The magnificent Baur au Lac hotel is almost 173 years and is still in the hands of same owner family. Opened in 1844 by Johannes Baur, it was built right beside the lake with a view of the Alps. The Baur au Lac, still more of a large villa, has reached its present size by 1898. Kings and conquerors have bedded under its venerable roof. Today, statesmen and diplomats more regularly take their place. The hotel exercised a special magic and power of attraction over large numbers of the European aristocracy, and artists and intellectuals from around the globe.
Set in its own picturesque park on the lakeshore, the Baur au Lac is only a few minutes’ walk from Zurich’s financial district and the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street.