Hotel Waldstätterhof

  • Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, Lucerne

  • 3.5

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The grand red-brick Hotel Waldstätterhof offers a taste of classic Swiss design. It's conveniently located in central Lucerne, opposite the main train station and close to the picturesque waterfront - an ideal base for discovering pretty Lucerne and its picturesque surroundings.

Central location

Explore the cobbled maze of streets in the old town and visit the iconic Spreuer Bridge, all just a short walk away. Mount Pilatus towers above the town, home to flower-filled walks and accessible by panoramic gondola. For a more sedate approach to exploration, the local ferries crisscross the lake, and the quay is just 350 metres from the hotel door - hop off the ferry in Weggis for the iconic Mount Rigi.

Modern interior design

Outside, the Waldstätterhof is very photogenic, with red brick design and castle-style roof, but inside it's surprisingly moder. The high-ceilinged rooms are spacious and minimalist in style, and have exceedingly comfortable beds.

Dining is an experience here, from a hearty breakfast to a delightful dinner, your taste buds are in for a treat. Fresh, high-quality ingredients make up regional and international dishes and vegetarian and gluten free diets are very well catered for.

Added value

Free room upgrades - Comfort to Premium Twin or Single to Comfort Twin for sole use (book by 28 Feb, issued locally)

Free night offer available (min stay 7 nights, discount automatically applied)

Option to exchange half board evening meal for three course lunch menu

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Free 'Lucerne Visitors Card' Great for sightseeing with unlimited use of Lucerne's public buses up to zone 10 for access to various attractions (issued locally)

Swiss Family Card Included - free travel for children under 16 on mainline trains/buses/boats in Switzerland when accompanied by a parent

24/7 support & tailored advice in person or over the phone from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and train transfers


The picturesque city of Lucerne is poised on the banks of one of Switzerland’s largest lakes – the sprawling Lake Lucerne. It’s a locale that’s inspired royalty, poets and composers, who have all gathered here, leading to a boom in grand hotels and villas. Lucerne is an incredibly walkable city of barely 250,000 residents, with streets leading past frescoed cafés and museums in the car-free Old Town. Just don’t forget the world beyond while on your wanders. Polished paddle steamers leave Lucerne bound for villages like Weggis and Vitznau, and the local mountains of Rigi and Pilatus Kulm are adorned with exceptional hiking trails.

Here there be dragons: Mount Pilatus

Local people once believed that dragons lived in the caves and crannies of Mount Pilatus. And if you look closely, the set of peaks does look like a dragon spine reclining on the edge of Lucerne. The dragon theme continues on the mountaintop with scavenger hunts, storied trails and kid-friendly zip lines. There are also footpaths like the Flower Trail, and forest tracks and alpine moors, as well as climbs for experienced mountaineers. You can get to Pilatus by gondola and cable car starting in Kriens – or from the village of Alpnach for a ride on the steepest rack railway in the world - you can do it all with the Golden Round Trip which includes a boat trip between Alpnach and Lucerne.

Lake Lucerne

Ferries and historic paddle steamers carry passengers around the many-armed Lake Lucerne, stopping at the small ports that decorate the shores. Hop off at the pretty town of Weggis for Mount Rigi - nicknamed Queen of the Mountains - it's a hiking paradise with 120 kilometres of varied walking trails to explore and lake views to enjoy. Alternatively, book onto a lunch cruise, pick up a paddle board to explore the water at your own pace, or for a day of ultimate luxury, book a trip to the Bürgenstock Alpine Spa.

Lucerne: the city of bridges

Lucerne is one of the most walkable cities in Switzerland. Highlights include the much-loved Chapel Bridge that reaches over the River Reuss, the old city walls, the villa museum dedicated to Wagner, and the Church of St Leodegar, which sits its gothic spires on the site of an old Roman basilica. Need a breather? Take your pick of waterside bars and restaurants for a fruit brandy in view of the mountains, alfresco dining is a bit of a theme in Lucerne. “En guete!” as they say in the Alemannic dialect spoken here.

Getting around Lucerne – and beyond

Trolleybuses trundle around Lucerne’s city streets, while motor buses head into the hilly suburbs and villages beyond the city limits, and a funicular hoists view seekers up to Château Gütsch, the fairy-tale hotel perched above Lucerne. Meanwhile, the railway station is the gateway to big-name Swiss cities such as Zurich and ferries and paddle steamers bob at the quay next to the station - you can't come to Lucerne and not head out onto the water.

Why book a summer holiday in Lucerne with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of Lake Lucerne's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Lucerne include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 96
  • Official rating: 3.5


Comfort Rooms are around 14-18m² and sleep up to three adults (extra bed is a single sofa bed). These rooms are available for sole occupancy for a supplement.

Premium Rooms are around 20-22m² and sleep two. These rooms also have a minibar and can also fit a cot.

Comfort Single Rooms are around 12m².

All rooms have:

  • TV
  • Air-cooling system
  • Safe
  • Bath or shower
  • Hairdryer

Most also have tea & coffee making facilities

General information

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 11am

Local fees and taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. CHF 4.50 per person per night is payable locally. Children aged 11 and under are exempt.


  • Steps into property: No
  • Adapted rooms: Yes (on request)
  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

Longitude: 8.309319
Latitude: 47.049252

  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour by rail from Zurich airport or 3 hours by rail from Geneva airport. Your journey may involve a change of train
  • Located in the city centre
  • Opposite the train station
  • 300 metres to the nearest bus stop
  • 100 metres to the nearest supermarket
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)

Family facilities

  • Cots & linen available
  • Early meals available on request

The generous daily buffet breakfast includes a range of hot and cold dishes.

A delicious three-course evening meal is served six days a week - enjoy classic regional and international cuisine cooked using fresh, high-quality ingredients. The hotel kitchen is closed for half board on Sundays and Swiss Bank Holidays (1st and 29th May, 8th June and 15th August).

The hotel offers a good choice of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes with the largest selection of gluten-free options in the city. You can choose to exchange your half board evening meal for a three-course lunch instead.

Please note that the restaurant has a limited alcohol license and can only serve alcohol with meals.

  • No of restaurants: 1
  • Dress code for restaurants:


Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians
  • Dairy Free (on request)

This hotel is not able to offer vegan meals.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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09/10/2024 - 3 nights
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Hotel Waldstätterhof
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