The Saint Bernard dog is a special symbol of Switzerland. Everyone knows that the large and good-natured Barry saved the lives of lost mountaineers. The four-legged hero has always been bred at the Alpine Pass of Great Saint Bernhard.
Since the 1970s old farmhouses, stables, bakehouses or barns are no longer demolished when they are due to be replaced by modern buildings. Instead, the buildings are dismantled stone by stone, and rebuilt in the Ballenberg Open Air Museum.
A narrow gorge, only penetrated by a few rays of sunshine at mid-day, a grotto where health seekers bathed, and arguably the most famous natural scientist as first spa physician - this is Bad Pfäfers. Today the Tamina Gorge (approx. 15 minutes from Bad Ragaz) is accessible in a more comfortable way than in the ancient past.
Opened in 1896 by the Badrutt family and still owned by them, this hotel has a legendary reputation. 157 guest rooms including 38 suites enjoy views of the Alps. Delicious meals are served in "Le Restaurant" (15 Gault Millau points), the grand dame of the 7 first-class restaurants. Completely renovated beauty and wellness centre, exclusive shopping gallery, kids club and recreational services for teenagers.