A short retrospect of Hochkrumbach’s past
About 700 years ago Walser people from the Swiss canton Wallis first settled in Hochkrumbach. The Walser people built a small church and a school on the small hill Simmel.
On the Tschirggen (field name) there was a court. In Hochkrumbach’s heyday over 70 people on 14 farms lived there. After the Arlberg railway was built, the framers in Hochkrumbach lost an important source of income, namely the transportation of salt from Hall in Tyrol into the southern German area.
Already in 1840 more than half of Hochkrumbach’s inhabitants moved to Lechtal, the Bregenzerwald or to Warth. Hochkrumbach was known as the poorest village of Vorarlberg. In 1856 the last inhabitants left Hochkrumbach. From this time on, only the restaurant Adler was occupied all-year. Hochkrumbach was an independent village until 1884, then it was joined with the village Warth.
Since 1934 the Jägeralpe is in possession of the Family Oskar Jäger Senior, grandfather and great-grandfather of the present owners Oskar and Oswald Jäger. Until 1967 the Jägeralpe was occupied only in summer.
In the beginning, the Jägeralpe was cultivated as alpine dairy farm with 43 cows and young cattle. In 1967 his son Oswald with his wife Hedwig took over the Jägeralpe and built a guest house with accommodation. From that time on, the Jägeralpe was occupied all year.
In 1978 his son Oskar with his wife Johanna took over and continuously expanded the Jägeralpe to a 4-star hotel. Oskar and Johanna have three children, Oswald, Verena and Brigitte. Verena is married to Ralf Braun, they live in the Black Forest (Germany). For many years she ran the ski and hiking hut Hochalp. Brigitte is married to Marcel Moll. In the season 2012-13 they opened their own apartment house “AlpHus”, which is also in Hochrkumbach.
Since 2015 Oswald has taken over the Jägeralpe, which is now in the fourth generation of the family Jäger. With the construction of the new Sporthaus he decided to aim for a higher classification, and was rewarded with 4-stars superior. Oswald, together with his wife Jasmin, their children Oskar and Marilena, and his parents, has one aim, to ensure that his guests have an unforgettable time in the Jägeralpe. An experience that lasts.
From the beginning of the Jägeralpe to the present day we have always endeavoured to process local goods to give our guests an understanding of our closeness to nature and our home.