It’s been 175 years since Johannes Baur opened the Baur au Lac as the first hotel built directly on Lake Zurich. Designed as a calming retreat for Europe’s aristocracy, the Baur au Lac is one of the Continent’s few grand hotels still owned by the same family. Throughout the 19th century, the Baur au Lac lured the great and the good to a landscaped park oasis in Zurich. Fun facts: It was at the Baur au Lac that Marc Chagall sketched his glass paintings for Zürich's Fraumünster Church, Bertha von Suttner convinced Alfred Nobel to establish a world peace prize, and Franz Liszt accompanied his son-in-law, Richard Wagner, on the piano for the premiere of Die Walküre. In recent decades, the hotel has invested 160 million Swiss francs in facility renovations, and Chef Laurent Eperon at the Pavillon restaurant clinched his second Michelin star earlier this month.
To celebrate its big birthday year, the Baur au Lac is rolling out the red carpet with a few enticing packages. The Wagner Package includes two nights at the hotel, tickets to the Tannhäuser opera at Zürich's Opera House, a 72-hour Zürich Card, daily breakfast buffet, and a five-course dinner at the Pavillon restaurant. Priced starting from around $4375. Or book the celebratory Jubiläums Package, which includes a host of add ons to your one-night stay in a Junior Suite: a private historic tour of Zürich, a Champagne aperitif and a five-course dinner at the Pavillon restaurant, chocolates from the Baur au Lac's"1844 Chocolat Baur au Lac" line, and a book about the hotel’s history called Memories of a Palace. Priced from around $1860.