Baur au Lac

Talstr. 1, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland

Austria's Empress Elisabeth was the first prominent figure to stay here, spending an entire summer with a retinue of 60 people. Richard Wagner arrived and premiered the first act of his Die Walküre here, accompanied on the piano by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt. Kings and queens, empresses and dukes took turns visiting (and let's not forget Arthur Rubinstein, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, and Plácido Domingo), making this hotel a truly upper-crust establishment ever since it opened its doors in 1844. Today there is nary an empress in sight. This is still one highbrow patrician—it even goes so far as to turn its broad back to the commercial center; its front rooms overlook the lake, the canal, and the manicured lawns of its own private park. Upstairs, the signature classic room decor gleams with rich fabrics and Empire mirrors. Meals (including breakfast) are served in the glassed-in pavilion along the canal.

PROS

  • old-world style plus ultramodern comforts

CONS

  • attracts those happy to show their money

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Historical, Romantic, Service
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 044-2205020

HOTEL DETAILS

84 rooms, 42 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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