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A condensed history of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel

The history of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel began in 1883 when Otto Herwig, a German from Hanau on the river Main, came to Arosa to recover from a lung condition. Convinced of the therapeutic effects of Arosa’s mountain air, he soon founded the "Berghilf Sanatorium" together with his sister Marie, who took over the running of the institution in 1892 and managed it until her death in 1922.

For the 1929/1930 winter season the Berghilf Sanatorium for lung patients – most of whom were in residence during the summer months – transformed itself into the Tschuggen Grand Hotel for winter sports enthusiasts. This metamorphosis proved exemplary for the development of tourism as a whole in Arosa. From the refuge for bronchial sufferers and those escaping the heat of the towns and cities, Arosa became the winter and summer sports paradise for which it is famous today, i.e. with fresh-air guaranteed!

In the ensuing years the Tschuggen Grand Hotel experienced many ups and downs until the entire premises were laid to waste by fire in 1966. Reconstruction took four years, and a successful re-opening was celebrated in time for the 1970 winter season. In 1980 Armin Wyssmann, for many years the hotel’s owner-director, sold the Tschuggen Grand Hotel to the family Kipp-Bechtolsheimer, in whose ownership it remains to this day.

A further milestone in the hotel’s history came with the sizeable investments that began in April 2004 under the expert guidance of the internationally renowned Swiss architects Mario Botta and Carlo Rampazzi, featuring the construction of the Tschuggen Bergoase spa facility and the remodelling of the entire infrastructure. The commissioning of the hotel’s very own mountain railway, the Tschuggen Express, is a world premiere.