Verena ran the business until the 1930s and then passed it on to her son, Gian Fümm. His heart was beating faster for politics, however, as I said, he was mayor and also representing the Grand Council of the Canton of Graubünden. He could neither enjoy his inn nor his political achievements, unfortunately he passed away too early in 1956.
His wife, Clorinda Fümm-de Zanet, had to take sole responsibility for the "Sonne Fex". In the early 1970s, the business was briefly leased before returning back to the family in 1978. Clorinda's niece, my mother Susanne Witschi-Fümm, took over the business together with her husband, my father Peter Witschi.
The hotel was getting old, but with passion for detail and good cuisine, the young couple offered many guests a wonderful holiday home. They hosted many guests in the restaurant and organized lavish parties. Many specialties for which the Sonne kitchen is still well known today were created at that time: the fine röstis, the Engadine nut cake based on the old original recipe of great-grandmother Verena or the well-known blueberry pie ...
After 12 years of hiring the hotel, they were able to buy the house from Aunt Clorinda in 1990. A complete renovation from the basement to the roof followed a year later, Hotel Sonne Fex had established a big step forward to increase the needs of their guests.
However, my father was never really enthusiastic about the mountains and so my mother had to run the business on her own, being responsible from 1998 onwards. In 2009 I started working at the hotel for the first time. As a child I grew up in the "Sonne Fex", together with my brother Peider-Duri, often we were given small tasks, washing dishes, clearing the terrace or helping to shovel snow ...
I graduated from the secondary school in Samedan and then attended the hotel management school in Lucerne. My brother completed his cooking apprenticeship at Suvretta House and now, after working for many years in foreign kitchens, he runs the Alpenrose restaurant in the village of Sils-Maria.
You must have noticed that women always have been at the helm of this popular inn since it opened in 1908 ... but in 2012 this tradition changed when I, the 4th generation of the Fümm family, took over the management of the house. In May 2014 wedding bells rang for my fiancée Jennifer Dose from Pansdorf near Lübeck (Germany) and myself.
Myself, Gian-Reto run our "Sonne Fex" and proudly maintain our long family tradition by maintaining the beautiful and traditional values of our house.
My wife Jennifer looks after our girls. Our daughter Siri is already 7 years old this year and attends the 1. school class. She receives active support from her little sister Sinja, who celebrated her fourth birthday this year. Both are following the footsteps of their Nona Susanne Witschi-Fümm and greet each guest with their warm smile!
We look forward to your visit with us at the Fex Valley.
With warm regards,
Jennifer and Gian-Reto Witschi, Siri and Sinja
Hotel Sonne Fex
Fex, 7514 Sils im Engadin/Segl, Switzerland
Phone +41 81 826 53 73