Huus Bären Historic 3

From wayside tavern to the Appenzeller Huus

The Bären is the oldest building in Gonten. What started as a wayside tavern will become a place of rest for body and soul and a pioneer for gentle tourism in Appenzellerland once completed in 2025.

  • 1602

    Huus Baeren Historic

    Construction of the main building

    A dendrochronological report dates the construction of the main building of the Bear to 1602.

  • 1751

    A wayside tavern

    The first documents confirm that there was a wayside tavern in the centre of the settlement, where the present-day Bären is located.

  • 1751

    The first innkeeper in Gonten

    Konrad Hersche is the first landlord of the Bären and also the first landlord in Gonten.

  • 1962/63

    Huus Bären Historic 2

    A hotel is founded

    Structural expansion: the impressive inn becomes a real hotel.

  • 2015

    Appenzeller Huus Portrait Sales Appenzeller Huus HR 8 Jan Schoch

    New owner

    Takeover of the Hotel Bären from the Dörig community of heirs: For Jan U. Schoch, the Hotel Bären is a matter of the heart. His parents were married in this historic house, and with the takeover he is saving the Bären from closure.

  • 2015

    Appenzeller Huus Hotelbärengonten Fassade Retoguntli

    Extensive renovation

    The Bären shines in contemporary splendour as a 3-star superior boutique hotel. The lower floor is converted into a 'tavern'.

  • 2020

    Appenzeller Huus Hotelbärengonten Room Dzoriginell26 Retoguntli (4)

    More rooms, seminar rooms, spa

    Expansion of the traditional house with 12 junior suites and rooms, a spa area and new seminar rooms.

  • 2021

    Huus Loewen Historic

    Expansion with the Löwen

    Jan U. Schoch buys the Hotel Löwen, which is located opposite the Hotel Bären, as well as another property behind the Hotel Bären.

  • 2022

    Appenzeller Huus 20211207 BAEREN GONTEN Johannes Sommer Gastgeber 410 Copy

    New host and operational manager

    In January 2022, Johannes Sommer, a native of the Black Forest, will take on his role as host and operations manager to complement his role as head of accommodation.

  • 2023

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    The Appenzeller Huus

    The merger of the Huus Bären and Huus Löwen hotels and, in 2025, the 5-star wellness hotel Huus Quell and the areas and properties behind the Huus Bären will create the Appenzeller Huus as an umbrella brand.

  • Outlook through 2025

    Appenzeller Huus Rendering

    Outlook through 2025

    Early 2025: Opening of the 5-star wellness hotel Huus Quell and completion of the holiday, condominium and serviced flats.