The Wagner-Kahn Family

Hoteliers since 1896

Rosette & Fernand Kahn (1896)

Paul Kahn & his mother Rosette at the Silberhorn Hotel (ca. 1935) managed the hotel from age 16.

Hoteliers since 1896

The Kahn Family

Hotel Silberhorn in Grindelwald, Switzerland (1949)

The Silberhorn Hotel – 1926 – 1996

70 years Jewish Hospitality

At first the Silberhorn was a little Chalet style house built in 1904. The builders where two brothers Christian and Fritz Kaufmann. In 1926, Rosette Kahn bought the Hotel Silberhorn in Grindelwald. Her son Paul (my Grandfather), only 16 years old, was at her side. The hotel had 30 beds. With much diligence and effort, the foundations for success were laid. The Kahn hotelier family believed in the principle that the client is king.

With time Paul took over the hotel management. In 1940 he married Irma Goldschmidt. Together they managed the little Silberhorn which started to grow into one of the most famous kosher hotels.

1949 saw the first expansion of the hotel. Then again in 1958 and 1960 my grandfather continuously enlarged the hotel. He was known as the quintessential hotelier. His financial success he shared generously with many charities… from Shaarei Tzedek in Jerusalem to the Juedische Schule in Zurich.

In 1970 my dear parents took over the hotel business. In the same year I was born. In 1973 my mother – Ruth Wagner – received her Hotel Diploma. Unfortunately by Grandfather Paul Kahn passed away in 1974 before he was able to enjoy the fruits of his hard labour.

In 1984 the new wing was inaugurated. A modern addition to the existing hotel with Suites and Junior Suites. The Silberhorn became undoubtedly the worlds most luxurious kosher hotel outside of Israel.

My famous Grandparents Paul & Irma Kahn standing at the entrance of the beloved Hotel Silberhorn.

In earlier years – standing Ernst & Martha Stern (my grandfathers sister) who managed the Kosher restaurant in Basel – “Pension Kahn”.

Purchase Contract of the Silberhorn Hotel.

1926 by Mrs. Rosette Kahn-Oppenheimer (my great grand mother).

A letter dated 1933 by Paul Kahn to his sister Martha. Paul managed the hotel in Locarno whilst Martha looked after the Pension Kahn in Basel and their mother Rosette Kahn was in Grindelwald.

The Silberhorn Hotel – 1926/1940

The Dining Room




My dear father – Meir Wagner – standing in front of the Silberhorn Hotel in Grindelwald.

Ruth Wagner, Arieh Wagner, Meir Wagner

Breakfast on the Terrace of the Silberhorn Hotel with my late Father.

Meir Wagner

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