Thank You for Being Part of Our History

Dear Guests and Friends of our establishment

We're very grateful to you for your loyalty and for the trust you place in us. It's thanks to you that we can continue to shape the history and future of the Grand Hotel National – and mark our 150th anniversary with you throughout 2020 we'll be celebrating with special anniversary offers and little surprises.

Let's celebrate!

A Slice of History

Our establishment blends 150 years of glorious tradition with the charisma of contemporary hospitality. The founders' names are legendary: César Ritz, famous around the world as a synonym for premier hospitality, and Auguste Escoffier, the founder of Grande Cuisine. The fascinating architecture of the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL calls to mind French châteaux of the 17th and 18th centuries and palaces of the Italian Renaissance; inside, it forges a splendid combination with contemporary design and urban flair. This thrilling interplay is apparent in our 41 guest rooms, which offer a wonderfully comfortable setting for your stay in Lucerne.

A Slice Of History

César Ritz


Ritz is a legendary name. It has been a mark of quality for premium hotels for more than a century. Yet behind that name is the impressive story of a Swiss farmer's son from Valais canton., his meteoric rise and tragic fall.


It's your Wedding? And it's our anniversary ...


Dear Bridal Couple, we want to celebrate our 150th anniversary with you in 2020!

Crown your most beautiful day by holding your reception at the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL – so our birthday cake becomes your wedding cake. During our anniversary year, if your wedding reception is attended by at least 50 guests and the menu price is CHF 80.00 and over, we'll make you a present of your wedding cake!

Your wedding reception at the GRAND HOTEL NATIONAL is taking place between 1 January and 31 December 2020. Wedding cake of your choice from our assortment up to a price of CHF 14.00 per person. 

Auguste Escoffier


In 1881 Ritz managed to pull off an incredible coup. He hired famous chef de cuisine Auguste Escoffier. Together Ritz and Escoffier launched into modernising the culinary services at luxury hotels and made them fit for the 20th century.

The changes Ritz and Escoffier introduce in the 1880s at the Hôtel National were quite revolutionary. With service par petites tables, Madame and Monsieur had the option of conversing in private and ordering their meal à la carte. In most other luxury hotels, guests had to wait at least another decade for this privilege. The reputation of the National and of César Ritz and August Escoffier spread all the more quickly across Europe and overseas.

Anniversary Cocktail


"Wherever Ritz goes, I will follow," the then Prince of Wales and later King Edward VII is reported to have said. He and flocks of illustrious guest accompanied the brilliant duo of Ritz and Escoffier like migratory birds from their summer workplace at the National to winter quarters on the French coast, to return again to Lucerne for the next season. Therefore our anniversary cocktail is served in a silver cup, just as it is proper for a Prince of Wales.

The traditional Studer company, that produces the Studer Gin used in the recipe, as well comes from the time of César Ritz at the National. Since 1883 Studer has been making family history. Then and now. Authenticity is essential, the traditional craftmanship dates back for more than 130 years, through generations.

The Cocktail

  • Juniper berries
  • Studer Gin
  • Chartreuse
  • Grape juice
  • Cassis
  • Lime

Let's have a toast!


Le Guide Culinaire by Auguste Escoffier

August Escoffier is considered the creator of "Grande Cuisine" and the initiator of modern commercial kitchen organisation. His cuisine became increasingly different from that of his fellow chefs. He incorporated new findings from nutritional science in his cooking techniques and elevated "French haute cuisine" to new heights. Containing 5000 recipes and dating from 1903, his standard text "Le Guide Culinaire" remains a mainstay reference work to this day – one that is regularly consulted in the training of chefs. Everyone knows recipes of his such as Peach Melba, Pear Belle-Hélène and Sole Coquelin.

Our anniversary year 2020 finds us celebrating the master chef and former Executive Chef of the National: we'll be showcasing one of his legendary dishes every month.


More History and Stories

Have we sparked your interest? You'll find more history and stories in our publication: comprising some 120 pages and available in German and English, the book tells the story of our hotel and describes the beginnings of luxury tourism in the 19th century and, with it, the evolution of Lucerne as a tourist destination. The book is available from our Reception, but it can also be ordered by calling +41 41 419 09 09 or emailing

Grand Hotel National - Luxury and Hospitality, 2010, 120 Pages, Hardcover, 21 x 26 cm, CHF 58.00

The Anniversary Package - It's Ritzy

You are celebrating? Celebrate with us! Book one night in an Empire Junior Suite or Ritz Suite and let us tend to your every need. You can look forward to some luxury extras, a gourmet dinner and champagne with fresh strawberries.

The package includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • 1 night in your choice of room incl. breakfast buffet
  • Champagne and strawberries in your room on arrival
  • Gourmet aperitif with anniversary cocktail in our National Bar
  • 5-course meal in the Restaurant National, excl. beverages
  • Champagne truffles
  • Anniversary gift

Price per room in an Empire Junior Suite CHF 1,090.00
Price per room in a Ritz Suite CHF 1,580.00

Package valid 1 April to 31 October 2020. All prices include value added tax and service, excl. visitor's tax. Prices and programme subject to change. Restrictions and black out dates may apply.