We introduce ourselves
Our journey began more than 25 years ago, and the team has been growing steadily ever since. We're delighted to introduce the people who handle our marketing, represent us publicly, translate for us, and who take care of quality assurance.
Head office in Arlesheim
Having put heart and soul into BnB Switzerland for so many years, Dorette has seen many trends and countertrends in the hospitality business. If she's not staying at a B&B, she's on the road with her mobile home, enjoying the warm weather with her husband and two dogs. Her insider tip in Switzerland is the Lake Constance region, with its broad expanses of countryside as a counterpoint to Switzerland's famous mountains.
Born under the sign of Capricorn - the mountain goat - Jennifer gets her love of camping from her mother. She had initially planned to travel the world in her own campervan rather than market BnB in Switzerland, but then ‘helping out’ for a while developed into a real passion. For Jennifer, the creative drive to keep growing the BnB brand gets stronger day by day. Her insider tip is the fall in the Engadin, to drink in its russet and green forests, white-capped mountains, and turquoise lakes.
Bea follows her yearning for freedom and exploration as often as she can. Her work in the tourist industry and her personal travels have already taken her to and around 40 countries. Bea loves and appreciates Switzerland because of its cultural and linguistic diversity and fabulous scenery. When she isn't traveling, she spends her time doing yoga, cooking, and taking photographs. Her insider tip is to discover the side valleys leading off the Rhône valley in the Valais on foot or by mountainbike.
Liliane is the magic fairy in our office who holds it together, no matter how crazy things get. She never loses her cool, and her easy-going attitude puts us in all in a good mood. Liliane spends her free time outdoors, with her Boxer Ivie and her family. Her insider tip is the Freiberge (Franches Montagnes) on their gently undulating plateau in Canton Jura.
Elena is an expert in and lover of good food. Having switched careers she brings a whole new perspective to the tourism-focused BnB world. She supports the team in all kinds of areas and is full of ideas for our social media channels. Camping and a connection with nature have been passions since childhood. Elena's favorite vacations involve her VW camper van and an out-of-the-way campsite, whether by the sea or in Switzerland. Her insider tip is the 4 Vallées region, with its fabulous ski runs and tours and hiking paths from which you will never see quite the same amazing view twice. Whether summer or winter, there is a huge choice of things to do.
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Out and about for BnB Switzerland
Covering mainly Eastern Switzerland, our inspector Stephan is a real globetrotter. When not out checking accommodation for BnB Switzerland, he's off discovering other corners of the planet. Criss-crossing the world, there's no time to be bored, whether diving in Egypt, on safari in Namibia, snorkeling in the Seychelles, touring Chile, or an excursion to the Antarctic. That's not to say he doesn't love coming home to Switzerland. Stephan's special recommendations are Lenzerheide in Canton Graubünden, and the picturesque valleys of the Ticino.
Gaby’s roots are in the Valais, but she caught the travel bug at an early age. She spent 40 years in the travel industry and hotel sector, and has run her own B&B. Although she has been around the world and seen many of its amazing places, coming home she recognizes what a stunning and diverse place our quadrilingual country is. Gaby is our newest inspector and is looking forward to her forthcoming 'Tour de Suisse' and to getting to know our hosts. Her insider tip is the mountain landscape and the straightforward, down-to-earth people who live there.
Raphael says himself that the past ten years as a classification consultant for BnB Switzerland have been a huge pleasure that has made him fall even more in love with the country’s beauty. That's why he even spends his free time exploring at home - when he isn't playing the Schwyzerörgeli accordion that is so much the sound of Switzerland. He recommends exploring the four grottoes on the Via ai Grotti near Biasca. Gaze at the glorious view if it's sunny, or enjoy the waterfall.
Working away in the background
Our translator Birgit was born in Germany, grew up in Milan, and in 1974 moved to Zurich to study. She was captivated by Switzerland's linguistic, scenic, and cultural diversity right from the start. Nowadays she lives in a romantic little town in Canton Aargau, where she enjoys unhurried hours with a good book and her cat on her knee, or concert-going with friends at one of Switzerland's stunning music venues. Her insider tip is the Saanenland - a magical area that attracts not only hikers and sports fans, but also music-lovers.
A proud native of Canton Vaud, Nathalie loves travelling and getting to know other cultures. As a student she lived for a time in various European countries, but found that they only highlighted the stunning beauty of Switzerland's scenery. As a keen climber, she often spends her vacation with family or friends finding new rock faces to scale. When not wrestling with the intricacies of foreign languages, she spends her time introducing her children to the wonders of nature. Her insider tip for Switzerland is the Les Paccots area in Alpine foothills of Canton Fribourg.
Jane's love of Switzerland began in 1989, when she spent a summer on a campsite in the Valais. After a detour via the media industry, she discovered her true calling as a language professional. Born in England and now the proud possessor of a Swiss passport, Jane has been here for 22 years now and couldn't be happier. When she's not translating, you'll meet her and her beloved Westie Finn on a hiking path somewhere in Switzerland. Her insider tips are the Gemmi Pass, the 5 Lakes Walk around Zermatt, and the scenic Panoramaweg in Canton Schwyz.
Verena grew up in her home town in Canton Bern and began her professional life by getting her teaching diploma. Before long she was gaining useful experience and developing her language skills during long periods abroad. Marriage made French her everyday language and she now lives in Biel/Bienne, where her bilingualism is put to good use on a daily basis. Verena spends her free time with her five grandchildren, three of whom live in French-speaking Switzerland, and two in the German-speaking part - although all are more or less bilingual themselves. Her favorite pick-me-up is the sun of Canton Valais. She loves the magical trip on foot from Sion up to Valère and Tourbillon, finding a rocky seat from which to enjoy the unique scenery, and simply switching off.
Chaya is our professional mail monitor, and is also on 24/7 standby to protect the office against potential intruders. She recently passed her team leader training with flying colors. With the skills she gained, she keeps the office in line, and has graduated to become chief greeter. Handing over control of the Food and Beverage department has given her more time to guard not only the house, but now the whole street as well. She recommends a good walk on the Piz Nair in Graubünden with the cool wind in your hair. Unbeatable!
She's a little whirlwind, but Luna hasn't yet seen much of Switzerland. She's lively and extremely alert, enabling her to keep an eye on everything both during and after office hours. Her job is to snaffle any food dropped by careless humans and to process it appropriately ready for clean-up. She recommends walks through the forests of Basel-Landschaft with the sun tickling your nose.