Romantik Seehotel Sonne

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    Seehotel Sonne Seewiese
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    Festsaal
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    Juniorsuite
  • Doppelzimmer Hof
    Doppelzimmer Hof
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    Doppelzimmer See Deluxe
  • Strassenzimmer
    Strassenzimmer
  • Doppelzimmer Seeseitig
    Doppelzimmer Seeseitig
  • Restaurant Sonnengalerie
    Restaurant Sonnengalerie
  • Restaurant Burestube
    Restaurant Burestube
  • Festsaal
    Live on Ice Küsnacht - Die romantische Eisbahn am Zürichsee
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Historic hotel on Lake Zurich - since 1641.

Situated directly on Lake Zürich and only ten minutes from the city itself, the Sonne (“Sun”) radiates a magical, historical charm - as it has since 1641. The owners of this superb hotel, the emblem of Küsnacht, have added every modern comfort, and nurtured a very special atmosphere. The historic ballroom from the year 1839, the cosy lounges, and the Restaurant Sonnengalerie with original sculptures and paintings - by Andy Warhol, among others - are all reasons enough to make a visit. So too is the delicious, creative seasonal cuisine.

Geschichte Romantik Seehotel Sonne

History since 1641

The earliest reference to a Wirtschaft zur Sonne in Küsnacht on Lake Zurich dates back to 1641. The inn with tavern rights, well documented over the next centuries, was built directly onto a fortified tower which probably dates back to the 14th century. In 1711, through an inheritance, the inn passed into the Guggenbühl family, who went on to manage it for more than two centuries. Until around 1900, the enterprise was continuously expanded and farmland, vineyards and new buildings were added to the family’s holdings. The inn was regularly mentioned in travel descriptions of the time, and the innkeepers offered Sunday dances and music events tailored to the towns­people of Zurich. In 1839, a year after the lakeside road was completed, a new ballroom and banquet hall was opened, and stables and a court for coaches were set up in front of the inn. The innkeeper had his own landing built for the growing number of guests arriving by steamer. Towards the end of the 19th century, the keepers of the Sonne also played an active role in the construction of the railway line on the right bank of Lake Zurich and in the introduction of lighting. World War I brought prosperity to an abrupt end; only during the Interwar years did the business slowly begin to recover. The current proprietors paid great attention to the historic structural fabric during the extensive renovations in the 1990s. The 1911 ballroom with its stage was converted into a restaurant and modern guestrooms. The medieval tower and the historic restaurant with valuable paneling and decorative paintings are a continuing tribute to the centuries of hospitality in the newly renovated hotel. The restored 1839 ballroom and banquet hall, largely intact down to its swaying dance floor, is the architectural highlight of the hotel. The hotel has been a member of Swiss Historic Hotels since 2007. (RF)

René Grüter & Catherine Julen Grüter
  • Host
  • René Grüter & Catherine Julen Grüter
  • Hotel type
  • Banquets, seminars, lake, weddings, celebrations, wellness-fitness, art collection, beer garden, Live on Ice Küsnacht
  • Hotel facilities
  • 40 rooms, free WLAN, 2 restaurants plus beer garden, lakeside meadow, sunny terrace, wellness-fitness, seminar-banquet rooms, ballroom, bar, lobby, outdoor ice-skating rink in winter (November-February)
  • Hotel classification
  • Price range
  • CHF 100–200 / EUR 96–192
  • Open
  • all year
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