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The Hotel

A mere stone's throw from the Paradeplatz, Zurich's bustling financial district, the Baur au Lac serenely commands a privileged position in its own landscaped park, between the lake and the Schanzengraben.

The Baur au Lac Story

173 yeaRs of Tradition

The Baur au Lac, internationally renowned as one of the world's top luxury hotels, an establishment steeped in 173 years of tradition, has been owned by the same family for six generations.

Being one of the world's oldest luxury hotels still in the ownership of its founding family the Baur au Lac represents modernity and progressivity at the same time. Over the last decades, some 160 million Swiss francs have been invested in new facilities and renovations at the Baur au Lac.

 

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Our Historical Heritage

  • Memories of a place

    Journey through time
    Journey through time

    Memories of a place

    Journey through time

    Over almost two centuries, the Baur au Lac has witnessed the birth of our modern world. Travel with us trough time.

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  • Pioneers and Trailblazers

    1844
    Pioneers and Trailblazers

    Pioneers and Trailblazers

    1844
    The Opening

    In 1844 – with, Louis Philippe still on the French throne and the leisurely Biedermeier era drawing to a close – Johannes Baur complemented the urban hotel he already ran by opening an establishment commanding a view of the lake and the mountains, a noble hostelry for aristocratic and other eminent guests who traveled incognito. Initially little more than an outsize villa and offshoot of the Baur en Ville, the Baur au Lac nevertheless underwent a series of extensions which gradually, by 1898, swelled to the full physical stature of the edifice today.

  • Royals and rulers

    1867
    Royals and rulers

    Royals and rulers

    1867
    New “home” in Zurich

    The Baur au Lac provided Europe's nobility and aristocracy with a new “home” in Zurich. Some of the most powerful people in the world considered the Baur au Lac the leading address in Switzerland. In addition to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, the King Carl XVI of Sweden, the Queen Sonja of Norway and the Emperor I. Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi, together with all her retinue, were just a few of the regular guests. Sissi’s first visit to the Baur au Lac dates from 1867. Although it was out of season, the hotel was specially opened for her.

  • From the belle epoques to the roaring twenties

    1926
    From the belle epoques to the roaring twenties

    From the belle epoques to the roaring twenties

    1926
    Triumph on the Klausen

    Merely setting the pace in the hotel business was obviously not enough. In 1926, Hermann Kracht (4th generation owner) also won the Swiss road-racing championship. The headline from the sports newspaper lists the results of the Fifth International Klausen Race in 1926. First place in the sports car category went to one Dr. Karrer, piloting a Bugatti, while Hermann Kracht – also in a Bugatti – was first across the line in the racing car category.

  • From Jiving to surviving

    1942
    From Jiving to surviving

    From Jiving to surviving

    1942
    World War II

    In Zurich the front lawn of the Baur au Lac was transformed into a potatoe field. This clearly shows how important it was for everyone to pull together and make sacrifices to get through the hard times. And thus, the hotel never went short of potatoes for ist wartime menus; although most of the crop was used for the hotel guests and staff, the surplus was given to local people in need, who could not afford the high prices such foods fetched on the black market.

  • Looking to the future

    2014
    Looking to the future

    Looking to the future

    2014
    Anniversary

    In 2014, the Baur au Lac celebrated its 170th anniversary, affirming its place as one of the world's oldest 5-star hotels still owned by its founding family – now in its sixth generation. The aim is to combine tradition and modernity, while preserving the special family character of the house, in order to continue writing history.

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Personal service

For many generations, the Baur au Lac has been regarded as the leading address Switzerland’s biggest city for the world’s most discerning clientele.
The elegance and comfort of its rooms and suites, as well as its exceptional service, have shaped its renown.

We urge you to take advantage of what we have to offer. And we urge you particularly to be indulged by our concierge team, guaranteeing that your
visit will be more special than you could ever have imagined.

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Impressions

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Photo Gallery

Pictures say more than 1000 words.
Discover the Baur au Lac gallery.  

Gallery

Virtual Tour

Experience the Baur au Lac on a virtual tour through the hotel.

 

Virtual Tour

Videos

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unique #bauraulacmoments.

 

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  • Front Office Team

    Personal consultation

    Book direct with us

    We are more than happy to advise you and help you customize your perfect stay with us. Feel free to contact the reservation department with any questions concerning our room categories or special wishes for your stay. 

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    Restaurant Pavillon

    Rewarded Cuisine

    The Pavillon and Laurent Eperon have received 1 star by Guide Michelin and 18 GaultMillau points. The Pavillon, Baur au Lac’s recently refurbished restaurant, features fresh and modern cuisine within an environment that effortlessly fuses contemporary and classic style.

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    Banquet brochure

    The elegant ambience of the tradition-steeped hotel in the heart of Zurich offers a setting for any kind of event. Business meetings, glamorous parties or romantic wedding celebrations – the Baur au Lac will spoil you and your guests in the midst of a thoroughly staged atmosphere. We offer seven different, stylish locations for this purpose.