Montfort and the HOHENLOHE

Montfort

The name of the hotel derives from two french words mont (mountain) and fort (strong), what means a „strong mountain“. The Hotel is named by the fortress built in the Middle Ages. That fortress was the first known castle where the Teutonic nights stayed in the Holy Land during the Crusades.

What do Tatranska Javorina and the Teutonic knights have in common?

Among the major representatives of the Teutonic knights was also a large family of the Prince Cristian Kraft von Hohenlohe who did a lot for the development of Tatranská Javorina, High Tatras and Belianske Tatras

CHRISTIAN KRAFT HOHENLOHE

Christian Kraft , Princ Hohenlohe – Öhringen, Duke von Ujest (1848-1926). Prince, general, politician, manufacturer, ground landlord in  Down and Upper Silesia, and in Hungary, including Tatras. He was one of the richest German aristocrats.

  • He established the Directorate of his European districts in Tatranska Javorina and on 20th of July 1885 he finished the construction of his hunting castle in Javorina. Nowadays it´s a Presidential castle and it´s open for public every Thursday.
  • On 24th of August 1903 he invited the priest to consecrete the Church of st.Anne in Javorina. Despite the fact that he was an evangelical. He was the patron of the Zdiar catholic Church as well.
  • His conteporaries remembered him as a man who understood his status but he still was a righteous personality. Despite the fact that his knowledge in the environmental protection wasn’t at such a high level as today, and his main interest was hunting, the ground that was under his control was at the times when TANAP started to operate the most unspoilt and the most valueable part of the TANAP. Moreover, a lot of ‚his‘ nature-protective measures were the basics not only for the TANAP nature-protective standarts but for for the other national parks all over the world as well. His private life talks a lot about his personal qualities.
  • He was an aristocrat and Evangelic and . He had lived all his life with his young beloved, catholic, Polish artist, Otylia Lubraniec-Dambska without children. As it was typical fot that times, he arranged her marriage with Graf Dambsky, but than he had taken her with him to Tatranska Javorina. She was kind to ordinary people, she had helped to solve a lot of their problems tanks to her husband. She died in1922 and he decided to bury her in Javorina cementery. Prince Kristian died on14th of May in 1926 in Szomogyszobe at the age of 78. Afterwards his body was moved to Javorina and he was burried with Otylia. His nephew, The Duke August Kraft von Hohenlohe, had inherited all the property of Prince Kristian. He lived in Hungary and hadn’t such a tremulant attitude to the nature. So, in the difficult times for the aristocrats he ignored that ground. He didn’t keep the ground and he ran into debt, mostly because he didn´t pay taxes. Finally he sold the ground to Czechoslovakia.