Chunky rafters, planked flooring, toffee-apple linens, crisp whites & rose-petal pastels.

Style Dens in Vals

A casual basecamp of creativity in which to muse, ponder, rest, to make meaningful memories and form truthful friendships


A stylish sibling to Brücke 49 in Vals, the newly created Herberge Apartments takes vacation living in the mountains to a new level of design, comfort and aesthetic. 

Situated along the babbling river, the Herberge forms a string of accommodation options for nomads, style seekers, escapists and the family clan. Like its sister, the Herberge is housed in an aged Swiss farmhouse build from the 1700s and as such has a gorgeous patina of mountain soul – chunky beams, thick walls and the odd fault adds natural beauty.

Vals is certainly no stranger to preservation architecture and good design, this enchanting mountain village attracts internationals like Peter Zumthor, Japanese architects Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma and the creators of Brücke 49, Swiss-born Ruth Kramer and Danish husband Thomas Schacht: moreover, Vals is a unique place that farmers, craftspeople, creatives, artists, thinkers and good-hearted ordinary folk call home.

Brücke 49 is a family of forward-thinking hostelry created from the restoration bones of three heritage houses; Pension (House), Herberge (Apartments) Butik (Shop) and Alm (Space). Brücke 49 is a casual basecamp of creativity in which to muse, ponder, rest, to make meaningful memories and form truthful friendships.

Brücke 49 Vals - a small design guesthouse with luxury nordic style, Switzerland
Brücke 49 Vals - a small design guesthouse with luxury nordic style, Switzerland

Residing at the heart of the village, the fine bones of the buildings have been painstakingly restored and although the genealogy of the collective Brücke 49 is dunked in Swiss heritage, the interiors have been designed to host an urban Nordic remit of formed elegance.

Brücke 49 is wonderfully simple and that’s what makes the place so very endearing – a stylish refuge of good design and heritage for kindred spirits.

Like staying in a stylish friend’s mountain retreat: a contemporary refuge for those seeking independence, style and a place to call home when in Vals


Over in the Herberge Apartments you'll find chunky rafters, planked flooring, toffee-apple linens, charcoals, deep chocolates, crisp whites, rose-petal pastels and opaque green panelling, providing the accents for a scene of calm and naturalness at this new member of the family: Brücke 49 Herberge Vals.

An appealing restored traditional Alpine house, cosily wrapped in weathered timbers and a gabbled slate roof, hosts three new design apartments ranging from a top floor studio of 80sqm to two 125sqm family apartments. Affectionally referred to as the Herberge, spending your time here is like staying in a stylish friend’s mountain retreat: a contemporary refuge for those seeking independence, style and a place to call home when in Vals.


Brücke 49 Herberge apartments come fully equipped for life for the independent and the kitchens are perfect for creating your meals in house. The owners' list of supplies is inspiring, so gather around the kitchen table and feel at home in Vals. Breakfast deliveries including homemade breads baked each morning are made to a family recipe.

Herberge apartments are geared to be self-catering, but of course, if you need anything, the team can help, including organising a small gathering or event in the adjoining Alm.

Brücke 49 Vals - a small design guesthouse with nordic style, Switzerland
"We truly believe we have the best guests in the world. We feel so incredible lucky and privileged that people travel far and spend their precious time with us."


Brücke 49 is the realisation of Swiss-born Ruth Kramer and Danish husband Thomas Schacht. The widely travelled creative duo are true kindred spirits in knowing exactly what feels and looks right: they share a deep passion foremost for authentic, beautiful pieces; the handmade; the lovingly crafted using old methods; the tactility of fabrics and those vintage random finds that make you smile.

With Ruth coming from fashion and design and Thomas from creative branding, the couple have instilled their design marriage between Swiss and Scandinavia onto the house from the crockery to the linen, the furnishings to the paints.

“A life high in the mountains” is not only the mantra of Brücke 49, it is also the dream come true for this pair. Like so many of us often dream about a different path in life, this couple upped sticks in pursuit of owning a small hotel-type refuge for creatives and to get closer to nature in their beloved Vals: a place that had become home away from home over the many return visits.

Ruth Kramer and Thomas Schacht - owners of Brücke 49, Vals

Ruth and Thomas are the unconventional guesthouse hosts, and as such are intrinsically interesting people to stay with, attracting like-minded people who appreciate the house aesthetic. A stay here is like finding long-lost friends that you never knew you had: come as guests, leave as friends.


Surrounded by the beautiful spectacular Piz Tomül Mountain, Brücke 49 sits on the banks of the river at the Valser Rhein Bridge, close to the village square of Vals and overlooking the pitched rooftops and bell tower of the village church.  

Vals is a small ski resort with just 5 ski lifts (1 chair lift, 4 surface lifts) but it does boast a very impressive 1964 metres (6443 feet) of vertical descent. Brücke 49 allows you to combine village life high in the mountains with pure escapism on your doorstep.

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