High up in the mountains of Brienz, Switzerland, Grandhotel Giessbach stands tall and proud. It has been restored to its former grandeur, a historic beacon of refined Swiss hospitality overlooking the majestic Giessbach Falls and Lake Brienz. In addition to being a remarkable destination for a Swiss mountain getaway, it’s also a fabulous venue for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime wedding. Let me show you why!
About The Grandhotel Giessbach Venue
In 1873, famous hoteliers the Hauser family commissioned famous French architect Horace Edouard Davinet to build an extraordinary hotel complex on Lake Brienz. The beautiful building, set amidst stunning Swiss scenery (including the spectacular Giessbach Falls), became an instant draw for travelers worldwide. Royals, aristocrats, famous artists, and wealthy elite traveled to Grandhotel Giessbach to take in the glory of the stately resort. This earned it a reputation as one of the premier meeting places for the great and famous - at least until the start of WWI.
After two World Wars and a devastating economic crash, the Swiss hotel industry saw a dramatic decline, and the Grandhotel Giessbach began to fall into disrepair. A shell of the glamorous resort it once was, Grandhotel Giessbach closed its doors in 1979 with plans for demolition imminent. Several years later, in 1983, internationally renowned Swiss environmentalist Franz Weber and the Giessbach to the Swiss People Foundation purchased the Giessbach estate and registered it as a heritage site. They gifted the hotel to the Swiss people, preserving it for future generations to enjoy.
Today, the hotel has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and it continues to enchant guests from around the world. Seventy stylish rooms and suites encapsulate the elegance and charm of the hotel’s original décor. You and your guests can make a grand scenic entrance up to the resort on the hotel’s funicular railway, the oldest in Europe. Take advantage of the remarkable gardens and wilderness surrounding the hotel. Indulge in fine dining with some of the most exceptional views in Brienz. Everything about this hotel is magic - including your future wedding!
Details of the Grounds
Grandhotel Geissbach has several stunning and unique spaces perfect for an elegant wedding ceremony and a grand celebration.
Salon Belle Epoque is a former classical ballroom that exudes Old World elegance. Beautiful windows let in floods of natural light during the day, and spectacular chandeliers cast a romantic evening glow. Historical touches like stucco and grand mirrors add exceptional grandeur. Additionally, a private terrace with views of the Giessbach Falls is an incredible feature of the space. Salon Belle Epoque can comfortably fit up to 170 people for a seated meal or 250 cocktail-style.
Their second largest venue space is Salon Davinet, named for the hotel’s original architect. It’s a beautiful space with large bay windows and a private terrace overlooking Lake Brienz. Up to 100 seated guests can enjoy a permanent art exhibit from the Bern Museum of Fine Arts while celebrating your wedding.
Salon Giron serves as a gorgeous room decorated in the historicist style with sophisticated furnishings and large windows overlooking the lake. The true centerpiece of the space is the enormous famed painting “Schwingfest in den Alpen) by Charles Giron. Moreover, this is a great space for intimate weddings of up to 16 seated guests.
Regardless of the season, Grandhotel Giessbach’s surrounding property is some of the most beautiful in the area. In the winter, we can use snow-capped trees and pristine snow banks as magical backdrops.
In the summer, flourishing greenery and the sparkling blue lake are breathtaking photo settings. Indoors, the historic architecture and interior design are perfect for formal and cozy portraits. You can capture the true charm and elegance of a luxury Swiss resort.
Furthermore, people know Grandhotel Giessbach for its famed Swiss hospitality. Their events team is skilled at crafting spectacular and memorable celebrations, and they’ll make sure your wedding is truly unforgettable. Reach out to their events team for more details about their wedding packages, exceptional catering, and other amenities.
Design An Elegant Wedding Like No Other At Grandhotel Giessbach
Grandhotel Giessbach’s legacy of excellence lies in every detail of the exquisite hotel, and should you choose to host your wedding here, your celebration will be a true reflection of its elegance. I would love to photograph your wedding at this gorgeous venue, crafting an album of pictures you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives. Let’s connect to chat about how we’ll make it happen!
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