Landvogthaus Historical Private Hotel
Nidfurn - Switzerland
Welcome to the only museum in Switzerland that also serves as a private residence. – An authentic stately home from the Late Middle Ages, with breathtaking panoramic views of the lowest mountain valley in Europe.
The beginnings of a traditional house
In its current form, the Landvogthaus zu Nidfurn dates back to around the year 1520, though even older rooms in the cellars and presumably a tower that existed at that time continued to be used. In the first half of the 16th century, a wealthy ancestor of the patrician Blumer family decided to build a stately residence in Nidfurn.
The expansion of the property
The house was given the form we know today by Landvogt Peter Blumer (1587-1669), in his day one of Switzerland’s most powerful and most benevolent citizens. A sheriff of the region, he had two additional stories added to the existing residence, along with richly appointed rooms as well as two halls on the top floor. Based on a symmetrical floor plan, on both sides of a broad central corridor are several magnificently furnished residential rooms with tall, richly ornamented ceilings, elaborate wall paneling, as well as Late Gothic window niches and baroque panels. In the course of later expansion, the oldest decorative elements from the Gothic period were joined by room décor from the late Renaissance and Baroque. This magnificent and, for the longest time, highest house in the Glarnerland region continued to serve as a residence for ten generations of Peter Blumer’s descendants.
A unique property, restored with attention to detail
As a consequence, the building is regarded today as one of the few examples in Switzerland of a Late Medieval stately home preserved in virtually original condition. The current owners have restored the property with painstaking care. Large sections are now open to the public as essentially a living museum, while the estate also hosts cultural events and exhibitions on a regular basis.
A quiet place to relax
The Landvogthaus features four individually and stylishly furnished guest rooms exuding four centuries of authentic charm. The small village of Nidfurn looks back on an astonishingly peaceful history spanning over 600 years. Also noteworthy: Huldrich Zwingli, a leader of the Swiss Reformation, was a good family friend of the Blumers, often spending time at their mansion in Nidfurn. The smells of ancient wood, smoked bacon from centuries past, as well as the fragrances of perfumes worn by illustrious noblemen still permeate the air.
Numerous opportunities for hiking and mountaineering tours can be found nearby: Elm, Klöntaler See, Klausen Pass; Tectonic Arena Sardona (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The famous Swiss cities of Lucerne, Zurich, St. Gallen and Chur are within an hour’s reach.