Epic Europe



Towering above Lake Zurich, the historic castle-like Dolder Grand has been reinvented to form a luxury-class city resort. The 113-year-old spired “Curhaus” reopened in 2008 after a four-year, 443 million CHF renovation by renowned London architects Foster and Partners. The extensive project added two new modern wings and colorful art by Dalí, Miró, Haring, and Murakami. Andy Warhol’s 33-foot Big Retrospective Painting hangs above the front desk.


The hotel's elevated location, between the pulsating life of the city and a refreshingly natural green zone, provides a magnificent view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps.


ROOMS: 173 spacious rooms and suites with city, lake and mountain views.


SPA: A highlight of the hotel is the new 4,000-square-metre spa. The winding stone walls that begin in the landscape continue inside to frame a canyon-like space for the pool. In some areas the walls are perforated to allow sunlight to filter in, and provide a dynamic play of light and shadow while maintaining absolute privacy. Geothermal heat pumps beneath the spa contribute to the efficient energy strategy.


FOOD AND DRINK: “The Restaurant” offers fresh and innovative gourmet cuisine ,18 GaultMillau points and two Michelin stars. chef Heiko Nieder blends local and exotic flavors (some from the Dolder garden) harmoniously for a pure taste, in what has been described as culinary poetry. In the summer the terrace is open, with views across the city of Zurich.


LOCATION: Near but far, within the city limits, but secluded atop the exclusive Zürichberg, a hill overlooking the downtown and Lake Zurich. From the main train station, you can take the No. 3 tram to Römerhof and the Dolderbahn funicular.



  • Luxury 5 star hotel & spa Zurich
  • Chef Heiko Nieder, whose talents have earned the hotel’s restaurant two Michelin stars & 18 Gault Millau points - the most decorated chef in Zurich
  • The Dolderbahn cog railway, historic funicular takes guests from the Hotel to the city center
  • The “Epicure” food festival September, hosted by the Dolder Grand and top European chefs
  • Spa: The only 5* wellness and spa center in Zurich
  • The Maestro Suite, inspired by Herbert von Karajan, has a bathroom finished in bianco oro and portoro marble, a sauna, and a private terrace with views of the Alps
The Dolder Grand 5*


Destination: zurich
Experience options in: Zurich


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. 

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • “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
  • "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
  • "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


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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