Preserve the good – experience the new

Keeping this motto in mind, the fate of the Parkhotel should and will be gradually placed in the hands of Lukas Friedel.

For the Love of Africa

Dr. Franziska Fehle-Friedel and Wolfgang Friedel discovered their passion for South Africa. They brought this flair to Bavaria and gave the hotel an unmistakable African touch. The South African fire continues to burn in the next generation.

At Parkhotel Bayersoien, the Dr. Fehle-Friedel family were able to realize their passions of wine, medicinal wellness, music and Africa. Was it Albert Schweitzer's books or the great desire to see wild animals in their natural environment that fueled Dr. Franziska Fehle-Friedel’s great passion for Africa? To this day, the doctor and owner of Parkhotel am Soier See cannot say what ultimately triggered her longing for the distant continent or to what extent her decision to study medicine was determined by her desire to work in Africa.

Already one year after her wedding in 1981, the native of Augsburg started her first tour together with her husband, Wolfgang Friedel, which took her 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles) through Africa: from Ghardaia and Tamanrasset, to Niger and to Sokoto, and Kaduna in Nigeria. The goal of the trip was to reach Abak in south-eastern Nigeria, where the couple then worked for six months as a Latin and English teacher and as a doctor in the episcopal hospital. It was here that the idea to strive for a common professional future and open a spa hotel was born.

After finishing high school, Lukas Friedel, the youngest son of the Fehle-Friedel family, also moved to Africa where he worked at an orphanage in Tanzania. After studying International Hospitality & Tourism Management in Bad Honnef, he first worked at the Europapark in Rust for the opening of the hotel "Bell Rock". He then worked for the Marriott Group at various hotels in Munich. Aside from his aptitude for IT technology, his passions are fly fishing, climbing and hiking.

The motto of the Parkhotel at Soier See is "preserve the good and experience the new". With this in mind, the guests of the Parkhotel can look forward to exciting developments here at the Parkhotel.

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