Boža Leu still serves breakfast sometime and is always ready to help. Franz Leu helps out everywhere he is needed. His pride is the successful renovation of the Adlerkeller and the design of the Garden 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 Heuberger family took over in 2020. We changed the concept a little and started with an italian restaurant inhouse instead of running a bakery shop.

Picture: Matjaz Leu, Managing Director Urs Heuberger, Stefano Vigliarolo

copyright: Carmen Wüest, Appenzeller Magazin


History of "zum Schwarzen Adler"
A family affair since 1825

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 our Sonnendeck (sun deck) in the backyard as a quiet oasis

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.