33B - Spa house Grimmialp

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Albert Schweitzer, possibly the most famous guest in the Diemtigtal, spent his summer holidays at the Kurhaus Grimmialp and got inspired. For his work, his stays at Grimmialp has been of importance.

Built in 1899 on the initiative of J.J. Rebmann, a member of the Swiss National Council, who was born in 1846 in Schwenden. Originally intended as a spa for drinking and bathing treatments, its heyday came between 1925 and 1930 thanks to its popularity with the English, who visited all year round. In 1929 the house had 3,200 overnight stays in winter and 2,897 in summer. In 1926, the hotel owner, Rudolf Kunz, the founder’s son-in-law, was able to take over the local bus and mail service between Oey and Schwenden and became the first local postman. Guests included the jungle doctor and philanthropist Albert Schweitzer. In autumn 1946 the hotel was sold to the health insurance fund of the city of Basel and is now privately run as a family business.

The building’s covered balconies have been preserved. The solarium next to the main building is also in its original condition.