Berghotel Mummelsee – Our history

This image dating from 1640 gives a striking picture of the position of the tarn at the foot of the Hornisgrinde. According to the artist’s imagination, the lake is inhabited not by water sprites but by giant mythical lizard-like creatures.

1872

The shelter on the Mummelsee served food and drink for the first time in the summer of 1872.

1893

Opening celebration of the Mummelsee Hotel on 15 August 1893.

1899

The lake can only be reached on foot. The hotel is closed in winter.

1912

A summer’s day at the Mummelsee in 1912.

until 1927

Numerous changes of owners. The Bürk family arrives at Mummelsee. Bad road conditions, bad business. Skiers only at weekends.

1930

Right up until the spring of 1930, water still had to be carried up to the rooms in jugs.

1932

Construction of youth hostel. First phase of Black Forest Hochstrasse scenic route.

1933

Second phase of Black Forest Hochstrasse scenic route to the Ruhestein pass. Construction of a chapel as a mark of gratitude for recovery from serious illness. Temporary boycott of travel by the KdF (Nazi leisure organisation).

1940

During World War 2: House used for children’s evacuation programme, youth hostel used for training courses for soldiers in the Luftwaffe. Bomb damage.

1945

House requisitioned by occupying forces.

1949

Youth hostel burned down; rebuilt again in four months. Occupying forces intend to fill in the lake and create a military training area.

1955

House derequisitioned, fundamental renovation; old part of the house demolished and rebuilt. Removal of garages by the lake, the guard house, the heating block and the barbed wire.

Demolition of new youth hostel to make way for road improvement. Construction of staff quarters. Replanting by lakeside. Tourism slowly re-establishes itself.

1956

Group photo of staff. The Bürk family (far right) managed the Mummelsee Hotel for a total of 50 years.

1963

Picture: Helmut Kohlmeier

1971

St. Michael’s Chapel rebuilt.

Death of the tenant (Bürk).
The Bürk family continue to run the hotel until 1977.

1978

Hotel taken over by Schwarzwälder Gaststättenbetriebe, run by Roland and Anita Dieterle and family.

1981

Opening of annex on the east side on the foundation of the former terrace.

1986-1990

Major building and renovation works in the hotel, including renovation of guest rooms.

1993

Roof added to terrace on the lake.

2008

Bärbel and Karl-Heinz Müller and family take over the hotel from their parents.

2008

After a devastating fire, the hotel is totally destroyed, and has to be completely demolished.

2009

Ground breaking ceremony for the new Berghotel Mummelsee.

2010

Berghotel Mummelsee re-opens.

2012

Wellness Spa opens.

2012

Opening of the meeting rooms.

2014

Building of an accessible path around the lake.