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Top international athletes at Das Central

Face to face with an Olympic medallist or a world champion. What is rather rare in everyday life happens quite often at Das Central.

Since its early years, the hotel has also been very popular with top international athletes. And not just in winter.

From the first woman to win the legendary Paris-Dakar Rally right through to powerful Handball Champions League winners and stars from the international ski circuit: The 5-star hotel Das Central in Sölden in Austria offers athletes the ambience they need to prepare for the next sporting challenge and can also be used as a relaxing retreat.

Knight of the rose

Throughout his life, senior director Hans “Buggls” Falkner stuck to Winston Churchill’s motto of “no sports”. Nevertheless, he enjoyed the excellence of top athletes. When Rosi Mittermaier won one of two gold medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, Falkner congratulated her at the finish line with a bouquet of 100 red roses. “Moments like this remain unforgettable and symbolise the values that we get to experience again and again here,” say Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther. The parents of Felix Neureuther, who is also a former ski racer and currently a sports commentator on German television, can look back on a 50-year relationship with the hotel.

“Not only do we associate Das Central with the perfect ski hotel, but also with unforgettable memories with the Falkner family across multiple generations. This blossomed into a close and valuable friendship.”

Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther

“Not only do we associate Das Central with the perfect ski hotel, but also with unforgettable memories with the Falkner family across multiple generations. This blossomed into a close and valuable friendship.”

Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther

“Not only do we associate Das Central with the perfect ski hotel, but also with unforgettable memories with the Falkner family across multiple generations. This blossomed into a close and valuable friendship.”

Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther

Logical development

The fact that national and international ski stars are regular guests in Sölden is also due to the optimal training conditions in the glacial ski region. In autumn in particular, the teams set up camp in Sölden ahead of the World Cup kick-off on the Rettenbach glacier. The athletes of the German Ski Association (DSV) were the first to take advantage of this benefit in the mid-1970s. And, as in the case with Christian Neureuther and Rosi Mittermaier, they were happy to choose Das Central as their training home base.

As a top athlete, I’ve learned to deal with successes and defeats. I first encountered ski racing in Sölden. I am grateful for the many wonderful moments and the support from the Ötztal. Such as the headgear sponsorship, regular training visits in autumn or the participation in Wein am Berg as a unique event after the World Cup season.

Thomas Dreßen

Winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm run in Kitzbühel

As a top athlete, I’ve learned to deal with successes and defeats. I first encountered ski racing in Sölden. I am grateful for the many wonderful moments and the support from the Ötztal. Such as the headgear sponsorship, regular training visits in autumn or the participation in Wein am Berg as a unique event after the World Cup season.

Thomas Dreßen

Winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm run in Kitzbühel

As a top athlete, I’ve learned to deal with successes and defeats. I first encountered ski racing in Sölden. I am grateful for the many wonderful moments and the support from the Ötztal. Such as the headgear sponsorship, regular training visits in autumn or the participation in Wein am Berg as a unique event after the World Cup season.

Thomas Dreßen

Winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm run in Kitzbühel

A home

For US athlete Bode Miller, Olympic champion and four-time world champion, Das Central represents a benchmark in terms of accommodation in his active career. “If I lived the way I did in Sölden all the time, then I wouldn’t need a motor home during the racing season,” the unconventional character sums up.

Masterful

The team of Hamburg’s handball sports club has spent many summers in Das Central for their high-altitude training camp. And this decision truly paid off, because after the first stay, the collective won the coveted Champions League trophy in 2013.

Further insights into the hotel history

Interview with sommelier Martin Sperdin

With expertise, sensitivity and unwavering passion, the sommelier has shaped the wine culture in Das Central for over two decades.

To the interview

How it all began ...

It was a momentous occasion when the doors of Das Central hotel officially opened for its guests for the first time in December 1969.

History of Das Central