In the early 1840s, the Geiger settled here at the Lake of Constance and made a living from farming and fishing.
In 1911, my great-grandparents Johann and Anna Geiger and their five children Maria, Anna, Andreas, Johann and Karl built the main house, a generous farmstead with hipped and mansard roofs. At that time it was still a secluded farmstead in the planned villa district of Unteruhldingen. To this day, it remains one of the most beautiful buildings of this unique architectural style at the Lake Constance region.
From 1922, my grandparents Theresia and Andreas ran the first private boarding house in Unteruhldingen. Theresa's responsibility was looking after the boarding house, whilst Andreas was in charge of agricultural work.
Changing economic conditions led to the introduction of fish processing and a fish smokehouse, distillation, fruit growing, farm shop, mobile fish roasting and a sea garden with wood oven specialties. (www.haefeli-bodensee.de )
But times and life changed fast. In the second half of the 20th Century, my parents Bruno and Gisela Geiger extended the boarding house (Bed & Breakfast) into the first holiday apartments on the farmstead as a an additional source of income.
This pillar of the family business was strengthened in 2017 with the completion of a new building housing four holiday apartments.