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August 5, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Switzerland’s Park Hotel Weggis Sets Green Agenda

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

WEGGIS, SWITZERLAND –The five-star 53-room Park Hotel Weggis, a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux portfolio premier hotels and resorts, is effectively incorporating its region’s natural resources into daily operations and is, in turn, saving money and preserving the environment. Located along the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, the luxury hotel has successfully implemented a heating and cooling system powered by using the water from the lake, thus reducing the amount oil needed by up to 20 percent each year.

Park Hotel Weggis incorporated the heat pump technology in 1999 at a cost of approximately CHF 600,000 (nearly $600,000). To date, the technology has reduced the facilities oil usage by up to 20 percent equaling 100,000 liters less of oil used each year. Additionally, 80 percent of the hotel’s heat is drawn from this system. In the summer months, the energy created by drawing the water through the pump system cools the hotel’s air-conditioning system, and in the winter, the energy is directed into the hotel’s heating systems.

In addition to Park Hotel Weggis, the Village of Weggis’s school and home for the elderly have also incorporated the technology to draw precious natural resources from the lake.

“Our hotel is located in one of the world’s most beautiful settings,” said Peter Kämpfer, general manager of Park Hotel Weggis. “We believe it is our duty to preserve the area and its natural resources for future generations to enjoy. With this alternate energy technology we are effectively able to reduce our carbon footprint in quantifiable amounts. We will continue to develop additional environmentally-friendly initiatives to ensure that our hotel remains as “green” as the region that surrounds us.”

Newly refurbished Park Hotel Weggis offers 53 guestrooms and suites, including the uniquely designed Adara Suites featuring unadulterated views of Lake Lucerne, luxurious baths and amenities, in-room wine coolers and the latest in technology. Asian-influenced private spa cottages, Tibetan themed spa treatment rooms and therapies and Japanese gardens provide a tranquil respite in which to unwind. The refurbishment features the incorporation of modern day luxury design and style in the original hotel structure that housed the Mark Twain and Queen Victoria Suites. The signature Aquarius Hall is the perfect venue in which to create unique occasions with its glass panels and specially designed lighting executed in Murano glass by Philippe Starck. The hotel is open year-round.

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For information and reservations contact Park Hotel Weggis at or or 011-41-2-41-392-05-05.

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The Park Hotel Weggis is a five-star member of Relais & Chateaux situated on the banks of Lake Lucerne just 30 minutes from Lucerne and one hour from Zurich. Founded in 1875 as the Hotel Bellevue by Wilhelm Strassli, the hotel is owned by M20-Immobilien AG and managed by Peter Kämpfer. Hotel Park Weggis features 53 guestrooms and suites, a sparkling wellness facility, private spa cottages, a state-of-the-art event hall, an authentic Vinothek with 2,600 labels of wine, the most extensive in Switzerland and recipient of 2005-2007 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 3 award-winning restaurants including 15 points Gault Millau Gourmet Restaurant Annex, an infinity pool and is situated in the village of Weggis on Lake Lucerne with views of Mts. Rigi and Pilatus – considered the Mediterranean of Switzerland. Long established as the Jewel on Lake Lucerne the hotel has once again reclaimed its position after an extensive refurbishment program combining its original Art Nouveau façade with a new sleek design, modern day luxury elements and technology. For information and reservations contact us at, or 011-41(0) 41 392 05 05.

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