This September, Zurich’s historic Baur au Lac hotel and one of the world’s oldest luxury hotels opens an exciting new restaurant; Baur’s.
Located in the Baur au Lac, which is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary, Baur’s is a completely new concept for Baur au Lac’s usual fine-dining and exclusive dining options, inspired by the classic European brasserie neighbourhood-style restaurant and bar.
The new restaurant is the brainchild of Andrea Kracht, sixth-generation owner of the Baur au Lac, working in collaboration with extraordinarily creative and talented London- and New York-based Martin Brudnitzki Design Studio and the London-based Gorgeous Group.
Featuring a world-class art collection, Baur’s will be modern, chic, casual and sophisticated. Its creators have brilliantly imagined a warm and cosy space that will be contemporary and timeless all at the same time. The reimagination of the classic brasserie grill room design has been inspired by the history of Baur au Lac and the city of Zurich.
As well as welcoming Baur au Lac’s guests, the brasserie aims to be a popular destination with Zurich’s locals, with a large and elegant bar serving cool cocktails and fine wines.
Food will focus on grill-room classics with contemporary interpretations and using the best seasonal cuisine, all while retaining Baur au Lac’s signature world-class standards.
We look forward to sharing imagery and further menu information once available with you.
175 years of making history
Since its opening in 1844, Baur au Lac has been run by the Baur-Kracht family, now in its sixth generation. Johannes Baur founded the hotel in 1844, providing Europe’s nobility and aristocracy with a new “home” in Zurich. Some of the most powerful people in the world considered the Baur au Lac the leading address in Switzerland. In addition to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, the King Carl XVI of Sweden, the Queen Sonja of Norway and the Emperor I. Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi, together with all her retinue, were just a few of the regular guests. Before long, they were joined by the rich and the famous. In October 1856, Richard Wagner celebrated the world premiere of the first act of his Valkyrie opera at the Baur au Lac. Artists such as Marc Chagall and Henry Moore stayed, and Thomas Mann and Alfred Hitchcock were also among the regular guests. It was at the Baur au Lac in 1892 that Bertha von Suttner convinced the Swedish industrialist, Alfred Nobel, of the need for a Nobel Peace Prize. Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot personified the glamour of European cinema in the 1960s and 70s, and today, Hollywood stars, presidents and CEOs are regular guests.