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Chateau Gutsch: A romantic 19th-century castle, Switzerland


Chateau Gutsch is a magnificent hotel that was built on the site of an 18th-century manor house and hunting lodge in 1884. The style was inspired by the mad king Ludwig II’s Bavarian fantasy castles and due to its imposing scale can be seen from every angle from the beautiful city of Lucerne, Switzerland.

The 50,000 sq ft castle-like structure boasts breathtaking views over lake Lucerne and the famous mountains that surround it. Originally a vacation destination for Queen Victoria, Lucerne is steeped in history and it is that very history that inspired the décor.


Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed the castle with a Gustavian-style palette that was popular in Switzerland in the late 19th-century. For the Ritterstahl, the 19th-century panelling was stripped of years of paint and given a distressed, waxed and painted finish that looks original. He added a Swiss style fireplace as the original had been long replaced with a radiator and embraced original Swiss art depicting bucolic scenes to retain the innate historic values of this room.


The 27 guest rooms and suites have been decorated in fresh blues, duck egg greens, soft lilacs and sunshine yellows to keep the palette fresh, timeless and chic.


French painted Louis IV furniture mixed with Gustavian and Swiss antiques and the wall art depicts historic views and scenes from the Gutsch’s archives.


The owner’s billionaire business and media moguls Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny Lebedev wanted to restore the chateau to its former glory, whilst being respectful to the Swiss history and imposing architecture. The design brief was to create a world class boutique hotel environment with modern day luxury and old world charm.

Chateau Gutsch, Kanonenstrasse, 6003 Lucerne, Switzerland,

Images courtesy of  Martyn Lawrence Bullard

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June 26, 2015 | Europe Switzerland Travel | View comments

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