Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern Lucerne

The 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern dates from 1845 and stands in a commanding position on the shore of Lake Lucerne, about three minutes’ walk from the famous, wooden, Chapel Bridge. The hotel has elegant rooms, many with lake view, fine dining in a choice of indoor and terrace restaurants and offers a range of wellness treatments.
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  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and buffet breakfast
  • Fly-rail with scheduled flights and rail tickets
  • Rail travel from London back to London as option
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Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

The Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is a grand 5-star hotel with an imposing history situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location On the banks of the lake, a short walk from the historic old town.

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Zurich

Distance from airport About 1 hr and 10 mins by train

Closest railway station Lucerne

Distance from railway station 3 minutes by car, 6 minutes on foot

Hotel facilities and services

Three restaurants, Bar, Sun terrace, Spa treatments, Fitness room with personal trainer, Sauna, Concierge service.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi in the entire hotel

Out and about nearby

The area around Lake Lucerne is rich with cosmopolitan life, historic monuments and passageways, and Alpine panoramas. Begin your exploration by wandering along the Reuss River, stopping at the Chapel Bridge, Switzerland's most photographed monument, and the Water Tower before continuing on to the Spreuer Bridge, with its red-roofed turrets. Other historical attractions in Lucerne include the 17th century baroque Jesuit Church; the nine towers of the Musegg Wall above the city, built in the 14th century; and the historic squares that dot the city, particularly the Kornmarkt Square, which is home to the painted Town Hall. Weinmarkt Square is the site on which the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Lucerne, and Unterwalden signed a federal oath in the early 14th century. Perhaps also visit the KKL Luzern art museum, the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Museum in Tribschen, and of course the Swiss Museum of Transport. Finish your tour with a visit to the Dying Lion of Lucerne, carved to commemorate the deaths of Swiss mercenaries at the attack on the Tuileries at the end of the 18th century. Outside Lucerne, visit the picturesque lakeside towns of Weggis and Vitznau, or follow the trail of the Swiss National Hero of Liberty, Wilhelm Tell, around the north-eastern shores from the Rutli Meadows to the chapel at Sisikon.

Sports nearby

Hiking trails, skating routes, cycling paths, water sports and golf.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Style double room with city view for three nights on bed and breakfast and including flights and rail ticket.

From about

£930 per person

Holiday Code EXH46039

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 hotel holidays to the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Room descriptions

The Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern has 101 rooms and suites. All rooms have private bathroom with bathtub and WC plus shower (most rooms), hair dryer and bathrobes, adjustable air-conditioning, sound-proofed windows, free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea maker, safe, minibar and flat screen home cinema.

Style Double Room 25sqm with city view. Seating corner. Queen bed. Some rooms have balcony.
Deluxe Double Room with city view 30 to 35sqm with seating corner. King or twin beds.
Deluxe Double Room with lake view 30 to 35sqm with seating corner. King or twin beds.
Lifestyle Junior Suite with lake view 45sqm as a corner room or with conservatory. Some with balcony. King or twin beds.
Lifestyle Living Suite with lake view 55sqm with separate living room with seating corner and desk. King or twin beds.
Lucerne Luxury Suite with lake view 65sqm with living and dining room. King or twin beds.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Style double room with city view for three nights on bed and breakfast and including flights and rail ticket.

From about

£930 per person

Holiday Code EXH46039

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 hotel holidays to the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Hotel Schweizerhof in Luzern, our clients usually either fly to Zurich airport or arrive by train at Zurich Hauptbahnhof. From here you take a train to Luzern, a journey of about 1 hr and 10 mins. You can walk from the station to the hotel in about 6 minutes, or take a taxi.

Additional information

Children: Children under 5 can stay in their parent's room free of charge. Children over 5 are charged CHF 45.00 per child per night. Children over 12 are charged CHF 90.00 per child per night. One child maxiumum per room with 2 parents. There is a 50% reduction on breakfast for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Style double room with city view for three nights on bed and breakfast and including flights and rail ticket.

From about

£930 per person

Holiday Code EXH46039

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 hotel holidays to the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Highlights of Lake Lucerne

Begin your exploration of the Lake Lucerne Region with the famous city itself. To get your bearings, wander along the river or lakeside, stopping first at the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne's main landmark and the most photographed monument in Switzerland. This bridge gets its name from St Peter's Chapel, which stands nearby, and was built in the early 14th century, making it a true testament to its ingenious structure. The Water Tower that stands partway along the bridge once formed part of the city walls, and has served a number of functions, including that of an archive, prison, and torture chamber. Also part of the city's fortifications is the Spreuer Bridge, which, again, stretches across the Reuss, but with an unusual ochre design characterised by the small red turrets attached above the bridge's supports. The so-called ‘Water Spike,' which regulates the water level in the Reuss River, is recognised for being a truly unique sight, due to the specificities of its engineering. For more stunning, historical structures, visit the 17th century Jesuit Church, with its grand, regal Baroque façade, which was the first large sacral church to be built in Switzerland. High above the city is the Musegg Wall. Built in the late 14th century, the wall remains remarkably well preserved, as do the nine towers, of which three are open to the public. For a taste of traditional Swiss life, visit one of the historical squares hidden down the city streets and enjoy a light lunch or drink in one of the cafes. The Town Hall and Pfistern Guildhall, which is artfully painted, are situated on the Kornmarkt Square; the Hirschenplatz Square is named after an inn that dates back to medieval times; and the Weinmarkt Square is the site on which Lucerne swore its federal oath with Schwyz, Uri, and Unterwalden in the early 14th century.

Cultural highlights of Lake Lucerne

Lucerne is home to a variety of museums and galleries, including the KKL Luzern, the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Museum in Tribschen, and the most well-known of them all, the Swiss Museum of Transport. Once you have explored Lucerne's streets, restaurants, and shops, finish your tour with a visit to the Dying Lion of Lucerne. Commemorating the deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the attack on the Tuileries at the end of the 18th century, this monument is one of the most moving in Europe. Follow the northern shore of the lake to the picturesque villages of Weggis and Vitznau. Weggis is recognisable from the water by the red-topped church spire at the village's highest point. The scattered houses in both are surrounded by green lawns, clusters of evergreen trees, and gently rising slopes. The Wilhelm Tell Express will take you by boat from Lucerne across the river to Fluelen, passing the iconic spots that feature in the legend of Wilhelm Tell, the best known folk character in Switzerland and the Swiss National Hero of Liberty. The meadows in Rutli, for example, are the setting of Friedrich Schiller's recounting of Tell's tale, and Tell's Chapel in Sisikon is built upon Tell's Slab, where he famously jumped from the bailiff's boat before pushing them back into the storm. Further inland, in the neighbouring cantons that claim sections of Lake Lucerne's shores, are several picturesque towns and villages with their own individual character. The town of Schwyz, in the canton of the same name, provides both a valuable connection with the cities and towns to the east of Lake Lucerne and an equally valuable insight into the traditions and atmospheres of small towns that have retained much of their historical air. The most popular and interesting part of this town, which is mainly characterised by its peaceful streets of chalet-style buildings, is the Hauptplatz. Here, you can admire the painted façade of the Town Hall while enjoying some food at the restaurant of the Hotel Wysses Rossli. Those looking to explore the landscape on foot or by cable car should head towards the two main peaks of the Lucerne area: Pilatus and Rigi. The former was once reputedly the home of a dragon and is now believed to be the final resting place of Pontius Pilatus, but most remarkable are the views across 73 Alpine peaks that can be appreciated from the top. Rigi is known as Queen of the Mountains, from the summit of which you can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and the borders into Germany and France. A cable car up to Rigi can be taken from Weggis. To enjoy the scenery by rail, take the funicular railway from Stoos to Fronalpstock or vice versa, the track of which is the world's steepest. Once on the mountainsides, you are at your leisure to embark on cycling tours and hiking tours to unveil the waterfalls and mountain streams, to take a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving or paragliding trip, or to take your time with a round of golf. The range of places and activities that surround Lake Lucerne is given its diversity by the stunning landscape, and by the coming together of so many cantons, each with their own unique culture. We would recommend staying long enough to try a little of everything to truly make the most of this fantastic and inspiring region.

Festivals in Lake Lucerne

Lucerne prides itself on being a city of festivals, a title that it lives up to through its blend of music, food, and theatrical celebrations. The biggest of these is without a doubt the Lucerne Carnival. Beginning on Fat Thursday before Lent begins, the carnival features three massive parades with masks, costumes, bonfires, and displays by the various societies in the area. Music festivals in Lucerne also include the World Band Festival at the end of September, the Lucerne Blues Festival at the beginning of November, the Lucerne Festival at the Piano in mid to late November, the two Lucerne Festivals (at Easter and in summer) which focus on classical music, and the Blue Balls music and art festival in late July. Sports enthusiasts might want to plan their visit in time with the Lucerne Regatta, on the 7th to 9th July 2017, and the Athletics Meeting, also in July.

Gastronomy in Lake Lucerne

The food around Lake Lucerne, like its history, is made diverse by the numerous cantons. Visitors can enjoy high-class gourmet food in stylish modern restaurants, or can enjoy traditional delicacies in smaller, family-run establishments. One example of a popular local dish is the Lozarner Churgelipastete, which comprises of veal and mushrooms cooked inside a puff-pastry casing. Those with a sweet tooth might wish to try the pear bread. To try some Swiss Alpine cheese, we would recommend ordering either the raclette or the fondue, as these are possibly the most typically Swiss dishes available. Finish off your culinary tour of Lucerne with some of the famous Swiss chocolate made by a local chocolatier.

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