Pension Alte Schule

About us

 

History of ST. OSWALD

St. Oswald is a small mountain village at 1,360 meters above sea level with about 170 inhabitants. The St. Oswald valley is only 3 kilometers long and is framed by the Nockbergen (Nock Mountains).

St. Oswald was up until the 12th Century uninhabited. In 1470 the Millstätter monastery sent the first settlers to St. Oswald, and they cut down the trees and created the fields.

Our Gothic parish church dates from 1554. A chapel dedicated to St. Oswald was first mentioned in 1197.

Until the beginning of the 20th Century St. Oswald lived almost exclusively on agriculture. After that many farmers also worked mining magnesite in Radenthein, and in 1950 the first guests came to St. Oswald.

 

History of the "Alte Schule" (Old School)

In 1840, a school opened in St. Oswald. It was only open in winter, because the children had to be at home from spring until fall to help with the farming.

Until 1972, the school system was maintained. Even our grandmother and our dad went to school here in St. Oswald. Since 1972, all children take the bus to school in Bad Kleinkirchheim.

My great uncle bought the "Alte Schule" from the village community and converted it to a small bed and breakfast. Since 2004, I now look after the guests.

In winter I rent the house for groups of 6 - 9 people without breakfast. From 30 of March to Christmas I offer again the rich breakfast.

 

BODNERHOF and BODNERALM

We ourselves do not live in the "Alte Schule", but next door at our own farm. Three generations are living in the "Bodner" farmhouse together under one roof.  Our ancestors have managed this farm since 1914.

Our 70-hectare farm and forest area includes a mountain pasture on the Bodneralm Wiesernock. We invite you to visit our "Almhütte" where you can view our cattle or get the key for our cottage. However, we will lease our fields and pastures to a local farmer in 2020.

 

Our old farmhouse, which is one of the oldest fully preserved farmhouses in Carinthia, was demolished in 1951 piece by piece and since then it stands in the open-air museum in Maria Saal near Klagenfurt.

Even today, the picture of our old Bodnerhof decorates the Carinthian table of honor for the more than 200 years of managing a hereditary farm.

 

DR. OSWIN MORO

Oswin Moro was a teacher. He specifically documented the working methods of the farmers of St. Oswald from 1924 to 1941. He was involved in the founding of the former "Carinthian Museum of History" and initiated the transfer from our old Bodnerhouse to the "Freilichtmuseum" nearby Klagenfurt. In 1950 a memorial plaque was presented at the "Old School" in St. Oswald.

St. Oswald is one of the best documented mining villages in Austria.