Discover Germany | Special Theme | Your Dream Wedding in Switzerland 2018
A place like no other Hidden away from civilisation, the legendary Grandhotel Giessbach in Switzerland is not only a popular event and film location attracting the likes of Spielberg and Hanks, but it is also an oasis for true rest and tranquillity. Nestled right by the stunning Giessbach Falls and overlooking the scenic lake Brienz, this historic hotel is a truly unique place and the embodiment of the glorious, long-forgotten Belle Epoque.
bach is simply just very special.“Everything is as it used to be back then,” von Weißenfluh adds.“When you arrive here, you enter the Belle Epoque. It is like you are going back in time to an era of unique splendour and elegant sophistication.”
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE I PHOTOS: GRANDHOTEL GIESSBACH, ANDREA BADRUTT (CHUR)
The oldest funicular of Europe – the Giessbach Bahn – brings guests up from the hotel’s own boat pier, which adds to the remoteness of this idyllic place.“When you look towards the lake you don’t see any roads,” enthuses von Weißenfluh.“It is unspoilt nature as far as the eye can see.” Breathtaking views of the beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, forests and Alpine meadows invite anyone present to stop and pause for a moment.
The Grandhotel Giessbach opened in 1875. Its glamourous architecture, merged with the stunning location by the Giessbach Falls, turned it almost instantly into one of the most unique places in Switzerland. The hotel became a hotspot for artists and business people from all over the world, who all fell in love with this special spot. But two World Wars and a changing tourism scene almost ended the hotel’s golden era. “Our hotel is a very unique operation,” explains hotel director Mark von Weißenfluh. “In 1984, it was supposed to 62 | Issue 65 | August 2018
be completely demolished to make space for a modern, so-called Jumbo-Chalet. But luckily, the ‘Giessbach for the Swiss people Foundation’, run by the internationally renowned Swiss environmentalist Franz Weber, managed to save it and turn it into a listed building instead.” Go back in time Today, it is one of the historic landmark hotels in Switzerland, which as von Weißenfluh describes it, is not just a hotel but a wonderful state of mind. Carefully renovated inside but without losing any of its original charm, the Grandhotel Giess-
Nature, nature, nature On 22 hectares of garden, greenery and the Giessbach Park, guests can explore untouched nature on one of the many trails and tours and breathe in that crisp
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