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Historical house "zum Schwarzen Adler" (to the Black Eagle)

A Family affair since 1825

Boža Leu serves breakfast and is responsible for the back office. Franz Leu manages the hotel and can be found everywhere in the hotel. His pride is the successful renovation of the Eagle Cellar and the design of the Eagle Lounge behind the hotel. Hans Leu is a master baker and confectioner. After 60 years in the bakery, Hans has gone into his well-deserved retirement in spring 2019.

The seventh generation of the Leu family is now in the starting blocks… and took the step away from confectionery in spring 2019 with the opening of the Italian restaurant Little Italy.

Picture: Matjaz Leu, Franz Leu and Boza Leu-Kralj. Missing: Clemens & Lorenz Leu



Originally called Oberegger Haus, the existing foundation walls of the Black Eagle date from before the village fire in 1560.

Karl Nikolaus Sonderegger is the owner of the Oberegger House, next known owner is Philippe Tanner

Sale to Johann Baptist Broger. The construction of the late baroque gable falls into this period. An inn called “Goldener Adler” already exists in the main alley, so the house is christened “Schwarzer Adler”. In those years, the first inn was opened in the present Brogersuite.

On the 4th Sunday in Advent the widow Maria Johanna Broger-Huber and her son Jakob Anton Broger buy the house.

For the first time, a bakery-confectionery is housed in the building.

Edmund Broger founds an Appenzell embroidery company in the Black Eagle and employs nine young women. The fine hand embroideries are sold in Berlin and New York, among other places.
In the eyes of Berlin’s affluent clientele, the Appenzell women are the epitome of unadulterated country folk and delight with their artistry. A grocery store and a modest guesthouse are also located in the house. The bakery is leased for a few years by Carl Dobler, co-founder Richemont in Lucerne.

Takeover of the bakery by Johann Leu-Broger

Opening of the café in the current premises

Hotel extension with 12 double and two single rooms, breakfast room, lift and toilet facilities

Erosion of the old building, new basement, kitchen, Appenzell rooms are offered for the first time in the hotel

Acquisition by Hans & Franz Leu

Total renovation of café and shop

Partial renovation of hotel rooms, including the Adler Suite (32m2) New classification hotelleriesuisse 3 stars

Redesign of Adlerplatz: Installation turntable “Space & Time Experience” realized by artist Roman Signer
Renovation garden terrace

Renovation Brogersuite (44m2) A 400 year old wooden knitted wall is exposed. Separate bedroom and living room.

Expansion of the Adlerkeller into a Fondue-Stübli

Creation of an eagle lounge in the backyard as a quiet oasis for hotel guests

Complete renovation bathroom in new building. Installation of Raindance showers and partly shower-WC. Former sales shop (bakery-confectionery) is converted into an Italian restaurant.