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Hotel Baur au Lac - Luxury holidays to Zurich

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  • About this holiday

    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.

    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.


    Daily refilled minibar in each room, Wifi

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Zurich, private transfers from the airport, and 3 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis for the fly-drive option.

    Holiday prices

    Sample fly-drive prices are based on two people sharing a Deluxe Double Room with city view:
    From £1,380 per person for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Set in one of Switzerland’s most famous cities, the family-run Hotel Baur au Lac combines elegant, modern luxury with Alpine views and an excellent city location.

    Hotel description

    The five star Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich is recognised to be one of the world’s top luxury hotels, with a grand palatial exterior and an interior that combines vibrant, striking, and modern colour schemes with elegant design and furnishings. Connected to the rest of Zurich by a bridge over the Schanzengraben, the Baur au Lac is in a prime position for exploring the rest of the city and the shores of Lake Zurich, which sits just metres away. Influenced by the refined tastes of each of the 6 generations that have owned the Baur au Lac over the past 170 years, each room and interior space has a wealth of sumptuous detail, and some original features remain. The 120 rooms have an exclusive boutique feel, and are decorated in Art Deco, Louis XVI, or Regency style, with the neutral colours of textured fabric in one room contrasted with the deep, rich colours of another. Printed carpets and headboards combine with elegantly crafted dark wood furniture and armchairs upholstered in dazzling blue, green, or red material, to establish a uniquely cosmopolitan and opulent atmosphere. The Baur au Lac has four dining options, including the Michelin-starred Pavillon, renowned even outside of Zurich. The Pavillon serves seasonal dishes inspired by both traditional Swiss cuisine and contemporary, modern style in a glass rotunda surrounded by parkland. The Rive Gauche and its terrace offer a more casual dining experience, serving grilled Mediterranean dishes alongside the Baur au Lac’s own wines. In the evenings, drinks are served on the terrace. Le Hall offers a vast menu of popular plates, and serves Afternoon Tea during the autumn and winter months. Outside, the green lawn of the park is shaded by trees, affording guests the opportunity to enjoy the Swiss sunshine, and admire the cream and almost-pale-pink hues of the Baur au Lac’s exterior. The five star Baur au Lac is a stunning luxury choice in a beautiful part of Zurich, with lake, river, and rural views.


    Overlooking the Schanzengraben River, near the shore of Lake Zurich in Zurich.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    7.5 miles

    Closest airport


    Room types

    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

    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.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    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.


    Minimum stays

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