Located in a very quiet spot in the middle of Dalaas village, the Gasthof Post in the pretty Klostertal valley is an ideal excursion and holiday destination in the Arlberg region.
A few years ago, the imposing 17th-century building was renovated with a great deal of attention to detail and extended with a new annexe.
“Dalaas was a place for changing the horses,” says former postmaster Ernst Fritz. Ten to twelve animals were housed in the stables next to our inn. The stagecoach made a stop here. Due to the long opening hours, which also meant working on Sundays, postmasters down through the centuries slept in the building. That’s why there is still the “Postmaster’s Room”, which you are welcome to book when you spend your holiday here.
The post horn played an important role because it announced the arrival and departure of all official vehicles as well as the arrival of special post delivered by couriers. The number of horses in the stables was also announced by the brass instrument. The post horn is therefore an important symbol in our hotel and can also be found in the coat of arms of Klösterle.
The Arlbergbahn railway was opened on 20 September 1884, bringing to an end the long tradition of the coach stop in Dalaas. The postmaster at the time wore a black ribbon on the day of the railway’s inauguration. Despite the changes, the Gasthof Post continued to play a key role in communications as well as offering a place to stay the night. Indeed, Austria’s last emperor, Franz Josef, stayed here on his way from Vorarlberg to Vienna, and we are delighted to also offer you an Emperor’s Room.
It’s just a few minutes by car from the Swiss border to Bludenz, the town where the Walgau valley opens into the Klosteral valley. The situation is similar from the other direction: Travellers coming from Innsbruck reach Landeck in a little over half an hour. And about 200 years ago, the story from both sides was the same: The end of normal travel routes. This is where the tough crossing of the Arlberg began.
And so stagecoaches regularly operated along dusty gravel roads in order to maintain contact between the countries, to deliver parcels and letters, or to also bring people safely through the rough rock formations in black-and-yellow coaches once a week.