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The Grand Hotel Riffelalp celebrated its grand opening for summer tourism on 10th July 1884 and quickly became a playground for Europe’s high society. Today, Riffelalp Resort continues that great tradition with all the comforts of a modern ***** hotel.

1st September 1856

First Riffelalp plot purchased by Alexander Seiler

1878 - 1884

Construction of the 150-bed Riffelalp Grand Hotel

10th July 1884

Inauguration of the Grand Hotel for summer tourism; it soon became “the playground of European high society”


Capacity of Riffelalp Grand Hotel increased to 200 beds, and several years later to 280 beds following acquisition of two annexe buildings

13th July 1899

Opening of the Riffelalp tram, the shortest and highest tramway of Europe

February 1961

Main building completely destroyed by fire

1986 - 1988

Alterations carried out to the two annexe buildings prior to the launch of 40-bed «Berghotel Riffelalp» and «Alpenresidenz Augstkumme» with holiday apartments

1988 - 1998

Riffelalp again opens to visitors

1998 - 2000

New construction and alteration scheme for the present «Riffelalp Resort 2222 m», offering all the services and amenities of a modern five-star hotel. Restoration of the tramway (highest in Europe) linking «Riffelalp Resort 2222 m» to the local station (in summer only)


Enlargement of the wellness area annexe of the suite building


Opening of the Ristorante «Al Bosco»


General renovation of the whole hotel
Building of Deluxe ski room

Autumn 2017

Renovation of the Restaurant Alexandre, Banquet room, Bar and the Smoker's Lounge