The wonderful Hotel des Balances, a place steeped in history, lies in the heart of Lucerne's old town right on the banks of the River Reuss. Unique façade frescoes give the hotel the air of a Venetian palace, and the Venetian feel continues on the restaurant terrace of this design hotel where diners can enjoy magical views of the river and of the mountains beyond. The Hotel des Balances dates back to the 12th century. Now, the hotel offers not just historic flair but also elegant, modern design and warm but stylish furnishings in each of the 56 rooms. Culinary delights are guaranteed from the creative Restaurant Balances kitchen – this establishment with lounge, bar and terrace boasts 14 Gault Millau points. The design hotel's prime location makes it the perfect starting point for shopping and sightseeing expeditions.
The five suites are sure to delight even the most demanding guests. Modern design and subtle elegance define these spacious suites with separate living space and bedrooms. Some also have a whirlpool and balcony, and all have magical views of the River Reuss and the wonderful Alpine panorama.
Lucerne is surrounded by the magnificent mountain scenery at the northwest end of Lake Lucerne. It lies on the River Reuss, which separates the old town from the new town. The most famous bridge straddling the city's divide is the mediaeval wooden Kapellbrücke with its water tower. Other sights in Lucerne include the Jesuit Church, the Lion of Lucerne; the Museggmauer wall and the modern Art and Congress Centre (KKL), which runs a diverse programme of cultural and musical events and a number of festivals. The charming old town with its wonderful historic houses has a whole range of boutiques to tempt the shopper. The surrounding area is also well worth exploring. A cable car trip up Lucerne's nearest mountains, Pilatus and Rigi, and a cruise on a steamer across Lake Lucerne are just two great day trip options.
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