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Hotel proprietor in Galtür, in the Austrian Tyrol; mayor of the village 1928‒38.

Biographical summary

Adolf Türtscher was one of the four children of Franz Anton and Emerenzia Türtscher, who owned the small hotels Rössle and Alpenhaus Fluchthorn in Galtür. In the early 1920s, Adolf took over the management of the Alpenhaus Fluchthorn, which he expanded to a full-scale hotel. He purchased an automobile with which he began offering personal transport, which later turned into a scheduled private line.

Türtscher involved himself in all branches of the newly developing tourism of Galtür. From the first musical ensemble to most of the societies, he worked as initiator, leader, or energetic promoter. His two secretaries, who were employed in the Alpenhaus Fluchthorn, produced the village brochures and recruited guests from all over Europe. They were the precursors of the Galtür tourist agency.

During his time as mayor, Galtür developed into a sizeable resort for foreign tourists. That this was even possible in the inter-war period is to be attributed in good part to his far-sightedness and the good relations that he established.

Adolf Türtscher and the Schenkers

Heinrich and Jeanette Schenker spent their summers at the Alpenhaus Fluchthorn in 1921‒31. They also corresponded with Adolf Türtscher during Heinrich's teaching season, and one fragment of a letter from Adolf to Schenker survives as OC 10/211 (no date).


  • Walter Köck, "Persönlichkeiten aus Galtür – Galtürer Charakterköpfe," in Gemeinde Galtür, ed., Galtür. Zwischen Romanen, Walsern und Tirolern (Galtür 1999), p. 35.


  • Marko Deisinger

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