Vitznau occupies a narrow strip between Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi, in Switzerland. It became a popular tourist destination in the 19th century, particularly with the British.
Quite possibly the main reason people still love to visit Vitznau is the lavish Park Hotel. It opened in 1902 and many say it has Switzerland's most beautiful views a pretty big statement!
Originally Villa Pfyffer, a simple boarding house, it is in the Belle Epoque style. There have been numerous structural and decorative renovations and today it is a majestic, fairytale castle with all modern comforts.
It is reached by driving along a winding road and as guests turn the last corner, they are greeted by the breathtaking vision of the hotel on the crystal blue lake with the 1798-metre Mount Rigi towering behind. You know you have reached the ultimate alpine luxury resort, the perfect place for active warm weather activities.
The hotel provides 69 luxurious double rooms with spacious white and rose marble bathrooms. Rooms are in soft pastels and all have balcony or terrace with mountain or lake view. King, French or twin beds are available.
There are 25 junior suites with spacious lounge area and balcony or terrace. They have king or double beds.
Seven suites have bedroom and separate living room, spacious bathrooms and balcony and terrace overlooking the lake.
Park Hotel Vitznau offers an excellent range of dining choices.
Panorama Restaurant is beautifully elegant, specialising in international cuisine and, of course, has superb views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps.
Quatre Cantons has a garden terrace right on the shore of the lake. The a la carte restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine.
At the Pool Terrace there is a large selection of summertime snacks and specialties from the grill.
The bar is a place to meet, day or night. Sit by the lake or the fireplace and enjoy cocktails or coffee and cake. There is live music each evening.
Of course, the Park Hotel Vitznau has a spa to make you feel special from head to toe. They offer a perfect blend of traditional and oriental treatments in beautifully relaxing rooms.
There is a wide range of sporting and exercising facilities and services. The heated indoor/outdoor pool has a large lawn for sunbathing. There is a sauna, steam bath, solarium, fitness centre, bicycles, table tennis, two clay tennis course and two motor boats for excursions or water skiing.
Mount Rigi has over 100 kilometres of traffic-free paths, making it a walker's paradise.