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Since 1584 | 6370 Stans (NW)

Culinarium Alpinum

In the former Capuchin monastery you will experience and enjoy highlights of regional alpine cuisine.
Here in the former Capuchin monastery, the focus is on the culinary heritage of the Alps. In 2020 the CULINARIUM ALPINUM was opened after a gentle renovation. Guests can expect a hostel with 14 simple but stylish rooms with high-quality box-spring beds and bathrooms with showers.
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Here in the former Capuchin monastery, the focus is on the culinary heritage of the Alps. In 2020 the CULINARIUM ALPINUM was opened after a gentle renovation. Guests can expect a hostel with 14 simple but stylish rooms with high-quality box-spring beds and bathrooms with showers.

In the former refectory, today's restaurant, the regional credibility is in the foreground and authentic and genuine regional products from Central Switzerland are used, preferably from organic farming, enhanced with products from the culinary Alpine region. Other attractions are the Alpsbrinz cellar, the monastery store with regional products and the "Edible Landscape". Here visitors discover 250 old and new varieties of fruit and berries. Snacking is encouraged!

Location

In the city

Opening Hours

all year

Type

Banquets/Weddings, Seminar/business, Active/sport, Park/garden, Family/child friendly, Art & culture,

Host

Peter Durrer La gastronomie et l'hébergement fonctionnent sous sa direction depuis l'ouverture en septembre 2020. Cet hôtelier expérimenté a déjà pris en charge le 1er janvier 2020 la direction du projet et la responsabilité de l'ouverture du Culinarium Alpinum de la planification et de la mise en œuvre de la gastronomie et de l'hébergement pour la fondation KEDA.
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History

The Capuchin monastery was donated by Melchior Lussi (1529-1606), a landowner and knight from Nidwalden. At the time of the Counter-Reformation, Lussi, as an emissary of the Catholic towns, called the Capuchins to the country. In 1584, they moved into the monastery on the Mürg in Stans. The humble friars in their brown robes were not very welcome at first, but in time they were accepted and in 1683 the monastery church was built.
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100 years later the Capuchins opened a Latin school, which remained closed for a few years because of the "French invasion" of 1798. The "conversion" of the church by Napoleon's troops also occurred during this period: the church was used as a stable. In 1895, right next to the monastery, the College of St. Fidelis was founded, which was run by the Capuchins until 1988. In the nineteenth century, the first total renovation and expansion of the monastery took place. Therefore, the monastery has two attractive courtyards and a two-part cloister. In 2004, the monastery was dissolved and the last friars left their refuge; the monastery passed to the canton of Nidwalden. After a long period of vacancy and an unsuccessful conversion, the canton approved the innovation concept of the KEDA Foundation, Culinary Heritage of the Alps. A competence center for alpine culinary arts was to be created here. From 2018, under the direction of the Rothen architectural office from Winterthur, a gentle renovation with conversion was undertaken. The requirements of the preservation of historical monuments were strictly observed. Wooden and stone floors were left as far as possible, and the facades also remained unchanged. Corrections were only made to the interior. The refectory was turned into a restaurant, the library into a banqueting hall with a garden room, and some of the monastery cells into hostel rooms. Likewise, some rooms were converted into seminar areas. Former school rooms became a course kitchen for training courses and a terrace was created in front of the house. In the cellar, in addition to an attractive monastery store, a cheese cellar was set up, which from now on, as the home of the Alpsbrinz, should contribute to saving this rare cheese. From 2021, the "Edible Landscape" was created in the former monastery garden, which is home to many herbs and over 250 varieties of fruit and berries. The snack garden with rarities, new and old varieties, is intended to contribute to biodiversity and is deliberately designed as an experience garden.

Rooms & Gastronomy

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Rooms

The CULINARIUM ALPINUM has 14 stylishly renovated hotel rooms, all with views of the Buochserhorn and edible landscape. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower and a box spring bed. They have wooden floors and are simply furnished.

Gastronomy

At the CULINARIUM ALPINUM the focus is on the culinary heritage of the Alps. In the former refectory, now the restaurant, the regional credibility is in the foreground and it is worked with authentic and genuine regional products from Central Switzerland, preferably from organic farming, enhanced with products Switzerland.

Region

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Region

Stans is located in the middle of Central Switzerland at the foot of the Stanserhorn, 15 minutes from Lucerne and Lake Lucerne. Discover mountains and mountain regions such as Engelberg, the Bürgenstock or visit the queen, the Rigi. The Culinarium Alpinum is located on the Way of St. James - make a pilgrimage to the famous pilgrimage site Flüeli Ranft.

Contact & Arrival

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Contact

Culinarium Alpinum
Mürgstrasse 18, 6370 Stans (NW)

+41 41 619 17 17
info@culinarium-alpinum.ch
culinarium-alpinum.com

Arrival

Motorway connection of the north-south axis A, 60 minutes from Zurich airport, 20 minutes to Lucerne and 40 minutes to Engelberg.

8 minutes' walk to Stans railway station, with connections every 15 minutes to Lucerne and hourly to Engelberg.

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