Family business

The hosts

A family with a heart. Down to earth and genuine, they are happy to just be themselves. The Hoheneggger family have been running the Lichtenstern on the Ritten for around seventy years, and are now into their third generation at the hotel. The hotel is their whole lives, and hospitality their passion. Barbara and her husband Horst, together with her parents Sepp and Rosalinde, are always there for their guests, each one of them in their own domain, each one with their own personal passion in life.
Barbara
Barbara
The green fairy
Barbara studied psychology before she decided to go into gastronomy. She began to work in the hotel in 2012 and took over the Lichtenstern in 2017. Her garden in Unterinn on the Ritten is her muse. She knows her herbs like the back of her hand, and feeds the whole hotel with her fruit and vegetables. Barbara is married to Horst Platter and mother to Noah and Lara.
Horst
Horst
The nature boy
“Practical, creative, bonded to nature.” That’s how his wife describes him. Horst and Barbara have been together for over 20 years now and have two children, Noah and Lara. Horst runs a specialist company in innovative hotel technology in Unterinn on the Ritten together with his brother. He knows the countryside inside and out and loves hunting and fishing. He is also a great motorbike fan, and loves to create his own self-designed works of art.
Sepp
Sepp
The father of the hotel
His ice cream is legendary, his hiking tips worth their weight in gold. Whenever possible Sepp takes his guests out on a hike, and spends the rest of the time at the hotel. Sepp is a passionate hotelier – and has been his whole life long. The eldest of five children, he took over the hotel when he was just 20 years old and has been running it together with his wife Rosalinde since the beginning of the 1970s. Sepp and Rosalinde have three children: Werner, Barbara and Stefan.
Rosalinde
Rosalinde
The soul of the hotel
Having grown up in a hotel in the Wipptal Valley, Rosalinde had one clear idea in life: Never marry a hotelier! Now, the witty, passionate landlady takes a different view: “Never say never.” She and Sepp have been together for over 40 years, have three children and four grandchildren. Sweet treats are Rosalinde’s passion, and she whips up at least five cakes a day for her guests. She also tends the flower garden and the attractive decor in the hotel with attentive, loving care.
Noah
Noah
The musician
Noah is Barbara and Horst’s eldest son. He studies at the catering college in Meran, played ice hockey with the Rittner Buam and is a guitarist with the band „Last chance“. Whenever he has time, he is at the Lichtenstern behind “his” bar as he fondly refers to it, and hones his skills in the art of coffee.
Lara
Lara
The dancer
Lara is the baby of the Hohenegger Platter house. Barbara and Horst’s youngest daughter loves dancing, especially hip hop. The kitchen is her favourite place in the hotel, and she particularly enjoys helping her grandma Rosalinde to slice fruit.
Gerald
Gerald
The chef
He has nerves of steel, never loses his head and knows how to get the best out of nature. His recipes are a triumphant marriage of Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine all prepared with fresh ingredients, locally-sourced whenever possible. Gerald Stampfl has been the chef at the Hotel Lichtenstern since 2003. The husband and father of two children lives in Unterinn on the Ritten, where he grew up. His specialities are meat dishes, and his passion is desserts.
Rudi
Rudi
The head waiter
Swift in speed, friendly in manner, skilled in the art of serving: Rudi Mair is a master of his profession, and knows the culinary preferences of all his regular guests. The father of two adult children, he has been the head waiter at the Lichtenstern during high season since 1993. In low season the native of Ritten takes himself off to Lazio, near Viterbo, where he has been running a small farmhouse-holiday “agriturismo” replete with olive groves for two decades.
Erika
Erika
The breakfast lady
A woman who will remain, ever and always, in the very best of your memories. That’s just one reason why our guests have described her on TripAdvisor as the “ray of sunshine at the breakfast buffet.” With her sunny disposition, each and every day begins with a smile. Mother of two, Erika Haller Ramoser is Ritten born and bred, and has been working at the hotel Lichtenstern since she was 15 years old.
Werner
Werner
The caretaker
Everything would grind to a halt without Werner. No matter what the problem is, Werner Huber can fix it. He is the practical mind of the Lichtenstern, the go-to-guy for in every eventuality, whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or the spa area. He has been working at the hotel since he was 12 years old and knows every corner of the building, directs the renovation works and remembers not only the names of regular guests, but also their personal preferences.
Rozalia
Rozalia
The Service Lady
Rozalia, or Rosi as everybody calls her, is a shining light. Her hearty laugh and her cheery manner are infectious, and her insight into human nature is nothing short of mesmerising. Born in Slovakia, Rosi is a great dog-lover, has lived on the Ritten for years on end and speaks fluent German and Italian. She has been working at the Lichtenstern since 2015 and takes wonderful care of the guests here at – in her words – the best workplace in the world: The sunny terrace with a view over the mountains.
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