Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich

The five star Hotel Baur au Lac is set on the banks of Lake Zurich and the Schanzengraben River. Equipped with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tranquil parkland, and an interior design that combines rich colours with elegant style, this hotel offers unparalleled luxury in Zurich. Include this hotel as part of a rail holiday in Switzerland, staying for a few nights before moving on to further explore the Alps, the chocolate-box rural villages, or the neighbouring countries of Austria, Germany, Italy, or France.
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  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
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  • Optional room, rail and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich

The family-run, 5-star Hotel Baur au Lac combines elegant, modern luxury with Alpine views and an excellent city location. The two Michelin-starred restaurant and immaculate, serene grounds afford guests an indulgent and restorative haven from the bustle of Zurich.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is overlooking the Schanzengraben River, near the shore of Lake Zurich

Closest airport Zurich Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 20-minutes' drive from Zurich Airport

Closest railway station Zurich HB

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 5-minutes' drive from Zurich HB

Hotel facilities and services

Guest Parking, Valet Service for overnight guests, Rooftop Fitness Centre, Wine Shop, In-house Florist, Medical Massage and Physiotherapy on request, Pavillon Restaurant, Rive Gauche Restaurant and Terrace, Le Hall Restaurant, and 1844 Chocolat Baur au Lac products.

Complimentary

Daily refilled minibar in each room, WiFi.

Out and about nearby

The Hotel Baur au Lac is within a short distance of the famous Zurcher Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich's main shopping street. To begin you exploration of the monuments left by Zurich's long and opulent history, visit the Grossmunster Cathedral, which originated in the 12th century. Then, move on to the Fraumunster Church, built in the 11th century with Chagall windows, and the Swiss National Museum, which has many historical exhibits on display. The Schloss Kyburg Museum, just outside the city, is housed within a white-washed rustic chateau-esque building. Take a self-guided tour of Zurich's old town one afternoon in order to appreciate the city's origins, which go back as far as Roman times. Historic squares and quaint architecture abound, and most professional tours will take you past the Cabaret Voltaire, birthplace of Dadaism. Trek up forested hills to the Uetliberg viewing point to gain some of the most fantastic views across the city and Lake Zurich. The Kunsthaus Zurich is unmissable due to its displays of many major European artworks. The more modern side to Zurich can be seen in the architecture of the Freitag Tower, or at the Europaallee. Outside Zurich, you may wish to visit Baden, a small town comprised of colourful houses and pretty streets.

Sports nearby

With Lake Zurich so close by, guests at the Baur au Lac are perfectly placed to enjoy the sailing, wakeboarding, and other water sports facilities, as well as the walking and hiking opportunities in the hills.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1417

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich

Room descriptions

Hotel Baur au Lac has 120 rooms including 27 junior suites and 18 suites with air-conditioning, work area, telephone, DVD player, television, 24 hour room service, safe, towels, bathrobe, slippers, twice-daily housekeeping service, and Bose sound system in deluxe suites.

Single Room
Deluxe Double Room
Junior Suite with sitting area
Deluxe Junior Suite Courtyard with sitting area
Deluxe Junior Suite Lakeside with sitting area; some have balconies
City Suite with separate living room
River Suite with separate living room
Deluxe Suite Lakeside with separate living room
Deluxe River Suite with separate living room
Deluxe Corner Suite with separate living room

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1417

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich

The journey and how you get there

This hotel can be used as a single-centre rail or fly-drive holiday, but is best included as part of a longer rail or fly-drive tour. The Baur au Lac is situated 1 mile, or a 15 minute walk, from Zurich's main station.

Holiday price guide This hotel is usually booked as part of a touring holiday of Switzerland. Therefore, the cost of a stay at this hotel would be included in the price of that touring holiday. If you want a holiday just to this hotel, then please contact our sales team and a tailor-made price will be put together for you and include your chosen travel arrangements.

From about

Holiday Code EXH1417

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Baur au Lac, Zurich

Highlights of Zurich

The capital of the German-speaking canton of Zurich is the internationally-renowned historic city of Zurich. The perfect place to acclimatise to the Swiss way of life, there is much cultural discovery to be done. Perhaps begin with the waters of Lake Zurich and the River Limmat, taking a scenic boat cruise, or hiring a dingy for a more hands-on approach. Pedal boats offer a happy medium, and the lakefront Badi-Bars are beautifully situated for an evening drink afterwards. To witness the beauty of the city from above, climb to the top of the Karlsturm, one of the Grossmunster Church's two iconic towers. On the banks of the River Limmat is Schipfe, Zurich's oldest district. It was once the headquarters of the silk industry, and home to many tranquil bathhouses and the workshops of boat-builders; now, however, it has a very serene atmosphere that attracts artisans as well as visitors looking for peaceful strolls down quaint streets. The Lindenhof District was the site of a Roman fort in the 4th century, and Charlemagne's grandson's palace in the 9th century. Today, it is a popular meeting place for Zurich's residents. For a sweeping view of Zurich's Old Town, walk along the promenade in the Niederdorf District. Here, shops are hidden down narrow alleyways, old-fashioned grocery stores sell the local produce, and the views of grand stone buildings are topped off by the Grossmunster's towers. Everywhere in Zurich, however, there are pockets of outstanding beauty, be it beside the 1,200 fountains of drinkable water, on the historic Little Red Train, or Polybahn, that takes you up to the Polyterrasse, or on the world's most luxurious shopping mile, the Bahnhofstrasse.

Cultural highlights of Zurich

Informative cultural experiences can be had at a number of locations around the city. The Kunsthaus Art Museum exhibits a range of permanent and temporary displays by artists of international and local acclaim. The Museum Rietberg exhibits a range of non-European artistic and cult objects. The Arthouse Cinemas are known throughout Europe for the rare opportunity they provide to view independent films in a cinema setting. For innovative modern art, visit the Migros Museum or the Kunsthalle at Lauenbrau-Areal. More unique artistic ventures can be found at the Bruno Weber Park and Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of Dadaism. The so-called ‘Home Mountain,' or Uetliberg, is beautifully quilted in rich, dense forest and looks out across the city rooftops below and the blue waters of Lake Zurich. The Uetliberg Railway takes you up to the top of the mountain in no time at all, or it is possible to walk to the summit in less than two hours. Venturing outside the city, you may want to spend a day enjoying the natural scenery. At Rapperswil on Lake Zurich you can step out to the lake's centre to take in the 360 degree panoramic views. Also only a short distance away by rail is the majestic Rhine Falls, the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Stretching 150m across, the sight of the tumbling, crashing water is fantastic and well-worth the train ride. Kyburg Castle, once the home of the Counts of Kyburg and then the Habsburgs, is a magnificent and eerie insight into medieval life, torture, food, and the illustrious heritage of the area. An unseal, irregular pentagon, the castle fits perfectly onto the small hill on which it sits, cradling a picturesque courtyard. At night, the stone walls and square-pyramidal roofs are atmospherically lit from the ground with golden light. The museum housed within introduces visitors to everything medieval, from military fashion to the produce of the authentic vegetable garden. The city of Winterthur, though considerably smaller than Zurich, will be a highlight of your trip. Besides its 17 museums, including the Oskar Reinhart ‘Am Romerholz’ collection of 14th to 20th century art, Winterthur has the largest pedestrianised Old Town in Switzerland. Mansions line the petite squares, and the City Church with its red-topped towers and the Fisher Maiden's Fountain give it exceptional character. The Town Hall Passage remains a famous and popular attraction. Winterthur is also home to a prestigious Centre for Photography, a Casino Theatre, and the Swiss Science Centre Technorama. To end your day in Winterthur, or your stay in the Zurich Region, locate your favourite of the garden city's parks to sit back and enjoy the late afternoon sun.

Festivals in Zurich

In Zurich, the festivals and cultural events generally celebrate modern, artistic accomplishments, spotlighting international, not just local, stars. The Zurich Film Festival, for example, runs from the 22 September to the 2 October, and the Zurcher Theater Spektakel runs from August 13 to September 4. Winterthur plays host to the International Short Film Festival, the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, and the Afro-Pfingsten. One alternative festival is the Dorflifascht in the Niededorf District at the end of August, when music, markets, food stalls, and shows take over the streets and squares. The Food Zurich festival will be held annually at the end of September, as of 2016, featuring fine, gourmet food sold at stalls by local restaurants and producers. Each year, the Manifesta takes on popular cultural and political issues, and deals with them through art over a period of up to 100 days.

Gastronomy in Zurich

The cuisine in Zurich is very typically Swiss, meaning that trying the chocolate, particularly by Lindt, Laderach, and Vollenweider is a must, along with the Luxemburgerli macaroons. A key dish in Zurich is the Zurcher Geschnetzeltes, a veal and mushroom ragout with kidney and sweetbreads that originated in the city. Rosti, fondue, and raclette remain popular this far northeast, as does the traditional Stubli. For a very traditional Swiss meal, head out to Rapperswil one evening. On your travels through Zurich, however, you will also come across a number of innovative restaurants serving creative cuisine, such as classic Swiss dishes using meat substitutes such as Tofu, or in unusual locations, such as the interior of an old mill.

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