History

Romantik Hotel Stern is at the heart of the rich history and culture of Chur. Its unparalleled historic background dates back to the engravings of Johannes Stumpf. One of his works from 1548 displays a large building close to the lovely Regula Church, and tradition has it that the walls of that church in the heart of Chur might be the foundations of the present Romantik Hotel Stern.

The first written record is a statement from 1677 of the existence of an inn named Stern. By that time Chur was an important meeting point for merchants and travelers along the trade routes of Switzerland. Whether they arrived by way of one of the many mountain passes or from Lake Bodensee, they would meet in Chur, known as a hub for the flourishing traffic of goods between the north and the south in Medieval times. In Chur they found lodging for themselves and their horses at the mews of the Stern.

The Stern changed hands often through the years. The City of Chur even owned it for a number of years. But it seems that the constant change of ownership did its reputation no harm. A well-known Town Registrar categorized the Stern among the five most distinguished inns of the nineteen century.


The Stern was a place where celebrities and business or leisure travelers alike always felt at home. James Fenimore Cooper, the author of “Leatherstockings,” was one of many celebrities who stayed at the Stern. He was there in 1828 while travelling through the Grisons. And Viktor von Scheffel, the author of “Trompeter von Säckingen” and “Ekkehard,” stopped by in August 1884. In 1948, Bertolt Brecht paid a five-week visit, accompanied by actress Helene Weigel and theatre director Caspar Neher. This is where they prepared their celebrated version of “Antigone,” and its first performance was in Chur. In more recent days, the hotel has had the pleasure of hosting actors of the status of Maria Becker, Horst Tappert, Christian Kohlund, Walter Roderer and Ruth Jecklin, Anne Marie Blanc, Ursula Monn, and many more.

 

 


 

  Ever since it first opened its doors, the Stern had been managed and operated by its owners. A family by the name of Taverna purchased the hotel and managed the property for over three generations: from 1882 to 1969. On May 1st of 1969 Emil Pfister and his wife Dolores took over, and brought new life into the long-established hotel. The hotel was sold to the Brunner family on May 1st of 1991, and Walter Brunner worked with tireless passion and relentless dedication for "his” Stern, leaving no stone unturned. However, in 1997 a fateful terminal illness forced Walter Brunner to hand over the management of the hotel to a managing director.

 

 

 

A fresh breeze has been sweeping the Stern since January 1st, 2006, when Adrian K. Müller purchased the hotel, together with Beat P. and Marie-Christine Zeller. He committed himself to reviving the Stern and restoring it to its splendor of old. The new patron had learned the ropes of the hotel trade right there in the Stern during his apprenticeship with Milo and Dolores Pfister. After a challenging and successful career in Asia, Adrian K. Müller returned to his roots along with his family to devote himself to this jewel in the heart of his native Chur.

The „Stern“ The Romance
Hotel Stern has been a member of the Romantik Hotels and Restaurant Group ever since it was founded in 1974. Romantik Hotels are a unique chain of properties in Central Europe, managed to highest standards in a traditional way by the owners themselves. Amongst other stringent membership criteria are an outstanding cuisine offering international as well as local specialties.

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Partnership with Swiss Historic Hotels
Swiss Historic Hotel was founded in 2004 and is a marketing cooperation of over 40 hotels and guesthouses from as early as 1388 till 1908. These are lodges with histoic substance offering you a unique experience. The Romantik Hotel Stern which was built in 1677 is a member since 2006 .

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