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History of the house

1790 The rows of houses "Unter der Egg" form a contiguous complex of houses.

1820 The Little Council of Lucerne allows ship and timber workers as well as the poorer class to be accommodated and to serve them hot food.

1833 Large fire in the old town of Lucerne

1834 Reconstruction of the houses and the creation of the "Brandgässli".

1835 The name Schiff is mentioned for the first time when the Little Council of Lucerne grants the right to wine.

1836 For the first time, the "Gasthaus zum Schiff" appears in the city’s list of quarters (annual turnover CHF 436).

1949 On 15 September, Otto Helmlin Wey and his wife take over the business. It was one of the first houses in the city with electric light. The rooms were heated with tiled stoves.

1972 Opening of the bistro under the arcades.

1995 Sylvia and Peter Wiesner-Joller take over the management of the Schiff and also the lease of the Rossmetzgerei, which  from then on is called La Barca.

2002 First conversion of the Antipasteria La Barca into a bar, preserving the original style.

2012 The Hotel Restaurant Schiff was closed at the end of the year.

2012 The Antipasteria La Barca receives the second conversion to the present form. Here you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and apero as well as Swiss classics.

2015 After a long slumber and short intermediate uses, the house of the former Hotel Schiff has found new owners.

2016 The famous house is getting back to life. The former hotel rooms are renovated into a total of 18 apartments (1 to 4.5  rooms). In November 2016, the Schiff restaurant reopens as well. The listed restaurant in Biedermeier style is in unchanged condition. In addition, the innkeeper's cellar was created in the exposed vaulted cellar, where the wines used to be stored. The outdoor areas also invite you to an apero, a fine dining or just some coffee and dessert. The arcades offer shelter in winter and pleasantly cool shade in summer. On the Boulevard Terrasse you can sit directly on the legendary Banks of The Reuss River with a unique view of the Chapel Bridge and the mountain panorama. The right choice in the heart of Lucerne for gourmets and lovers of Swiss cuisine. Check out La Barca, the cool address for an apero with “tarte flambée” and antipasti.

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  • Source: Staatsarchiv Kanton Luzern
    Detail Martini-Plan 1597 Source: Staatsarchiv Kanton Luzern
  • Source: Staatsarchiv Kanton Luzern
    Detail Schumacher Plan 1790 Source: Staatsarchiv Kanton Luzern
  • Source: Zentralbibliothek Zürich
    Great fire of 1833 Source: Zentralbibliothek Zürich
  • Source: SUVA-Archiv
    Hotel Schiff ca. 1900 Source: SUVA-Archiv
  • Source: Kantonale Denkmalpflege Luzern (Foto Wyss)
    Front facade to the river ca. 1970 Source: Kantonale Denkmalpflege Luzern (Foto Wyss)
  • Boulevard terrace ca 2000