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Jungfrau Zeitung – Now the “Palace” is coming before the people

Lauterbrunnen | 5. November 2022

In order for the new construction and conversion plans of the investors for the grand hotel to be implemented, the municipal assembly on November 7 still has to give its blessing to the new building regulations. Among other things, a vote will be taken on a loan for a new pedestrian underpass for the Wengernalpbahn.

The dépendance (right) should blend in harmoniously with the surroundings.Photos: Palace avenue AG

Almost a year ago, the Palace avenir AG investor group announced its plans for the future of the former Grand Hotel Alpin Palace in the village below the Schilthorn (this newspaper reported). In addition to the conversion of the existing building, a new building with 14 spacious suites, a private spa and a daycare center is also planned.

Most of the existing rooms in the hotel building will be converted into suites. The Hotel Palace will in future offer a total of 44 suites and rooms with a total of 130 beds in the upper four-star category. “The park around the two buildings is also to be revived. Historical elements, such as the former pretzel path or the spectacular viewing terrace are being reconstructed and thus made tangible again,” can be read on the Palace’s website. The reopening is planned for 2024.

The next step will follow on November 7th

Nothing has changed in these plans to date. The next step is now pending: With the “Building Ordinance No. 52 ‘Hotel Palace Mürren’ and supplement to the building regulations, Appendix D”, the building regulations for the new building and conversion are to be created at the municipal meeting on November 7th (see box). .

This is how the Palace should present itself with the new main entrance.

This is how the Palace should present itself with the new main entrance.

As stated in the municipal council’s message to the municipal assembly, «the existing building code No. 3 was amended and an additional building code No. 52 was created. Furthermore, the newly created building regulations No. 52 ‘Hotel Palace Mürren’ had to be included in the building regulations, Appendix D.» All of the planning documents and the supplement to the building regulations were made public. No objections or legal defenses were received during the publication period.

Investor/hotelier wanted

If the deal is approved by the people, the investors want to move forward: According to the embassy, ​​the order for the planning of the conversion and expansion project, starting with the expert opinion, was given to a general planner. At the same time, an investor/hotelier for the properties of the future hotel business and the desired operational and construction concept is to be found in the next twelve months.

View of the Hotel Palace from the valley.

View of the Hotel Palace from the valley.

The schedule envisages that the renovation of the hotel building will start in the second quarter of 2023 and that the annex will be tackled at the end of 2023. The construction, estimated at CHF 25 million, should be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2024.

The rooms were renovated in December 2019. Since then, the “Palace” has been in operation as a “Pop-up & Sport Lodge Mürren” in cooperation with the sports center – “this is intended to cover the high fixed costs of the building”, according to the municipal council’s orientation.

View of Mürren with the Hotel Palace in the middle of the picture.

View of Mürren with the Hotel Palace in the middle of the picture.

New pedestrian underpass in Wengen

At the community meeting, those present will also be able to vote on a loan of CHF 450,000 for an underpass at the crossing point of the Wengernalpbahn (WAB) in Wengen. According to the message to the community meeting in the Stutz area, the WAB is planning a new crossing point and a pedestrian underpass. The pedestrian underpass replaces the previous level crossing, which can no longer be run over two tracks.

The WAB crossing point in the Stutz area in Wengen.

The WAB crossing point in the Stutz area in Wengen.Photos: zvg

Visualization of the personnel underpass in the «Stutz».

Visualization of the personnel underpass in the «Stutz».

The realization should take place in the years 2023/24. A planning approval procedure (PGV) is carried out to approve the project. This means that the WAB will have the pedestrian underpass approved together with the crossing point project. The community has agreed the design of the pedestrian underpass with the WAB.

The measures of the general drainage plan (GEP) were also coordinated and the allocation of costs to the WAB or the municipality was determined. The municipality must therefore assume 25 percent or CHF 200,000 of the total costs of the underpass and the GEP costs of CHF 250,000.

Information about the community meeting on November 7th

Ort: Hohsteg community hall, Lauterbrunnen school building

Beginning of the meeting: 8 p.m

The tractate:

1. Resolution on building regulations No. 52 “Hotel Palace Mürren” and supplement to the building regulations, Appendix D

2. Changes in the regulations for the day-care center, Kita

3. Replacement municipal vehicle Muli, Wengen, credit approval

4. Creation of a pedestrian underpass at the crossing point of the WAB (Wengen) with GEP measures, credit approval

5. New construction of rainwater drainage pipes perimeter Riiti, Stechelberg, credit approval

6. Loan settlement Replacement of the combined heat and power plant in the ARA Lauterbrunnen

7. Miscellaneous

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