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Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

Ok, just a random trivia question, but does anyone know the history of this? They are everywhere!
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Old 20.04.2011, 12:51
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

Like the reasoning behind the many pubs called the King's Head, the Lion, the Pig and Whistle?
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

Probably the same reason there is always a hotel "Schweizerhof" or "Alpenblick" or "Sonnenberg/burg".
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:12
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

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Probably the same reason there is always a hotel "Schweizerhof" or "Alpenblick" or "Sonnenberg/burg".
There is the restaurant Alpenblick on the way up to Balgrist - which has, as far as I can work out, no Alpen blick.

Is that allowed?
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:26
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

A potential explanation is here.
"The Goldenen Sternen was first mentioned in a document dated 1349. Another document from 1412 gives the first piece of evidence that the guesthouse zem swartzen Sternen (to the Black Star) offered food and drinks for travellers. At that time the Sternen was one of 13 inns, which were granted the Tavernenrecht, which could be translated into the right of tavern. Due to this privilege the Sternen was allowed to offer three kinds of wine and a meal."

A good business person understands that using the same name in another city increases the chances to attract guests....
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

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Ok, just a random trivia question, but does anyone know the history of this? They are everywhere!
What's your definition of the word "town"? As in the USA, where a settlement of 30 people can call itself a town and a hamlet of 85 souls can be a city?
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:44
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

In my area, it's " (Wysses) Rössli"
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Old 20.04.2011, 13:46
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

The Three Kings/Wise Men, were following "The Star" and decided to take a detour to do the European Tour, and got lost, and so it turned into a bit of a pub crawl.
By the time they got to CH, they could only manage to stagger from one village to the next, each day, requiring lodgings after their drinkies. As there weren't many hotels as such, they just used to kip on someone's floor or sofa, always suggesting to their host that a good income could be sought from the hostelry business. When the host asked what he should call such a hostel, the 3 wise men, as one, pointed to the sky and said:

"Ask yonder star ...... Oh tell, .. star."
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In my area, it's " (Wysses) Rössli"
A White Horse goes into a pub and the barman says "We've got a whisky named after you."

The White Horse replies, "What - Eric?"
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

In Graubünden there's a "Weisses Kreuz" (Crusch Alva) everywhere, no idea why (probably religion, it's always religion in the end).
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in graubünden there's a "weisses kreuz" (crusch alva) everywhere, no idea why (probably religion, it's always religion in the end).
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It's actually a corruption of the name of the patron saint of melted cheese, St Ernen.

St Ernen was born and grew up in a small village in the Emmental, where he invented raclette and fondue before being martyred in a vat of molten Gruyere by the Romans.

The first tavern named in honour of St Ernen was opened by Hans-Ueli Meier of Sarnen in 1292, and the name quickly spread throughout the newly established Swiss confederation, becoming corrupted, over time, to the Sternen (with the distinctive star design) that we know and love today.

St Ernen's descendants run a raclette tavern in Sumiswald to this day. It is called the Drei Eidgenossen.
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

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It's actually a corruption of the name of the patron saint of melted cheese, St Ernen.

St Ernen was born and grew up in a small village in the Emmental, where he invented raclette and fondue before being martyred in a vat of molten Gruyere by the Romans.

The first tavern named in honour of St Ernen was opened by Hans-Ueli Meier of Sarnen in 1292, and the name quickly spread throughout the newly established Swiss confederation, becoming corrupted, over time, to the Sternen (with the distinctive star design) that we know and love today.

St Ernen's descendants run a raclette tavern in Sumiswald to this day. It is called the Drei Eidgenossen.
That is a total fabrication, and you know it.

St. Ernen, in fact, was born and grew up in the village of Pringy, at the foot of the hill, atop of which is the town of Gruyère.
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

So what's the story behind St. McDonald's? I find them in every country and major/minor city! Is he St. Ernen's expat brother?
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So what's the story behind St. McDonald's? I find them in every country and major/minor city! Is he St. Ernen's expat brother?
No, but St. Raymond de Kroc is
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Re: Just wondering: why is there a Hotel Sternen in every town?

I experieced something similar in France.
It seems like there is a Hotel de Ville in every town...
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