Afternoon tea in the sensual atmosphere of the Wintergarden is a highlight at any time of year.
Although the magic of the Wintergarden is at its peak when the snowflakes dance in front of the large panoramic windows, perhaps the most sensual room at Kempinski Palace Engelberg is worth a visit even in bright sunshine. And especially in the afternoon, when afternoon tea is celebrated – with home-made cakes and freshly baked pastries, exquisite coffee and famous tea specialities.
Don’t forget the magnificent view of the Hahnen and the Engelberg mountain range (and, if you’re lucky, the dance of the snowflakes).
The history of afternoon tea goes back to 1840. It is said that it was Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford and Queen Victoria's lady-in-waiting, to whom the British owe this tradition. To bridge the long wait until dinner, the Duchess had a tray of tea, bread, butter and some cake served to her in the afternoon: The afternoon tea was born. Do you know the difference between afternoon tea and high tea? The former was enjoyed by ladies, who were only allowed to enter cafés at tea time, chatting at low tables. High tea, on the other hand, was drunk by working men at high dining tables. We serve our Afternoon Tea daily from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Wintergarden. A must: finger sandwiches, scones with butter cream and sweets. Only one important question remains: Do you pour the milk or the tea into the cup first?