There are few places on earth where all the beauties of nature converge. At the foot of the famous Mount Rigi (1,797 metres) stands Hotel Vitznauerhof, a striking building in Art Nouveau style, dating from 1901, with its distinctive tower, at the edge of the crystal clear waters of mystical Lake Lucerne.
The atmosphere at the hotel is infused with the excitement of the young team led by chef Jeroen Achtien. The Dutchman won his spurs at the celebrated restaurant De Librije (three Michelin stars) back in his home country. Achtien heads both of Hotel Vitznauerhof’s restaurants. Restaurant Sens, the culinary flagship, serves regional specialities and modern creations. Take a table on the gorgeous little wooden jetty jutting out into the lake, and you’re guaranteed to captivate anyone you take for dinner.
In fine weather, you can dine on the panorama terrace, and if it’s too chilly, Restaurant Inspiration offers a warm welcome indoors. After a visit to the Vitznauerhof spa, you can relax in a lounger at the edge of the lake.
Hotel Vitznauerhof is open annually from mid-April to the end of November.
Chef Jeroen Achtien’s roots lie in the famous De Librije restaurant (three Michelin stars). He has now brought creativity and culinary excitement to the heart of Switzerland with an entirely Dutch team of chefs, determined to achieve the very best. They use local and regional specialities to produce creations with astonishing flavours, unfailingly prepared to perfection.
The Inspiration restaurant also focuses on seasonal ingredients, inspired by international cuisine. Whether you opt for a tasty spaghetti dish or a succulent Swiss ribeye, the mainly local and regional ingredients offer you the flavours of the area. If you arrive by boat across the lake, you can moor on the hotel jetty and take a seat on one of the most beautiful terraces in Switzerland.
Opening hours Fine Dining Restaurant Sens
Wednesday to Sunday, 5.00pm to 12.00am
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Open daily 12.00- 2.00pm and 6.00pm-12.00am
For outdoor pleasures, you don’t need to go far. Simply walk to the banks of Lake Lucerne and enjoy the flowers and trees of the hotel garden. For a visit to the 1,707-metre Mount Rigi, walk to the end of the street and within five minutes you’ll come to the valley station of the Rigi Bahnen railway. From there you can take Europe’s oldest cogwheel railway, built in 1871, to the summit of Mount Rigi. You can also take the cable car, or simply set off on foot with a well-filled rucksack to explore the mountain slopes. Or cruise Lake Lucerne on one of the vintage paddle steamers or the modern ferry service. The hotel also has stand-up paddle boards which are free to use for guests to explore the lake.