Shaped by the origin – inspired by the future – animated by the moment
Already in the 18th century guests were welcomed at the Bären in Gonten, in the middle of the Appenzellerland. More than 250 years later, tradition and modernity merge into an exciting dialogue. Centuries-old knitted walls and rustic belt floors bear witness to the eventful history of the house. In the past, the Bären had a speciality shop, a post office, an embroidery room and a bakery. This interesting past life makes the hotel so unique and should not be forgotten in the 21st century.
In our stylishly furnished, historical hotel you will find an inimitable ambience with pleasant Appenzell cosiness. The stylish Appenzeller chic runs like a red thread through all the restaurants, from the reception to our rooms.
Whichever room you choose – during your stay with us we will spoil you with a lot of Appenzeller cordiality and of course with local, but also international delicacies from our kitchen.
Sleep like at home!
Our newly designed boutique rooms are equipped with high-quality box spring beds and all modern comforts. The cosy Appenzeller chic runs like a red thread through all the restaurants, from the reception to our rooms. The eight double and two suites in the main building, as well as the three double rooms in our dependency, reflect the well-tended Appenzeller with loving details. All rooms are equipped with flat TV, radio, hairdryer, shower/WC and have free WLAN access. As hiking is a high priority in our region, there is also a comfortable bear backpack for free use in every room.
In the Bären you sleep in high-quality Boxspring beds and enjoy the contemporary comfort with special regional charm.
But allergy sufferers have nothing to fear, because the hay is hidden behind glass and ornaments, which are typical for the Appenzellerland. The homely scent of oak wood and hay makes you forget the hustle and bustle, noise and everyday life. A feeling of inner peace sets in.
For all your culinary needs, we welcome you to the Hotel Bären. The guesthouse has its own parking area.
Care for a stroll into the Bären cave? Guarded by centuries-old vaults, a rare treasure of noble drops from all over Europe rests in the Wiichölle. Savour an aperitif in atmospheric ambience. Discover your favourite bottle and have it served to you in one of our restaurants.
BURNING FOR WHISKY
Crackling flames, cigar smoke, amber in the glass and visionary thoughts in the mind: In the Schmitte (smithy) fresh ideas are born, old friendships are cultivated, and new ones made.
These cosy hours are accompanied by the house-made Whisky edition and an aromatic cigar from our exclusively equipped humidor.
Or perhaps a Bären cigar?
The creations served in our Bärenstobe are the best of the specialities. Enjoy the refined multi-course menu or create your own à la carte courses according to your own gusto and with surprisingly egschterig (special, unique) dishes from the Bären cuisine.
Our experienced chef Rolf Grob interprets the gourmet cuisine the delicious Appenzell way! Allow yourself to fall under its spell…
An enticing 3-course menu with Appenzell signature awaits you in the tavern every noon.Would you like to unwind in the afternoon? Then curl up with coffee and cake at the fireplace. Close the day pleasurably with a delicate digestive schnapps, an “Abihäbeli”, rounded off with a savoury or sweet bedtime snack.
Carlo Bet & Jürgen Schmid
At the Bären it is easy to become fully absorbed in one’s plans. Pioneers find new farsightedness and best conditions for right decisions. During inspired discussions and reflections, you refocus on the truly important things and attain new perceptions.
And because a delicious meal is balm for the spirit, gourmets and wine connoisseurs relish culinary masterpieces in a perfect mix of Appenzell hospitality and modern lifestyle.
We look forward to your questions and would very much like to tie up your individual seminar package.