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Since 1482 | 7556 Ramosch (GR)

Hof Zuort

"Visit us, we have nothing"....
Unique. Authentic. Timeless. One of the oldest Swiss Historic Hotels combines the remote tranquility and untouched beauty of the Lower Engadine with hospitality and comfort of old times.
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Unique. Authentic. Timeless. One of the oldest Swiss Historic Hotels combines the remote tranquility and untouched beauty of the Lower Engadine with hospitality and comfort of old times.

Zuort is a historic hamlet in the upper Val Sinestra. After five kilometres of path through shady forest, you step into the clearing: peace and silence and, at times, the bright chimes of the chapel. No artificial light, nothing but a starry sky at night – what a remarkable rarity.

The inn and stable, chalet and chapel have been preserved as an ensemble in form and function, and today the farm is the quietest Swiss Historic Hotel. The rustically furnished tavern and guest rooms are located in the original inn as well as in a chalet built over a hundred years ago. The restaurant serves regional specialties in the "Stube", on the sheltered veranda or on the sunny terrace. The sauna in the "dragon house" offers archaic well-being.

Simple living at a high level: daily hospitality, well-kept accommodation and self-sufficient farming have always been basic in Zuort. The natural energy of this place is impressive.

Location

In the country, In the mountains

Opening Hours

June – October / December – April

Type

Seminar/business, Active/sport, Park/garden, Family/child friendly

Host

Since 2010, the Zuort farm and its grounds belong to the St. Moritz medical doctor and philanthropist Peter Robert Berry IV, who also runs the Berry Museum in St. Moritz. Since May 2024, a family of restaurateurs from South Tyrol, who have called the Engadin their home for many years, Sarah Scarperi & Reinhard Psenner with their son Daniel, have been running the Hof Zuort, who appreciate the Romansh culture and adorn it with South Tyrolean hospitality.
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History

Hof Zuort is first mentioned in a document in 1482 as a hereditary fief of the village of Sent. It lies on the prehistoric alpine mule track from the Lower Engadine over the Fimber Pass to Austria. As late as 1942, Hof Zuort was a Swiss Customs post – and it has always been a mountain farm at 1711 metres above sea level.
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The more recent history of the hamlet of Zuort was greatly influenced by the Dutch conductor and composer Willem Mengelberg. Inspired by his admired friend Gustav Mahler, he had a chalet built in 1911, designed by him and richly decorated by Swiss carvers. In 1920, he bought the farm and the land of the estate. In addition, around 1924, he built a chapel in block construction with a carillon - a distinct Dutch speciality. It features 15 bells from the Rüetschi bell foundry in Aarau, which are operated via a keyboard and, since 2022, mechatronically.

With Mengelberg's death in 1951, the estate passed to the Willem-Mengelberg-Foundation, which operated the farm as an inn and the chalet as an artist's summer residence. During Mengelberg's lifetime and after his death in 1951, the carillon was played in the summer by Ellie Heemskerk until 1984, who for many years was the first violinist in the Concertgebouw orchestra.

In 2010, Peter Robert Berry IV, MD, acquired the hamlet of Zuort. Since 2012, the farm and the Chasa Mengelberg have achieved the prestigious status of Swiss Historic Hotel. It is the declared goal of the philanthropist owner that this historic hamlet with its buildings and 16 hectares of land remains a sustainably managed estate, open to the public.

The cultural past is enjoying a renaissance in Zuort. The buildings and infrastructure have been carefully renovated, and the most recent project is the restoration of the historic carillon by the very old bell foundry Rüetschi. The chimes have been tuned, fitted with magnetic hammers and control-electronics. In addition, the carillon was mechatronically upgraded so that it can be controlled via internet and also played directly like an electric piano. Various melodies – partly compositions by Mengelberg himself, but also works by other composers and a children's song from Vnà – have been programmed. A creative vernissage is planned for early next summer in Zuort.

Rooms & Gastronomy

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Rooms

It's best to lie in foreign feathers, the comforting gaze meeting nothing but the landscape, starry sky or fir shadows on moonlit meadows. The inn and chalet offer four historic double rooms, two rustic four-bed rooms, one single room and – on personal request – two suites in the chalet. The rooms are spacious and offer classic comfort. For some rooms, facilities are not ensuite.
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Gastronomy

The kitchen tempts you with regional Swiss and Austrian specialties: Pizokels and Capuns, dumplings and Kaiserschmarrn. Homemade cakes and the popular Grisons platters are on the daily menu, game specialties according to season.

Region

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Region

The Lower Engadine in the triangle of Switzerland, Austria and Italy is one of the most beautiful natural and cultural landscapes. Idyllic villages line the Inn valley; mountains, forests and meadows border it, a large part of which belongs to the Swiss National Park.

Contact & Arrival

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Contact

Hof Zuort
Postfach 19, 7556 Ramosch (GR)

+41 81 866 31 53
info@zuort.ch
www.zuort.ch

Arrival

Hof Zuort is located in the rear Val Sinestra, a side valley of the Lower Engadin close to Scuol. It can be reached on foot from Vnà, Ramosch and Sent; you walk for about an hour. There is a pick-up service by telephone arrangement.

You can reach Ramosch / Vnà as follows:

Public transport
by train to Scuol-Tarasp, by post bus from Scuol-Tarasp to Ramosch and from Ramosch to Vnà.

By car
on the cantonal road to Ramosch, there follow the signs to Vnà, where you will find a public car park (luggage transport on request).

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