Our story has been written by one family, true pioneers of innovation and luxury. Since 1896, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel remains one of the world’s most legendary hotels – and continuously operated by the Badrutt family.
The hotel opened in 1896 by Caspar Badrutt, with a chateau theme reflecting the romantic era of the “Grand European Tour”. Caspar was the second son of Johannes Badrutt, who himself founded winter tourism in St. Moritz as the result of a bet. Like his father, Caspar had a strong sense of family and invited his son Hans back to St. Moritz and the hotel in 1898; at the time, Hans was traveling abroad to gain hotel experience. Hans took over management of the hotel in 1904.
Inheriting the Badrutt pioneering spirit, Hans was courageous. On his travels, he took the Palace name with him far beyond the borders of Europe, establishing the foundations for its fashionable reputation all over the world. When Hans died in 1953, his wife Helen and eldest son Andrea took over the reins. Helen introduced the “Palace Balls” while Andrea welcomed the American jet set with open arms. The hotel’s international reputation soared.
In the following years, brothers Andrea and Hansjürg ran the hotel successfully side by side. When Andrea died in 1998, Hansjürg continued, with the support of his wife Anikò.
In 2004, Hansjürg appointed Swiss hotelier Hans Wiedemann as director of the Palace. Hansjürg passed away in 2016. Hans Wiedemann remained at the helm until 2018. Since his retirement, he continues to serve on the board of the hotel.