Switzerland’s first electric light was switched on here in 1879

Switzerland’s first electric light was switched on here in 1879

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The luxury of technical achievements

As a trained craftsman and a visionary, hotelier Johannes Badrutt was fascinated by technical inventions. In 1878, he visited the World Exhibition in Paris, where he was so fascinated by an electric lighting installation that he promptly purchased one of his own. He built a small hydroelectric power plant near his hotel in St. Moritz and in the summer 1879, Switzerland’s first electric arc lights shone out in the dining room of the Kulm Hotel. Further innovative installations, such as the telephone, water closets, hydraulic lifts and hot-air heating, were also introduced to St. Moritz by this hotel pioneer.



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