Epic Europe



Driving into the tiny alpine village of Andermatt, the mountain pass roads quickly turn to cobblestone. You are surrounded by traditional chalets with the typical decorated façades of Central Switzerland, and the Bären Restaurant and boutique mountain inn. The Coldesina family has been welcoming guests at their renowned Ticino establishments for generations; the Bären, their newest and northernmost outpost, is a unique mix of Swiss, Italian and their own special family charm. An old Swiss chalet renovated with warm wood interiors, stone floors, Eames furniture, and idyllic views of the village and surrounding mountains, is both modern and classic at the same time. A cozy mountain inn reinterpreted for the 21st century, and one of our favorite destinations in Switzerland.


The recently completed guest rooms are finished with wood floors and a small sitting area, and after a long Swiss-Italian meal, you will sleep restfully as a guest in the Coldesina’s Bären Inn.


FOOD & DRINK: Father Guerino runs the kitchen, where his creativity leads to dishes like veal and pork cheeks braised with lemon, slow cooked suckling-pig served family style, and his signature “Cosce di rana” frogs' legs, which have gained the restaurant 13 points Gault Millau since its opening in 2012.  The extensive wine list highlights the Swiss regions of Ticino & Valais as well as the Italian classics: Piedmont and Tuscany.


LOCATION: The Bären is located in the center of the village of Andermatt, walking distance to the ski lift, hiking trails, shops & restaurants.



  • A cozy mountain inn reinterpreted for the 21st century
  • Bären Restaurant: Guerino's signature Swiss Italian fare with 13 points Gault Millau
  • Warm and friendly family-run establishment
  • Centrally located, walking distance to skiing, hiking, shops and restaurants
  • Always open
Hotel Bären


Destination: andermatt
Experience options in: Andermatt


Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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