Epic Europe



With spectacular panoramic views over the historic city of Lucerne, the Vierwaldstätter lake and the mountains, the Gütsch is known far and wide as one of the most beautiful locations for any hotel anywhere. A hotel has stood on the site for over 100 years. Built in 1888 by the architect Emil Vogt as a private residence with connecting hotel and restaurant facilities. The architecture was inspired by the Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein as Vogt sought to create a true fairytale Belle-Epoque palace. Today, the Château Gütsch has been reimagined to honor its rich history and important standing in the history of Lucerne. Our grand public spaces have been brought back to their original scale with very careful attention paid to the historic decorative details including the plaster work, wood carving, fine parquet flooring and paneling.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard has designed these spaces with historic integrity in mind, while adding modern day amenities and elements of luxury usually found only in Europe's grandest 5 star hotels. The decoration and attention to historic detail once again reinstates the Château as the jewel-in-the-crown of Swiss landmarks and provides a testament to the people who have graced its halls over the last 130 years, including international dignitaries, royalty, entertainment celebrities and most importantly the unswerving support of the inhabitants of Lucerne.


ROOMS: Each of Château Gütsch’s 27 rooms and suites have been designed to offer guests a genuinely original experience. No two rooms are the same, with décor rooted in a blend of traditional Swiss colors and patterns; each one has some element of surprise from cozy window bays to beamed ceilings and Victorian plasterwork. Beautiful upholstered canopy beds alternate with antique four-poster beds and French Louis XVI carved sleigh beds, dressed in fine linens and accessories. Most of our rooms offer spectacular views of Lucerne, the lake and the mountains or have generous balconies and living areas. Each room has a fine Carrara marble bathroom. As every room is different, our reception team will be happy to make a recommendation to ensure that your tastes and needs are perfectly met.


FOOD & DRINK: With panoramic views of the city, mountains and lake, our restaurant has been a destination for residents and visitors alike for over 120 years. With our commitment to outstanding, traditional cuisine and seating on a large outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the Gutsch restaurant offers the most spectacular dining experience in Lucerne. The Gütsch Bar: An intimate and sophisticated space, our bar is decorated first to maximise the breathtaking views over the city of Lucerne and the Great Lake, and second to pay homage to the magnificent collection of portraits from the chateau Gutsch archives. This whimsical collection of paintings include works from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries which are hung against a decorative scheme of orientalist Ikat painted walls, imperial green velvets, Prussian blue leather and handsome furnishings, all reflected under a gold leaf ceiling.


LOCATION: On the hill overlooking Lucerne.



  • Spectacular panoramic views over the historic city of Lucerne, the Vierwaldstätter lake and the mountains
  • Attention to historic detail reinstates the Château as the jewel-in-the-crown of Swiss landmarks
  • Architecture was inspired by the Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein as Vogt sought to create a true fairytale Belle-Epoque palace
  • No two rooms are the same, with décor rooted in a blend of traditional Swiss colors and patterns
  • One of the most spectacular dining experience in Lucerne
Château Gütsch 5*


Destination: lucerne
Experience options in: Lucerne


Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.

Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need. 

  • "I would have to say that Verbier and Zermatt might be the best places I have ever ridden a mountain bike, and I couldn't imagine going without the help of Epic Europe's guides. It was a dream trip for sure." - B.S., PA USA
  • "Epic Europe has coordinated several corporate events for us over the past 5 years, and I cannot imagine a more professional operation to handle all of the details. From a team-building event for 50 people in a 17th-century castle atop a mountain pass, to marketing conferences and catalog shoots, their knowledge of the best locations in the Alps is second-to-none, and they are as good as it gets at being creative." - E.P., Lugano CH
  • "Hiking in the Alps has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn't sure that a typical trip was my style. Epic Europe designed a custom route for our group, staying in the best little inns and hotels, and we felt like we had the trails to ourselves. I will come back again and again to explore new trails with their guides every year that I can!" - R.B., NY USA
  • "I have done trips in the Alps and surrounding regions with Epic Europe for the past 4 years, and every one has been unique and surpassed the last. The experiences that they deliver due to their personal relationships are a window into the real life in these incredible locations, and they share these friendships with us." - K.B., CT USA
  • “The team at Epic Europe created the most incredible trip for us, where everything came together seamlessly, and we never had to think about what came next - it just magically happened as if it was meant to be. That takes real talent, and they make it look easy." - B.N., WY USA
  • "A day of heliskiing in Italy culminated with a sunset run off the Breuil saddle of the Matterhorn - one of the most thrilling runs of my life - and we left our tracks in a place where they remained for a week afterward, reminding us of the best day of skiing in our life!" - WG, CT USA
  • "Our family spent last Christmas in Zermatt on a bespoke Epic Europe ski trip. The special thought and care that they put into our holiday made it our best yet." - L.M.; CA USA
  • "Epic Europe's custom road biking trip that they put together for my buddy's bachelor party was great - the right combination of killer rides, great hotels, and outstanding restaurants. Great guides, and overall a perfect trip." - A.S., London UK


Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps. 

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