Opened in November 2019, the SWISS Alpine Lounge at Zurich airport Dock A serves primarily passengers flying within Europe’s Schengen zone. The club is open on Mondays to Fridays from 05:30 AM to 6:30 PM, and functions as an overflow space to alleviate crowding at the six other SWISS lounges at peak departure times.
Unlike traditional Business and Senator Lounges, the SWISS Alpine Lounge welcomes all higher-elite and premium passengers departing on SWISS and Lufthansa Group airlines (this includes Business and First Class passengers, Miles & More Senators, and Star Alliance Gold members, but excludes Frequent Travelers.)
SWISS Alpine Lounge ZRH design
The entrance to the Alpine Lounge is located near the Dock A transfer desk. There’s an elevator to the upper level where the lounge is located, but climbing the spiral staircase is a much more rewarding experience. The staircase is outfitted with a multimedia installation that tracks guest movement, and displays nature scenery and birds following visitors on their brief journey.
The SWISS Alpine Lounge emulates a Swiss mountain hut—albeit an extremely luxurious one. The decor builds upon SWISS’ design language with furniture by Vitra and Franke and components of the celebrated Business and Senator lounges, but it also incorporates natural elements such as tree-trunk stools, wooden artwork, alpine-style carpets, and a remarkable stone tap water faucet.
The ensemble was conceived with metronomic precision, yet feels slightly raw and unpolished thanks to the use of bare wood and unfinished surfaces. Large communal tables reinforce the chalet feel—but it merely takes a glance in the direction of the floor-to-ceiling windows to be transported back to the airport.
With capacity for 100 guests, the SWISS Alpine Lounge is an intimate space. The club features a residential zone, outfitted with inviting nooks and booths, and a spacious dining area furnished with communal tables and dining booths.
SWISS Alpine Lounge ZRH amenities
The SWISS culinary team prepares food at a live cooking station in a rustic oven, with a focus on sustainability and the elimination of food waste. Patrons can choose between several ingredients to customize their meal, or help themselves from the buffet and salad bar, which feature cold cuts and a variety of fresh products. The breakfast offering revolves around breads and grains, which guests may mix to suit their individual taste.
On the beverage front, SWISS offers local spirits, as well as Swiss wines served in eco-friendly dispensers. The lounge has banned plastic—all utensils containers are re-usable, and bottled water has been eliminated in favor of local tap water, which, according to the city of Zurich, is some of the cleanest in the world.
The bathrooms boast Soeder toiletries—which are natural and come in glass bottles—though there are no showers at this location.
And despite the mountain hut theme, the SWISS Alpine Lounge is equipped with fast Wi-Fi and a plethora of power outlets. Civilization is never far away.
For more information, read our blog post: Uniquely authentic: the new SWISS Alpine Lounge at Zurich airport
You may have access to SWISS Alpine Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any Star Alliance member airline.
ANA (NH) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EGYPTAIR (MS) EVA Air (BR) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Airways (SA) TAP Air Portugal (TP) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
SWISS Alpine Lounge at Zurich (ZRH) welcomes:
- First Class passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline. Customers may bring one guest and children under the age of 18.
- Business Class passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (no guests)
- Miles & More HON Circle members departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- Miles & More Senator members departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers departing the same day on an international flight operated by SWISS or a Star Alliance member airline in any class of service (+1 guest and children under the age of 18)