This is a drawing of 1887 by painter Alfred Schoeck representing the Villa Ruhheim he had built in Brunnen on the lake of Lucerne six years before. He is standing on the balcony with his wife Agathe and his youngest son Othmar; the three older sons are playing in the garden: Paul (looking over the balustrade), Ralph und Walter (sitting on the stairs). The original building by the architect Johann Meyer soon had to be transformed in a hotel, the Hotel Eden, and we doubt if anybody arriving today by boat in Brunnen will notice the classical façade behind the modern hotels. But if you look hard you might see somebody on the wrought-iron balcony: that will be one of us. [Home]

This drawing made by the nine-year-old Paul Schoeck, "Unser Haus", is our "home button"; it will bring you back here from any part of our web site (or from here to the start page).