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Brücke 49: A Perennial Design Favorite in Vals, Switzerland, 10 Years On

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Brücke 49: A Perennial Design Favorite in Vals, Switzerland, 10 Years On

January 11, 2023

When Margot first reported on Brücke 49—a pension in a 1902 guest house in the mountain town of Vals, Switzerland—it was way back in 2013, fully a decade ago. But it’s the kind of post that’s lasted: We’ve looked to the hotel’s interiors ever since for the epitome of alpine style. (See the original story for yourself here: A Swiss Chalet Reborn (with Rooms to Rent).)

Now, Ruth Kramer, the designer behind Brücke 49 (as well as some of our favorite design-forward retreats in Scotland) has fully renovated the pension and added a new kind of lodging to the property: The Herberge, with “semi-serviced” apartments for longer sojourns.

Join us for a look at the three Herberge flats, all “sanctuaries for design-lovers.”

brücke 49 with the original pension at left. 9
Above: Brücke 49 with the original pension at left.

The Studio

the studio, the first of the three apartments, is located on the top floor of t 10
Above: The Studio, the first of the three apartments, is located on the top floor of the Herberge.
the space is designed for one room living, with snug sitting, dining, and sleep 11
Above: The space is designed for one-room living, with snug sitting, dining, and sleeping areas all under the pitched ceiling.
the flat comes equipped with a wood stove. 12
Above: The flat comes equipped with a wood stove.
a plum painted glass door demarcates the sunny kitchen. it&#8\2\17;s fully  13
Above: A plum-painted glass door demarcates the sunny kitchen. It’s fully equipped, the hotel’s site notes, with handmade ceramics.
a twin bed is nestled into the eaves. 14
Above: A twin bed is nestled into the eaves.
the main sleeping area is on the other end of the open space. 15
Above: The main sleeping area is on the other end of the open space.
moodier paint colors help set a restful tone. 16
Above: Moodier paint colors help set a restful tone.
the flat also comes with a private stone and wood terrace. 17
Above: The flat also comes with a private stone and wood terrace.

The Stuba

the two bedroom stuba is on the first floor of the herberge. 18
Above: The two-bedroom Stuba is on the first floor of the Herberge.
a glass and timber wall divides dining area from snug (with cast iron fireplace 19
Above: A glass and timber wall divides dining area from snug (with cast-iron fireplace).
the private entrance. 20
Above: The private entrance.
the sleek kitchen is by vipp. 21
Above: The sleek kitchen is by Vipp.
each of the two bedrooms has a king sized bed. not  d? each of the apartments h 22
Above: Each of the two bedrooms has a king-sized bed. Not pictured? Each of the apartments has a washer and drier in the WC, ideal for long term guests and outdoor explorers.

The Chammera

lastly, the chammera flat, located on the second floor, with access to the gard 23
Above: Lastly, the Chammera flat, located on the second floor, with access to the garden.
there&#8\2\17;s ample reading material on hand for those who prefer staying 24
Above: There’s ample reading material on hand for those who prefer staying indoors to skiing or venturing out.
one of two bedrooms is painted a rich mocha. 25
Above: One of two bedrooms is painted a rich mocha.
the village of vals in the swiss alps is known for its spas (see the architect  26
Above: The village of Vals in the Swiss Alps is known for its spas (see the architect-designed 7132 Thermal Baths) as well as hiking and skiing. Or, Brücke 49 suggests, try taking an icy plunge in a mountain stream.

For more on the lodgings (as well as the recently revamped pension), head to Brücke 49.

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