Illness and death
The star of the hotel business, who managed to run up to ten hotels at a time, had reached the zenith of his accomplishments. Shortly after that he began to suffer from breakdowns and depression. His illness forced him to pass over his business to his wife Marie-Louise Ritz. She carried on her husband's hotel empire as first hotel manageress in the world.

Caesar Ritz retreated to Central Switzerland for the 16 years to follow. A slight improvement of his health allowed him to travel to his beloved home village Niederwald from Lucerne with his wife once more.

Caesar Ritz had great plans for his home village Niederwald. Among other things it should be equipped with electric light, the alleys and paths should be cleaned.