Lucerne, Switzerland - On the footsteps of César Ritz...

Updated: Feb 5

What does the Grand Hotel National Lucerne in Switzerland have in common with the Savoy London and the Ritz Paris?


The answer is: César Ritz !

Do you know that César Ritz was born 1850 in Niederwald, a small village in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland? And, did you know that he started his career as a Hotel Director at the

Grand Hotel National Lucerne in 1879? It was the first Hotel build on the shore of Lake Lucerne and after he has hired Auguste Escoffier, the high society from around the world came to enjoy Summer holidays in Lucerne and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the nature Central Switzerland has to offer but also about the hospitality and top-quality service they experienced. Snow topped mountains, the lake and the Lion Monument with the Glacier Garden were not the only highlights of every trip. Central Switzerland offers a lot: The Chapel Bridge with the world-famous water tower from the 14th Century and the charming old town. Today, it is also a city of interest and culture. The Lucerne Festival and the Rosengart Collection are worth a visit. Lucerne offers also shopping, golf and is one of the most attractive cities in the world. It is an ideal point of departure for unforgettable excursions. Daytrips to the most famous Alpine peaks such as Mount Pilatus or excursions to Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zürich and Basel are all easily reachable by car or train. This is why the Hotel Grand National Luzern was and is still the address in Europe. Famous guests were Queen Mary of Naples, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, King Leopold of Belgium, Queen Victoria Eugénie of Spain, Sergei Vasilyevic Rachmaninov, Arturo Toscanini, Walt Disney and, many prominent celebrities visited Lucerne and made the city and its region so popular. After his successful years in Lucerne César Ritz’s knowledge was requested in Paris and London. But, also in Cannes, Baden-Baden and Rome. He travelled between England, Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland. 1898 the Ritz in Paris was inaugurated. César Ritz died in 1918 in Switzerland on Mount Rigi. César Ritz Colleges Switzerland hotel and hospitality management About the Hotel Grand National Lucerne This 5* Hotel offers a wide range of dining experiences and atmospheres and the culinary delicacies served are always of the highest quality: 4 restaurants, 1 bar and a coffee shop and one of the region's loveliest lakeside terraces provide a wealth of choice that is hard to beat. You will love the Sunday Brunch experience!


Every Sunday from 11am to 3pm at the Restaurant National. CHF 65.00 incl. coffee, tea and 1 glass of sparkling vine. We arrived at 11am and were greeted by the waitress. She took our coats and showed us our reserved table next to the window with a great spectacular scenery view and with perfect table settings for the Sunday morning Brunch. 
Sitting on comfortable chairs we were ready to start. The friendly waitress explained that we can start with a glass of sparkling vine, coffee or tea. As we don’t drink alcohol she suggested to have a non-alcoholic aperitif: a Sanbittèr (an Italian non-alcoholic, sparkling aperitif made with aromatic herbs). It was served with a slice of orange and ice.

The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of starters like different types of cheese, cereals, plain or fruit yogurts, homemade pastries, different types of bread including croissants, butter, honey and a selection of jams, meat and salmon, crabs, mozzarella and tomatoes, fresh fruits and you can order freshly made eggs.

Between the menu courses you can enjoy live piano music. The Restaurant is an inviting and warmly decorated dining room. The huge chandelier in the middle of the ceiling remembers that you are sitting in a Grand Hotel which dates back to the 19th/20th Century. The main course has three à la carte main dishes we could choose from (one meat, one fish and one vegetarian).

Also, they serve three variations of seasonal desserts.


All the food was prepared freshly and was served in good intervals. You can expect a personalized service in a unique location and a hospitality which remembers the founding fathers César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier. We know you will have sweet dreams whether you sleep in a classic room or in a suite. • The Hotel is one of Lucerne's most historic Hotel and is family owned • It is perfectly located, just next to the lakeside promenade  • The China Restaurant Jialu National Lucerne ranked first “International” Best of Swiss Gastro Award • The only Hotel in town with a swimming pool • The main shopping area is just a short walk away, many luxurious and international watch brands can be found in the nearby pedestrian area of old town.

The Ritz Suite Ceiling heights of more than 3.5 metres floor areas of around 60 m2 views of Lake Lucerne and mountain panorama two balconies separate living and sleeping areas

All rooms come with a welcome basket and personalized note, Nespresso machine, complimentary water bottle, highspeed Wi-Fi, TV, sound system, luxurious Molton Brown care products, soft bathrobe and slippers, marble floor and each room is individually furnished with antiquities! You real get the feeling of luxury here. Deluxe Room Floor area measuring 30 m2
views of Lake Lucerne and the Alpine panorama of Central Switzerland lake side balcony marble floor twin beds

Please contact us if you have any questions at reservations@pearlsofswitzerland.com. If you book through this link you will get a 1h free city tour (Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge with world-famous water tower). We highly recommend to pre-book your rooms for the time after Ramadan 2020. And last but not least if you like to spend 6 month in Switzerland we do recommend the Residence National Luzern… more here

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copyright text and pictures Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert 2019