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The Dolder Grand takes center stage with International Travellers as Zurich hosts Manifesta 11 this Summer!

Dolder Grand, Henry Moore piece
Renowned for its own Art Collection among other features, the Dolder Grand is at the centre of the action in Zurich, Switzerland as the world’s art lovers gather for Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, now taking place from 11 June to 18 September 2016 in Zurich. Held every two years, this is the 11th Manifesta Art event and the first time for the event to be hosted in Zurich.

The famous Dolder Grand in Zurich/ Switzerland is a luxury city resort, originally built in 1899, and re-opened in 2008 after four years of renovations to modernize the property. Today, the exquisitely furnished hotel is the perfect environment for people who are looking for pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation. The hotel is elevated on the edge of the Adlisberg forest, while also located only minutes from city centre.

Since the Dolder Grand reopened in 2008, it has become famous for showcasing contemporary art and more than 100 illustrious artworks have been displayed in the Zurich luxury hotel. Most striking is probably Andy Warhol’s Big Retrospective Painting, spanning 11 metres, which holds pride of place above the front desk.

More than 500,000 visitors are expected to visit Zurich’s Manifesta 11 from June to September 2016 and the Dolder Grand will be the ideal location for out-of-town art lovers to stay to take in the best or Europe’s art. According to the organizers, “Zurich was selected thanks to its natural habit of welcoming strangers to its city, as in the period 100 years ago in 1916, when Zurich hosted the birth of the Dada movement, an important part of the history of contemporary art, making it an ideal choice for visitors to Manifesta 11. 

The amazing artwork in the Dolder Grand makes hotel the ideal location for hosting art lovers visiting Zurich for the event. China will be represented at Manifesta by Chinese artist and painter Yun Xunzhi, who has previously exhibited both in China and internationally and the Dolder Grand looks forward to hosting many Chinese travellers among the visitors to Manifesta 11. Hotel guests are offered the use of an iPad that allows users to search the database of the 90 artists and 124 works for the dossier of the artists and map of the location of art pieces within the hotel.

Since renovation and conversion by Foster and Partners, the Dolder Grand has boasted impressive architecture of the highest quality, with nicely matched interior design by the British United Designers interior design studio. In Swiss hotel ratings, the Dolder Grand ranks number one among the country’s city hotels. The exclusive spa area encompassing 4,000 square metres has also received a number of awards.

In Europe, the Dolder Grand is also famous among gourmets and culinary aficionados. Over the last few years, Heiko Nieder’s surprising gourmet cuisine has caused a real sensation, and The Restaurant has been awarded 2 Michelin stars and 18 GaultMillau points. The Saltz Restaurant at the Dolder Grand also boasts 14 GaultMillau points and is applauded for its interior by artist and designer Rolf Sachs. The GaultMillau rating is a famous French restaurant rating on a scale 1-20 and is renowned as a pure measure of culinary greatness.  

Famous for Hollywood Films and VIPs
Since as far back as 1899, the history of the Dolder Grand has been populated by a stream of VIPs including Henry Kissinger, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Liz Taylor and Luciano Pavarotti.

Since its reopening, the Dolder Grand has re-established its role as a meeting place for personalities from the worlds of politics, business and culture. Business events and spectacular balls help to invigorate the tradition-steeped establishment. Numerous VIPs have signed their names in the guest book over the last years. The December days of 2010 for example were influenced by the presence of important personalities, with Bill Clinton, Prince William and David Cameron all attending meetings at the luxury hotel. Leonardo DiCaprio felt so comfortable during his stay that he took his time to stroll through the hotel corridors, explore the lobby and use the Spa just like every other guest. The Dolder Grand was even used as a prominent setting for a Hollywood film, namely David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

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