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Dear Naeffen-Cousins

At the family reunion one year ago, the journalist Rebekka Haefeli wrote a report about our reunion in the NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). With that, the idea came up to write a book about the Naeff family. Ronja Sakata and Andreas Müller took on the idea together with Rebekka Haefeli and created a first draft of the idea. The Naeffenfest committee discussed the proposal at the closing meeting of the reunion 2019 (see attachment - german only). The idea got positive feedback. The comittee commissioned the initiators to invite historically interested family members to join the project. Naturally, the question about the projects financial aspect was discussed as well.

The initiators of the project were asked to present a budget which shows the financial possibilities and a time plan. The desirable timeline plans the publication for the next reunion in 2024.

For now, we would like to present the ideas to you and ask if you would like to join this project. We would be very interested in your comments, recommendations and criticism. Aside from collecting documents and images, we need IT specialists which can help to bring the files into electronically readable form. A chapter should also show how our relatives abroad live. Who would like to participate in that? At the beginning of our work we will also examine all existing documents which have been collected by Laurenz Gsell and Renate Altwegg-Im Hof.

Mit herzlichen Naeffengrüssen

 Ronja Sakata
 Andreas Müller

Attachment: Idea to write down the history of the family Naeff from Altstätten as Book (german only)


And the family reunion is already over again - too quickly as always. We had a very great weekend, and I would like to give thanks again to our committee, to all the volunteers which supported us so well and to the many many relatives which make this reunion so special.


Here is the link to the article in the NZZ:


And three more things:

  • We would like to get your feedback about the reunion: What did you like? What not? Where do you see potential for improvement? What did you miss?
  • Many of you took pictures during the reunion. Please send us your best pictures so that we can put them on this website accessible for everyone.
  • Any family tree related requests will be addressed in the next few weeks (due to vacation). There will also be a family tree available for download and print

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This list contains some of the Hotels and Camping areas in and around Altstätten. If available the links to the Homepages are listed.

Updated: March 2024



Hotel Name
Address  Phone Website
Gasthaus Hopfenstube Alte Ruppenstrasse 6
9450 Altstätten SG
071 755 31 76

Gasthaus Lindenhof Oberrieter Strasse 14
9450 Altstätten SG
071 755 15 09
Hotel Untertor Engelgasse 13
9450 Altstätten SG
071 755 51 51
Gasthaus Ziel Trogenerstrasse 99
9450 Altstätten SG
071 751 65 21
Hotel Badhof Rorschacherstrasse 33
9450 Altstätten/Lüchingen SG
071 755 11 22
Gasthaus Metzgerei Ochsen

Dorfstrasse 30
9413 Oberegg, AI

071 891 16 82
Gasthaus Löwen Eichenwies Staatsstrasse 171
9463 Oberriet
071 761 11 83
Haus zur Krone Freienbach Freienbach 18
9463 Oberriet
071 761 00 62

Sky Design Motel Hill GmbH Kriessern Zollstrasse 7
9451 Kriessern
071 727 06 00
Hotel Löwen

Bahnhofstrasse 29
9443 Widnau

071 722 10 33  
Hotel Forum Bahnhofstrasse 24
9443 Widnau 
071 722 88 66
Hotel Metropol Bahnhofstrasse 26/28
9443 Widnau
071 726 30 30
Various Hotels in Oberriet




Camping Area Name
Address Phone Website
Sonnensee 071 755 23 44
Baggersee 079 431 83 88
Bruggerhorn Bruggerhorn
9430 St. Margrethen
071 744 22 01
Gasthaus Ziel Trogenerstrasse 99
9450 Altstätten
071 751 65 21
Reunion Field

You can set up your own tent on the reunion field (or even inside the pavilion) to stay over night. Please indicate this on your registration.
Ask the committee when you arrive at the reunion so they can show you where it is best to set up your tent.


You can also stay over night in the reunion pavillon. Please indicate this on your registration.
Just bring your sleeping bag and maybe a camping mat (Attention: we do not have a defined quiet time at night!).


Translation from german: Die Vorfahren der Familie Steinlin von St. Gallen

The participants of the Naeffenfest 2009 may have wondered why the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses the great, who lived around 1320 to 1240 BC, came to be the caretaker of the current generation's Naeffen-spirit. It is simply because Ramses the great is the oldest well-known ancestor of all the Naeff family. You can read about this and more in the history-work "Die Vorfahren der Familie Steinlin von St.Gallen" (in German only), researched and written by Uli Steinlin. The Steinlin family are descendants of Johann Matthias Naeff and Maria Dalp, and are therefore listed in the ancestry of the Naeff family. If you look even further into the past of our progenitors (German: Stammelternpaar), there are ancestors from Altstätten, the Rheintal, and Glarus in the family line of the Naeffs (back then: Näff), and from Graubünden, Zürich, and other regions of Switzerland in the family line of the Dalps. Tracing those families back you discover here and there members of the lower nobility, later also of the higher nobility and and the ruling families reigning in Europe. Going back to ancient times, some of the ancestors are found in Rome, in regions of the Middle East, and ultimately amongst the ancient Egyptian pharaohs.

This extensive work about these ancestors consists of four volumes:
The first volume explains the activities and experiences of those ancestors, all in a framework of the social, political and economical circumstances of their time, in 400 pages. The offspring of the white and green clans get additional information about their ancestors of the Custers and other families.
Two volumes in large format display all the known ancestors of those families back to the ancient egyptians in 420 double-sided tables.
A fourth volume contains a catalogue of all the names on the above mentioned tables as well as further information on literature and more. This work won a prize of the foundation „Stiftung Kreatives Alter“ in Zürich and is available in bookstores in Switzerland to a price of CHF 440.-.

As a member of the Naeffen-clan you can order it directly from the author, Uli Steinlin, for a Naeffenfest-special-price of CHF 340.-. For history and genealogy enthusiasts it is surely an interesting read, and anyone related to the Naeff family will find interesting facts about their distant relatives in these books.


More information on the books (in german)

from the Helveticat-Webseite (Swiss National Library)

Author Steinlin, Uli W.
Title Die Vorfahren der Familie Steinlin von St. Gallen / Uli W. Steinlin
Publisher Basel : Krebs AG : Auslieferung Schweiz: Krebs AG [etc.], cop. 2008
Collation 4 Bd. ; versch. Formate
Contains Ahnentafeln Steinlin-Herzog. - 39 cm. Teil 1: Tafeln 1-200. - [327] S. + Zusatz ([4] S.) -- Teil 2: Tafeln 201-407. - [419 S.]
Contains Textband. - 407 S. : Portr. ; 31 cm
Contains Registerband. - 173 S. ; 31 cm
ISBN 9783857750014 (Krebs AG, Basel)
ISBN 9783768652001 (Degener, Insingen)