A House with History
Eigenthal’s Hotel Hammer can look back on a 115 year old history. It was built in 1903 by Hotel Director Juliana Hammer’s grandfather Anton Hammer. Legend has it that the village’s fountain master gratefully found shelter in this place during a storm and therefore decided to construct a hotel in this exact spot. Even Juliana Hammer can’t say how much of her grandfather’s story is true, but she knows for a fact that the house was the second hotel to be built in this high mountain valley at the foot of Mount Pilatus, with only the Kurhaus having opened its doors earlier than the Hammer Hotel.
“The hotel has always been well maintained”
In 1913, ten years after its opening, the Hotel Hammer was extended for the first time. In the 1950s, Juliana Hammer’s father, Toni Hammer, took over and ran the hotel with his wife until her death in 1973. Then, the hotel was rented out and even sold in 1999. After an unsuccessful attempt to transform the hotel into a catholic retreat resort in 2000, the house was vacant for the following six years. “But the hotel has always been well maintained”, Juliana Hammer assures. When she tried to buy the hotel back to no avail, Hammer thought that was the end of the story – until Zurich based Lawyer Konrad Fischer bought the hotel in 2006 and shortly after knocked on her door.
Top-notch culture program
Since then, the Hotel has been hosting tourists from all over the globe. With roughly two events per month, the cultural program also attracts new guests. Be it author Donna Leon, Thomas Hürlimann or Pedro Lenz – the hotel boasts an impressive list of famous guests. Moreover, the hotel hosts weddings, family celebrations and seminars or tired hikers that stop by at the restaurant.
(Text: Raphael Zemp, Luzerner Zeitung)