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The terraced area was formerly a closed forest area and was called 'Auf dem Grauen Stein' because below it was the quarry where Höttinger Breccie used to be mined.

in 1840 Joseph Andreas von Attlmayr built a summer house there with the name Mariabrunn and an adjacent snack station. The food offered was allegedly so meager that the guests left the inn more hungry than full, which soon earned it the derogatory name 'Hungerburg', which was soon transferred to the terrace settlement developed here, whose founder is the Schwaz tourism pioneer Sebastian Kandler. It was also on his initiative that the first funicular railroad to the Hungerburg was built, which was replaced in 2007 by the new railroad designed by the Iraqi star architect Zaha Hadid.

Today, Hungerburg is primarily an attractive residential area and the starting point for numerous leisure activities in the Karwendel.