Park Hotel Vitznau, a monument to luxury and bespoke opulence in Switzerland
One of the largest and most opulent independent hotels in Switzerland is the grand Park Hotel Vitznau, along the shores of Lake Lucerne. For over a century, the five-story palatial estate has welcomed guests to the lake, with an extensive shoreline terrace and gabled roofs, surmounted by a royal spire, providing an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding mountains. When hotelier Josef Anton Bon, from Bad Ragaz, a hot springs and spa in eastern corner of Switzerland, learned that a new railway would be bringing travellers to Vitznau in 1887, he realized that the lake would be perfect for a luxury residence, and with the help of architect Karl Gottlieb Koller, he opened the Park, in 1903.
Today, the Park has benefited from some restoration work in 2012, and continues to offer the most luxurious and upscale accommodations in the region. To the north of the hotel, Mount Rigi, the Queen, dominates the skyline, and a rail line travels to her peak each day. Within the hotel, the long corridors are organised by theme into Galleries, featuring such themes as Music, Theatre, Wine, and Finance. The hotel is also a quick walk of ten minutes from the center of the scenic town of Vitznau, and bespoke tours of the town and the surrounding region will be easy to arrange with your concierge. The hotel features two restaurants with Michelin star awards, and has embraced the pursuit of excellence in wine culture with six wine cellars and a collection of more than 30,000 vintages.
Relaxation and Play, the Core Elements of Pleasure
The Park Hotel Vitznau is a large estate and it now offers its clientele a selection of 47 rooms, suites, and residences. The penthouse options are larger, with living rooms and other ensuite features. The hotel also hosts the Cereneo neurological rehabilitation institute on its grounds. The Park offers its guests numerous recreational areas, with equipment, such as tennis courts, badminton courts, a boule (or bocce) strip, a dock for boating, and a fine outdoor heated pool, 21 meters in length and 9 meters in width. The Park Hotel Spa, signed to La Prairie products, is a true grand European spa experience, with a series of treatment rooms calculated to relax and invigorate, including steambath, sanarium, Finnish sauna, ice grotto, and tepidarium, not to mention the indoor and outdoor whirlpools. The Spa can easily arrange bespoke massages, Knieppe Foot baths, and beauty treatments, as well as personal trainers at the fitness centre, open to all guests of the hotel.
Touring the Water and Stone of the Alps
The Swiss landscape around Lake Lucerne is gloriously scenic, and the Park Hotel will be glad to arrange bespoke boating excursions with any of several partner services, including powerboat rides and scenic pontoon tours. The nearby Rutli Meadow is the site of the Rütlischwur Oath, taken when three local leaders vowed to create an independent nation. The gardens and vineyard at the Meggenhorn Castle are another powerful attraction for a day trip. After a day of exploration, you can enjoy an experience in haute cuisine at one of the Parks two restaurants, each of which has been awarded two Michelin stars. Restaurant Focus, led by Head Chef Nenad Mlinarevic’s, offers a nine course menu, and Restaurant PRISMA, helmed by Executive Chef Christian Nickel, provides a lighter approach on the spectacular terrace of the hotel. The fine dining will provide a perfect end to a day in the grand life of the Park Hotel Vitznau, one of the truly glorious deluxe establishments of Switzerland.