In many respects, we live in a fast-paced age. But at the Grandhotel Giessbach, the pace slow and time forms its own little bubble. The wonderful location, the water, and the views converge to form our genius loci, the protective spirit of place. At the Grandhotel Giessbach, the sense of time is different. It is deeper, more precious, more intense. Whether in your room, in the historical spaces, the library, or the dining rooms, the moment is to be savoured. Time is here and now, complemented by a range of culinary delights and a beautiful view of the depths of Lake Brienz to appreciate. Treat yourself to an interlude at this extraordinary spot.
From the excursion destinations we recommend to the places our kitchen ingredients come from, the Grandhotel Giessbach is shaped by the local region and honours this heritage with great respect. Many farmers and local producers contribute to the well-being of the hotel guests with their produce. This deeply rooted connection with the land bears the hallmark of Franz Weber and constitutes one of the most subtle forms of environmental protection there is.
With lively celebrations and heady thoughts, an instant is immortalised; night turns into day; a day is lived in a heartbeat. The Grandhotel Giessbach is an unrivalled venue for weddings, celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays, christenings and family gatherings—and also seminars, conferences and workshops. Whatever event you are planning, if you plan it with us, it will be nothing short of unforgettable. Our historical rooms each have their own special charm and have delighted visitors and guests for nearly 150 years. We look forward to hosting you.
To enjoy your occasion to the fullest, we recommend booking a room to make the most out of your time at the Grandhotel Giessbach.
In 1873-5 the well-known Hauser family of hoteliers, from Wädenswil in the Canton of Zurich, commissioned the French architect Horace Edouard Davinet with the construction of the Grandhotel Giessbach. The elegance of its architecture blended in with the beauty of the surroundings and thus the hotel quickly became a worldwide attraction.
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Water is life. Water is the pure elixir we yearn for. The life-affirming energy exuded by the Grandhotel Giessbach is fed by the power of water. The Giesse Stream, with its waterfall, cascading into the depths of Lake Brienz. The Grandhotel Giessbach is surrounded and sustained by the restorative power of water.
Nature, flora, and fauna in a thousand facets. Culture. Travel back through 200 years of eventful tourism history at the historical Giessbach residential hotel.
At this time of year, we are happy to serve you indoors in our Park Restaurant "Les Cascades". We are happy to accept table reservations for the parkrestaurant Les Cascades on our website under "Book a table" or by telephone on +41 (0) 33 952 25 25.
We are also happy to serve day guests in our restaurants at lunchtime and in the evening. For exclusive events, the hotel remains closed in the evening.
The Park Restaurant "Les Cascades" is open for you Thursday to Sunday from 11.45 - 14.00 (last order 13.45). Enjoy the selection of our menu of the day.
In the afternoon, our Park Restaurant is closed from 2 p.m.. You are welcome to find a selection of drinks and food at our hotel bar,
The park restaurant "Les Cascades" serves our 4-course Dîner Giessbach (CHF 78 / person / evening) and a selection of Giessbach classics for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday from 18.00 - 22.00 (last order 20.45).
Executive chef Lukas Stalder and head chef of Le Tapis Rouge Barbara Blaser are responsible for the signature and profile of the natural and playful studio kitchen. All those who are curious and enjoy food can let themselves be seduced at the Le Tapis Rouge and discover so far unknown culinary highlights. Home-grown and local are the top priorities at the Le Tapis Rouge. Enjoy the diversity of the Giessbach Garden, the Giessbach Herb Garden and the Domaine Giessbach and be surprised by what nature has to offer during your visit.
The restaurant Le Tapis Rouge is awarded 14 Gault Millau points.
Opening hours Le Tapis Rouge
20 May 2023 until approx. 01 October 2023 from Thursday to Sunday from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
We will be happy to accept your reservation online or by phone on +41 (0) 33 952 25 25.
Elegance meets spectacular vistas: 25 square metres of private terrace belonging to the Giessbach Suite offers a breathtaking and unforgettable view of the Giessbach Falls and Lake Brienz. Invigorating mountain air, sunsets for romantics and existentialists alike. To the left, a waterfall, sometimes murmuring, sometimes roaring, a constant reminder of what Nature means.
Up in the tower is the Kehrli Suite, our homage to Johann Kehrli. He single-handedly created a footpath winding up from the lake shore to the second tier of the falls and installed a bench there. The architectural evolution of the Giessbach is all thanks to Kehrli: the bench was followed by a simple shelter (1822), then a “Gaststube” (dining parlour), and finally by the “Gasthaus Giessbach” in.
The Hauser Suite earns its name from the well-known family of hoteliers, the Hausers, who bought the “Giessbach property” in 1870. Karl Hauser commissioned the most celebrated hotel builder of the time, Horace Edouard Davinet, to design a new building: a five-storey palace hotel. Davinet promptly set about building a five-storey construction with domed towers in the “Louvre” style, and a sweeping flight of steps. After two years of construction, the hotel opened in 1875.
The light and airy Horace Edouard Suite offers a splendid view of Lake Brienz. It is named after the Swiss-French architect Horace Edouard Davinet (* 23 February 1839 in Pont-d’Ain; † 30 June 1922 in Bern). After the death of his mother, Davinet spent much of his time living in Bern. In 1856, he began an apprenticeship with his brother-in-law Jakob Friedrich Studer. Alongside Studer, he was involved in the design of the Bundeshaus (the parliament building) and the Bernerhof luxury hotel in Bern. He also worked on the new hotels in the Bernese Oberland, the Grandhôtel Giessbach on the shores of Lake Brienz, and the Jungfraublick in Interlaken.
Named in honour of artist Clara von Rappard. Since 1989, several of Clara von Rappard’s works have adorned the walls of the Davinet Suite at the Giessbach hotel. The artist lived in Villa Rappard in the Kleinen Rugen mountains in Matten. Her father Conrad had the first hotel and thermal establishment in Giessbach built (it is now the staff building). Our Davinet Suite is named after Swiss-French architect Horace Edouard Davinet (* 23 February 1839 in Pont-d’Ain; † 30 June 1922 in Bern). His blueprints were used for the construction of the historical Grandhotel Giessbach from 1873 to 1875, for the Hauser hotelier dynasty from Zurich. The extraordinary elegance of this boldly designed hotel complex and its splendid environment were quick to bring him worldwide renown.
Our Davinet Suite is named after Swiss-French architect Horace Edouard Davinet (* 23 February 1839 in Pont-d’Ain; † 30 June 1922 in Bern). His blueprints were used for the construction of the historical Grandhotel Giessbach from 1873 to 1875, for the Hauser hotelier dynasty from Zurich. The extraordinary elegance of this boldly designed hotel complex and its splendid environment were quick to bring him worldwide renown.
The suite with views of Lake Brienz is named after Franz Weber. From the 1980s, the internationally renowned Swiss environmentalist began working to protect the Grandhotel Giessbach, alongside his wife Judith, daughter Vera, and many other supporters, including the Canton of Bern and the municipality of Brienz. In 1982 Franz Weber launched a nationwide funding drive to save Giessbach from demolition. He then set up the foundation “Giessbach dem Schweizervolk” (Giessbach for the Swiss People) and was able to purchase the 22-hectare historical Giessbach estate, and progressively restore it back to Davinet’s original style, in several phases. And so, this precious Époque Grand Hotel was not replaced by a concrete building, continuing to delight us with its remarkable cultural and historical treasures.
The Giron Suite and the Salon Giron on the Bel Etage of the Grandhotel Giessbach are named in honour of Swiss portraitist and landscape painter Charles Giron (* 2 April 1850 in Geneva; † 9 June 1914 in Genthod (Canton of Geneva)). Giron had begun an apprenticeship as an enameller, but decided not to pursue this and instead took up lessons with François Diday and Barthélemy Menn. In 1872, he moved to Paris, where he worked for the studio of Alexandre Cabanel, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1876, he exhibited his works at the Paris Salon. Giron devoted much of his work to landscape and portrait painting. He lived in many places, including Cannes, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In 1887, he was awarded the Order of Leopold from the Kingdom of Belgium. A year later, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour. In 1896, Giron returned to Switzerland and went to live variously at several spots by Lake Geneva. His most famous work is his 1902 mural “Die Wiege der Eidgenossenschaft” (“The Cradle of the Confederation”), which is displayed in the National Council chamber of the Bundeshaus parliament building in Bern.
At the Grandhotel Giessbach, Giron’s large-scale “Schwingfest in den Alpen” (Wrestling Festival in the Alps) can be admired in the salon that bears his name. It is his largest canvas painting.
Guests staying in the Giron Suite will be struck by the large windows overlooking the forest, lake, and town of Brienz. The suite thus naturally highlights the awe-inspiring landscape of the Giessbach.
The longing for nature is becoming ever greater. Unspoilt experiences in the nature park of the Grandhotel Giessbach are possible at any time of year. The energy of the waterfall, the trees and the rock formations never ceases to amaze. In any light and at any time of year, the sight provides breathtaking moments that invigorate the mind and soul. The Giessbach Foundation takes great care of the entire complex and the surrounding forests in order to preserve this lifeline for future generations. Enjoy moments of closeness to nature, and enjoy the power that is created. It is a total work of art from the earth and the rock that is unparalleled.
During the months of the summer season, people repeatedly asked how the Grandhotel Giessbach felt in winter. Now is the opportunity to find out for yourself. Away from conventional luxury and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, towards unspoilt nature and soothing tranquillity.
From November to March, the Grandhotel Giessbach opens its doors to individual guests and a wide variety of events on numerous winter days and weekends. Celebrate your very own occasion in the "fairytale castle" and winter-enchanted nature park. For exclusive events, the hotel and the restaurant remain closed for guests who are not participating in the event.
After an invigorating walk in the park, read your favourite book by the open fire while enjoying a hot cup of tea or a matching glass of wine. In the evening, our restaurant team will spoil you in the historic rooms with loving creations and lots of regional culinary delights from the famous Giessbach kitchen.
Our restaurant "Les Cascades" is also open for day guests at lunchtime and in the evening. Please make a reservation in advance and find out about the opening hours.
Arrive - Immerse – Relax
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The path leading to a place is like the gateway to an inner feeling. This particular path hugs Lake Brienz and rises up to the Giessbach, the waterfall that spills out from the Giesse Stream. Like an artery leading to the heart, the steep, narrow mountain road takes us to the Grandhotel Giessbach. Upon arrival, we are plunged into another universe, another time. Coming to the Grandhotel Giessbach is a journey deep within yourself that will transform your thoughts.
Sustainability has been the passionate topic at the Giessbach and on the grounds of our entire domain since the rescue in 1982-1984. So in 2019, work also began to restore the historic 1897 vegetable garden. In 2021, after two years of laboratory work and heartfelt commitment by our garden, kitchen and maintenance Team, the old garden was resurrected with over 80 ProSpecieRara and organic vegetable varieties. Our restaurants were first supplied with our own vegetables, herbs, honey and veal from our park as far as possible from this year onwards. We are now able to present this moving work and the commitment of our team for the first time in the resulting film "From the domain to the plate".
The "Kehrli Terrace" is our new partially served lunch restaurant at the Grandhotel Giessbach.
It invites you to have lunch on the large park terrace. We will spoil you with summery and traditional dishes from our Giessbach kitchen. You can order and pay for your drinks and food directly at the counter and take your chosen drinks, cakes and ice cream directly to your table. All other dishes will still be served comfortably at your table.
No reservations are accepted, there is usually enough room for a spontaneous visit.
Opening hours Kehrli terrace
May 10, 2023 to October 28, 2023 from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. (Kitchen from 11.30, last order 17.15).
The terrace is closed only in case of heavy rainfall. In this case, the offer will be served in the park restaurant from 13.45. Call us, we will be glad to inform you. Call us, we’ll be happy to inform you. Come by and choose your favourite spot with a view of the lake or waterfall. No reservations are accepted for the Kehrli Terrace. There are enough seats available for a spontaneous visit.
Do you enjoy an extensive lunch and would like to reserve a table? We are happy to accept your reservations for the Les Cascades park restaurant.
Nostalgia and the world of Swiss spirits.
From the recommended excursion destinations to the origin of the products used in the bar: The Grandhotel Giessbach is supported by the region and pays respect to this heritage. This deep rootedness carries the legacy of Franz Weber and embodies one of the most subtle forms of environmental protection.
Nostalgia and origin combined. As the starting and ending point of every successful evening, the hotel bar in the middle of the Belle Etage exudes pure nostalgia and tradition. Combining nostalgia and regionality is one of our most important principles. So enjoy our varied selection of Swiss spirits and cocktails alongside a selection of bar classics from around the world.
Enjoy the sun on our bar-balcony when the weather is good.
Opening hours hotel bar 01.11.2023-26.03.2024:
Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
From 11.30 a.m. - 1.45 p.m. we serve cake, Plättli & soup and from 1.45 p.m. - 8.45 p.m. we serve a selection of Giessbach classics from the bar snack menu. (last order 9.45 pm). Exception Wednesday: As the Park Restaurant is closed for lunch on Wednesday, we serve the snack menu from 11.30 a.m. on this day.
No reservations are accepted for the hotel bar.