Lady Joséphine de Beauharnais was married to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804 and was crowned empress in the same year. In 1810, Joséphine traveled to Switzerland using the alias «Comtesse d’Arenberg», where she also visited the St. Peter’s Island. Her party of 35 people was received in style. They had a sumptuous breakfast in the Rousseau hall and spent the afternoon dancing, laughing and eating. Early that day a great number of people from the villages had gathered in the surroundings. 210 moored boats were counted, and several thousand spectators. Many of them might have thought that the empress would pay for everything, that’s the only way the exorbitant sum of the bill can be explained.
For lovers of Historic Hotels
Formerly a Cluniac monastery, here monastic simplicity is combined with a modern appreciation of style. Awarded in 2010 for "providing an experience of approximately 1000 years of European cultural and architectural history". The composition of the building, the unspoilt natural surroundings and fine gastronomy makes every stay a pleasure. Formerly Jean-Jacques Rousseau's haven.
Certified by ICOMOS
Historic hotel of the year 2010
The Restaurant & Klosterhotel St. Petersinsel has received the Historic Hotel of the Year Award 2010 «for bringing to life nearly 1000 years of European culture and architecture which, in combination with a pristine natural landscape and eclectic gastronomy, represent a unique experience for all the senses». The important elements of the historic structure have been highlighted in an exemplary manner and give the visitor an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of bygone eras. The historical past merges with modernity, resulting in a stylish yet understated design. By means of architecture, cultural history and scenic surroundings, the Monastery Hotel St. Peter’s Island offers today’s visitors a magnificent travel experience where yesterday and today are harmoniously blended.
The hotel is just 50 metres from the lakeshore and the ferry port. Erlach, the nearest village on the lakeshore, is 15 km from Murten and Neuchâtel, and 24 km from Biel. Please note that the hotel is located on a traffic-free island. It can be reached by ferry from Biel and other places around the lake, as well as by the hotel¿s private boat (available on request). Guests arriving by car can park next to the ferry port in Erlach, the nearest village (at a cost).