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The Waldhaus Sils hotel in breathtaking alpine landscape, on grey woven cover, 111 ans de l’Hotel Waldhaus Sils in gold font above.

111 ans de l'Hotel Waldhaus Sils

Edited by Urs Kienberger


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  • A time travel across 111 years of history and life at Hotel Waldhaus Sils an icon of Swiss hospitality in one of Europe's most spectacular landscapes
  • The book reflects Waldhaus Sils's unique blend of luxury and modesty, historic grandeur and playful fun, smooth professionalism and unexpected idiosyncrasies
  • St. Moritz and the upper Engadine are one of Switzerland's finest and most famous destinations
Full Description

Those in the know are aware that Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel has a real-life counterpart in the Swiss Alps: The Waldhaus Sils, which has pleased and puzzled visitors for 111 years and become an icon of Swiss hospitality. Located above the small and pretty village of Sils Maria, near St. Moritz, it overlooks a striking landscape of forests, lakes and mountains and offers a combination of Belle Epoque flair and modern comfort. Its distinctive charm comes from the fact that the Waldhaus has been family-owned and operated ever since its grand opening on June 15, 1908. 111 Years of Waldhaus Sils ranges across the hotel’s life and history. Brief essays look at the hotel’s history and the broader context in which it exists. The book also shines a light on colourful members of the owning family and their dreams and work, interspersed with conversations with people who have known them. Beautifully illustrated with newly commissioned and historic photographs and documents, it is a tantalising glimpse into the life of an exceptional hotel in one of Europe’s most spectacular landscapes. Text in French.

About the Author

Urs Kienberger is the great-grandson of Josef and Amalie Giger, the founders of the Waldhaus Sils. With his sister Maria and her husband Felix Dietrich, he ran the hotel for 25 years, until his retirement in 2014.

Scheidegger & Spiess
8th Apr 2020
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
240 mm x 170 mm
240 Pages
40 color, 10 b&w
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