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Zurich Hotel Marks 175th Birthday with Cultural Experiences

By Paul Joseph

Bar au Lac, one of Switzerland's most distinguished luxury hotels, celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and is marking the occasion with two special cultural and historical experiences.

Designed to celebrate the legacy and timelessness of this prestigious Zurich hotel, the property has curated a room package that includes tickets to a performance of Wagnerian opera Tannhauser at the Zurich Opera House.

The package was inspired by the hotel's ties to the famous composer Richard Wager, and includes 2 nights' accommodation, opera tickets, a 5-course tasting menu at the 2-Michelin starred Pavillon restaurant, and unlimited public transportation throughout Zurich.

The second package invites guests to immerse themselves in Zurich's rich history with a private city tour accompanied by a local guide. This deal includes a one-night stay, the city tour, a commemorative copy of 'Memories of a Palace' chronicling the hotel's heritage, a 5-course tasting men at Pavillon, and homemade chocolates and champagne on arrival.

Since opening in 1844, Baur au Lac has been run by the Baur-Kracht family, now in its sixth generation. Johannes Baur founded the hotel, providing Europe's nobility and aristocracy with a residence in keeping with their high standards of opulence and luxury.

Since then a string of famous figures, spanning royalty, culture and entertainment have come to stay here, including King Ludwig I of Bavaria, Richard Wagner, Henry Moore, Alfred Hitchcock, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot.

Perched on the edge of Lake Zurich and set within its own landscaped park, Baur au Lac is a stone's throw from Zurich's bustling financial district. Its 119 rooms and suites are individually decorated in styles such as Art Deco, French Louis XVI and English Regency.

By Paul Joseph