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Since 1641 | 8700 Küsnacht am Zürichsee (ZH)

Romantik Seehotel Sonne

Historic hotel on Lake Zurich - since 1641.
A historic hotel with a modern art exhibition? Yes, there is. Welcome to the only 4 star superior hotel with the most beautiful location directly on Lake Zurich.
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A historic hotel with a modern art exhibition? Yes, there is. Welcome to the only 4 star superior hotel with the most beautiful location directly on Lake Zurich.

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.


In the city, By the water

Hotel classification

4 Stars Superior

Opening Hours

all year


Banquets/Weddings, Wellness/spa, Park/garden, Family/child friendly, Art & culture


"Living history" is the motto of the house, because here tried and tested old traditions are lovingly main-tained, while at the same time the host Oliver Moritz and his team always keep their finger on the pulse. A recipe for success that is well worth seeing and that you as a guest will feel every day.
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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.
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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.

Rooms & Gastronomy

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Our 40 rooms charmingly reflect the hotel’s history while featuring modern comforts and design. Our basic and comfort rooms are ideal for costconscious guests. Our superior and deluxe rooms distinguish themselves in terms of their ample space and unobstructed views of Lake Zurich. And if you’re looking for something unique, treat yourself to one of our three junior suites in the hotel tower. You’ll discover a spectacular panoramic view of the lake and a good measure of peace and quiet.
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At the Romantik Seehotel Sonne in Küsnacht, the choice is yours. If you'd like to dine in a gourmet restaurant, we suggest you try our famous Sonnengalerie – with an “al fresco” option in summer. But if you're after something more down-to-earth, you'll find Swiss specialities and modern international dishes in our cosy and historic Gaststuben. Our beer garden is right next to Lake Zurich. Enjoy the wonderful shade under our big trees and simple, delicious self-service dishes in summer.


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You have plenty of options for leisure activities, excursions, shopping, events and culture in Zurich, on the lake and in the surrounding area. Zurich offers you a rich program almost around the clock, whether in terms of culture or leisure, sports and shopping.

Contact & Arrival

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Romantik Seehotel Sonne
Seestrasse 120, 8700 Küsnacht am Zürichsee (ZH)

+41 44 914 18 18


The Romantik Seehotel Sonne is located in idyllic and quiet surroundings by Lake Zurich but also close to the city. You can reach us by car, train or tram from Zurich's main station or the city centre in a few minutes, or in around 30 minutes by taxi or train from Zurich Kloten airport.


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