Haus Eins

Seelisberg, Central Switzerland, Switzerland

“House One” not only has an incredible origin story, but it also does important educational work. You would think building a house out of wood, clay, hemp and stone would be the most natural thing in the world. In fact, the natural carpenter and pioneer Lukas Gwerder had to research and try out a lot, as well as learn old techniques, because the use of pure natural materials is unfortunately rarely practiced anymore.

As a guest, you can immediately feel the heart and soul that goes into literally every centimeter here. The construction took over eight years and now Majken, Emanuel and their children live in the house and rent it out to interested guests who also want to enjoy a more sustainable life.

The house doesn't just smell good, it's also the organic shapes and the good indoor climate that create an incredibly cozy atmosphere. The large windows allow plenty of light into the interior and in the bedrooms walls made of pine wood have a calming effect and promote relaxation. But the most fascinating thing is that the house is at the same time very modern and offers every comfort. What's more, it's a dream home with a natural pool, fireplace, wine cellar, hot tub and sauna.

For families or a group of friends who want to soak up a lot of nature, you can't really imagine a more beautiful place. The cozy kitchen-living room with the warm clay oven, the reading room with the cozy pedestal or the huge garden. This house is full of inspiring ideas and loving details. It is a house for eternity and at the same time - with the exception of a few parts - completely compostable. It really couldn't be more sustainable.

Rooms + Rates

per night
ganzes Hausfrom650 €


ArchitectureThe foundation of the house is the stone cellar, the stones of which come from the excavated material. The moonwood structure built on top was insulated with a layer of hemp lime. The exterior is protected by cedar shingles and the building integrates almost seamlessly into the landscape. The wide roof, covered with natural slate, protects not only the interior but also the facade from wind and weather. The insulation provided by the natural materials ensures a good indoor climate and pleasant temperatures. Everything was planned and carried out with great care. For example, the wood for the curved stair railing was soaked in the village stream for three weeks so that the wood could then be bent into a round shape. All rooms are furnished with glue-free furniture and sustainably produced fabrics, and hand-made ceramics are stacked on the shelves of the rustic kitchen with rocking chairs.

FoodIn the garden, guests are allowed to pick herbs, fruits and vegetables such as chard, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, eggplant and walnuts and hazelnuts. In the wine cellar you will find some good wines and local products to buy.

EnvironmentThe huge, partly wild garden offers many retreats for insects. Of course, the waste is separated or composted here. The house is heated with an air source heat pump. There is also a clay oven in the heart of the spacious eat-in kitchen, which also produces hot water. The WiFi can be switched off at any time and all electrical cables have been specially shielded for an even more restful sleep.


  • Spacious holiday home built entirely from natural materials
  • Beautiful view of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountain panorama
  • Huge garden with a natural swimming pond with fish and a small waterfall
  • There are numerous hiking trails with great views of Lake Lucerne
  • Mountain bike trails, kite or kayak on the lake and a ski area within 10 minutes (Klewenalp)
  • Seelisberg has an Ayurveda center with massages, retreats and yoga classes

Holiday home4 bedroomsOwn kitchenChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessPoolNature Poolno pets


  • 230 m2 holiday home for up to 8 people
  • 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Kitchen-living room with clay oven
  • Small library with lounge corner
  • Large garden with stream and two swimming ponds
  • Hot tub and barrel sauna heated with fire
  • Hiking backpacks, umbrellas, books available


Das Haus Eins in Seelisberg UR ist das erste seiner Art. Aus natürlichen Materialien gebaut, ist es fast vollständig biologisch abbaubar. Das Beste: Man kann es mieten., January 2024

Hoch oben in Seelisberg liegt das Haus Eins – das Erste seiner Art. Konsequent aus Naturmaterialien gebaut, vereint es Behaglichkeit, Ökologie und den Mut neue Wege zu gehen..., January 2024
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Rooms + Rates

per night
ganzes Hausfrom650 €

Location + Directions

By car

From Lucerne it takes about 35 minutes to get to Haus Eins (35 km). From Zurich it takes around an hour (85 km), from Bern it takes just under 2 hours (143 km) and from Basel around 1.5 hours (133 km). The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

Seelisberg is well connected to the public transport network. You can either take the regular bus, the bus stop is about 600 meters from the house. Or you can come across the lake by boat and take the cog railway, which runs from Treib (right on the lake) to Seelisberg all year round.