At the Schweizerhof, the art nouveau of the Gründerzeit period blends with modern elegance and restraint. Here, beauty is more than meets the eye, grounded in the natural beauty of the Engadine with a little St. Moritz glitz. It’s for those who value the exceptional, yet appreciate the genuine.
The Segantinis and their influence
Giovanni Segantini's short life was not the only interesting thing about him – his alpine paintings captured the unbroken light of the Upper Engadine in a completely unique way. His son Gottardo was a gifted painter, too, as you can see at the Schweizerhof.
Stateless, restless and homeless. Giovanni Segantini only lived to 41 (1858-1899) but he led an eventful and exciting life. The Austrian painter was born in Arco, and found himself a home in Maloja. The Alps and their unusual light were the central theme of his pointillist paintings. Segantini tried to bring this strong light, which touched him so deeply, to canvas, so he painted landscapes, portraits of everyday farm life, and – every now and then –dreamlike scenes.
Segantini died young, possibly from poisoning caused by the lead in his paints. His last words were: "Voglio vedere le mie montagne." ("I want to see my mountains.")
What many people don’t know is that Giovanni's son, Gottardo Segantini (1882-1974), was a gifted painter, too. You can admire his art in our hotel whenever you look up to the ceiling in the Segantini hall during breakfast, or when you gaze over the lake, which inspired his family.
Top of the Shopping World
Our village is cosmopolitan and small, modern yet proud of its past, a pearl in winter and a dream in summer. Besides world famous, there are countless local shops offering specialties to explore:
To us, the best butcher in the world. With meat from by naturally kept, happy alpine animals.
Surely you have heard about the Engadin Nusstorte (nut cake), a fusion of delicate pastry with crunchy nuts and delightfully sweet caramel. Our recommendation: Try a piece of the delicious chocolate nut cake. We are fairly sure you will request seconds.
Here you cannot only get excellent caviar, but also exquisite tea and house blend coffee.
For further recommendations please contact our reception.