BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - SWITZERLAND
HOTEL WILDEN MANN
The Wilden Mann (Wild Man) is a symbol of Lucerne. A bearded giant with a crown of leaves, wielding an uprooted tree trunk in his upraised hand symbolizing untamed strength, and resistance to constraints and convention. He was the subject of the first painting on the renowned Chapel Bridge. A local poem of medieval Lucerne tells the story of a giant skeleton found beneath a toppled oak tree in the nearby village of Reiden which locals attributed to the mythical wild man. He became to represent the protector of the Coat of Arms of Lucerne painted with him on the bridge panel. Depictions of the Wild Man can be found on the walls of the two towers of Lucerne’s medieval battlements (see Musegg Walls of Lucerne) and also at The Wilden Mann Hotel and Restaurant, Lucerne’s historic hotel.
Set in the heart of the original old town, a block from the Chapel Bridge, sandwiched between the Singer Haus in Munzgasse and the first coin mint of Luzern, Zur Alten Munz, The Wilden Mann was first mentioned as a pub tavern with rooms in 1517. Two buildings were combined in the 1700s from the tavern and a neighboring washhouse and stables, with the hotel listed in city records in 1860. The Wilden Mann Hotel and Restaurant now consists of seven individual buildings joined together, forming a bit of a jumble of halls and stairways with nooks and hideaways, adding to its old world charm. The early Baroque exterior architecture has been lost, with the façade of the main building restored to its 19th Century romantic glory, sharing the Swiss-German name with the French version - Le Hotel Sauvage - above the door.
The Wilden Mann has two charming restaurants, the gourmet Restaurant Sauvage upstairs, the very best of modern European cuisine and fine dining, awarded 14 Gault Millau points, features marvelous alcoves of miniatures of Lucerne as it was in the 1800s, reminiscent of a Hogarth etching and a wine cellar of international fine wines. The more casual traditional Burgerstube designed in 1908 represents historic Swiss old world style with wooded wainscoting richly decorated in varied hues, where the oak ceiling beams feature illustrated coats of arms to compliment the regional cuisine. Or dine al Fresco on the Terrace in the summer.
The Wilden Mann is the traditional hotel of the Lucerne Carnival season. The Guild Masters of the Saffron’s Guild first established in the 15th Century has made it their headquarters, beginning the first march of the carnival from the hotel’s Le Salon bar, where they first gather for a salutary drink. The Wilden Mann is more in the luxury category with prices to match. The famous traditional old hotel of Lucerne it has been host to a list of illustrious quests over the years from Prince Rainier of Monaco and Leonard Bernstein to Gert Frobe "Goldfinger".
The fifty rooms at the Romantik Wilden Mann hotel are furnished in antiques, with a comfortable family inn style, each with its own distinct individual character, with none exactly the same, ranging in size and shape due to the age and design of the connected buildings, .This 4 Star hotel is part of the Romantik Hotels and Restaurants Group of distinctive character hotels in the luxury category with mid-scale prices for a most convenient location with a rich tradition and colorful charm of bygone days when Lucerne was a stop for the Romantic poets (Mary Shelley Tour).
The Wilden Mann Hotel on Bahnhofstrasse, is five minutes walk from the train station, KKL Cultural Congress Center, and Lake Lucerne cruise dock, and 2 minutes from the Rosengart Van Gogh Collection Museum (see Rosengart Collection). © Bargain Luxury Travel
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