The Scuol Palace The 300-bed Scuol Palace Hotel is the biggest kosher hotel in Europe that is open all year. Roger Wehrli Manager Abraham «Avi» Friedman welcomes a guest at the hotel reception. Roger Wehrli The saloon, where guests used to drink or dance, is now a quiet lobby space where observant Jews read the Talmud in silence. Roger Wehrli The Jews were not accepted with open arms in Scuol. The manager is cautious about describing his experiences. Roger Wehrli The hotel has swimming facilities, but separate bathing times for men and women. Mixed bathing is possible on request. Roger Wehrli A tourist from Jerusalem spends his time reading edifying books. He spoke to the photographer in Yiddish. Roger Wehrli Religion plays no role in the playground in the hotel grounds. Roger Wehrli The kosher kitchen under the supervision of the Zurich Agudas Achim Bet Din combines European and Israeli cuisine. Roger Wehrli For the sabbath meal braided bread, challah, is eaten in memory of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Tsippi Friedmann bakes the loaves herself. Roger Wehrli Ninety-five per cent of the guests at the Scuol Palace are Jewish. Most are strictly Orthodox, so of course all the food and drink served is kosher. Roger Wehrli The mountain air gives everyone an appetite. Roger Wehrli The hotel also has a gym for guests to work out. Roger Wehrli Orthodox Jews with their distinctive way of dressing have been a common sight in the streets of Scuol for the last two years. Keystone Avi Friedmann has turned the hotel library into a synagogue. Roger Wehrli He is relatively pleased with the way business is going. But he needs to keep putting money into the time-honoured palace hotel. . . Roger Wehrli . . . and to make alterations. For example, it really needs a second synagogue. Roger Wehrli As in most hotels, the staff are seasonal employees. Here a Portuguese maid is tidying up a room. Roger Wehrli Until recently this was where the Robinson Club housed young package tourists, but now it is mainly guests from Israel and the US who stay in the historic hotel. Roger Wehrli In order not to distract the pious guests, some areas of the all too revealing wall paintings have been covered up. Roger Wehrli Europe's biggest kosher hotel This content was published on August 7, 2009 - 16:41 August 7, 2009 - 16:41 Share Facebook Twitter E-mail Print Copy link The village of Scuol in Graubünden caters for some unusual guests. (Images: Roger Wehrli) Links Website Hotel Scuol Palace You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at email@example.com. Sort by Newest first Oldest first Load more More More Follow us on Telegram You can now also read us on Telegram. Follow this link to subscribe to our channel!