The Fally's History
For over 100 years the Fally-Family has been in charge of the “Gasthaus zur oeden Kirch’n. Generation IV is slowly getting ready to go. There are plenty of creative ideas how to develop the renowned inn even further to make the succesful journey last for at least another 100 years!
A Chapel in the forest
The parish of Phütten builds a chapel on Cote 859 on the Steyersberg, which it consecrates to St. Andrew – Andreas-Chapel.
The Protestants hold their prayers in the Andreas-Chapel.
The Andreas-Chapel goes back to the Catholic Church.
Emperor Josef II decrees the closure of all surplus churches and chapels. The Andreas-Chapel is one of them and soon starts decaying. At that time they say “veröden” – the term the name Ödenkirchen derives from.
A Chapel is turned into an inn
The Counts of Steyersberg convert the abandoned chapel into an inn. The outer walls of the chapel become the vestibule – the Gothic vault and a small Niche opposite the bar are still visible today.
The inn is awarded the “Maria Theresa Real Concession” and count tenants run the “Gasthaus zur Oeden Kirche”. They didn’t do too well, as historical accounts show …
The Fally family from Lichtenegg becomes the last tenant under Count Degenhart von Wurmbrand Stuppach. A good choice: soon the inn is thriving.
The great-grandparents Fally buy the old inn for 6.000 crowners and add a first floor.
The grandparents – Franz and Gertrude Fally – take over the business and expand the restaurant. Gradually, it turns into a more and more popular destination. Many Viennese families become loyal regular guests.
The “youngsters” take over the business. With Franz and Gitti Fally a new era begins – comfortable guest rooms are created. The Fally becomes a “country inn of a special kind”: Franz starts his refined home-style cooking, Gitti makes it her business to fulfill (almost) every wish of her guests. Little by little, the unique feel-good atmosphere emerges, that brings guests from all over Austria “to the Fally”.
The house is being renovated completely and a spacious annex with a few more rooms is added.
Finally a terrace
A glass of sparkling wine to start off a nice evening, a quick cigarette during an cultural event or in between the courses of a festive dinner – our “Pausenterasse” immediately becomes a popular new meeting point.
The power of detail
Large-scale plastering at the Fally: the interiors are painted, the rooms are being redecorated, everything shines with a fresh glow. Last but not least, the Jägerstüberl is refurbished and will soon be very popular.
CoVid 19 – lockdown
The global CoVid 19 pandemic is hitting Austrian gastronomy hard. All of the sudden life is slowing down, something the Fally-Family has to get used to. As the first shock is digested, Fally’s bustle returns: rearranging the decorations in the dining room, painting balconies, redesigning the website … At the beginning of lockdown II everyone at the Fally is well prepared for life after lockdown – may it start soon!