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Felsentor around 1880

Taken from the Public Records Office in Lucerne/Switzerland
Postcard from around 1900

"Hotel & Guesthouse Felsentor along the Rigi path from Weggis to Kaltbad. The building was built in 1869 for an amount of nearly 50.000 Swiss Francs based on the construction plans by Architect Suter. The building material came  by foot."

History of Felsentor

Prior to the construction of the Vitznau-Rigi cogwheel train the trail coming from Weggis passing by the Heiligkreuz Chapel and going to Kaltbad was one of the most used foot and bridle paths.

At the `Hochstein`(Felsentor) a tavern developed to cater for the carriers, guides and tourists and a watering hole for the horses and mules.

In 1869 the newly built Hotel Felsentor was inaugurated, equipped with 30 beds, dining room and a beauty parlor, a 1st and 2nd class coffee bar, annex with clerk rooms, horse stables.

In 1929 the Hotel had been sold, in the 40s and 50s it was used as a children`s home. Then it was closed/abandoned until 1966.

In 1966 Claudine and Josef Hofmann-Siegrist purchased Felsentor.

Since 1983 Felsentor has been open at certain times as a mountain inn:

From Juli to September on weekends and public holidays.

In 1999 the Felsentor Foundation was established and the property was purchased from Claudine and Josef Hofmann-Siegrist.

The complete redevelopment of the building laid the foundation for the current retreat center.

To follow the tradition the garden tavern has stayed open for guests and hikers.

Book recommendations about the Rigi

These three newly published books (2013) have been nicely illustrated and contain more or less known information – also about Felsentor:

Die Rigi
Pictures and stories
Ruth Reinecke-Dahinden/Sutton Verlag (publishing house) 

Rigi – more than a mountain
Adi Kälin/ Verlag hier + jetzt

175 years Rigi Kulm Hotel
Felix Weber / Schwyzer Zeitung AG Schwyz

Unfortunately, it is unknown to the translator if these books can also be purchased in English. (as of June 2016)