Schloss Schauenstein


A fairy-tale dining experience of fine Swiss hospitality and produce

Schloss Schauenstein

On the Pass

Andreas Caminada and Marcel Skibba

Why go? Schloss Schauenstein could have been plucked from the pages of a storybook. Housed in a remote castle perching at the top of a mountain in Fürstenau – the smallest town in Switzerland – it encapsulates the Swiss Alps at their most atmospheric. Opened in 2003, the oak-panelled restaurant also hides nine charming boutique bedrooms, while its romantic locale and fine-tuned menu makes it a destination-dining experience worth making a trip for.

Who’s behind it? Local boy Andreas Caminada fell in love with fine dining after visiting Jardin des Sens at the age of 20. His restaurant empire includes Igniv, which has outposts in St Moritz, Bad Ragaz, Zurich and Bangkok; Casa Caminada, featuring an all-day restaurant and guestrooms; and Oz, a vegetarian fine dining restaurant he opened in June 2021 in Fürstenau. Caminada also heads up a chef foundation called Fundaziun Uccelin to foster new talent. The other pair of creative hands in the Schloss Schauenstein kitchen belongs to head chef Marcel Skibba, a trusted protégé of Caminada.

The dining experience: An enveloping, evocative dining room and friendly service give way to a menu of exciting incarnations of modern European cooking that will enrich the senses. Ranging from characteristic preparations with a single ingredient to a mélange of intricate, surprising flavours and nuanced presentation, it epitomises Swiss precision.

Bonus point: Thanks to a truly forward-thinking vision encompassing the castle’s gardens, kitchen and restaurant, Schloss Schauenstein obtained the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2019.