History

From summer restaurant to the all-in-one Kursaal Bern.

1859/60 Construction of a summer restaurant.
1873/74 Construction of a music pavilion and a small theatre (with stage) for performances of operettas and comedies.
1903 The "Kursaal & Summer Casino Company" is founded. Starting capital - CHF 35,000.                                                                                                                     
1914 Opening of new Kursaal with attractive concert hall, lift tower and other public amenities.
1933 Opening of banqueting hall tract (theatre, new restaurant, club, meeting facilities , etc.).
1946 Enlargement of concert hall.
1959 Opening of new concert hall.
1973 New facilities include simultaneous interpreting (6 cabins), widescreen – and an impressive chandelier (with 384 light bulbs).  Cost: CHF 1 million.
1980 Modernization of concert hall tract – costing CHF 1.8 million. Preliminary discussions on construction of a hotel.
1998 Opening of Hotel Allegro, Bern's most modern 4-star business and lifestyle hotel.
1998 Opening of Restaurant Eurasia.
2002 Re-design and re-opening of the Eurasia as the new Restaurant Meridiano.
2002 Opening of the Grand Casino Bern.
Opening of new conference tract.
Opening of new deluxe Penthouse floor.
2005 Re-Design of the Restaurant Meridiano
2006 Opening of Restaurant Yù – Modern Chinese Restaurant
2007 Opening Maximilian
2008 Enlarged underground parking facilities (increasing capacity from 140 to 240 vehicles)
Opening of Restaurant Giardino (Italian specialities).
2009 Renovation of all 171 hotel rooms.
Opening of the Zino Platinum Cigar Lounge.
2010 Start of “Kursaal Bern 2012” project, including construction of new
event venue (Forum), extensive modernization of the Arena and
renovation of infrastructure (main kitchen, store-rooms, offices, etc.).
2011 Opening of Restaurant Yù East and West in the Atrium of the Hotel Allegro.
2012 Completion of "Kursaal Bern 2012" project (Arena, Forum, etc.).
Expansion of Grand Casino Bern, opening of Casino Neuchâtel.