It comes as no surprise that the “fairy tale castle above Lake Brienz” still attracts visitors from Switzerland and abroad. And purchasing the Giessbach was only the first step on its road to recovery: there followed several renovation phases until the Giessbach estate and the Grandhotel were restored to their former splendour.
The restaurant and kitchen were refurbished even before the hotel reopened in 1984. The winter break was also used for renovation works. Little by little, the lobby and staircase, reception, lounges, salons and all the guest rooms regained their unique charm and original elegance.
Several larger renovation and refurbishment projects have also been carried out over the last decade:
|2002||Opening of new gourmet restaurant “Chez Florent”, now “Le Tapis Rouge”, awarded 15 Gault Millau points|
|2005||Renovation of the historical mooring point “La belle batelière”, which was destroyed by the storm ‘Lothar’. With seating, mooring points and direct access to the lake for bathing|
|2006/2007||SRestoration and renovation of the former Kurhaus (today staff lodging) and recreation of its historical appearance of 1875|
|2008||The old swimming pool is converted into an ecological natural bathing pool|
|2008-2011||Full restoration of the hotel’s 1879 funicular railway – the oldest in Europe|
|2011/2012||Restoration of the west façade (facing the lake)|
|2011/2012||Restoration and resurfacing of the access road to Giessbach and installation of better lighting|
All these projects could only be completed thanks to the great commitment and support of countless friends of the Giessbach. It is down to their valiant efforts that the Giessbach is today one of the most-visited hotels in Switzerland, conveying a truly unique symbiosis of nature and architecture to more than 200,000 visitors and guests every year.
Nonetheless, constant effort is needed to keep this indescribable Giessbach magic intact. Works in and around the Grandhotel and the other historical buildings, as well as throughout the estate, are always necessary - which is why the Giessbach Foundation depends on external support.
So let’s make a difference! Let’s preserve and embellish the Giessbach for the present and for posterity!