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Hotel Monte Verità
 
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Since 1928 | 6612 Ascona (TI)

Hotel Monte Verità

Experience Monte Verità's inspiring history and culture.
Welcome to paradise! Incorporating its century-long history, Monte Verità with its unique geographical, cultural and natural features has become an ideal meeting place.
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Welcome to paradise! Incorporating its century-long history, Monte Verità with its unique geographical, cultural and natural features has become an ideal meeting place.

What makes us unique: our hotel designed in the Bauhaus style by Emil Fahrekamp in 1927 (renovated in 2008), our à la carte restaurant with a view of Lake Maggiore, our Japanese tea house with Zen garden, our park with its great variety of exotic plants. A wide range of events and guided tours: fascinating history encompassing many famous people, various eras, architectural sites and places of energy. Visit us on the "Mountain of Utopias".

Location

In the country, By the water

Hotel classification

3 Stars

Opening Hours

March to October

Type

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

In the early 20th century, Monte Verità was the center of a reform-minded artist colony, now considered to be one of the first counter-culture movements.
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A few houses and other evidence of this earlier age still exist and are part of the current museum tour: the Casa Anatta, built in 1902, was the naturist colony founder's residence, the Casa Selma was built as a typical light-and-air-cottage, the wood pavilion Chiaro Mondo dei Beati was built on the foundations of the former solarium and houses the huge 1923 mural of the same name by Elisar von Kupffer. In 1926, banker Eduard von der Heydt learned of the earlier commune. After he acquired the legendary mountain, he had Düsseldorf architect Emil Fahrenkamp (1885-1966) build a hotel in the Bauhaus style in 1928 and furnished it with part of his East-Asian art collection. An accessible flat roof, low, extending loggias and large window fronts corresponded to the spirit of Modern architecture of the time. They also met the sanatorium culture's ideas concerning light, fresh air and hygiene. The hotel again drew an international clientele to the legendary hill. Heydt's last will and testament left the entire complex to the Canton of Ticino in 1964. In 1989, the Ticino parliament transferred ownership to a foundation (Fondazione Monte Verità) created for that purpose, which in turn made the rooms available to the ETH Zurich for seminars. A new lecture hall and restaurant according to the plans of ­Ticino architect Livio Vacchini (1933-2007) were added. In 2007/08, the only hotel building still in the original style of the 'Neues Bauen' in Switzerland was professionally restored with support of international experts. All of the building materials as well as the furniture (beds, tables, chairs and lamps) in the guest rooms have been restored and modernized. For this outstanding achievement, Icomos named the hotel Historic Hotel of the Year in 2013. The hotel has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2008.

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Historic hotel of the year 2013
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