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Hansjörg Wohrle

Hansjörg Wöhrle was born on August 29, 1943 in Lörrach.  The top chef from Markgräfl began his career with Hans Ley in the “Bahnhofshotel” in Lörrach. After his apprenticeship as a cook, he gained a lot of experience in Switzerland. He cooked in renowned establishments such as the Mövenpick in Geneva, the “Kulm” in Arosa or the “Palace” in Bürgenstock.


At the age of just 25 - in 1968 - he took over  the parents' company ADLER in Weil am Rhein. 

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In 1971, after only three years, Hansjörg Wöhrle received the Michelin star. Thanks to his extraordinary persistence, he succeeded in holding the award for more than 35 years - until he fell ill.

In 1972 Wöhrle married his long-time friend Gerda, née Limberger, with whom he ran the two houses until the end.

In the years that followed, hotel rooms were renewed and expanded again and again. In 1988 Hansjörg Wöhrle bought the neighboring property and opened a cellar bar "Spatz" with a wonderful beer garden. On three floors are additional  modern hotel rooms furnished.


Hansjörg Wöhrle regularly received awards in Gault Millau , Feinschmecker or VARTA guide r . The Schlemmer Atlas counted Wöhrle to the end of the 50 best chefs in Germany. In 2017, the ADLER was awarded four out of five possible cutlery and an arrow pointing upwards.


The ADLER was popular with international gourmets and celebrities from business, politics and society, including Theodor Heuss, Helmut Kohl, Walter Scheel, Lothar Späth, Johannes Rau as well as Heinz Rühmann, Gunter Sachs and Brigitte Bardot. They all appreciated the classic-modern cuisine by Hansjörg Wöhrle and the unique ambience.

Even Mikhail Gorbachev invited him to Moscow, to the Olympic Park, for cooking demonstrations and a series of lectures.

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The stations:

  • Apprenticeship as a cook at the age of 17 with Hans Ley in the "Bahnhofs-Hotel" Lörrach and later in the "Lerche" Lörrach

  • Sample fair - restaurant, Basel / CH

  • Bad, Schinznach / CH

  • Mövenpick, Geneva / CH

  • Restaurant Dählhölzli,  Bern / CH

  • Kulm Arosa / CH

  • Palace, Bürgenstock / CH

  • Kunsthalle, Basel / CH

  • 1968 Takeover of Adler / Weil am Rhein

  • 1971 Michelin star (35 years in a row)

  • 1972 marriage to Gerda Wöhrle, née Limberger

  • Various awards until the closure in 2017


  • 38 years President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce

  • Treasurer of the Maitres de la Table” for 5 years

  • Member of the Confrerie d´Asperge "

  • Member of the " Chaine de Rotisseur" and appointment as "Grand Commandeur"

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