The history of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel began in 1883 when Otto Herwig, a German from Hanau, came to Arosa to recover from a lung condition. Convinced of the therapeutic effects of Arosa’s air, he soon founded the Berghilf Sanatorium together with his sister Marie. For the 1929/1930 winter season the Berghilf Sanatorium for lung patients transformed itself into the Tschuggen Grand Hotel for winter sports enthusiasts. This metamorphosis aided in the development of tourism as a whole in Arosa. From the refuge for bronchial sufferers and those escaping the heat of the towns and cities, Arosa became the winter and summer sports paradise for which it is famous today.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel has its own mountain railway, The Tschuggen Express, that went into operation in 2009. At the touch of a button the two cabins of the Tschuggen Express take 12 hotel guests directly to the skiing and hiking area of the resort. While guests enjoy the views of snow-covered mountain tops or lush green alpine meadows in summer, the train climbs 150 metres in altitude over a stretch of 528 metres of track. The maximum gradient is 52 per cent. The Tschuggen Express covers the steep section of track with a speed of 4 m per second, allowing the journey to be completed in less than two and a half minutes.
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