Hotel Wartmann am Bahnhof

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History – From the Bahnhöfli Restaurant to a modern city hotel

The history of the house of Wartmann is one of a hospitality business whose care has been passed on from father to son for over 100 years. From its humble origins it has grown into the modern city hotel it is now – an achievement of which today's fourth generation is very proud.

1st generation

1. Generation1. Generation1. Generation

1894

Emil Wartmann buys the property at Paulstrasse 2 and sets up the Bahnhöfli Restaurant.

1900

A Munich-style beer hall is opened on Paulstrasse.

1910

The factory building next door is torn down, making space for building a new beer hall (today's Theatersaal).

2nd generation

2. Generation

1911

Eugen Wartmann represents the 2nd generation entering the business.

1927

The pub is renamed Wartmann Restaurant and the great Theatersaal with its stage is added to it.

1930–1945

Despite rather difficult times, optimism remains intact and the business is continuously expanded and developed further.

1946

The restaurant is extended and two garden terraces are added.

3rd generation

3. Generation

1957

Werner and Madeleine Wartmann-Lieb take charge in the 3rd generation.

1966

The property at Rudolfstrasse 13 is bought and then converted into a hotel with 22 beds.

1967

The legendary Kutscher Bar is opened.

1971

Purchase of the property at Rudolfstrasse 15; the Wartmann Hotel with 50 bedrooms and 70 beds is built.

1976–1979

The Wartmann Restaurant is renovated and refurbished; it now consists of the Grill Stube (barbecue restaurant), the Wy Chäller (wine cellar), the Gartensaal (garden hall) and the Theatersaal (theatre hall).

1986

With Rolf Wartmann, the 4th generation enters the business.

1989

Refurbishment of the reception area; the Kutscher Bar is turned into the Spiegel Bar.

1990

The Wartmann Hotel is newly built; it now has 72 bedrooms and 120 beds and boasts the vegetarian restaurant Zur Waage, the Grill Restaurant, a bar and seven halls.

1991

Opening of the modern ***city hotel offering 4-star comfort. The new rooms have 4-star standard, the older rooms have been renovated.

4th generation

4. Generation

1995

Rolf Wartmann becomes the director of the Hotel Wartmann AG.

1996

The daytime restaurant and the Spiegel Bar are renovated.

1997

The vegetarian restaurant Zur Waage receives a facelift.

1998–1999

32 older bedrooms are modernised and thus made brighter and more welcoming.

2000

The Grill Restaurant is redesigned.

2001

The Garden Restaurant on Rudolfstrasse is renewed.

2002

The Wartmann family actively participates in the planning of the project "Haus des Lebens ("House of Life") that is to be brought to life on the plot of land at Paulstrasse 2 at the corner of Rudolfstrasse.

2004

The Hotel Wartmann AG parts with the property at Paulstrasse 2 at the corner of Rudolfstrasse with the Grill Restaurant and the Theatersaal. The remaining buildings are converted; the vegetarian restaurant Zur Waage is newly opened as Gleis 11 Restaurant and now boasts a bar.

30 September 2005

Rolf Wartmann buys the Hotel Wartmann AG from his father, Werner Wartmann.

2007

In summer, the 32 Standard bedrooms are modernised and equipped with soundproof windows and all stairs and corridors are renovated.

2008

The courtyard is redesigned.

2011

In January, the 40 Superior bedrooms are remade and renovated. The Argentina Steakhouse is opened in the locality of the Gleis 11 Restaurant.

2014

After a comprehensive façade restoration and redesign and a full renovation of all rooms, the Wartmann Hotel opens its doors again as member of the Best Western Group under the name of Hotel Wartmann am Bahnhof at the end of June.