Historic hotel of the year 2004 This impressive palace hotel was built between 1873 and 1875 from plans by the Bernese architect Horace Edouard Davinet. Its current appearance dates back to renovations done after a big fire in 1883. The hotel was a flourishing wellness resort up to WWI. Thereafter it started a long decline, until it finally faced demolition. In 1983, the Franz Weber foundation bought the hotel and through a series of renovations that lasted until 1988, expertly restored it to its former lustre. The location of the hotel is absolutely unique, both for its setting against the background of a waterfall, the mountains and the lake, and for its structural integration into its environment, with its private boat landing stage and a funicular railway. The original structure has been lavishly restored, with vividly reproduced historic facades and generous public rooms with new baroque interiors. Furniture that was made available through donations completes the success of the renovations. Thanks to marketing efforts underlining the monumental quality of this estate which has been saved in such an exemplary fashion, the Giessbach Hotel has become an object of reference for issues regarding the historic hotels of Switzerland.