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Since 1908 | 7514 Sils/Segl Maria (GR)

Hotel Waldhaus

Continuity without breaks
Taking history into the future: owned and operated by the same family since 1908. Grand, but friendly and relaxed – peaceful, family-oriented, intimate.
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Taking history into the future: owned and operated by the same family since 1908. Grand, but friendly and relaxed – peaceful, family-oriented, intimate.

The Waldhaus in Sils Maria is seen as an icon of Swiss hotel tradition. The legendary hotel sits above the Engadine lake landscape. It radiates the grandeur of an earlier age and is an insider tip for culture, food and wine. The innovative spirit of the founding family and the unceremonious warmth of their welcome makes this hotel almost irresistible. Its location is a dream. Sils Maria is a picturesque alpine village, a paradise for hikers and those who want to reach the peaks. It is well-known for a wide variety of downhill runs, cross-country ski trails and ski tours in winter. And above it all, serenely and alone, stands the Waldhaus, a place with plenty of space and time – in a unique alpine and lake landscape. A grand hotel, inviting and delightful.


By the water, In the mountains

Hotel classification

5 Stars

Opening Hours

June to October and December to April


Banquets/Weddings, Seminar/business, Wellness/spa, Active/sport, Family/child friendly, Art & culture, Icomos Award


Brothers Claudio and Patrick Dietrich as managers are the fifth generation of their family to run the hotel.
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The Waldhaus Sils was built in 1908, an imposing hotel-castle in the forest above the village of Sils Maria. The experienced hoteliers Josef and Amalie Giger-Nigg found an attentive planner and site manager in the person of the young, energetic architect Karl Koller (1873-1946).
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With meticulous care and vast expertise, the builder-owners and the architect jointly decided on everything, down to the last detail, from the splendid hillside location to the optimal floor plans to the size and form of the silverware. What they wanted was no forbidding fortress, but a place to linger and enjoy, a hotel on an incomparable site in the midst of the protected Engadine lake landscape and with a breathtaking view of the Sils plain. The Waldhaus is one of the few Swiss five-star hotels to have stayed in the same family since it was opened. This family has succeeded in maintaining the hotel, protecting its historic structures even during difficult times. By accepting and adhering to its original values, the Waldhaus has remained exceptionally authentic to this day. Its external appearance largely reflects the original structure, as does its interior with a striking concentration of original furnishings in both the public and the guest rooms. A high point is the impressive staircase with a wrought-iron chandelier. In more recent times, several additions of high architectural quality have been incorporated, such as the indoor pool (1970) by architect Otto Glaus. The most recent contemporary interventions by the architects Miller & Maranta in the entrance area, in the public rooms, the expansion of the wellness facility from 2016 and 2020 and by Armando Ruinelli in the guest rooms perfectly complement the historic structure. ICOMOS named the Waldhaus Historic Hotel of the Year 2005 and 2016 in recognition of its exceptional decades-long commitment. The Waldhaus was a founding member of Swiss Historic Hotels in 2004.

Rooms & Gastronomy

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The hotel offers a 365° view: to the east Lake Silvaplana, to the west, Lake Sils, to the north the Sils plain and to the south the circle of mountains at the back of the enchanting Fex Valley. As appealingly diverse as these views are, the 140 rooms and suites are just as distinctive. Three styles of rooms are available: classic, modern and nostalgic, the latter with original restored furnishings from 1908.
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Regional and high-quality cuisine: that’s what our kitchen crew likes to create. We value working with local partners and producers. Discover a diverse selection of fine dishes, as you taste your way through our richly varied restaurants. Drink to your stay with a glass of fine wine or a cool drink in the bar or great lounge, and let these historic rooms work their magic on you. Rooms in which you’ll always find good company.


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Sils Maria lies 10 km southwest of St. Moritz. The village is idyllically located between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana at the entrance to the Fex Valley. In the vast sun-filled landscape, which is said to be a special energy spot, everyone can find happiness.

Contact & Arrival

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Hotel Waldhaus
Via da Fex 3, 7514 Sils/Segl Maria (GR)

+41 81 838 51 00


Below you will find various travel options:

Arriving by car from the north

  • via Zurich–Chur–Julier Pass in 3 hours

Alternate route to avoid the pass

  • Vereina car ferry from Klosters to Sagliains From Zurich approx. 3½ hours

By car from Italy/ Ticino

  • Lugano–Menaggio–Chiavenna–Maloja Pass (approx. 2 ½ hrs.)
  • Bellinzona–San Bernardino–Thusis–Julier Pass (approx. 2 ½ hrs)

Arriving by train from Zurich

  • Until 8.30 p.m. one or two trains per hour between Zurich main station and St. Moritz, travel time 3 to 3½ hours

Arriving by train and bus from Ticino

  • Swiss post bus Lugano–St. Moritz (stops in Sils/Segl Maria posta), daily in summer, weekends only in winter
  • Swiss post bus Bellinzona–Thusis, train Thusis–St. Moritz.

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Our driver will be happy to meet you at the St. Moritz train station (or the Sils Maria post office), free of charge, if you can tell us your arrival time in advance.

Awards & Memberships

Historic hotel of the year 2005
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