Along a mountain ridge 500 meters up sits the impressive Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort Lake Lucerne. Re-launched last year following an international investment of half a billion francs, the Resort is part of a nine-year project heralding a new era in Swiss hospitality. Boasting a 150-year heritage, in its previous incarnation this celebrity-favorite was Sophia Loren’s hideaway and played host to Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer’s wedding. This soaring property contains no less than four hotels: the three star, traditional Taverne 1879 with just 12 cosy rooms; the four star First Class Superior, fully-restored Palace Hotel dating back to 1903; the five star Superior Luxury Bürgenstock Hotel, with breath-taking views across Lake Lucerne and a 10,000m² glass-clad Alpine Spa; and five star wellbeing sanctuary, the Waldhotel.

Across its eight restaurants and bars, the Bürgenstock Resort showcases the little-known excellence of Swiss wine through a total of 677 positions stored across its three cellars. Champagne holds around 80 positions out of over one hundred sparkling wines, with a focus on vintage Champagne and tête de cuvée as well as magnum bottles. French wine also features heavily, comprising over sixty red positions each from Burgundy and Bordeaux, with many wines available in multiple vintages. The resort is particularly proud of its New World selection, a unique offering in this area of Switzerland.