Thomas Mann & History
The fascinating history of the Waldhotel Davos, built in 1911 as a sanatorium, begins with the rapid growth of the small mountain village into a world-famous health resort. The celebrated author Thomas Mann also plays an important role, as it was while visiting his sick wife Katia, who was staying in the "Waldsanatorium" for curative treatments, that he found the inspiration for his famous novel "The Magic Mountain". After the discovery of penicillin and the development of drugs to fight tuberculosis, the era of the sanatorium came to an abrupt end in the early '50s. In 1957, the house was rebuilt and converted into a hotel, quickly becoming a haven for people in search of relaxation. Today, the 4-star superior hotel shines in new splendour following extensive refurbishment and expansion and delights its guests with a perfect symbiosis of historical features, modern materials and personal service. Since it first opened in 1911, the Waldhotel Davos has been under the ownership of the German von Gemmingen family.