The history of the Hauenstein Group dates back to 1954 when Walter Hauenstein, the son of a working class family, founded a sole proprietorship business. Further businesses in hotel, gastronomy and healthcare were added after the company was incorporated into the "W. Hauenstein Immobilien AG" in 1971 (today Hauenstein Immobilien AG). The entire group has been owned by Hauenstein Invest AG since 1991.
Peter Hauenstein officially took over management of the Hauenstein Group in 2004, and following many years in various functions with Hauenstein Immobilien AG, Daniel Eschmann became Managing Director and Peter Hauenstein's right-hand man in 2009.
Various large building projects were completed during this era. Examples include the Fankhausergut in Thun which includes 200 residential units, the 100 unit Sodmatte in Spiez, and the Astraareal in Steffisburg, comprised of over 170 residential units. The Herreney development in Interlaken with 172 units is currently under construction.
Hauenstein Immobilien AG also extensively renovated Hohmadpark Thun - a former agricultural estate - which now comprises 300 residential units and a restaurant. The Burehuus restaurant is successfully managed under the «Hauenstein Hotels» umbrella brand and provides a community focal point for the residential development.
The Schönberg Clinic has become one of the largest healthcare sector employers in the region. The Deltapark Vitalresort showcase project in Gwatt was planned and realised over many years by Hauenstein Immobilien AG, and is now managed under the «Hauenstein Hotels» umbrella brand. Hauenstein Immobilien AG has also successfully completed a million dollar conversion of the Belvédère Strand Hotel in Spiez.
At the beginning of November 2020, Peter Hauenstein handed over the operation of his business to the new management team consisting of his twin daughters Andrea and Nathalie Hauenstein, and CEO Daniel Eschmann. The group of companies is now managed by the 3rd generation and remains 100% family owned.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hauenstein Group
The family and company values and philosophy shall continue into the future. The Group will adapt to the changing times and flourish in the digital age. This will be ensured through the diversity of gender, age, and individual specialisations within the managment team.