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Since 1840 | 3801 Kleine Scheidegg (BE)

Hotel Bellevue des Alpes

This historic hotel from 1840 has the best panoramic location on the Scheidegg Pass.
As one of the last grand hotels of the 19th century, the family-run hotel is located right in front of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau at 2070 m above sea level. in the midst of alpine beauty of the famous skiing and hiking region of the Bernese Oberland.
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As one of the last grand hotels of the 19th century, the family-run hotel is located right in front of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau at 2070 m above sea level. in the midst of alpine beauty of the famous skiing and hiking region of the Bernese Oberland.

This historic hotel from 1840 has the best panoramic location on the Scheidegg Pass. It has been managed by the 5th generation of Andreas and Silvia von Almen's family since 1988, and has 100 beds. The building, its interior and its guest list are steeped in history, while the hotel is also famous for being the location where "The Eiger Sanction" starring Clint Eastwood and "North Face" with Benno Furmann were filmed. Built in 1840, the Bellevue des Alpes was last extended and renovated in 1948. Since then, any restoration carried out has focused exclusively on stylistic elements. All the interiors of the hotel's public spaces date back to the 1920s, while the rooms invite a little time travel. All the great mountaineers of the 20th century as well as celebrities from society, skiing and the film industry have stayed in this hotel.

Location

In the mountains

Opening Hours

December to April / June to September

Type

Active/sport, Park/garden, Icomos Award

Host

Silvia & Andreas von Almen

History

As early as 1800, a growing number of tourists were able to find refreshments on their tour over the Kleine Scheidegg. In 1835, the Bernese government issued a license for a summer inn in an alpine shelter to Peter Brawand of Grindelwald. Christian Seiler bought the inn in 1840, creating today's double hotel Bellevue des Alpes on top of the pass in several stages.
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The young enterprise received a boost from the opening of the Wengneralp railway in 1893, as its Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen-Wengen lines came together at the top of the pass. The new hotel building, still in ­existence, was opened in the same year as the railway line. Three years later the 'Wengneralp' alpine agricultural cooperative tried opening a competitor with the Hotel des Alpes on Lauterbrunnen territory. In 1912, the year that the Jungfrau railway with its terminal right in front of the two hotels opened, Bellevue owner Seiler was able to acquire his competitor, which he had leased. In 1929, as the winter season took off, the two hotels were combined into the current double hotel with a veranda and a large dining room addition. The amazingly authentic condition of the two historic hotel buildings is a result of many years of careful treatment of their structural fabric as well as of the interiors and appointments. The historic rooms on the main floor and the 1929 additions in the modern style of the time are as impressive as the remarkable number of guest rooms with period furniture and nostalgic bathrooms. The current owners, a descendant of the founding Seiler family and his wife, have skillfully continued to care for this valuable inheritance, which led to the hotel being named Historic Hotel of the Year 2011. The hotel on Kleine Scheidegg has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2010.

Awards

award-icomos-gold
Historic hotel of the year 2011
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