Your Alpine Escape

Your Alpine Escape

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Nestled within the Swiss Alps lies a hidden gem that beckons travelers looking to unplug. Vals, a tranquil village known for its slow-paced lifestyle and natural beauty, offers a respite from the bustle of city life. With its population of just around 1,000 people and an equal number of daily visitors and sheep, Vals is the embodiment of authentic alpine living at an altitude of 1,250 meters. It’s a place where time slows, and nature takes the spotlight.

The founders of Brücke 49 are Swiss-native Ruth Kramer and the late Thomas Schacht. The two have always been a force in the creative community with Schacht working in advertising and Kramer in design. Their artistic influences can be felt in every corner of Brücke 49. Kramer is drawn to the authentic, the exquisitely crafted and the handmade wonders. Her experiences,

punctuated by her background in fashion from Denmark, have translated into Brücke 49’s unique style where Swiss heritage and Scandinavian elegance harmoniously blend together. From the charming crockery and selection of furniture to the sumptuous linens, every detail is a testament to the finesse that comes from the marriage of two rich design traditions.

Three restored heritage houses make up Brücke 49: Pension (House) with four thoughtfully designed bedroom suites in various sizes; Herberge (Apartments) offering a contemporary retreat in three family-style apartments; and guest favorite, Butik (Shop), which stocks clothes, textiles, books and ceramics, all selected by Kramer and her team.

As you can probably already tell, Brücke 49’s ethos embraces forward-thinking hospitality to make guests feel like they are at a home away from home. The hotel is a space where visitors can muse, rest and form lasting connections in the midst of a creatively nurturing environment. A great example of this is at breakfast. Brücke 49 may not have an on-site restaurant, but the hotel makes up for it with an unforgettable dining experience in the morning, where guests are spoiled by a delectable spread of home cooking made from locally sourced ingredients.

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While the interior and hospitality of Brücke 49 are enough to draw guests in from near and far, the backdrop of Vals is not to be forgotten. The Swiss Alpine town offers a myriad of outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy. In the summer, enjoy hiking trails through the picturesque landscape. In the winter, nearby ski resorts are crowded with ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Then there’s the hot natural spring that’s a must for every visitor. We cannot imagine a more idyllic town. And that’s why we find ourselves visiting Val — and staying at Brücke 49 — year after year again.

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This article appears in Winter 2023 issue of Chanintr Living Download full issue

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