“When we founded faszinatour, we knew what we wanted: a company where work is simply fun because it makes perfect sense. Because it connects nature and people, hence every day is different, every encounter is new and each experience is unique.” Werner Vetter & Charly Siegl
at a time when rafting was totally unknown in Europe we brought it with us from New Zealand and started our first rafting tours in Tirol (Austria) – and thereby a real boom.
In the 90s we opened our outdoor centers in Haiming and Pfunds in Tyrol (Austria) using them as the perfect starting points for our outdoor adventures and adventure-based learning programs.
In 1992 scientists and trainers discover that collective challenges in nature sustainably cultivate team building and team development actions. Companies begin to use outdoor-based methods for their personnel development programs. As one of the first providers in Germany faszinatour established its reputation in this area with innovative outdoor leadership programs.
In 1997 we build the first multifunctional high ropes course in Bolsterlang (Allgäu). faszinatour CONCEPTION & CONSTRUCTION (now ADVENTURE PARK SOLUTIONS) plans and builds ropes courses all to the highest international standards across Europe.
During the following years, we constantly widen our offerings and services. Intense encounters with people and nature continuously bring new experience leading to new ideas and concepts such as our faszinatour Apprentice Outdoor Programs. These are gaining more and more popularity at companies for training and supporting personnel. Responsibility for human and nature increasingly become the focus of our work.
In 2003, together with our partner Ropes Courses Inc., we developed a high ropes course made of steel with a continuous belay system: the first SkyTrail® in Germany. faszinatour takes care of sales and distribution in Europe and builds Sky Trails® mainly for the leisure and cruise ship industry.
In 2004 we initiated the CSR School Construction Project in Cabarete: Marcel Pachler, CEO of faszinatour Austria, launches an initiative for the construction of a new school building in the Dominican republic which we support since then. During the first year already enough donations are generated to start the construction in winter 2004/2005. Today, around 250 boys and girls are learning in their new school every day.
In 2007 we are founding infer: Institut für Erfahrungslernen, where we scientifically address the topics learning, change, prevention and health. The generated insights and results from research are from now on influencing our daily work and furthermore found the strong methodical basis of our TRAINING AND EVENT solutions.
In 2008 our faszinatour Smart Belay revolutionizes the belay and safety engineering in high ropes courses, sets new benchmarks in the industry and in addition wins the OutDoor INDUSTRIE AWARD 08.
In 2009 the outdoor industry is reaching another peak. We build our 100th high ropes course, found faszinatour ACADEMY with offers around advanced training in the area of experimental learning and education, and become market leader in the outdoor industry with a unique range of services.
In 2010 we combine the range of products of the departments INCENTIVE & EVENT and CONSULTING & TRAINING into the new business domain faszinatour-b2b to meet the request of business clients for specialized programs.
In 2011 faszinatour celebrates its 25th birthday. The focus of our work is more than ever the meaningful encounter between human and nature. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs and the new outdoor team events connect engagement for environment and sustainable adventures in nature with true additional benefit for people and companies. Together with Schulbrüder Illertissen we initiate the project YES – learning through experience - which imparts soft skills like team work, self responsibility and conflict management to pupils. The project is rewarded with a teacher award for the category "innovative education".
In 2012 we developed a completely new training concept for the sustainable initiative in the tourism industry together with infer: called Futouris: "experiencing sustainability" combines state of the art event formats and interactive elements, and thereby enables people to closely experience the principles of sustainable actions in own projects. This format becomes an inherent part of our offers for businesses. We are negotiating cooperations with the "Bavarian State Forests" and nature parks, consult the United Nations in developing national parks and sustainable tourism and coach the execution of projects in Georgia.
In 2013 we redefine human resource development and design a three-year leadership qualification program targeted on "sustainable leadership". Based on the method of experimental learning we prepare 600 experienced managers in one single project for the challenges of leading in the future. During this project an environmental education training center allocated at Nature Park Nagelfluhkette is built and opened to the public in 2014.
In 2014 we further extend our engagement for people and nature with our consulting department. We enable companies, institutions and associations to experience sustainability and facilitate their development process.
We are starting our 30th season! To celebrate the anniversary of our ADVENTURE & SPORTS department, we have added exclusive 5-star programs to our portfolio. Both private and corporate customers now have the opportunity to book individual rafting & canyoning trips.
We reconfigure our top management. Our management team has now been enhanced by Jörg Janzen and Inke Scholz, two of our long-serving department heads. Together with managing partner Werner Vetter and authorized officer Stefan Wendel, they are now responsible for the future of the 20-strong team in Immenstadt. At the same time Charly Siegl, a member of the company management team for many years, left the company to dedicate himself to new adventures outside of faszinatour GmbH.