Before the construction of the bridge at the crossing of the two rivers Isarco and Rienza the traffic going to Lüsen, St. Andrä, Sarns and Albeins passed by the inn “Zum Grünen Baum”. It can be proved that the inn has been managed since 1700 as a public house. According to the city law at that time the owner could plant a green tree in front of his door as a sign that in this house meat and drink are offered the whole year for a minimun of eight persons in four beds. But stables have not been available. Around 1774 the citizen Andrä Zingerle lived here. His daughter married Johann Stranitzer in 1784 Johann Stranitzer. Since then this family, who called oneself later on Stremitzer, owned this inn.
Johann Stremitzer (1861 – 1915, the fourth of his name) was mayor of Bressanone. He and his capable wife Maria, born Mair, daughter of a landlord from Unterwielenbach in the Val Pusteria, changed the „Grüner Baum“ – at that times called „Häuserer“ – to a popular guesthouse among foreigners and locals. During the difficult thirties Hans Stremitzer (1904 – 1957, the fifth of his name), father of the current host Burghart, who was well known as an excellent singer well beyond the borders of Tyrol, managed the inn together with his mother and sister. Mountain farmers as well as religious and mundane dignitaries stopped off. Bishop Geisler, provost Weingartner, Vinzenz Goller and much more came together for their regulars’ table in the „Vatikan“ as the parlor was called. One of the best known guests of this house is the emeritus Pope Benedikt XVI. – who spent together with his brother Georg and his sister Maria his holidays in the „Grüner Baum“ from the end of the sixties. When he became archbishop of Munich and cardinal in 1977 he lodged in the seminary but visited our house and the so called „Vatikanstube“ from time to time.
To come up to the wishes of the regular guests the family Stremitzer expanded the original guesthouse in the last thirteen years into a large-scale hotel ground, which comprises today next to the „Grüner Baum“ and the „Hotel Stremitzer“ also the annexes „Hotel Gasser”, „Villa Rapp“ and the house „Anreiter“. Zita Stremitzer (1913), born Stolz of Varna (1937 – 1991 wife of Johann Stremitzer, fifth of his name) was intimately involved in the building up of the economy. Thanks to her excellent cuisine and her friendly attitude she became very popular. Local and foreign guests stopped over.
The utmost concern of her son Burghart and since 1966 also his wife Christl, born Oberhammer of the Klein-Flatschof in Riscone (Brunico) and their daughter Cornelia is to continue with the tradition and hospitality and they are supported by employees of many years’ standing. In eight parlors and halls (15 – 200 persons) all kind of guests should feel comfortable in every occasion.