vitznau park hotel by andreas augustin

In 2013, one of the most exciting design- and building projects of our days opened its doors. Expertly renovated and visionally enlarged by multi millionaire Peter Puehringer, the Swiss Park Hotel Vitznau presents a new concept of hospitality. The all suites palace at the shores of Lake Lucerne goes back to the mid of the 19 century. Andreas Augustin expertly tells the story of the rise and fall, and the resurrection of this icon of Swiss hotel business. More…


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