Calling Hotel des Balances Home // Lucerne, Switzerland

Calling Hotel des Balances Home // Lucerne, Switzerland


Dropping my bags, I initially grabbed at thoughts of curiosity as I nosed around my hotel room. Opening the windows overlooking one of the many picturesque squares in Lucerne’s alstadt (“old town”), I was hit by a wave of excitement. After half-heartedly unpacking my weekend bag while waiting for my phone to charge, I wandered quietly through the lobby of Hotel des Balances. I knew that the property was positioned along the river Ruess but hadn’t seen it yet since arriving to the city. Approaching a wall of curtained windows my dreams of Lucerne were realized. 


Sigh! Lucerne was just a picture perfect and I had remembered from my post-grad visit way back in 2008. (A high-speed 3 week tour of Europe in which we often ate breakfast, lunch and dinner in different cities!) With my solo weekend my own to create, it quickly became clear that this hotel would be ideal base camp and a destination in itself. 


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Positioned perfectly within the pedestrian-only old town and along the crystal clear Reuss river, I took my gourmet breakfasts on the river-side terrace and admit to spending so much time taking pictures of idyllic setting that my coffee was lukewarm by the time I took a sip. 

To my blogger buddies out there, I know you can’t blame me!


Curious for a peek at the views from one of their riverfront rooms, the front desk kindly lent me the keys for a few hours so I could grab some shots and film a little vlog (coming soon!). The views from one of the top floor suites? Killer. I had one of those cliche, jaw-dropped, mumbled “Oh wow!” responses. Looking down on the city from above was beyond beautiful.

Don’t agree? I think you will in 3, 2…


Wait for it!




I know. I know! The view is absolutely wild, especially with the Alps rising in the background. 

Strolling the alstadt around the hotel was a bit of a dream in itself too. On my last morning I spent an hour quietly walking the cobbled streets, passing Swiss flags and traditional chocolate and watch shops.


If a riverfront room isn’t in the cards, I’d definitely recommend at least stopping in their acclaimed restaurant for a white tablecloth lunch on the terrace. If you ask me, a tasty lunch and stunning scene would definitely make for a perfect Lucerne afternoon. 


My room overlooking the quiet courtyard wasn’t disappointing either. Not much tops quintessential Europe, complete with church bells and cobbled stone, on the either side of your window. 


All and all, the hotel was everything I’d ever hoped for and definitely one of my favorites in all of Europe. My weekend in Lucerne was magic and there’s no question that Hotel des Balances sealed the deal.

For good measure, I’ll just go ahead and throw in another picture of the view from the hotel. Swiss perfect. That’s what it is.


Hat’s off to Hotel des Balances for hosting me, I absolutely loved my stay. All opinions are (of course!) my own. Furthermore, hotels that I would not recommend to my nearest and dearest are not shared on this space.


  • Some stunning views indeed! Oh to be sitting out on those balconies enjoying my morning coffee!

    • I’ll trade you one cup of coffee on a balcony in Lucerne for one heap of stroopwaffels in Amsterdam.. deal?

  • SWOON! Oh my goodness those views are phenomenal.

    • Couldn’t agree more, dear! I don’t know what I was expecting but I had NO clue Lucerne would be that beautiful.

  • Just wow, the view is perfect! Loved all your pictures!

    • Thanks so much Isabel. I agree, just wow is right! Lucerne is something else!

  • Not too shabby! I think the thing I miss most about living abroad (already!) is that feeling of history and old-world charm that’s all over the place. Nothing like that here, sadly!

    • Mehh, I understand. Though, there’s tons of modern era history in good ole VA too. I hear you though, a day at Williamsburg isn’t quite as fun as Lucerne… unless you’re at Busch Gardens which is insanely fun. ;D

  • Gosh these pics made me SO excited for when I drop by the Lucerne region for a day this summer! Can’t wait to climb the Swiss Alps πŸ™‚

    • Oh fun! I’m actually posting about hiking the nearby Alps in a few days! Keep an eye out! πŸ˜‰

      Smart choice with planning a visit. You’ll love it!

  • WOW! This is seriously BEAUTIFUL!!!

    • I felt the same! I was totally that obnoxious tourist that didn’t put down my camera the entire time I was there. Whatever, it was amazing. You need to go, I know you’d love it too!

  • Oh goodness! Breakfast on the river side like that – just utterly, utterly, perfect!! I’m not surprised your coffee got cold with all that beauty to snap!! What a charming hotel – it looks the perfect place to stay. xxx

    • And it totally was! I was kind of in this dreamy-“I should move here” state the entire weekend, what a place!

  • Oh my goodness, I am going to need a riverfront room ASAP. Do you think they want to fly me over from Australia? πŸ™‚

    • I’m going to go with…YES! Let’s setup an exchange program for you to come here and I go there. Sound good? πŸ˜€

  • this is just stunning! I’m all kinds of heart-eye emoji over those views.

    • I was totally the same when I was there, plus a little open-mouth-shocked emoji (which I’m going to pretend means jaw-dropped emoji). ha!

  • The slow pace

    What a gorgeous hotel!!!! And impressive pictures, as usual.
    I miss a little chocolate feature, though πŸ˜‰ Did you went on a chocolate tour? A girl can dream… πŸ˜‰

    • Sigh, no chocolate tour or chocolate bars. So sad, huh? Next time I’ll make it happen, swear. ;D

  • I need to stay there! So adding Lucerne to my ever-growing list

    • Bingo! You and I are definitely the same when it comes to this bucket list stuff, mine never seems to end. πŸ™‚

  • What a beautiful place to stay! Wish I was there instead of my desk right now πŸ™ lol

    • Sigh, me too dear, me too!

  • Gorgeous! I had no idea Lucerne is so pretty πŸ™‚

    • Yep! The rumors are definitely true! πŸ˜€

  • That breakfast must have been magical. Give me eggs and orange juice on the water and I’m a happy girl!

    • I hear ya! A huge advocate for a good breakfast al fresco… or anything al fresco, for that matter.

  • Oh my goodness… hold on one moment while I pick my jaw off the floor! *insert heart eyes emoji*

    Switzerland as a whole is a complete dream, but holy moley, I never knew Lucerne was THAT stunning. I may have to pack my bags and move there right this instant! Thanks for the suspense with the view, by the way, haha! And it was totally worth it to drink lukewarm coffee for those photos πŸ˜‰ These are beautiful photos, by the way! Really beautiful light. Will you be posting more on Lucerne?

    • haha! hopefully your jaw is feeling better (hardy, har, har!)! Thanks for going along with my suspense building method of sharing that view too! Really though, I could have just written “This is view is insane.” over and over because that’s how I felt the entire time. πŸ˜€

  • D-D-D-D-D-DDUDE. I’m super jelly! It’s so beautiful there and your photos are on POINT! xx

  • Julia

    This looks stunning! My friends did one of those two week tours through a program in Europe this summer (one that I did not go on, because, well, I moved to Europe a week later) and Lucerne ended up being everybody’s favorite. Stunning photos, and it’s for sure on my bucket list as well!!


    • Oh I can certainly understand why! Lucerne has all the perks of a big city but with a ton of natural beauty and architectural charm. The good news is that it’s not all the far away from you for a visit! πŸ™‚

  • emi

    wow wow wow! perfect place!


    • Seriously! It was absolutely beautiful!

  • Wow, I love how close to the river the rooms are, when sitting on your balcony it almost looks like you ON the river, like a cruise!

    Picture postcard scenery and architecture though – Lucerne hasn’t been on my radar before…it is now πŸ˜€

    • You’re so right! It really was a lot like a cruise, I never thought about it that way!

      Hope you get to Lucerne soon, and feel free to take me with you! πŸ˜€

  • Absolutely gorgeous!

    • Agreed! It’s definitely a special place!

  • Beautiful! I think you would really like Überlingen too! It’s a small city, similar to Lucern, on the northeastern shore of Bodensee.

    • Noted! Thanks so much for the suggestion, dear!