«Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.»
Barry was one of the many avalanche dogs working at the hospice of the great St. Bernard passes. This pass was one of the first connections between the north and south. The monks operated the hospices and where incredibly busy especially during winter time saving merchants and travellers being trapped in hazardous ice and snow situations. They have put their own lives at steak lots of times. Besides all other histories about rescue dogs, Barry leads. Old documents inform us that he saved at least 40 people. Barry was and is still the proud of rescue dog history. His bravery and outspoken intuition for danger is still known by many.
The Grindelwald Tourism Center already opened their doors at the end of the 18th century for its first travellers who came to admire the impressive and fascinating glaciers. An extraordinary encounter occurred in 1809 when King Friedrich Wilhelm from Prussia, Germany wanted to see this spectacle in person. Before he came to Switzerland he had met the emperor of Austria and Russia in Paris. The once so mighty Napoleon was banned to the Italian island of Elba. Instead going back home to Berlin straight away he decided to visit Switzerland first.
For his safety the King and his entourage were guided by 2 monks from the Great St. Bernard with 3 of their dogs to see the glacier. One of these dogs was named Barry. The weather worsened already on the 2nd day but the King decided regardless of the weather to continue their trip. Then sudden dense fog obstructed their sight and the group lost all orientation. Only thanks to the outspoken smelling abilities and almost supernatural intuition for hazardous situations caused by ice and snow Barry safely leaded the monks and King back to the village. This is how Barry became an element in Grindelwald's history. To remember him and thank him for saving many lives in the mountains, we named our restaurant after him; "Barry's".
Cheers and enjoy your meal!
On Sunday 15th March, we - together with several other Swiss hotels - open our doors for exclusive and fascinating moments and insights what's going on behind the facade. Take the opportunity to inform yourself what it's like to stay and work in the Hotel Eiger. We educate hotel assistants, restaurant assistant and kitchen chefs. Enjoy our hearty hospitality - we are looking forward to seeing you!> More information