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Packed with personalities – our team

There are many aspects to true luxury. It’s expressed in an atmosphere of instant well being, the time that our attentive service dedicates to each guest. And the incomparable feeling of being able to arrive, relax and unwind. Our staff is a team of thoroughly exceptional professionals who have dedicated themselves to the sole luxury of hospitality. Why not take some time to get to know the people whose passion it is to make the Widder Hotel your home from home. Stay unique.

Get personal insider tips from our team and answers on the question “what does the Widder means to you?”.

Your hosts

Jan Brucker

Jan E. Brucker

General Manager

Jan E. Brucker


General Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: October 2001


What the Widder means to me:
It’s hard to describe precisely what I think makes the Widder Hotel so singular. Maybe it’s the perfect symbiosis of the historical and the modern that makes the 700 years of history so tangible – the hotel ensemble itself is a complete work of art. Magnificent survivals from the Middle Ages, such as the library, the Pfyfebödeli and the Tatzfuss Stube, give our establishment its uniqueness and distinctive charm.


Place to be in Zurich:
Those looking for a heavenly quiet and shady place in summer, with a wonderful view, will find it here in the old town: Lindenhof square, considered the original site of Zürich, is a green oasis that can be reached only on foot through winding alleys. It’s the highest point in the area, so the view over the banks of the Limmat is superb.


E-Mail: management@widderhotel.com



Regula Brucker

Regula Brucker

Manager

Regula Brucker


Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: October 2001


What the Widder means to me: What is typically Widder?
Definitely the little hand-painted cat on the front of the building! There’s a nice story about it: Our architect Tilla Theus says the cat was the guardian spirit of the construction site. The picture was put high up on the wall, without her knowledge, by the painters and decorators before the scaffolding came down.


Place to be in Zurich: On top of the tower of the Grossmünster
Then only a few steps from the hotel is the Grossmünster, a real Zurich icon. I always recommend that our guests go up the Karlsturm if they can: the climb up the 187 steps to the viewing platform is rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view over the town and lake.”


E-Mail: management@widderhotel.com



Team

David Raggl

David Raggl

Banquet & Conference Coordinator

David Raggl


Banquet & Conference Coordinator


With the Widder Hotel since: August 2014


What the Widder means to me:
Our Widder garden is an island in the heart of the old town! An intimate, secret oasis in the urban bustle.


Place to be in Zurich:
Not many people realise that Zurich is actually an unbeatable place for swimming. With 26 swimming venues, including 18 by the lake or river, our city has the highest density of public bathing facilities anywhere. I’d recommend that all our guests visit the Unterer Letten river pool; it’s a relaxed place to enjoy the sunset and bathe in the fast-flowing current of the Limmat.


E-Mail: events@widderhotel.com



Rene Bruggraber

Rene Bruggraber

Director of Marketing

Rene Bruggraber


Director of Marketing


With the Widder Hotel since: May 2013


What the Widder means to me:
What makes the Widder so special? There are so many reasons, but I’d single out the attention to detail in our interior design; for example, the exclusive bed covers in our rooms and suites. They are modern yet timeless, and the colours are just stunning.


Place to be in Zurich:
Josefstrasse is definitely one of the nicest shopping streets in the Züri-West district. There is just so much variety: original little boutiques with eye-catching products, from fashion and accessories to galleries and music shops. It’s a great place to stroll and look around.


E-Mail: dom@widderhotel.com



Susanne Stroemvall

Susanne Strömvall

Personal Assistant to the General Manager

Susanne Strömvall


Personal Assistant to the General Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: November 2000


What the Widder means to me:
What I find fantastic about our Widder Bar is not only its highly lavish selection, but also how well it combines its historic heritage with contemporary art. A particularly eye-catching feature is the one wall completely clad in the striking blue of lapis lazuli; it give the bar a very particular spatial effect that is highly addictive!


Place to be in Zurich:
The Käferberg is one of Zurich’s local elevations. As well as marvellous paths for walking and hiking, it has great panoramic views and a nice restaurant to unwind in.


E-Mail: management@widderhotel.com



Corina Söhner

Corina Söhner

Director of Sales

Corina Söhner


Director of Sales


With the Widder Hotel since: January 2004


What the Widder means to me:
Table number one in the Widder Bar is a sensational place to sit. You can see it all: on one side the Widdergasse, on the other our top-class bartenders and their Library of Spirits.


Place to be in Zurich:
St. Peter is the oldest parish church in Zürich with the biggest clockface in Europe at 8.7 metres across; sitting there under the tree at quarter to seven on a Saturday, when all the church bells peal together, is the quintessential Zurich experience.


E-Mail: dos@widderhotel.com



Tina Wiemes

Tina Wiemes

Front Office Manager

Tina Wiemes


Front Office Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: May 2013


What the Widder means to me:
Each of our 49 rooms features an entirely individual layout and furnishings, so it’s hard to pick out the best. But my personal favourite has to be room 307: a cosy four-poster, pastel green Eames chairs and a balcony overlooking Rennweg – a homely and delightful place to stay.


Place to be in Zurich:
The Henrici is the place for exceptional coffee. A welcoming café with a very nice terrace in lively Niederdorf, the menu offers any number of speciality coffees, with more than 30 hot and cold options to choose from. An insider tip: it holds great concerts there on Tuesday evenings.


E-Mail: fom@widderhotel.com



Tim Götz

Banquet & Conference Coordinator

Tim Götz


Banquet & Conference Coordinator


With the Widder Hotel since: April 2016


What the Widder means to me:


Place to be in Zurich:


E-Mail: events@widderhotel.com



Naser Durguti

Naser Durguti

Information Communication Technology Manager

Naser Durguti


Information Communication Technology Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: December 1996


What the Widder means to me:
It has to be room A15, which has old frescos on the walls that date from the 17th century and just look amazing.


Place to be in Zurich:
I’m also very fond of the Prime Tower: at 126 m high, it’s the tallest building in Switzerland. It stands on the site of a former cogwheel factory in Zurich-West and offers what has to be the most spectacular panorama. There’s a bistro and restaurant on the upper floors with breathtaking views of Zurich, the lake and the mountains.


E-Mail: ictmanager@widderhotel.com



Angela Fahs

Angela Fahs

Restaurant Manager "AuGust"

Angela Fahs


Restaurant Manager "AuGust"


With the Widder Hotel since: November 2014


What the Widder means to me:
I see the Widder Hotel as a masterpiece of architecture. I find its unique atmosphere, which permeates every part of the house, just fascinating and I'm proud to be a part of it.


Place to be in Zurich:
Zürich-West is the hip and happening part of Zurich, and definitely worth a visit. What used to be an industrial district now has a very special charm of its own, and where ships were once built the focus is now on art, design, great food, dance, culture, shopping and architecture.


E-Mail: info@au-gust.ch



Matthias Fischer

Matthias Fischer

Chief Financial Controller

Matthias Fischer


Chief Financial Controller


With the Widder Hotel since: February 2012


What the Widder means to me:
What do I think represents the essence of the Widder Hotel? No question: the wonderful Erzberg Stube. With its Gothic-style original plasterwork, historic beams and modern mural by Matias Spescha, it’s a real gem.


Place to be in Zurich:
The new city hub under the 36 arches of the old railway viaduct is a must-see. The viaduct is now a 500 metre-long mix of ateliers, galleries, restaurants and an indoor market. A great place for a stroll and a shopper’s paradise.


E-Mail: chefbuchhalter@widderhotel.com



Philipp Schüll

Philipp Schüll

Banquet Manager

Philipp Schüll


Banquet Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: May 2014


What the Widder means to me:
The Loos Stube is my absolute favourite place, a real gem. It’s made even more special with original furniture and lamps by Art Nouveau architect Adolf Loos, from the Palais Schwarzenberg. This cosy chamber hosts some discreet, inconspicuous but momentous meetings.


Place to be in Zurich:
Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and the Confiserie Sprüngli on Paradeplatz, opened in 1836 and the oldest chocolate shop in Zurich, stocks an unbelievable range of local treats. You have to try the Luxemburgerli macaroons, a Sprüngli speciality flavoured with champagne, lemon, mocha, caramel, vanilla and, of course, chocolate.


E-Mail: home@widderhotel.com



Till Bächtold

Till E. Bächtold

Food & Beverage Manager

Till E. Bächtold


Food & Beverage Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: March 2010


What the Widder means to me:
If I had to name something that is an essential element of the Widder, it would have to be our wine cellar – a magical place that hoards our fine wines and rare spirits


Place to be in Zurich:
An exceptional sporting experience and social event in one is the horse racing at the Parkrennbahn in Dielsdorf. It’s a combination of excitement with a certain lifestyle, and merges sport with fabulous aesthetics.


E-Mail: fbmanager@widderhotel.com



Tino Staub

Tino Staub

Executive Chef “À-la-Carte“

Tino Staub


Executive Chef “À-la-Carte“


With the Widder Hotel since: January 2013


What the Widder means to me:
The AuGust is unmissable, whether you’re staying in the hotel or not. Not only is it the only restaurant on the historic Rennweg, it is undoubtedly the best address for lovers of real Swiss cooking.


Place to be in Zurich:
A don’t-miss for foodies is the Drei Stuben restaurant. In spite of its central location, this neighbourhood meeting spot transports you into the countryside with its romantic, rustic atmosphere. The food is excellent and can be enjoyed in the three cosy dining rooms or the idyllic summer garden.


E-Mail: kuechenchef@widderhotel.com



Alexandra Sennhauser

Alexandra Sennhauser

Banquet & Conference Coordinator / Sales Agent

Alexandra Sennhauser


Banquet & Conference Coordinator / Sales Agent


With the Widder Hotel since: October 2014


What the Widder means to me:
The Widder Saal has to be the heart of the hotel. It is amazingly versatile and can be lit to give it a customised ambience that suits any and every occasion.


Place to be in Zurich:
The Idaplatz at the heart of the Wiedikon district is an oasis of tranquillity for all ages. In summer, the little restaurants and cafés that line the ‘piazza’ create a truly convivial Mediterranean ambiance.


E-Mail: events@widderhotel.com



Carina Hodel

Carina Hodel

Human Resources Manager

Carina Hodel


Human Resources Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: January 2011


What the Widder means to me:
Our penthouse patio is the best ‘room with a view’ over the Zurich skyline – it offers a very special perspective of the historic old town.


Place to be in Zurich:
If you’re looking for a place where time seems to have stood still, I’d point you to the historic Schipfe district under the Lindenhof, an idyllic area that is one of the city’s oldest permanently settled neighbourhoods.


E-Mail: administration@widderhotel.com



Dirk Hany

Dirk Hany

Bar Manager

Dirk Hany


Bar Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: December 2013


What the Widder means to me:
In my opinion, what really sets the Widder apart is, of course, the bar with its Library of Spirits. You won’t find anything like this anywhere else – this bar is my playground, my vocation and my passion.


Place to be in Zurich:
A ‘must’ for every local, and visitors too, is the ever popular Pumpstation restaurant. It’s right on the banks of Lake Zurich and serves up great food, particularly the barbecues. I’d recommend a Bratwurst sausage with potato salad.


E-Mail: home@widderhotel.com



Andreas Fassbender

Reservations Manager

Andreas Fassbender


Reservations Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: July 2015


What the Widder means to me:
I find it fascinating how our rooms still display traces of their 700 years of history, and room 509 is a work of art in itself, stretching over two floors and combining architectural elements with the very best of modernity.


Place to be in Zurich:
The Loorenkopfturm up on the Adlisberg is less busy than the vantage point at the top of the Uetliberg. Unspoilt nature is a short stroll away and the view to the Alps – and when the Föhn is blowing, as far as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – is fantastic.


E-Mail: reservations@widderhotel.com



Marc Winhofer

Marc Winhofer

Executive Housekeeper / Creative Director

Marc Winhofer


Executive Housekeeper / Creative Director


With the Widder Hotel since: November 2012


What the Widder means to me:


Place to be in Zurich:
Rieterpark in Enge is always worth a visit. It’s Zurich’s largest landscaped park, 70,000m2 of space where the spirit of the 19th century is still felt. Some of the park’s beech trees were planted when the park was first laid out, making them more than 150 years old. The park also gives beautiful views of Lake Zurich.


E-Mail: executivehousekeeper@widderhotel.com



David Vaglpohl

David Vagelpohl

Restaurant Manager

David Vagelpohl


Restaurant Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: March 2015


What the Widder means to me:
I can get very enthusiastic talking about the Widder Bar’s summer lounge. There aren’t many places where guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends, but here it happens all the time.


Place to be in Zurich:
The Urania observatory brings you closer to heaven. Watch the stars and planets through the refracting telescope high up in the 48 m domed tower. In the same building, the Jules Verne bar offers refreshing drinks and a glorious 360-degree panoramic view.


E-Mail: home@widderhotel.com



Sonja Schrepfer

Sonja Schrepfer

Restaurant Manager "Wirtschaft Zur Schtund"

Sonja Schrepfer


Restaurant Manager "Wirtschaft Zur Schtund"


With the Widder Hotel since: November 2008


What the Widder means to me:
Our zur Schtund tavern is typical of the Widder and no less characteristic of Zurich – I simply love working here with our amazing team.


Place to be in Zurich:
Münzplatz, just off Bahnhofstrasse, is a well-loved spot – and with good reason. With its picturesque fountains and the appealing contours of the Augustinerkirche, Münzplatz is a great place for a lunch-break in the sun, where you’re sure to meet a friendly face to swap the time of day.


E-Mail: home@widderhotel.com



Hansueli Schwarz

Hansueli Schwarz

Head Concierge

Hansueli Schwarz


Head Concierge


With the Widder Hotel since: January 1995


What the Widder means to me:
My favourite place in the Widder Hotel is the desk in our reception area – my own place of work. Every day is like a fascinating film: our guests play the main roles and we’re the character actors catering to their needs.


Place to be in Zurich:
The lively Niederdorf area is a must-see. I always recommend that our guests take a stroll through its narrow alleys crammed with inviting bars, restaurants and tempting little shops. Hirschenplatz in the centre of the district is car-free and vibrant with buskers and entertainers.


E-Mail: concierge@widderhotel.com



Berkan Caglar

Berkan Caglar

Concierge

Berkan Caglar


Concierge


With the Widder Hotel since: August 2011


What the Widder means to me:
If you're looking for an oasis of calm and seclusion in the Widder Hotel, I’d recommend our library. Nestling in the historic ambiance of the Steinhaus building, it’s a marvellously relaxing little place, with bags of authentic Swiss charm.


Place to be in Zurich:
Another quiet place to relax is the Polyterrasse at ETH Zurich, our well-known university. You reach it by travelling on the picturesque old Polybahn funicular that rises to the terrace from the centre of town. Once at the top, there’s a lovely view over the old town to the Uetliberg and down the Limmat valley.


E-Mail: concierge@widderhotel.com



Niklaus Notter

Niklaus Notter

Sales Manager

Niklaus Notter


Sales Manager


With the Widder Hotel since: January 2015


What the Widder means to me:
I find that I am always struck afresh by our interior design, and the way that Tilla Theus succeeded in fusing this block of nine old houses into one harmonious whole.


Place to be in Zurich:
The lively Niederdorf area is a must-see. I always recommend that our guests take a stroll through its narrow alleys crammed with inviting bars, restaurants and tempting little shops. Hirschenplatz in the centre of the district is car-free and vibrant with buskers and entertainers.


E-Mail: sales@widderhotel.com



Kay Schultz

Kay Schultz

Executive Chef “Bankett“

Kay Schultz


Executive Chef “Bankett“


With the Widder Hotel since: August 2009


What the Widder means to me:
The Pavilion, a light and airy space on the top floor of the Steinhaus building, is one of our newer facilities. It gives on to wonderful views of the surrounding courtyard frontage, and in summer when the glass roof is open you are sitting right under the Zurich sky.


Place to be in Zurich:
Not far out of town, and a great boat trip destination, is the Au promontory, a protected nature reserve. The area has an incomparably lovely location on Lake Zurich, lots of paths to wander and even its own castle.


E-Mail: kuechenchef@widderhotel.com



Markus Friedrich

Markus Friederich

Chief Engineer / SIBE

Markus Friederich


Chief Engineer / SIBE


With the Widder Hotel since: March 2010


What the Widder means to me:
The glass dome on the main stairwell stands out among the many masterful architectural details of the Widder Hotel: it puts the crowning touch to the glass and chrome lift and the surrounding tower-like staircase. This construction allows visitors to see the stratification of the various development phases of the building in one intriguing ‘archaeological’ peregrination.


Place to be in Zurich:
My favourite restaurant in Zurich is the Maori – a popular, friendly establishment with Pacific Rim cooking and a palm tree garden.


E-Mail: cheftechnik@widderhotel.com



Chrisitan Stock

Christian Stock

Concierge

Christian Stock


Concierge


With the Widder Hotel since: January 2003


What the Widder means to me:
The lobby of the Widder Hotel makes it unique. In its welcoming atmosphere, where we first meet our guests, they know within seconds whether they will enjoy their stay. I enjoy these first moments when our guests step in and return the staff’s smiles.


Place to be in Zurich:
Whatever the season, the summit of the Uetliberg gives you a fabulous, all-round view of the city and the lake all the way to the Alps. Zurich’s very own 871 metre mountain is ideal for long walks along its network of winding paths.


E-Mail: concierge@widderhotel.com



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