Château d'Ouchy

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The Château d'Ouchy (2005).
Harbour and castle, 1784.

The Château d'Ouchy (Castle of Ouchy) is an old medieval castle of Lausanne (Switzerland) that has since been converted into a hotel by Jean-Jacques Mercier between 1889 and 1893.

It belongs to the hotel group "Sandoz Foundation Hotels" consisting of "Beau-Rivage Palace", "Lausanne Palace", "Palafitte Hotel", "Riffelalp Resort 2222 m", "Angleterre & Résidence" and the "Château d'Ouchy".

History[edit]

It was first constructed by the Bishop of Lausanne as a tower on the banks of Lake Léman around 1170. A century later, it was rebuilt and transformed into a fortified residence for bishops, particularly for Guillaume de Varax. It was also used as prison. The castle was abandoned and its tower reduced to ashes in 1609. The canton of Vaud recovered it after the departure of the Berneses and sold off part of the land to Jean-Jacques Mercier in 1885. The new owner radically transformed the castle by demolishing the ruins and old buildings, leaving only the tower.

The castle was rebuilt in the neo-gothic style between 1889 and 1893 and converted into a hotel.

Characteristics[edit]

• 50 rooms including Suites with views of Lake Geneva.

• 1 restaurant "Le Château d'Ouchy" and a bar.

• An outdoor pool, steam room and sauna.

• Reception halls for conferences, receptions, cocktails and weddings.

• Access to the Cinq Mondes SPA at Beau-Rivage Palace.

Restaurants[edit]

• Restaurant "Château d'Ouchy" (Chef: Sébastien Rauch)

• The Bar

• In-room dining service

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Coordinates: 46°30′24″N 6°37′39″E / 46.5068°N 6.6274°E / 46.5068; 6.6274