Within the Old City of Bern lies the illustrious Bellevue Palace, serenely positioned above the river Aar. An opulent five-star property and Leading Hotel of the World, the Bellevue Palace was built in the year 1865. Later purchased by the Swiss National Bank, the hotel served as a symbol of Switzerland’s wealth as a nation and the canton of Bern. In 1994, the Swiss National Bank made a very generous donation to the government of Switzerland in the form of the historic building, thus transferring ownership of the property to the Swiss Confederation.
Today a standout luxury accommodation, the hotel exudes Old world charm that can be experienced in every detail of the property, from its turn of the century architecture and lavish interiors to its bustling wood paneled bar and refined gourmet restaurant and breakfast room, La Terrasse, which offers guests stunning views of the Bernese Alps. Other plush touches include the Le Fumoir cigar lounge stocked with Cuban and other South American cigars, as well as the Bellevie gym and sauna areas offering workouts with panoramic views over the city’s rooftops.