Grandhotel Giessbach

  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
    Grandhotel Giessbach
  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
    Grandhotel Giessbach
  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
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  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
    Restaurant Park
  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
    Restaurant Park
  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
    Terrasse Abend
  • Grandhotel Giessbach, Brienz
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Aujourd'hui comme il y a 100 ans, cet hôtel historique est un monde à part au pied des célèbres et tumultueuses cascades argentées de Giessbach. Entouré de montagnes, de forêts et de pâturages, bénéficiant d'une vue à couper le souffle sur les paysages préservés du lac de Brienz, il constitue une oasis de quiétude qui vous permet de vous évader du quotidien, de son agitation et de ses problèmes de circulation.

Le Grandhôtel Giessbach, construit en 1873, est un véritable bijou qui a été sacré «Hôtel historique de l’année 2004». Cette résidence hôtelière historique, dominant le lac de Brienz, à proximité des légendaires et pittoresques chutes du Giessbach, est vraiment hors du commun. Les salles de réception sont équipées de meubles originaux de la Belle-Epoque tout en proposant un confort moderne. Le plus ancien funiculaire d’Europe, qui fêtera cette année son 125e anniversaire, et le propre débarcadère de l’hôtel constituent également une attraction unique.

Histoire Grandhotel Giessbach

Histoire depuis 1837

Thanks to Brienz teacher Johannes Kehrli, the Giessbach Falls were already well-known in 1800. At that time, many visitors were rowed across the lake to the waterfalls by the famous Brienz women rowers. The waterfalls were lit in the evening starting in 1840, and in 1857, the first hotel was opened. Giessbach flourished starting in 1870, when the hotel was purchased by the well-known Hauser hotelier family. In line with architect Horace Edouard Davinet’s (1839–1922) plans, a grand hotel with its own gasworks, a large laundry, several baths, a number of bathrooms and a covered walkway in ‘foresto-rustico’ style was built on an artificial terrace. To make it more accessible, the Hauser brothers built their own funicular from the boat landing to the hotel in 1879. In 1883, a fire changed the look of the hotel. Instead of the 1875 cupolas, the turrets were topped with slim ‘Prussian helmets’ and façade decorations in the Swiss chalet style were added. When the hotel reopened in July 1884, the first electric lights came on at the new Giessbach. Following several changes in owners during the 20th century, the hotel closed its doors in 1979, and was supposed to make room for a modern chalet apartment house. A working group led by Rudolf von Fischer, head of the Bernese Burgerrat, worked to save the traditional hotel with its unique park. At the last minute they managed to interest well-known environmentalist Franz Weber. He set up the Giessbach dem Schweizervolk foundation and in an unparalleled campaign raised the necessary three million francs to save the hotel. In 1983, the foundation acquired the Giessbach property, and a year later they were able to celebrate the reopening of the hotel, which was restored with the help of the office for preservation of historic buildings. Since then, the funicular has also been renovated. As Switzerland’s oldest funicular, it is still largely in its original condition. In 2004, Icomos named the Grandhotel Giessbach Historic Hotel of the Year. That same year, the hotel became one of the founding members of Swiss Historic Hotels. (RF)

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  • Hôte
  • Mark von Weissenfluh
  • Type d'Hôtel
  • Hôtel romantique, lac, parc arborisé, banquets, événements, mariages, séminaires, funiculaire
  • Équipements de l'hôtel
  • 70 chambres, restaurant gastronomique, restaurant en terrasse, bar, funiculaire le plus ancien, parc de 22 hectares, salles de séminaires, salles historiques pour les banquets, wifi gratuit.
  • Classification
  • Distinction décernée par ICOMOS
  • Hôtel historique de l'année 2004
  • Catégorie des Prix
  • CHF 100–200 / EUR 96–192
  • Horaires d'ouverture
  • D'avril à octobre
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