The Mirabell Alpine Garden Resort & Spa was formerly the summer residence of the Russian Count Aleksej Bobrinskij, the Tsar’s last ambassador to the Austrian emperor’s Court in Vienna. Around the turn of the century he bought the small old idyllically situated farm on the edge of the Laranzer wood. 1909 he ordered the renowned architects Amonn and Fingerle to build the villa ‘Aichstaud’, and after the Russian Revolution he chose this place as domicile for himself and his spouse. In 1921, determined by the economic crisis and the inflation, the Count converted the villa into a private hotel. He stayed there until 1936 when it was bought by Josef Pattis, the grandfather of the present owner. It was here that the Russian aristocracy then living in Seis met. Among them were: the Counts Cheremetieff, Fersen, Wolkonskij, Jasupov Galizin and Schikov.
Later various other celebrities stayed also in the Mirabell: for instance Sir Rudolf Bing, filmactor Marcello Mastroiani, Armando Francioli, actress Hannerl Matz, opera singers Moll and Güden, Monika Mann (doughter of the writer Thomas Mann), journalist Capriolo Maddalena… This historic mansion radiates a touch of times long gone. Past and present reflect in a wonderful and pleasant way.
Seis became touristically famous with the opening of the Brennerbahn (the railway over the Brenner, 1867) followed by the building of the road. An express carriage (horse drawn) drove once a day from Waidbruck to Seis. The climatic advantages of the area induced many rich Bozen-citizens to build villas for themselves in Seis for use in summer. A strong boost for the Seiser hotel business came from a Meran gentleman. When the hotel season in Meran had come to an end, Herr Honeck had the entire stock – along with the personnel – bundled off and without further ado moved it to Seis and had that way a summer season.
Crowned and uncrowned heads have spent their holidays in Seis: King Frederic August of Saxony and his family, the writers Ibsen, Björn and Björson, the pianist Fridmann, the duke of Aosta, Max Valier, Arturo Toscanini, the painter Leo Putz a.o. Names of many Russian personalities appear also on the guestlists of the last century.