Are my husband and chef Christoph Trienen and myself, Astrid Trienen-Federspiel, with our three adorable children Julius, Elisabeth and our youngest, Johanna.
Furthermore, it includes our kind and dedicated staff who, in the spirit of my husband and myself, never tire in trying to make you feel welcome – yes, even a little bit at home.
Christoph and I both received traditional gastronomical training, perfectly preparing us for self-employment.
Having worked for several prestigious restaurants and hotels in- and outside of Germany, my husband and I met and fell in love at the well-known Heidelberg Hotel Management School. With our future self-employment in mind, we accumulated theoretical and practical knowledge, always evaluating what we could and could not use when we would finally set up our own business.
In 2005, many events coincided! We got married and pregnant right away (oops), and we opened our homely restaurant “Zu den Linden” in Osnabrück, Germany – my husband’s hometown. There, we found our own way, cooked our own dishes, hosted weddings, birthdays and company events that went on until the early morning. We had two kids, made good friends and managed to acquire many regular guests who still like to visit us in the Black Forest.
After a few years in the “Linden-house” we began to dream of our own hotel. We wanted to expand, and because after eight years in Osnabrück, I felt drawn back to southern Germany, we started to look for a suitable property in Baden-Württemberg.
This is how, in 2013, we found our way to Waldkirch. How lucky we were! We started out with the restaurant and six cosy hotel rooms. When construction was finished, the annex added 22 further rooms to our home.
As soon as we went online, we had the fortune of welcoming people from all over the world! The challenge now was to keep up with the pace with which the business developed and to master the demanding day-to-day work despite initial insecurities. Soon after that, we were encouraged and reassured by the exceedingly positive feedback that we got from our guests. We knew, we were on the right track! Before we could manage to wrap our heads around the things that were happening, we had our first colourful, adventurous and sometimes chaotic and stressful summer in the Black forest behind us – including many intense encounters with our lovely guests.
Since then, many things have changed. The insecurity is gone, procedures were organised and standardised, and we were fortunate to strengthen our team with charming and competent members.
What remained are the intense, interesting and often emotional encounters with visitors from all over the world. In our house, we don’t want people to check in or out. We want to welcome guests and say goodbye to friends. We invite you to see the way we think, the way we live, and we invite you into our family. It is our goal, for as long as you stay, to make you feel as though you were a part of the Storchen-family and to take that warm feeling home with you as a memory.
The Trienen Family & Team