Johann Hörl grew up as one of seven children at the mountain farm "Streckau" in Leogang. Unfortunately, both of his parents died very early, so he took over his parents' farm at the age of 16. In addition to agricultural work, he converted the farm to a snack station and later to an inn, which was very well visited. After meeting his wife Maria, he decided to put into practice his big dream - a guest pension in the center of Leogang.
He acquired a plot of land and began building the "Hotel Leonhard".