Haldenstrasse 4 6006 Luzern − Switzerland
+41 41 419 09 09
Fax: +41 41 419 09 10
Welcome to Lucerne's traditional 5-star GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, this is an inspiring setting for your private visits or business trips to the heart of Switzerland. Enjoy direct access to idyllic Lake Lucerne and savour breathtaking views of the mountain panorama.
The location is unique. The GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL nestles in the centre of the famous town of Lucerne on the shores of its eponymous lake. Savour some of Switzerland's most delightful scenery with its grandiose mountains; stroll along the sweeping promenade along the lake! The KKL culture and congress centre, the picturesque old town of Lucerne, the shopping district and the station can all be reached on foot within minutes, while Zurich International Airport is only 45 minutes away.
We endeavour to cater to your every wish by offering sophisticated, personalised service and a sense of hospitality embodied by every member of the hotel staff.
The blend of tradition and modernity in our hotel is beyond compare. Inside, the legendary names of the founding fathers, César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier, the elegant neo-renaissance and new baroque architecture and a history stretching back almost 150 years come face to face with contemporary design and sophisticated flair.
Our Grand Hotel has it all: luxury accommodation for the most fabulous holidays, the ideal place for social occasions, a springboard for travelling, a gourmet destination, an environment for inspirational events, a mirror of the world... and within our four walls, a lively, very welcoming microcosm.
Indulge yourself in Lucerne! Your hosts at the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL.
Friendly, personalised and respectful – our promise to you. Our service is refined – our hospitality freely embraced by the entire staff. Avail yourself of this service. Whatever you need, whatever your concerns, the Concierge is at your disposal at all hours. We are committed to making the impossible possible. We can even help you plan your stay before you arrive.
Our establishment blends almost 150 years of glorious tradition with the charisma of contemporary hospitality. The founders' names are legendary: César Ritz, famous around the world as a synonym for premier hospitality, and Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Grande Cuisine. The fascinating architecture of the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL calls to mind French châteaux of the 17th and 18th centuries and palaces of the Italian Renaissance; inside, it forges a splendid combination with contemporary design and urban flair. This thrilling interplay is apparent in our 41 guest rooms, which offer a wonderfully comfortable setting for your stay in Lucerne.
The interior of the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL is a thing of beauty. The palatial hotel exudes culture and art both within and without. The shimmering corridors lined with paintings and exquisite objects call to mind the galleries of Paris and Florence. Much of the edifice's charisma is due to its proprietor and renovator, the art aficionado, Umberto Erculiani. Our guests are thus surrounded by choice original works reflecting a range of styles and epochs. The artists featured on the walls include major names such as Botero, Martin Disler and Greg Mort.
Our rooms and suites provide an ultra comfortable night's sleep. Every room is appointed in the Empire style with a wealth of attention to detail. The tradition of the 19th century blends harmoniously with modern facilities. Bathrooms in Italian marble, luxurious rugs, hand-woven Stockwell carpets and comfortable sofas and chairs speak for themselves.
Our Classic Rooms offer around 20 m2 of floor area and views of Lucerne's pulsing town life. The rooms feature a marble or parquet floor plus a queen size or twin beds.
These rooms offer unique views of Lake Lucerne. The Classic Rooms are between 18 – 26 m2and feature marble or parquet floors plus a queen size bed (on the second floor: parquet or carpeted floor and a king size or twin beds).
Our Deluxe Rooms offer a more spacious home-from-home measuring 30 m2. Each of the rooms offers delightful views of Lake Lucerne and the Alpine panorama of Central Switzerland. The amenities include a balcony on the lake side, marble floors and a king size or twin beds.
Booking one of our suites means entering a world of luxury and comfort. Their 38 m2 of floor space offer plenty of room for relaxation. Each of the rooms offers delightful views of Lake Lucerne and the Alpine panorama of Central Switzerland. The amenities include a balcony on the lake side, marble floors and a king size or twin beds.
Our Ritz Suites offer an unsurpassed hospitality experience during your stay in Lucerne. With ceiling heights of more than 3.5 metres and floor areas of around 60 m2, they impart a sense of space, lightness and freedom. This is wonderfully complemented by exceptional views of Lake Lucerne and the Central Swiss mountain panorama, two balconies (one to the east, one overlooking the lake), separate living and sleeping areas and a magnificent coffered ceiling featuring antique chandeliers in the Empire style.
Whether for a minimum of one week, a few months or your whole life: we offer luxury residences for longer-term stays or for use as your domicile in Lucerne; they are equipped with a kitchen and entitle you to all conceivable services at 5-star level. The RESIDENCE NATIONAL LUZERN is a standalone business unit within the company and enjoys close links with the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL. As a tenant, you enjoy an unprecedented standard of living. Each residence is individually appointed and features generously proportioned rooms for living, working and sleeping. Comfort, tranquillity, exclusivity and discretion – all under one roof. We look forward to hearing from you.
As all our suites the Escoffier Suite offers an unsurpassed hospitality experience during your stay in Lucerne. With a floor area of around 140 m2 the suite imparts a sense of space, comfort and exclusivity. The suite offers, next to a breathtaking view over the Lake Lucerne with its majestic mountain cenery, a luxuriously appointed living room with areas for work and relaxation, two bedrooms, a marble bathroom including a tub and a separate shower as well as an additional guest toilet, a romantic fireplace as well as a walk-in closet.
A time for unwinding, relaxing and recharging your batteries. The GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL provides a range of small but well-appointed isles of relaxation, such as a swimming pool, a sauna and a treatment area. Savour the soothing atmosphere of our pool floor with its sun terrace offering views of Lake Lucerne.
Our pool floor on the second floor is perfect for a little discreet me time. Unwind and leave the world behind for a few hours. Swimming in pleasantly warm water frees the mind and soothes the body. Immerse yourself in the calming blue. Comfy loungers and a sun terrace with views of the lake invite you to relax after your swim.
7:30 am to 10:00 pm
Pool staff present:
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
What could be more agreeable than really getting back in touch with your body and feeling the alternating sensations of warmth and coolness? Our sauna on the pool floor is the perfect place to unwind. If you love being warm you will appreciate our solarium, a source of reinvigoration and vitamin D. The sun terrace, meanwhile, is in the fresh air and offers glorious views. Enhanced by sun and frost, the setting lets the spirits soar.
7:30 am to 10:00 pm
Pool staff present:
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Put yourself in the capable hands of our therapists and experience just how good a massage of your choice can feel. Exhaustion, listlessness, tiredness, aches and pains melt away – the ultimate in relaxation. Choose from our selection: alongside the classic massage, we offer aroma oil and other massages as well as foot reflexology.
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Directly opposite the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL is the town's best-equipped exercise and wellness centre; hotel guests are admitted on favourable terms. Swimming facilities, a gym area and an enticing oasis of tranquillity cater for every requirement. It also offers Kneipp hydrotherapy and a ”salt lounge” for magic moments. The town's highest outdoor pool is a great place to exercise and relax in the fresh air. Restock on energy in the sun or immerse yourself in starlight under the night skies of Lucerne. Ask at our reception for your discounted admission ticket.
Mon - Fri 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
We have everything you need for glamorous, memorable celebrations of a private or corporate nature: magnificent rooms, a high standard of catering, views of the lake and mountains, and a professional team capable of organising a perfect event. We also welcome meetings and seminars: we provide a stylish setting and atmosphere – conducive to concentration and ideal for the exchange of views and insights.
Fairytale weddings, fantastic birthdays, exceptional christenings, exclusive gala dinners for important clients, atmospheric Christmas celebrations... Whatever your reason to celebrate, business or private, our devoted and professional staff will organise your occasion for you. Other factors guaranteeing a successful event include our Ritz and Escoffier banqueting rooms, jewels of the Belle Epoque; our Lake Terrace; our bar and Restaurant National; and a supporting programme that we can tailor your specifications. Our events consultant looks forward to providing you with all the support you need in your role as host.
Gold-trimmed walls, imposing chandeliers and a wealth of space for socialising – presenting our historic Ritz and Escoffier banqueting rooms, available separately or combined. The Ritz can seat 130 guests, the Escoffier 100. If plenty of standing room is what it required, the two rooms can accommodate 650 guests. For seminars, meetings and conferences we have five stylish business rooms: ”Harlekin”, ”Marmara”, ”Atlantik”, ”Pazifik” and ”Méditerranée” – space for up to 30 attendees.
Receptions at the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL mean concluding the most beautiful day of your life with a very special event. You could enjoy the aperitifs on a romantic cruise on Lake Lucerne with the finest in canapés and snacks. Or you could arrive by elegant limousine, chauffeur-driven along the lakeside promenade to be received in festive fashion by your guests. Put your trust in our creative and experienced team!
The GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL is also the right setting for important meetings or conferences, entertaining presentations and informative seminars. Our rooms exude a feeling of discreet luxury and are tailor-made for an inspiring exchange of views and insights. For events up to 30 participants, you can choose one of the five stylish business rooms: “Harlekin“, “Marmara“, “Atlantik“, “Pazifik“ and “Méditerranée“.
Lucerne ranks amongst the prettiest towns in the world and surprises the visitor with unexpected contrasts. Mighty peaks alternate with charm lake scenery, tranquil alleys lead to pulsing shopping streets, and the spectacular KKL culture and congress centre looks over Europe's oldest wooden bridge. A mosaic of art, culture, leisure activities and night life make this town a must-visit destination. Once you come, you’ll never want to leave.
The KKL culture and congress centre was designed by star architect Jean Nouvel and offers guided tours. Discover the distinctive architecture and aesthetics of the KKL.
The Chapel Bridge is Lucerne's most venerable landmark and is also, at 204 metres, Europe's longest roofed timber bridge. Halfway along the bridge is the octagonal Water Tower, Switzerland's most-photographed historical monument.
The Lion Monument was Switzerland's first preserved figurative monument. Carved out of the naturally occurring rock, it commemorates the heroism in 1792 of Swiss soldiers who died attempting to protect the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
The Glacier Garden adjacent to the Lion Monument shows what Lucerne must have looked like 20 million years ago. As a natural monument with park and museum, it is a haven of tranquillity.
The Musegg Towers: back in the 14th century the townspeople erected some of the nine watchtowers on the right-hand bank of the River Reuss. The Musegg Towers played a defensive role by allowing soldiers to see into the distant countryside surrounding the town.
Swiss Museum of Transport: all that moves! The museum focuses on the past, present and future of transportation and mobility – on water, on land and in the air. The premises incorporate the IMAX Cinema with its giant screen and 3D films.
The Rosengart Collection is the most recent of Lucerne's museums. It is hugely significant owing to its important collections of works by Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso.
Visitors wishing to discover Lucerne away from the throngs of tourists might like to do so with the help of an insider (Best Friends Shopping) and track down its many exclusive and unique stores and boutiques. There's no better way to shop.
Twice a week – on Tuesday and Saturday mornings – the town goes to market! A wonderful experience on both banks of the River Reuss.
Lucerne is richly endowed with inviting bars and restaurants, clubs and discotheques. The Casino is home to the atmospheric phrase "rien ne va plus". A Mediterranean ambience reigns along the Reuss Promenade – make it one of the places you visit!
Music, culture: the KKL culture and congress centre is primarily a classical music venue.
Cruises on Lake Lucerne: 20 boats, five of which are vintage paddle steamers, offer a wide range of excursions on Lake Lucerne, bringing you closer to the fascinating scenery. Why not combine a cruise with aerial cable cars or rack or funicular railways for a great day out?
Mount Pilatus: Lucerne's landmark mountain – a place shrouded in legend – is 2,132 metres tall. The top can be reached using the world's steepest rack railway. It has so much to offer visitors of all ages, including far-reaching views and Switzerland's longest summer tobogganing run and biggest rope park.
Mount Rigi: the "Queen of the Mountains" can be accessed by rack railway (from Vitznau or Goldau) or by aerial cable car from Weggis. This is a very special mountain, known for its amazing sunrises; it offers 100 km of footpaths and a Nordic Walking park, sheltered barbecue spots, children's playgrounds, sunny terraces and more.
Mount Titlis and Engelberg: the Titlis has Central Switzerland's highest accessible glacier. To reach the mountain and its Glacier Park you take the rotating Rotair aerial cable car. At 3,020 metres above sea level you have a mind-blowing panorama of the central Alps as well as some fabulous hiking routes.
Sporting activities: if cycling and mountain biking are your thing, the region offers countless short and long, flat and mountainous routes. As you like it: gentle pedalling to ambitious tours.
Golf: the region is a haven for golfing devotees. Die-hard fans as well as occasional players can choose from more than ten courses and driving ranges, all within 60 minutes' drive of the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL.
Mount Pilatus: Lucerne's landmark mountain is accessible in winter via the aerial cableway from Kriens. One experience not to be missed is the 6 kilometre-long sledging run from Fräkmüntegg down to Kriens.
Mount Rigi: the "Queen of the Mountain" is well worth a visit in winter, too. The vast sea of clouds viewed from above is an experience in itself. It also boasts 35 km of groomed footpaths, four sledging runs, ski slopes and even an airboarding run – all for a perfect winter's day.
Mount Titlis and Engelberg: the Titlis boasts Central Switzerland's highest accessible glacier as well as the region's largest ski sports area. On the 12 kilometre-long run down the Titlis to Engelberg you descend no less than 2,000 metres in altitude. The Jochpass ski area takes you into the Bernese Oberland. Engelberg's sunny side is a little less challenging: the Brunni is ideal for beginners, families and relaxation.
The town of Lucerne also has much to recommend it in winter. Strolling and shopping in the winding lanes and alleys with their antique shops, gourmet boutiques and jewellery stores is always an attraction. Coffee shops, almost like those in Vienna, invite the visitor to tarry awhile for a tea or coffee. Museums, theatres and numerous events, not forgetting Lucerne's famous carnival, cater for culture-packed days.
With some one hundred events, LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer is the largest of this distinguished threesome. Every year since 2003 it has opened with a concert given by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, an elite ensemble conducted by Riccardo Chailly and composed of internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians, music teachers and some fifty members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, founded by Pierre Boulez in 2004, gives the festival its own educational institution for highly gifted young musicians, who are specially initiated into the performance of 20th and 21st century music. Besides cultivating the standard repertoire with the best performers the world has to offer, LUCERNE FESTIVAL is also deeply committed to modern music. Every summer it appoints one or two composers-in-residence and focuses on their music. It also appoints stellar artists who are actively involved in designing the festival's programmes and present their art in a wide range of contexts. Finally, each season is given over to a particular theme, which governs the programming policy.
The youngest of the three festivals is LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano, held annually each November since 1998 and devoted exclusively to the art of piano playing. Classical pianists and famous jazzmen, new virtuosos and established masters, pianists, organists, and harpsichord players: all come to Lucerne for a week to fill the air with recitals, concerts and improvisations.
Founded in 1988, LUCERNE FESTIVAL at Easter spans ten days during Lent, up to and including Palm Sunday, and places an emphasis on sacred music.
The Restaurant National is where good food meets comfort. Our head chef seduces guests with his creativity, his finely-honed culinary art and his love of top-quality regional products. Cooking is our passion and natural ingredients a valuable asset. We also serve popular meals and simple snacks. It's a place for everyone and everything, straightforward yet also elegant.
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm and 6:30 - 10:00 pm (last order 9:30 pm)
7:00 - 10.30 am
Sunday brunch: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
The National Bar offers a stylish means of enjoying your evening − over cocktails, exquisite wines and snacks. Here, locals rub shoulders with visitors to the city while cool blends with classical. The selection of malt whiskies is the bar’s calling card and rightly so, as it gives connoisseurs reason to rejoice. The National Bar has retained the original style of the 1870s and exudes the engaging charm of the turn of the century. People say it's the loveliest bar in town.
9:00 am - 12:00 midnight
Our Lake Terrace is a veritable oasis for the soul, eyes and palate. Sitting right beside the promenade along the shores of Lake Lucerne with the historic façades behind it and a magnificent view over the lake and mountains in front, this truly is the place to be.
Open daily daily (fine weather only):
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm and 6:30 - 10:00 pm
The Café César, our coffee shop with a bistro feel under the direction of Walter Gisler, is a place where hotel guests and friendly, easy-going locals meet up to start their day in style. Coffee specialities accompanied by fresh croissants or home-made cakes are more than just insiders’ tips. Throughout the day, you can enjoy exquisite wines – and why not a little smoked Scottish salmon and a crusty baguette?
Manager: Walter Gisler
from 8:00 am
The Restaurant Padrino (14 Gault-Millau points), with its wide range of delicious Italian specialities, is a favourite meeting place for businesspeople. The culinary philosophy of combining top-quality, fresh, seasonal products to create mouth-watering dishes is truly embodied here - as is the desire to try something new, to make new discoveries and to vary the pleasures on offer, an approach which distinguishes the ambitious kitchen team under the auspices of Claudia and Giorgio Montella. The top quality wine list reflects both passion and oenological knowledge. Il Padrino: “Tutto bene“ with Mediterranean culinary art in the very best of company.
Managers: Giorgio und Claudia Montella
11:30 am - 2:00 pm and 6:30 - 12:00 midnight
October - March: closed Sundays
Look forward to Chinese specialities as you've never known them before! Not for nothing are authenticity and sustainability the restaurant's bywords. The recipes it follows have been handed down the generations. Most of the ingredients are sourced from the region. Discover a versatile, varied cuisine and experience Chinese culture in an atmosphere as authentic as the dishes served in porcelain bowls. Welcome to the Middle Kingdom.
Manager: Lukas and Jiayin Achermann-Liu
11:00 am - 2:30 pm and 5:30 - 11:30 pm
January - April: closed on Tuesdays
The Restaurant 1871 attracts guests with its simple décor and light, seasonal menus: eat, drink and simply be. It is one of the most precious memories of the early days of the Grand Hotel National. “Refined yet simple cooking using only the very best ingredients“; with this culinary philosophy, you are sure to be seduced by the fare on offer here. Roger Widmer and his team are also renowned for the extensive drinks menus offering wine, grappa, coffee and tea. The summer lounge, open from April, offers you the chance to enjoy wonderful evenings overlooking the lake and Mount Pilatus.
Managers: Roger Widmer and Jürg Bischof
Wed - Sat 10:30 am - 12:00 midnight, Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
October - April: closed Wed - Fri 2:00 - 6:00 pm and Sunday evenings
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Lucerne in the centre of Switzerland, the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL in the centre of Lucerne − in other words excellent road, rail and air links. If arriving by road, take the "Luzern Zentrum" exit and you'll be here in five to ten minutes. The GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL is also highly accessible by public transport. Trains and buses stop on our doorstep. If you prefer to go on foot: the railway station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Other city centres are not far: Zurich (65 km), Bern and Basel (each around 100 km), Geneva (250 km).
As a guest at the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL you will receive the highest level of comfort. If you wish, we will be pleased to organise an exclusive limousine transfer for you, whether from/to the airport, to your next destination or simply for a day out in the region. The trip from the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL to Zurich International Airport costs from CHF 345.00.
Arriving by road? Then why not use our Valet Parking Service! When you get here, we'll park your vehicle and retrieve it whenever you want. The charge is CHF 35.00 per vehicle per night.