Genießen einlädt. Im Mai 2017 statteten wir unsere beiden kleinen Appartements „Anton“ mit neuen Möbeln aus und führten auch hier Renovierungen durch.
Im Frühjahr 2018 haben wir dann noch eine neue Zimmerkategorie eingführt: Im Stammhaus entstanden zwei Appartements „Federvieh“, die unsere Innarchitektin Ann-Christin gemäß unserem Motto „fantastisch familiär“ liebevoll und mit vielen besonderen Details gestaltet hat.
Im Jahr 2020 und 2021 wurde die Neugestaltung der Familienräume und Teile des Restaurants durchgeführt. Im Jahr 2022 fand eine Renovierung und Neugestaltung der Appartements Sonne, Mond und Sterne, Entdecker, Kaffekranzerl und Regenbogen statt. Ende 2022 wurden die beiden kleineren Räume am Anfang des Restaurants neugestaltet.
On 19 December 2015 we finally opened the new “Leiners” with the help of our family and the entire team. It wasn’t completely ready and the first guests had to put up with some restrictions, but by the end of January 2016 everything was finished, including the entire 2nd floor.
In April 2016 we turned our attention to the outdoor area: the façade and balconies were completely renovated. Yet our garden was the most important part. We created hills that break up the garden in summer and are transformed in winter to wonderful “sledge jumps”, laid metres of turf and installed new play equipment. We were now able to welcome our guests with a wonderful garden where they can play, relax and enjoy the surroundings. In May 2017, we refurbished our small “Anton” apartments and also performed some renovation work here.
In spring 2018, we then introduced a new room category: two “Federvieh” apartments were built in the main building, which were lovingly created and with very special details by Ann-Christin, our interior designer, in line with our “fantastic for families” motto.
In 2020 and 2021, the family rooms and parts of the restaurant were redesigned. In 2022, the Sonne, Mond und Sterne, Entdecker, Kaffekranzerl and Regenbogen apartments were renovated and redesigned. At the end of 2022, the two smaller rooms near the entrance to the restaurant were given a facelift.
We’ve still got big plans for the future. We can promise you that we’ve still got plenty of ideas and plans. Let yourself be surprised and enchanted each time you come here.
Warm regards, your hosts, the Leiner-Pieri famil