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HISTORY OF THE BORT MOUNTAIN LODGE!

Enjoy nature and the alpine summer.

1879

Friedrich Brawand-Schwab, 1879 - 1959

The founding father of the Bort mountain lodge and Hotel Kirchbühl was born in 1879 and grew up in a mountain farmer’s family on the Kirchbühl.

1921

This is where everything began...

In 1921, great-grandfather Friedrich Brawand-Schwab bought the estate Bort with the Bort Schyr built in 1871 for agricultural use. The Schyr was used intensively as a cowshed and for hay storage.

1945 - 1947

Construction of the Firstbahn

The Firstbahn with transverse travelling seats was built in 1945. A pioneering achievement at that time! At the same time, a barrack was erected by the company Losinger at Bort to provide catering for the workers during the construction of the intermediate station Bort. The barrack was managed by Marie Brawand, the daughter of Friedrich Brawand and her husband Albert Schlunegger.

1947

Construction of the Bort mountain restaurant

The construction of the Firstbahn led to increased demand for better catering. Showcasing great innovative spirit, Friedrich Brawand-Schwab, who had also laid the foundations of today’s Hotel Kirchbühl in 1900, built the Bort mountain restaurant. In those days, such projects would normally be realized by the cableway companies themselves. From then on, daughter Marie Schlunegger-Brawand and her husband Albert Schlunegger managed their own business – another milestone in the history of the Brawand family.

1961

Business expansion

The first significant reconstruction of the Bort mountain restaurant.

1968

Business expansion

The second large reconstruction of the Bort mountain lodge. More rooms with running water were added.

1947 - 1972

Pioneering spirits Albert and Marie Schlunegger-Brawand

Marie and Albert Schlunegger-Brawand managed Bort with great passion and charm from 1947 until the end of the winter season of 1972.

The reputation of Marie’s delicious Bort-Rösti stretches as far as Basle! Bort was home to Albert, Marie and their son Albert. In winter, Albert junior would go to school on wooden skis. Practice makes perfect - Albert later became a member of the Swiss national Ski Federation!

Spring 1972

The new generation takes over

In spring 1972, the parents handed over the business to the next generation - Albert and Annemarie Schlunegger-Hinnen (photo December 1990)

1988

Bort mountain lodge expansion

When the chair lift was replaced by a new 6-seater cableway, the need for a larger restaurant and hotel arose. Albert junior and Annemarie Schlunegger-Hinnen carried out the largest reconstruction of the restaurant and hotel business since the lodge’s existence. This was in order to meet the growing capacities as a result of the planned cableway construction. In addition, the hosts were also able to move into their very own and well-deserved flat - up until then they had lived in a modest room on the guest floor!

December 1992

Changing hands - Bort stays in the family

Albert Schlunegger-Hinnen sold Bort mountain lodge to his cousin Christian Brawand-Imboden. Albert and Christian are both grandchildren of the founder father Friedrich Brawand-Schwab. Thus, it was ensured that the business remained in traditional family ownership. Son Ben Brawand had managed the business from December 1992 until, at the end of 1995, he emigrated to America with his partner Christine Kaufmann and since then has successfully held a managerial position at a food convention centre in Salt Lake City UT. From 1996 until October 2005, the operational management of Bort mountain lodge was assumed by Hotel Kirchbühl. The business experienced highs and lows. It proved rather difficult to manage the business locally and build on earlier successes.

Image: Jo Grindelwald in 1953 in front of Bort mountain lodge - below Christian Brawand-Imboden.

From December 2005

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New era

Bruno Brawand - grandchild of Friedrich Brawand-Schwab - and Claudia Dannhorn bought Bort mountain lodge from the family and have since then carried out extensive renovation works. No stone remained unturned, and today, the hotel, which since has become a three-star rated hotel, finds itself in outstanding condition.

Image: Claudia and Bruno Brawand with daughter Selina and son Nick in 2013


December 2016

Switzerland’s most beautiful mountain restaurant

The Bort mountain lodge adorns the cover of the book “Switzerland’s most beautiful ski hut restaurants and mountain restaurants” published by Werd in December 2016.

Another milestone in the history of Bort and major recognition for the work done and the continuous development of Alpine Hotel Bort since 1947!

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"We stayed 3 nights at Berghaus Bort and didn't want to leave. Waking up to the breathtaking mountain views from our bedroom window was incredible and the staff were all so friendly and helpful. The food in the restaurant was delicious and fresh and there was always a great selection for breakfast each morning."

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