The beauty of the Bernese Alps, the enthusiastic service, and the warmth of the welcome. Welcome to Vera and Christian Brawand-Küng’s hotel.
“This hotel is a testament to our love for the mountains, for mountain values, and the local traditions of hospitality and generosity.”
“What drives us? Passion and pleasure,” declare Vera and Christian. This mountain-dwelling couple, who run Hôtel & Apartments Kirchbühl, The Originals Collection, are also keeping up traditions. Family tradition, for one: Christian is the 4th generation of the Brawand family to take charge of this 4-star hotel, perched high in the Bernese Alps in Grindelwald, near Interlaken (Switzerland). And mountain tradition, for another: Vera and Christian are both ski instructors, and Christian a mountain rescue worker. They share their love of the mountain with their guests, who enjoy the utmost in hospitality at this elegant and traditionally authentic hotel. Its 35 bedrooms and 8 suites are full of the warmth of a traditional Swiss chalet, perfect for a break in Switzerland. You're also sure to love the restaurant - and don’t miss out on a visit to the spa!
“All the rooms have a balcony, so that guests can enjoy the superb view over the surrounding mountains and glaciers,” say Vera and Christian. Every room shows the same attention to detail, from the 17 m2 single to the 33 m2 suite. Whether they offer a view out over the Wetterhorn or the Eiger, rooms and suites all offer guests the same in cosy comfort, luxurious materials and a real “chalet feel”. Their cosy elegance is the perfect backdrop for rest and relaxation.
- Non smoking room
The hotel has made conviviality its hallmark. The panoramic dining room is open from breakfast, when a hearty buffet is served there. You’ll also have a chance to try chef Peter Nydegger’s refined cuisine at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, La Marmite. Vera and Christian also offer guests the opportunity to try a few of the Berner Oberland’s specialities in more relaxed surroundings at the Hilty Stübly. Eigerness is a must-try, made from Grindelwald’s delicious produce. The Eiger Stube menu is also full of local specialities. And, last but not least, the hotel bar is perfect for a drink before or after dinner, snuggled around the fireplace for a few pleasant moments of relaxation and friendliness.
Bernese chef Peter Nydegger, who has worked at Castello del Sole in Ascona, Haus Derby in Arosa, the Ermitage in Schönried and the Ambassador Zermatt, creates dishes that are sophisticated and imaginative. His Eigerness menu features, amongst other things, a carpaccio of Grindelwald beef with Bernese Hobelkäse cheese and truffle oil, goat cheese soup, sautéed locally-sourced veal steaks, a delicious fillet of beef, roasted foie gras, Belper Knolle, merlot sauce and much more.
Located in the Swiss village of Grindelwald, not far from Berne, this hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the majestic area of Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
RELAXATION AND WELLNESS AT THE HOTEL
After spending the day exploring the cycle tracks and hiking paths of the Swiss Alps, a little spa is the perfect place to unwind in peace and quiet. The hotel is home to a Finnish sauna (90°C), Sanarium (65°C) and steam bath (100% humidity at 50°C). In addition, you will find a cosy relaxion area with a quiet room, a lounge, a water fountain with water from the Klecki springs at the foot of the Wetterhorn mountain. There is also a direct access to the outside-area with fresh alpine air.
EXPLORING THE JUNGFRAU-ALETSCH AREADuring the summer, guests can go on excursions to explore the massif, home to the Eiger, the Mönch, the Jungfrau and the Great Aletsch Glacier. A spectacular hiking trail leads from Eggerberg all the way to Ausserberg, running along the Bisse de Gorperi and the Bisse de Niwärch, old water channels that in places are 800 years old. A lover of the mountains, Christian will be able to advise you on the best routes through this majestic area, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Especially the Aletsch Forest, which is one of the most beautiful mountain forests in Switzerland, and the Lower Aare-Glacier.
WINTER SPORTSDuring the winter, the mountainous terrain around Grindelwald becomes a playground. Winter sports fans can enjoy themselves to the full between Grindelwald and Wengen, especially on the slopes of the Kleine Scheidegg, Lauberhorn and Männlichen. The legendary Lauberhorn slopes, for example, offer riders a descent which is over 1000 m long - the longest in the world.
WANDERS THROUGH BERNThe Swiss capital looks out over the Alps, tucked in a meander of the Aare river, with its medieval city centre (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) drawing in lovers of old stone buildings, and the Paul Klee Centre attracting fans of modern art. Shopaholics and night owls will love its six kilometres of arcades, lined with boutiques and trendy bars. During the summer months, the river is taken over by swimmers, and the city practically becomes a seaside resort. Don’t miss out on the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), Prison Tower (Käfigturm), the Renaissance fountains, or the Bern Minster (Münster).
Surrounded by idyllic scenery, the hotel offers three beautiful meeting rooms, all of which are fully equipped and highly versatile.