Brücke 49 in Vals, Switzerland

A contemporary guesthouse with heart and soul

A remote four room inn, nestled deep in the Swiss Alps in a valley known best for the Felsentherme baths designed by Peter Zumthor, and the ancient mountain landscape. The journey to and fro is an adventure, while the stay is pure serenity. The experience is provided by Ruth Kramer and Thomas Schacht, who offer their intelligent and sustainable concept of a modest mountain boarding house for the discerning traveler.

Brücke 49 in Vals is unlike anywhere else, and far exceeds what you’d expect from a mountain inn. When you enter the Valser valley of the Swiss canton of Grisons, and catch your first glimpse of the architecture and the facade painted in warm grey, it’s clear that this place was dreamed up by well-traveled visionaries with a penchant for design.

And so it was. When the Swiss-born Ruth Kramer and her husband Thomas Schacht, a Dane, arrived in Vals for the first time, they were on a motorcycle tour through the Alps. They had already had seen their fair share of the world thanks to their work (she was in fashion, he in marketing). They’d really only come to see the Zumthor baths. But they fell in love with the place, stayed, bought and rebuilt. No boutique hotel, no mere bed and breakfast, instead the couple had a vision of a precious guesthouse where they could care for and entertain beloved friends and guests. They rebuilt carefully and artistically upon a historic house from 1902, using fine regional materials such as Valser granite for the interior. The ornate architecture of the house was both honored and transformed by merging many small details in the bright, spacious breakfast room with a hypermodern kitchen.

Brücke 49 is located directly on the river, the Valser Rhine. At the entrance of this nested house are several wardrobes with two pairs of felt slippers awaiting their guests. There are four cozy Scandinavian-style rooms and two large bathrooms shared between all the guests. Bright and early each morning, Thomas stokes the hearths and tiled stoves with firewood, and cheerily prepares breakfast. You dine all together at the large table, enjoying home-made preserves and cereals and freshly baked bread, cheese and sausage specialties from the valley.

Oh yes: Brücke 49 doesn’t host children. “Once a year, we welcome the regulars with their children”, Ruth says with a smile. “After all, many of them were conceived here.”

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Brücke 49 is a very tasteful design outpost for pampered creatives and urban nomads in search of the simple, good life. The four rooms are perfect for a vacation with friends or family, for a quiet getaway for two, or some blissful solitude. It’s important to note that the housing style is quite communal. There are two large, bright bathrooms with high-quality Soeder soap products that you share with the other guests. The house is noisy, the atmosphere cozy and informal. The current accommodation is not designed for small children. However, there are family apartments on the way, open for reservations by late summer 2019.

Location & Booking Details


Vals is located in the canton of Grisons in the Swiss Alps.
Single room incl. breakfast from 105 Euro per person/night. Double room from 200 Euro.

Address: Brücke 49, Poststr. 49, 7132 Vals, Switzerland.
Tel. +41 (0) 81 420 4949

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Getting there


The journey by car or train is arduous, make no mistake. From Zurich to Chur by train, then change to the Rhaetian Railway heading to Illanz, and from there continue by postbus to Vals. From Zurich it takes two to three hours in total. The train ride is picturesque, especially the Rhaetian Railway leg from Chur through the Rhine Valley. On site there is a free ski bus between the village, the thermal baths and the mountain stations.