< SWITZERLAND | ZÜRICH: Eden au Lac
Eden au Lac, the only luxury hotel located directly on the scenic shores of Lake Zurich was built in 1909. The successful early years were
followed by the turmoil of the First World War and then the "golden twenties" before the hotel had to be saved from the brink of bankruptcy by a Zurich bank.
The bank appointed respected Swiss businessman Arthur Louis Thurnheer to manage the property, and he and his dedicated wife succeeded in guiding the hotel
through the Second World War and subsequently to restoring the reputation of the Eden au Lac as one of the leading luxury establishments in Switzerland.
In the 1960s Thurnheer handed over the management to a young hotelier, Ruedi Bärtschi, and he (together with his wife) continued the successful running of the business and also became majority shareholder. In 2002 the Bärtschis, in turn, passed on the management of the Eden au Lac to their daughter and son-in-law Kathrin and Dario Fumagalli-Bärtschi. They run the hotel until summer 2007.
November 2005 saw the acquisition of the Eden au Lac by the Victoria-Jungfrau Collection Company.
Today the neo-baroque building is listed as a cultural monument.
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