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Since 1906 | 4438 Langenbruck (BL)

Hotel Erica

Nostalgic hotel in the magnificent landscape of the Jura Mountains
Surrounded by the hills of the Jura Mountains and lots of greenery, Hotel Erica, built in 1906, invites you to relax and unwind. All in the tradition of the former spa town of Langenbruck BL. The house with its 16 single and double rooms was extensively renovated in 2020 and radiates great tranquillity in its simplicity. Let yourself be seduced by the charm of the "Erica" - in the cosy „oven room“, in the spacious dining hall with beautiful views or outside on the panoramic terrace.
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Surrounded by the hills of the Jura Mountains and lots of greenery, Hotel Erica, built in 1906, invites you to relax and unwind. All in the tradition of the former spa town of Langenbruck BL. The house with its 16 single and double rooms was extensively renovated in 2020 and radiates great tranquillity in its simplicity. Let yourself be seduced by the charm of the "Erica" - in the cosy „oven room“, in the spacious dining hall with beautiful views or outside on the panoramic terrace.

Location

In the country

Opening Hours

Mid-March-October, December-January

Type

Seminar/business, Active/sport

Host

Hotel Erica has always been a family business. It is with great pleasure that the sisters Julia and Kathrin Fritsche continue this tradition as the new owners since 2020.
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History

The spa town of Langenbruck was experiencing its heyday when Rosalie (née Rosine Dettwiler) and Emil Müller built the Hotel Erica in 1906. The plans came from the unknown Basel architect Johann Nägelin. A year later, the doors of the then Pension Erika opened for the first time. Guests who spent several weeks at a time in the Oberbaselbieter spa town were not uncommon.
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They benefited - as it says in undated hotel brochures - from the "pure and fragrant mountain air" "away from the road and dust". Later, the hotel also established itself as a winter sports hotel with a ski jumping hill nearby and, from 1951, the first ski lift in northwestern Switzerland, built by Emil Müller Junior. The son of the hotel's founder went down in history as a film-maker who captured the events in and around Langenbruck with an eight-millimetre camera.


In 1965, the house underwent a modernisation. An extension on the east side created space for a new entrance area and the lift, which still reliably transports guests and luggage today. At the same time, some of the rooms received running water. Even though the Erica has kept up with the times, much has remained the same. In the BIB building inventory, historian Claudio Affolter describes the building as "the only hotel building from the heyday of the spa town of Langenbruck". The imposing spa house and the numerous guesthouses have long been history.


In terms of style, the "Erica" can be classified between neo-baroque and art nouveau. The building has a romantic design with a mansard hipped roof, central risalit and tail gable, oriel, terrace and cross gable. Inside, the simple blue tiled „Kachelofen“ and the „Office“ with its dining lift from 1950 catch the eye. The pitch pine floor in the dining room has also seen a lot. Where the doors used to open punctually for the spa guests' evening meal and close again immediately, hikers and seminar guests now dine.

Rooms & Gastronomy

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Rooms

The three single rooms and 13 double rooms have been renovated in 2020, in a simple but cosy style. The glue-free beds made of solid ash wood and the Hüsler mattresses ensure plenty of comfort and a good night's sleep. All floors are made of untreated ash and are therefore ideally suited for allergy sufferers. Three rooms with connecting doors are particularly suitable for families.
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Gastronomy

In summer on the terrace, in winter in the stylish dining hall (Jura-Saal) or the cosy oven room, guests can expect fresh and simple cuisine with seasonal variety in the evening. Homemade cakes are served in the afternoon.

Region

Region

Langenbruck (730 m.a.s.l.) is the highest municipality in the canton of Baselland and an ideal starting point for hikes and bike tours over the hills of the Upper Basel region. A solar-powered toboggan run offers variety for families. Sights include the Schönthal Monastery dating from 1145 with its sculpture trail.

Contact & Arrival

Contact

Hotel Erica
Erikaweg 7, 4438 Langenbruck (BL)

+41 62 390 11 17
info@hotelerica.ch
www.hotelerica.ch

Arrival

Public transport: From the Zurich, Bern, Lucerne region, take the train via Olten and/or Oensingen and then the OeBB (Oensingen-Balsthal-Bahn) to Balsthal. There is a bus connection from the station to Langenbruck, Dorf (direction Waldenburg). From Basel and the surrounding area, take the train to Liestal, then the Waldenburgerbahn to Waldenburg and the bus to Langenbruck, Dorf )(direction Balsthal).

By car: From the Mittelland you reach Langenbruck via the motorway exit Egerkingen. The winding road leads via Bärenwil to Langenbruck. Alternatively, you can reach Langenbruck via Hägendorf (Tüfelsschlucht) or from Balsthal (motorway exit Oensingen). From the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Baselland the Hotel Erica is connected by main road via Liestal and Waldenburg or via Eptingen.

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