Campari, Persil
& cars

Back then, when Campari and Persil advertisements lined the Rhine promenade, wisteria grew up the façade and you could enjoy the view of the Rhine from the balcony.

Back then, when you could get your hair cut next door.

Back when the promenade was busy and the terrace was a car park.



Hermann Hesse's second wife, the Swiss Ruth Wenger, studied singing in Basel in the mid-twenties and stayed in the attic of the Hotel Krafft with her cat, dog and parrot Coco.

The lovely neighbour


Trudi Hartmann, "die Seele der Rheingasse", in her legendary kiosk in the Rheingasse next to the Hotel Krafft.

"People come to me. That's easy. They don't have to look for me."

She has been doing so for over forty years. She has an ear for everyone and loves to tell stories.

"Los emol"

Guestbook entry by Moritz Leuenberger


"Das Hotel Krafft gibt
mir Kraffft"

Moritz Leuenberger was a member of the Swiss government, the Federal Council, from 1995 to 2010 and headed the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications.

70s / 80s

Le Petit Bâle

"Completed in 1873, the house has been completely renovated retaining the original style but with all modern conveniences such as radio, television, direct dial telephone etc."

Brochure from the 70s / 80s.
At that time the restaurant was called "Le Petit Bâle".

70s / 80s


Hidden today, the three heraldic figures "Vogel Gryff", "Wilde Maa" and "Leu" adorned the wall at that time – a fresco by the Basel painter Otto Abt from 1953.


Old House

For the eleventh time, the Icomos Foundation (International Council for the Conservation of Historic Monuments) has awarded the title "Historic Restaurant or Hotel". For the first time, a city hotel, the Hotel Krafft in Basel, has received the award. In awarding the prize, the jury acknowledged the careful use of resources and consideration for the building fabric, typology and furnishings worthy of preservation.


Young crew

"We actually only do what we enjoy and are still rewarded for it."

Andi Steiner, Sabine Auciello, Catherine and Franz-Xaver Leonhardt

Guestbook entry by Dimitri


Dimitri was one of the greatest clowns, who not only made the audience laugh with his poetry and his big heart, but also deeply moved and touched them.

Le grand Maître

Guestbook entry by Hannelore Elsner


She was not always easy, but always great – Hannelore Elsner was Germany's character actress.

Rhine promenade

"You can take very nice leisurely walks along the banks of the Rhine.
No matter what time of year, it's always beautiful."

August Macke


Cover illustration: August Macke
Spiegelbild im Schaufenster (detail), 1913

Hermann Hesse
Der Steppenwolf, 1927

Suhrkamp Verlag

Hermann Hesse

Writer, Poet & Painter

The novel Der Steppenwolf, first published in 1927, established Hermann Hesse's worldwide fame and is the book that triggered the international renaissance of its author in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hermann Hesse was also writing the novel Der Steppenwolf in room 401 at the time when he was staying at the Hotel Krafft.

Hermann Hesse, born on 2 July 1877 in Calw, died on 9 August 1962 in Montagnola near Lugano. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.