Page 1

Typically Swiss Hotels. MySwitzerland.com

Presented by


Typically Swiss Hotels at a glance. Switzerland is a small country with great variety; its Typically Swiss Hotels are just as diverse. This map shows their locations at a glance.

B

Basel Region

C

Bern

D

Fribourg Region

D

1

B

96

F

Lake Geneva Region La Chauxde-Fonds

Jura & Three-Lakes

I

Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region

J

Eastern Switzerland  /  Liechtenstein

1607

Chasseral

Bi e

48

La

cd

eN

Yverdon les Bains

e

t hâ uc

Valais

M

4

22

D

Fribourg

39

e

rb

Zurich Region

F

2002

Grand Tour of Switzerland

1677

La Dôle

Le

52

Léman

55 54 Montreux 49 2042 50 Rochersde-Naye 56

35 zer T h 21 ien un 26 23 Br er 24 see 1 25 45 2362 1 32 41 Niesen 1 Wengen 30 2970 42 43 44 Schilthorn 33 34 6 27 28 29 4158 Adelboden Jungfra 2 3

46 53

37 36

20

19

31

Wildstrubel 3244

CransMontana

3210

Sion E

3257

Dents du Midi

Leukerbad 156 157 168

ne Rhô

147 152 3934

Bietschhorn 1 145 144

149 169

Br

154

Haute Nendaz Verbier

L

Grand Combin 4314

Grand-St-Bernard

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a suggested route that makes use of the existing Swiss road network. Visitors follow the route at their own risk. Switzerland Tourism and the Grand Tour of Switzerland association accept no liability for construction works, diversions, signage relating to special events or safety provisions along the route.

151 Le

150

Champéry

Lenk

Gstaad

Les Diablerets

47

Em 38 me

2175

Le Moléson

51

Thun

Gantrisch S im m e

Schwarzsee

L'O

1408

Nap

5

C

arin

L

40 e Aar

el

La S

Ticino

9

l

Neuchâtel

97

La B

K

re 95 Aa er

H

98

99

see

Graubünden

Solothurn

s ub

roy e

G

A

H Le Do

F

Geneva

Aar

Delémont

e

E

Liestal

irs

Vispa

Aargau

B

A

162 163 164 165 166 167 Saas 170 4545 161 155 Dent Blanche 171 172 Dom 4357 173 174 175 176 177 178 Zermatt 179 180 Matterhorn 3090 4478 Gornergrat Dufours 4634


Profile of the Grand Tour Length: 1,643 km plus starting stage Highest point: Furka Pass, 2,429 m a.s.l. Lowest point: Lake Maggiore, 193 m a.s.l. Alpine passes: 5 passes over 2,000 m a.s.l. Lakes along the route: 22 lakes of more than 0.5 km2 in area UNESCO: 12 World Heritage Properties and 2 biospheres For more information on the Grand Tour: MySwitzerland.com/grandtour

Schaffhausen 123 Schaffhausen 123

Thu r

181

R Töhsesin

181 184

Limma

t

Töss

Bo de 122 n s B o ee de ns Thu r ee Frauenfeld Frauenfeld 122

184

Limma 185 186 187 188 Baden 189 190 191

127

rau

125 126

Herisau

120

121

uss

Z u g ers ee

Zug

120 128 Säntis

125 126 121

128 Säntis

124

A

2502

129 130

2306

Churfirsten

W a l e n s ee

117 118

Appenzell

2502

129 130 116

127

117 118

Appenzell Herisau

124

Re

uss

Re

185 186 187 188 182 189 190 191 M 183 182 Z ü r 183 i c h - sZ eüe r i c Zug h - s ee

Rhe in

t

den

Rhe in

Rhein

FL

Vaduz

2306

Li n t h

Li n t h

Z u g ers ee

LIECHTENSTEIN 116 Churfirsten Vaduz W a l e n s ee 1899 107 108 109 I LIECHTENSTEIN J Grosser Mythen 106 110 Weggis 1798 Glarus 1899 107 108 109 Rigi 119 112 111 VierwaldGlärnisch Grosser Mythen 88 Bad Ragaz 1798 106 110 WeggisSchwyz Glarus 2914 19 115112 Rigi 119 Pizol stättersee 111 VierwaldStoos Glärnisch 2844 us Braunwald 88 81 Bad Ragaz Schwyz 8 101 2914 La 2119 Stans 115 Pizol pf113 stättersee nd Stoos Pilatus 102 qua 2844 Braunwald 81 en 101 1898 rt Linthal La71 StansAltdorf 113 n Stanserhorn d 102 Chur qua 2834 Sarnen 1898 Flims Linthal Piz71Buin 69 61 66 Altdorf Weissfluh 62 Davos rt 83 84 Stanserhorn 3312 103 114 68 Chur Engelberg 2834 82 67 Tödi Piz Buin 69 Scuol 61 104 72 66 Flims Weissfluh 62 Davos 2350 3312 103 Titlis 3614 68 83 84 Arosa 63 Engelberg 105 82 67 Brienzer Inn 92 3238 Tödi Scuol 104 72 Rothorn 64 LenzerheideDisentis/ Titlis 3614 74 Arosa 63 105 Nationalpark Inn 92 Lai in 3238 Mustér e Brienz h r Lenzerheide- 94 64 er Disentis/ d r 7 8 74 10 Vo rs. 3503 Nationalpark Lai 3294 in 2998 Mustér Müstair 80 e rhe Sustenhorn Piz Kesch 94 derPiz Beverin 10 100 Vor 3503 3294 G d Müstair 80 2998 93 70 11 12 13 14 e Sustenhorn Piz Kesch Andermatt inPiz Beverin he 57 15 Grindelwald 100 93 er r 70 t 59 58 n i 17 18 H 16 3056 Andermatt in Eiger 3970 he 57 Piz Nair 60 er r 59 58 Hint 4107 rnMönch 75 3056 76 159 St.Moritz 91 Piz 3402 60 143 4274 77 Nair 78 Rheinwaldhorn 89 90 158Finsteraarhorn 75 76 159 3402 79St.Moritz 91 143 au 85 86 87 Rheinwaldhorn 892973 90 73 77 78 158 3272 Diavolezza 65 4049 79 85 86 87 Basòdino 2973 73 Piz Bernina 3272 Diavolezza 65 4049 Basòdino K Piz Bernina 146 160 153 Re u s s

Re u s s

ar

Ale g l e t s cht sch e r

r Aa

a

g

a

134 gi a 135

142

s-Fee r e

134 135

0 0

136 137 ano ug 141 138 L 139 1701 o gan 133 Monte 136Lu137 138 139 1701 Generoso 140 133 Monte Generoso 140 1097 Monte S. Giorgio

LUGANO

20

40

0 10

20

0

10

80 km

20

40

80 km 40 miles

20

Lag o

di

di

r e

Lag o

io

g

g

M a g o a

L

g g

M a g o a

I

L

spitze

131 132

LUGANO

141

io

8

Bellinzona Locarno Bellinzona

asc

Locarno g

131 132

Ma

142

z Ver

asc

gi a

o Tici n

o Tici n

z Ver

Ma

148

rig

1097

Monte S. Giorgio

1546 1546

The Grand Tour is signposted in a clockwise direction.

40 miles


Discover Typically Swiss Hotels in your chosen region: Basel Region

Discover Switzerland the typically Swiss way 04–05

06–07

Bern 08–23

Geneva 24–25

Lake Geneva Region 26–29

Graubünden 30–41

Jura & Three-Lakes 48–51

Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region

Nature and tradition at the end of the world

52–57

16–17

58–63

Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein Ticino 64–69

Valais 70–83

Zurich Region 84–87

High flyers in a mountaineering hotel 78–79


Grüezi and welcome. The first sunrays stream into your rustic room. Feeling relaxed and well rested, you open your eyes. Outside, nature in all its pristine glory unfolds before you. The view is quite simply bewitching. You’re looking forward to a rich breakfast lovingly prepared with regional produce, perhaps before striking out on a hike. If this is how your day begins when you’re on holiday, you are #INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND in a Typically Swiss Hotel. All of the hotels in this brochure stand out for their attractive location, authentic atmosphere and hosts that extend a warm, heartfelt welcome. We hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration in these pages.

Jürg Schmid CEO Switzerland Tourism

Claude Meier Director hotelleriesuisse

The perfect hotel is just a click away Exploring your hotel options is an adventure in itself with the Best Swiss Hotels app. The hotels recommended in this brochure can now all be booked direct via the app. Download it free of charge from MySwitzerland.com/best-swiss-hotels. Happy exploring!

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

3


Extration a f n ­i or m

Hotel­ classification� Ò�

simple Ó

comfortable Ô

good middle class Ã

good middle class superior

As unique as Switzerland itself. Just like the country itself, Typically Swiss Hotels really do offer something for everyone – from authentic retreats for nature lovers to relaxing escapes for outdoor enthusiasts and urban luxury for city breakers. Each hotel has its own individual charm, shaped by the region, its history and, above all, the hosts. Typically Swiss Hotels are the best bases for falling in love with Switzerland time and again.

Õ

first class À

first class superior Ö

luxury Ä

luxury superior Swiss Lodge Hotel Garni (breakfast only) Pictograms In the city By the water In the mountains In the country

Pleasure in the heart of Zurich.

Free Wi-Fi

190

Zurich: Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador à l’Opéra Õ

Prix Bienvenu Outstanding cuisine There are two hotel classification systems in Switzerland. You will find information on both systems at www.hotelleriesuisse.ch and www.gastrosuisse.ch.

Hotel Ambassador à l’Opéra is blessed with a terrific location – right next to the opera house and just a few minutes’ walk from Zurich’s Old Town and lakefront. The hotel is famous for its individually prepared picnic baskets, which you can enjoy on the roof terrace, on a tuk-tuk spin of the city or in a pedalo on Lake Zurich. The baskets are filled with sustainable Swiss products, for instance cheese made from the milk of the hotel’s very own cow, Blüemli.


Through the grapevine. 168

Salgesch: Hotel Arkanum Ô

Everything revolves around wine at Hotel Arkanum – from the seasonal five-course vintner menu with wine pairing to themed rooms such as “Sleeping in a Wine Barrel”. Nature enthusiasts can get even closer to the vines on one of the dedicated vineyard walks with a local vintner. Depending on the season, you can help tend and prune the vines or join in with the grape harvest. No previous experience is necessary.

Checked and recommended Typically Swiss Hotels meet the following criteria:

❦ Attractive location

❦ Authentic architectural style

❦ Interior design with a Swiss ambiance

❦ Cuisine including Swiss specialities

❦ Personal service

Walking with your host. 92

Tarasp: Schlosshotel Chastè Õ

Affording a captivating view of Schloss Tarasp, this Engadin hotel has been in the hands of the Pazeller family for the past 500 years. Since 1970, the hotel has been run by the 21st generation, Daniela and Rudolf Pazeller. While he works in the kitchen, she attends to service and the guest relations side of things. In summer and autumn, Rudolf takes you on walks in the national park region and reveals his favourite spots.

MySwitzerland.com/ typically

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

5


Basel Region. If any place in Switzerland is a byword for art and culture, it’s Basel. The city boasts the greatest concentration of museums in the ­ country – 40 in all – as well as a charming Old Town and dazzling ­ modern ­architecture. The most impressive time to visit? During Switzerland’s best-loved carnival. “Ryy Fähri” ferry with Mittlere Brücke (bridge), Basel © A. Zimmermann


1

Basel: Hotel Schweizerhof Basel Ã 

Ideally located by the railway station, the Schweizerhof welcomes travellers with a combination of ­19th-century ambiance, modern comforts and little extras – such as local delicacies at the breakfast ­buffet. +41 (0)61 560 85 85, www.schweizerhof-basel.ch

Salome Nertz

Photo: @fotogalaria

#SwissHotels

“I like Basel because I live here and grew up here. What I particularly love is that as soon as the weather gets warmer, bathing huts pop up along the Rhine, where you can enjoy a leisurely day in or by the river.”

June  2016: Rhybadh usli, Basel  Region

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

7


Bern. From the snowy peaks of the Bernese Oberland to the wooded hills of the Emmental and the quaint alleys of Bern’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Property – this is picture-postcard Switzerland. Historic hotels, welcoming restaurants and superb cuisine ensure a delightful stay.

Tongue of the Gauli Glacier at 2,150 m a.s.l. © M. Maegli


2

Adelboden: Adler Adelboden Ã

This chalet-style hotel in the heart of the resort ­delights guests with its original gastronomic ­creations – without forgetting local tradition. Another highlight: the heated indoor / outdoor panoramic pool. +41 (0)33 673 41 41, www.adleradelboden.ch

3

Adelboden: Hotel Waldhaus Huldi Ô Relax in the heated outdoor panoramic pool? Stretch out on the grass in the idyllic gardens with pond? Or play a game of billiards in the games room? At the Waldhaus Huldi, everything is possible. +41 (0)33 673 85 00, www.waldhaushuldi.ch

4

Bern: Hotel Goldener Schlüssel Ô

Bern’s oldest guest accommodation, located near the clock tower in the Old Town, boasts more than 500 years of history. The restaurant with soaring vaulted wooden ceiling features superb Swiss cuisine. +41 (0)31 311 02 16, www.hotel-goldener-schluessel.ch

5

Bern: Hotel Innere Enge À What do jazz and mini-golf have in common? Both are played at this city hotel with glorious views of the Alps, located on the edge of a romantic park. Fully renovated between 2012 and 2014. +41 (0)31 309 61 11, www.innere-enge.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

9


6

Blausee: Hotel-Restaurant Blausee Ô GaultMillau: 13 points

A small “grand hotel” with 17 rooms, two firstclass restaurants, a large terrace and a spa with views of the turquoise lake and its crystal-clear waters: the Blausee is perfect for a relaxing escape. +41 (0)33 672 33 33, www.blausee.ch

7

Brienz: Hotel Lindenhof Ô This chalet-style hotel in lush grounds features characterful rooms, with uninterrupted views of Lake Brienz and creative cuisine offering plenty of diversity. An indoor pool and sauna round out the offer. +41 (0)33 952 20 30, www.hotel-lindenhof.ch

8

Brienz: Hotel-Restaurant Brienzerburli & Löwen Ô

Guests instantly feel at home in this cosy Bernese Oberland family hotel on the shore of Lake Brienz. The mouth-watering traditional cuisine, with local and home-made specialities, is a highlight. +41 (0)33 951 12 41, www.brienzerburli.ch

9

Dürrenroth: Romantik Hotel Bären Dürrenroth ­Ô GaultMillau: 14 points

The hotel and country restaurant form an architectural ensemble of national importance under the patronage of UNESCO. History, hospitality and gastronomy blend harmoniously in the elegant rooms and halls. +41 (0)62 959 00 88, www.baeren-duerrenroth.ch

10

Typically Swiss Hotels. Bern.


10

Gadmen: Alpenrose Gadmen

Guests are immersed in nature at this charming hotel with its innovative free-standing mountain lodges. The cosy restaurant with terrace serves delicious ­regional cuisine and fine Swiss wines. +41 (0)33 975 11 50, www.alpenrose-gadmen.ch

11

Grindelwald: Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel Õ

An authentic blend of the traditional and the modern characterises hotel, spa and cuisine alike. 500 km of footpaths; 160 km of mountain bike trails; ski-in, ­ski-out location below the mighty Eiger. +41 (0)33 854 40 00, www.hotel-aspen.ch

12

Grindelwald: Berghaus Bort Ô Chalet-style exterior, modern rooms oozing alpine chic: the Bort rated among the 100 most popular family hotels in the HolidayCheck Awards. Piste-side location, views of the north face of the Eiger. +41 (0)33 853 17 62, www.berghaus-bort.ch

13

Grindelwald: Derby Hotel Grindelwald à The chalet-style hotel features stylish rooms, warm hospitality and Bernese cuisine. It practically greets its guests from the platform, as the world-famous Jungfrau railway departs right in front of the hotel. +41 (0)33 854 54 61, www.derby-grindelwald.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

11


14

Grindelwald: Hotel Bodmi Ã

Overlooking Eiger north face, this chalet hotel has stunning views and idiosyncratic quirks like homemade goat’s cheese and a bijou spa in a goat shelter. +41 (0)33 853 12 20, www.bodmi.ch

15

Grindelwald: Hotel Kirchbühl Õ Run by the fourth generation of the same family, Hotel Kirchbühl appeals to guests with its warm holiday atmosphere, Bernese Oberland delicacies and dramatic location at the foot of Eiger north face. +41 (0)33 854 40 80, www.kirchbuehl.ch

16

Grindelwald: Hotel Kreuz & Post Õ Small, perfectly formed and traditional, this centrally located boutique hotel stays true to typically Swiss values. The kitchen serves classics, while the bar, disco and lounge offer after-dark entertainment. +41 (0)33 854 54 92, www.kreuz-post.ch

17

Grindelwald: Parkhotel Schoenegg Ã

The spirit of the mountains: at the Parkhotel, ­ice-cold glacier-water is included – as a refreshing bonus alongside the welcoming atmosphere, the wellness area with indoor pool and the breathtaking views. +41 (0)33 854 18 18, www.parkhotelschoenegg.ch

12

Typically Swiss Hotels. Bern.


18

Grindelwald: Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Ö Spacious rooms and suites, haute cuisine, glorious gardens plus a choice of luxury chalets: this traditional, family-run hotel overlooking the north face of the Eiger is typical Switzerland. +41 (0)33 854 58 58, www.hotel-schweizerhof.com

19

Gstaad: Hotel Alphorn Ô

The Alphorn’s convivial and unfussy atmosphere makes this ski-in ski-out hotel a popular rendezvous also for locals. Highlights include the delicious ­regional specialities served in the cosy restaurant. +41 (0)33 748 45 45, www.alphorn-gstaad.ch

20

Gstaad: Hotel Arc-en-ciel Õ

Close to Gstaad’s shopping promenade and even closer to the cable cars, Arc-en-ciel is a back-to-nature experience, with a blissfully peaceful setting and walking trails and ski slopes right on its doorstep. +41 (0)33 748 43 43, www.arc-en-ciel.ch

21

Gunten: Parkhotel Gunten à Vast private grounds, magnificent mountain views, a modern spa with direct access to the lake and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts make for memorable stays at this hotel dating to 1910. +41 (0)33 252 88 52, www.parkhotel-gunten.swiss

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

13


22

Heimenschwand: Hotel Restaurant Rohrimoosbad Built in art nouveau style, this former spa hotel among lush forests is a protected monument. The idyllic location, simple but cosy rooms and seasonal cuisine all contribute to the authentic charm. +41 (0)33 453 14 21, www.rohrimoosbad.ch

23

Interlaken: Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof 

This privately run hostel for backpackers and laidback families sits in the heart of Interlaken. It offers a large garden, high-speed internet/wifi, a shared kitchen and half-board in three local restaurants. +41 (0)33 826 71 71, www.villa.ch

24

Interlaken: Carlton-Europe Hotel Ã

The Carlton-Europe occupies a historic building on ­Interlaken’s famous Höheweg, just 200 metres from the station. Three restaurants cater to all tastes: the Ruedihus, Johnny’s Pub & Grill and Shalimar. +41 (0)33 826 01 60, www.carltoneurope.ch

25

Interlaken: Hotel Krebs Õ This historic boutique hotel in the heart of town is typically Swiss through and through. Swiss classics are served on the large terrace, which commands wonderful views of the surrounding peaks. +41 (0)33 826 03 30, www.krebshotel.ch

14

Typically Swiss Hotels. Bern.


26

Interlaken-Unterseen: Hotel Chalet Swiss Ô 

Relax in the lovely rose garden, admire the peaceful views, enjoy a leisurely stroll into the centre of Interlaken: this former farmhouse, freshly renovated, offers a delightful base for exploring. +41 (0)33 826 78 78, www.chalet-swiss.ch

27

Kandersteg: Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria Ô GaultMillau: 13 points

Whether it’s to be the sauna, pool, library, lounge, kids’ club, playground or tennis court, Hotel Victoria has something for everyone. Set in parkland, the hotel extends the warmest of welcomes. +41 (0)33 675 80 00, www.hotel-victoria.ch

28

Kandersteg: Hotel Bernerhof Ô The hiking trails, gondolas, cable cars, shops and railway station are just minutes from the cosy and welcoming Bernerhof. The spa area is small but charming; the cuisine has an excellent reputation. +41 (0)33 675 88 75, www.bernerhof.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

15


Milking and painting on Meglisalp.

No pain, no gain – or so they say. This is particularly true of Meglisalp mountain inn. Those who manage the steep ascent are rewarded with pristine nature, warm hospitality and time-honoured traditions. Anyone who wishes to pay a visit to Meglisalp mountain inn, run by the Manser family, must first hike up to 1517metres above sea level. From Wasserauen, the trail leads up to a small plateau with lush meadows, Alpine farms and the turquoise lake Seealpsee. From here, the climb steepens. Then there is a final glimpse of the lake before the trail flattens and the view opens up to reveal Meglisalp. With its church, dairy farms and rustic mountain inn, this Alp in the heart of

16

Typically Swiss Hotels.

the Alpstein region has an end-of-theworld feel. Well-signposted mountain trails head off in all directions. Sepp Manser and his wife Gaby are now the fifth generation running the guesthouse, which was built by his great-great-grandfather in 1898. Besides the Mansers, some 30 pigs, 160 cows, one horse and five Alpine herdsmen live on the Alp in summer. Among the herdsmen, one stands out in particular – 71-year-old Johann Hautle. One of Switzerland’s most


There’s an end-ofthe-world feeling at this mountain inn on Meglisalp at the foot of the mighty Säntis.

famous pastoral painters, his artist’s workshop in the Chäshütte (cheese hut) has existed for almost 50 years. The pastoral painter Johann Hautle is a pastoral painter in the true sense of the expression, as he is both a farmer and a painter. On the pastures he looks after his 10 cows and 25 calves. He milks, mucks out and mows – all by hand. In his free time, he swaps his scythe for a paintbrush. Countless hours of work and true attention to detail go into every ‘Hautle’. Why is the weather always fine in his paintings? Simple – the farmer doesn’t go outside when it rains or snows, so there is nothing to paint. A second home Meglisalp is like a second home for Hautle and the Mansers his adopted family on the Alp. He eats in the restaurant every day and even helps wash up. So the chances for guests to talk to the pastoral painter (when he is in the mood to talk) are good. But the high plateau also offers far more besides: here you can walk in unspoilt nature, enjoy delicious Appenzeller specialities and admire starry skies by night, with a glass of the house whiskey in hand. As the stars never shine brighter than here at the end of the world.

Five-course dinners are often rounded out by a homemade Alpine cream panna cotta, made with milk from Hautle’s cows.

Collectors pay up to 20,000 Swiss francs for Johann Hautle’s works.

128   Weissbad: Berggasthaus Meglisalp

+41 (0)71 799 11 28, www.meglisalp.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

17


29

Kandersteg: Hotel Ermitage Ô

Families are especially welcome at this friendly hotel by the Oeschinensee gondola. No computer games here – but children love the idyllic setting, pet ­animals, boundless nature and tasty organic cuisine. +41 (0)33 675 80 20, www.ermitage-kandersteg.ch

30

Kiental: Griesalp Hotels 

When guests arrive at this hideaway at an altitude of 1,400 metres, they marvel at the spectacular mountain backdrop and the cluster of five hotels with 40 rooms to satisfy every wish – from simple to luxurious. +41 (0)33 676 71 71, www.griesalp-hotels.ch

31

Lauenen near Gstaad: Hotel Alpenland Ô

The hotel stands beside the Rohr-Lauenensee ­nature reserve; in winter, the cross-country ski trail and ­children’s ski lift are on the doorstep. The mountain views are enchanting, especially from the terrace. +41 (0)33 765 91 34, www.alpenland.ch

32

Mülenen: Berghaus Niesen Kulm 

The lodge at the summit of the pyramid-shaped Niesen offers eight double rooms and glorious sunrises with 360° panoramic views. Further highlights: the glass-walled restaurant and the historic funicular. +41 (0)33 676 77 11, www.niesen.ch

18

Typically Swiss Hotels. Bern.


33

Mürren: Hotel Alpenruh Ô Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau: three of the Alps’ most famous mountains form a majestic backdrop to this charming hotel. The peaceful setting is perhaps best savoured over a delicious cream slice. +41 (0)33 856 88 00, www.alpenruh-muerren.ch

34

Mürren: Hotel Eiger Õ The views of the iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland are mesmerising. Guests also enjoy them from the ­indoor pool and whirlpool bath – and from the restaurant, over hearty breakfasts and gourmet dinners. +41 (0)33 856 54 54, www.hoteleiger.com

35

Oberhofen near Thun: Park Hotel Oberhofen Õ GaultMillau: 15 points

Enjoy sweeping views across Lake Thun, with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau rising in the distance; watch the mountains turn pink at dusk as you relish a fresh take on classic cuisine on the terrace. +41 (0)33 244 91 91, www.parkhoteloberhofen.ch

36

Saanen-Gstaad: Chalet Hotel Spitzhorn à At this charming chalet hotel, everything is a cut above: the rooms are brighter, the dishes deeper, the drinks bigger, the kids happier, the swimming pool more inviting… Expect big smiles all round! +41 (0)33 748 41 41, www.spitzhorn.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

19


Grindelwald: Berghaus Bort This popular family hotel has three taverns and a spacious terrace, where you can relax over fondue after an exhilarating time sledding. Right on the pistes, it offers its guests breathtaking views of the Bernese Alps and Eiger’s impressive north face. Photo: Stephan Schacher


37

Saanenmöser: Golfhotel Les Hauts de Gstaad & Spa À GaultMillau: 14 points

This family-run hotel excels when it comes to hospitality. Food lovers are in their element in three different restaurants and on the beautiful panoramic terrace. +41 (0)33 748 68 68, www.golfhotel.ch

38

Schangnau: Hotel Landgasthof Kemmeriboden-Bad Ã

How about a hayloft for a bed? This country hotel’s hay attic is the deluxe version. Other highlights include wooden barrel whirlpool baths, delicious meringues, and yodelling and alphorn workshops. +41 (0)34 493 77 77, www.kemmeriboden.ch

39

Thun: Hotel Krone Õ Located in a 14th-century guild house minutes from Thun Castle, this hotel makes an ideal base for ­touring and shopping. Renovated in 2015, it has two restaurants and a large terrace on the River Aare. +41 (0)33 227 88 88, www.krone-thun.ch

40

Urtenen-Schönbühl: Landgasthof Schönbühl Ô

This well-established family business is now run by members of the fifth and sixth generation together. Regular guests recommend the home-made soups, fresh salads and the well-chosen list of 150 wines. +41 (0)31 859 69 69, www.gasthof-schoenbuehl.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

21


41

Wengen: Hotel Bären Ô A warm welcome and individual guest care are the hallmarks of the friendly Bären. The restaurant serves creative, market-fresh cuisine accompanied by ­selected Swiss wines – and glorious mountain views. +41 (0)33 855 14 19, www.baeren-wengen.ch

42

Wengen: Hotel Bellevue Ô

127 years of Swiss hospitality: this welcoming ­chalet-style hotel near the village centre has earned a fine reputation. The views of the Jungfrau massif and the Lauterbrunnen valley are sensational. +41 (0)33 856 66 55, www.bellevue-wengen.ch

43

Wengen: Hotel Schönegg à Renovated with old wood and furnished with a ­ ntiques, this oasis of tranquillity has retained all its authentic charm. The mouth-watering cuisine features vege­tables and herbs from the hotel’s own garden. +41 (0)33 855 34 22, www.hotel-schoenegg.ch

44

Wengen: Hotel Silberhorn Õ

Spa area, gym, sports shop, hairdresser, jeweller’s and restaurant: everything is under one roof at the Silberhorn. The hotel stands in the heart of the village, by the cog railway and cable car stations. +41 (0)33 856 51 31, www.silberhorn.ch

22

Typically Swiss Hotels. Bern.


45

Wilderswil: Jungfrau Hotel Ô This peacefully located hotel reveals the finest views of the Jungfrau massif. These are best enjoyed over a meal of specialities from the region – after a scenic walk to Lake Brienz, for example. +41 (0)33 845 85 00, www.jungfrau-hotel.ch

46

Zweisimmen: Hamilton Lodge Ô

This authentic mountain lodge decorated in modern alpine style enjoys an idyllic car-free setting at the edge of the forest, framed by lush meadows. The hearty cuisine includes delicious classic Swiss dishes.

Hamilton Lodge, Belalp, Valais

+41 (0)33 222 74 74, www.hamiltonlodge.ch

In love with #SwissHotels? Share your most memorable moments with the world using the hashtag #SwissHotels

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

23


Geneva. Nestling between alpine peaks and vineyards, framed by water and forests, the world’s smallest metropolis enjoys a charmed location. Pristine nature, international organisations such as the United Nations and exquisite spas all form part of the scenery.

Jet d’Eau fountain in Geneva © O. Miche


47

Satigny: Domaine de Châteauvieux Õ GaultMillau: 19 points

Michelin: 2 stars

At this glorious estate among vineyards, with views of the Rhône and the Jura mountains, clocks seem to tick a little slower: all the more time for enjoying the gourmet cuisine and superb wines. +41 (0)22 753 15 11, www.chateauvieux.ch

#SwissHotels

Photo: @petit_p

etite

“At Blausee lake, we feel like we’ve stepped into Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The water is a gift of nature. It’s an enchanting place – simply unmissable.” Seokyeong Lim-Argenziano

May  2015: Blausee , Canton of Bern

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

25


Lake Geneva ­Region. Piercing blue skies, a sparkling lake, sun-soaked vineyards and thrilling cities: what more could a visitor wish for? Perhaps top-class restaurants, fascinating museums and a glass of chilled white wine at sunset: here you’ll find all the ingredients for a perfect break.

Winemaking village of St. Saphorin in the Lavaux region © M. Gyger


48

Les Rasses: Grand Hôtel des Rasses Ô Built in 1898, this hotel filled with belle époque charm delights guests with its grandeur, comfort and creative cuisine – served in the panoramic restaurant and on the magnificent new terrace. +41 (0)24 454 19 61, www.grandhotelrasses.ch

49

Montreux: Golf-Hôtel René Capt Õ Few places embody Switzerland’s hospitality ­tradition as well as this legendary luxury hotel on the lake. The restaurant is known for its exquisite fish dishes. The town centre is just minutes away. +41 (0)21 966 25 25, www.golf-hotel-montreux.ch

50

Montreux: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic À GaultMillau: 13 points

In 2010, this historic hotel from the belle époque ­reopened after a sparkling renovation. The views over the lake are as breathtaking as ever – best ­enjoyed from the restaurant with 13 GaultMillau points. +41 (0)21 966 33 33, www.suisse-majestic.com

51

Morges: Romantik Hotel Mont-Blanc au Lac Ã

Built in 1857, this lakefront hotel by the picturesque old harbour has become a meeting point for ­celebrities and discerning guests from all over the world. The centre of town is just steps away. +41 (0)21 804 87 87, www.hotel-mont-blanc.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

27


52

Puidoux/Chexbres: Le Baron Tavernier à GaultMillau: 13 points

Rooms or suites with balcony or terrace, framed by the vineyards of the UNESCO World Heritage Property of Lavaux, high above Lake Geneva: the setting is sublime. The spa and cuisine are just as impressive. +41 (0)21 926 60 00, www.barontavernier.ch

53

Rougemont: Hôtel de Rougemont À The Hôtel de Rougemont has reinvented the ­tradition of the chalet to create the feel of a village. The jewel of the Pays-d’Enhaut region combines ­discreet luxury, total comfort and alpine hospitality. +41 (0)26 921 01 01, www.hotelderougemont.com

54

Vevey: Grand Hôtel du Lac Ä GaultMillau: 16 points

Michelin: 1 star

This gem of a hotel on the shore of Lake Geneva sparkles brighter than ever after total renovation by the leading interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon; the restaurant boasts a Michelin star to match. +41 (0)21 925 06 06, www.ghdl.ch

55

Vevey: Hôtel des Trois Couronnes Ä GaultMillau: 15 points

Michelin: 1 star

Artists, royalty and celebrities have enjoyed the ­stylish hospitality here for generations. Highlights ­include sumptuous rooms blending tradition and modernity, fine cuisine and an exclusive spa. +41 (0)21 923 32 00, www.hoteltroiscouronnes.ch

28

Typically Swiss Hotels. Lake Geneva Region.


56

Villars-sur-Ollon: Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa Ö GaultMillau: 15 points

The charm of a mountain lodge combined with the elegance of a luxury hotel: at the Chalet RoyAlp, guests enjoy a ski-in ski-out location, a warm ­welcome, three superb restaurants and a large spa. +41 (0)24 495 90 90, www.royalp.ch

#SwissHotels

Photo: @ dam_rz

“ Maiensässhotel Guarda Val is a peaceful and magical oasis, which I highly recommend as a romantic and exciting weekend break for couples.” Damian Rzezniczak

:

June  2016: Lenzerhe ide, Graubunden

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

29


Graubünden. 937 mountain summits, 150 valleys and 615 lakes form a spectacular natural backdrop for Graubünden’s authentic villages. The whole region is a delight to explore – for example on the Albula-Bernina railway line, protected as UNESCO World Heritage.

View from Wiesner Alp near Davos © L. A. Fischer


57

Andeer: Hotel Fravi Ã

The Fravi occupies a historic building dating from 1828 in the heart of the new Beverin regional nature park. The relaxed and friendly hotel is directly linked to the spacious Andeer Mineral Baths. +41 (0)81 660 01 01, www.fravi-hotel.ch

58

Bever: Gasthaus Spinas  Anyone who prefers gazing at the stars to watching TV will feel at home here. With its simple rooms, cosy restaurant and delicious cuisine, the Spinas is the perfect hideaway for nature lovers. +41 (0)81 851 19 20, www.spinasbever.ch

59

Bever: Hotel Chesa Salis à GaultMillau: 14 points

Time seems to stand still at the Historic Hotel of the Year 2015. First documented in 1590, the Chesa ­Salis delights guests with its romantic rooms, cosy dining rooms – and 14 GaultMillau points. +41 (0)81 851 16 16, www.chesa-salis.ch

60

Celerina/Schlarigna: Hotel Chesa Rosatsch Õ GaultMillau: 15 points

This hotel by the River Inn traces its origins to the 16th century. Highlights include the home-cured meat at the Restorant Uondas and “slow food” at the Stüvas with its original wood panelling. +41 (0)81 837 01 01, www.rosatsch.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

31


61

Chur: Romantik Hotel Stern Õ GaultMillau: 14 points

This charming hotel in the city centre has been ­welcoming guests for 330 years. The Stern prides itself on serving the best Graubünden has to ­offer, from the exquisite cuisine to the fine wines. +41 (0)81 258 57 57, www.stern-chur.ch

62

Davos: Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère Ö

Albert Einstein is among the famous past guests of this luxurious grand hotel, lovingly restored to its former glory in 2013. Three restaurants, the Belvédère Spa and breathtaking panoramic views await. +41 (0)81 415 60 00, www.davos.steigenberger.ch

63

Davos Clavadel: Sporthotel Clavadel Ó

Charming and good value: the Hotel Clavadel at the entrance to the tranquil Sertig valley offers comfortable rooms with balcony, delicious local specialities and ­superb views of the Davos mountains. +41 (0)81 410 08 60, www.sporthotel-clavadel.ch

64

Davos Sertig: Hotel Walserhuus Sertig Ô

Located in a protected landscape at the end of a high valley, the Walserhuus is an oasis of tranquillity. For extra luxury, book one of the rooms with private whirlpool bath on the panoramic terrace. +41 (0)81 410 60 30, www.walserhuus.ch

32

Typically Swiss Hotels. Graubünden.


65

Fex: Pensiun Chesa Pool Ô Built in 1585, the Chesa Pool is a typical old Engadin building, full of charm. The supremely relaxing hotel enjoys a tranquil, car-free location at the entrance to the Fex valley, surrounded by nature. +41 (0)81 838 59 00, www.pensiun-chesapool.ch

66

Flims: Sunstar Alpine Hotel Flims Õ Escapists, nature lovers and families are in their element at this hotel, idyllically situated on the edge of the forest, close to Lake Cauma. Lots of wood and art nouveau elements define its interior. +41 (0)81 928 18 00, www.flims.sunstar.ch

67

Flims Waldhaus: Romantik Hotel Schweizerhof Flims Õ Family-run for four generations: the belle époque restaurant, the airy beauty of the art nouveau ­veranda and the charm of the historic reading room combine to promise a delightful trip back in time. +41 (0)81 928 10 10, www.schweizerhof-flims.ch

68

Ftan: Hotel Bellavista Ftan  For budget-conscious travellers who favour a ­magnificent location over superfluous luxury, the ­Bellavista in the sun-blessed mountain village of Ftan offers the perfect Swiss holiday destination. +41 (0)81 864 01 33, www.bellavista-ftan.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

33


Cheeses from Switzerland. 450 times unique. Trust your good taste. Choose from over 450 varieties.

Switzerland. Naturally.

Cheeses from Switzerland. www.cheesesfromswitzerland.com


69

Ftan: Hotel Engiadina Ô Five minutes from the village chairlift, the Engiadina is ideally located for accessing the hiking and ski area of Motta Naluns / Scuol. The view of the mountains from the sunny terrace is a delight. +41 (0)81 864 04 34, www.engiadina-ftan.ch

70

Fuldera: Hotel Landgasthof Staila Ô Located in the upper Val Müstair near the Ofen Pass, the Landgasthof Staila is a family-run, eco-friendly hotel with charming rooms furnished in pine and ­delicious cuisine using organic ingredients. +41 (0)81 858 51 60, www.hotel-staila.ch

71

Klosters: Sunstar Boutique Hotel Albeina Klosters Õ

An idyllic location, romantic chalet-style décor, warm welcome and refined atmosphere promise guests a pleasure-filled stay. Other highlights: the delightful garden, sun terrace and sunbathing lawn. +41 (0)81 423 21 00, www.klosters.sunstar.ch

72

Laax: signinahotel Õ

Located right by the cable car station, the signina­ hotel is the perfect home-from-home for an active mountain break. Stylish rooms, a cosy atmosphere and gastronomic variety ensure a delightful stay. +41 (0)81 927 99 99, www.signinahotel.com

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

35


73

La Rösa/Poschiavo: Stazione della Posta La Rösa A mountain hideaway full of period charm: this peaceful, beautifully restored former post house ­located at 1,880 metres offers cosy rooms with ­old-fashioned bath tubs and dinner by candlelight. +41 (0)81 832 60 50, www.larosa.ch

74

Lenzerheide: Maiensässhotel Guarda Val À GaultMillau: 16 points

At the historic Guarda Val, 11 converted chalets and barns combine alpine tradition with modern comfort. Thomas Walz, Hotel Cook of the Year 2014, conjures local and exotic gourmet delights. +41 (0)81 385 85 85, www.guardaval.ch

75

Pontresina: Hotel Morteratsch & Al Vadret Ô

Sitting at the foot of the mighty Morteratsch Glacier, this eponymous hotel has 30 comfortable rooms. Regional classics are served in its three appealing restaurants and on its large terrace. +41 (0)81 842 63 13, www.morteratsch.ch

76

Pontresina: Hotel Restaurant Roseg Gletscher 

This hotel in car-free Val Roseg is perfect for nature enthusiasts. Footpaths, cross-country trails and bike routes begin right on its doorstep, while the large sun terrace invites relaxing moments. +41 (0)81 842 64 45, www.roseg-gletscher.ch

36

Typically Swiss Hotels. Graubünden.


77

Pontresina: Hotel Rosatsch Õ

From the large wellness area with swimming pool to the cosy bar with open fire, this welcoming Engadin hotel in modern alpine style in the heart of Pontresina promises carefree relaxation. +41 (0)81 838 98 00, www.hotel-rosatsch.ch

78

Pontresina: Hotel Steinbock Ô

The resort’s oldest hotel is a beautiful Engadin ­building with facilities to suit all tastes – from tennis courts to a converted cable car in the garden serving heavenly cheese fondue and Raclette. +41 (0)81 839 36 26, www.hotelsteinbock.ch

79

Pontresina: Kochendörfer’s Hotel Albris à The hotel’s in-house bakery and patisserie is known far and wide. The panelled restaurant offers a ­wonderfully cosy setting for breakfast and dinner; the Engadin-style rooms are full of atmosphere. +41 (0)81 838 80 40, www.albris.ch

80

Samedan: Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl  Cosy rooms furnished in pine and a panoramic ­restaurant serving superb regional cuisine are just two of many attractions at the eco-friendly Muottas Muragl, the first plus-energy hotel in the Alps. +41 (0)81 842 82 32, www.muottasmuragl.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

37


81

Samnaun: Sport- und Wellnesshotel Post Samnaun Õ A magnificent natural setting, duty-free shopping and a world of wellness: the inviting combination is unique in Switzerland. Enjoy delicious cuisine, too, at the two restaurants and sunny terrace. +41 (0)81 861 92 00, www.wellnesshotelpost.ch

82

Sapün: Berggasthaus Heimeli Simple, peaceful and far from the tourist crowds: the legendary Heimeli promises an authentic experience of the mountains. Home-made Graubünden specialities are lovingly prepared and stylishly served. +41 (0)81 374 21 61, www.heimeli.ch

83

Scuol: Hotel-Restaurant Altana Ô Good quality, fair prices and free public transport in summer: the Altana is ideally located by the ­gondolas and railway. Cuisine includes a selection of vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes. +41 (0)81 861 11 11, www.altana.ch

84

Scuol: Hotel Engiadina Ô Nestled in the old heart of the village, this comfortable hotel is wonderfully authentic – from its 16thcentury wall to its carefully sourced regional cuisine. Public transport is free for guests year round. +41 (0)81 864 14 21, www.hotel-engiadina.ch

38

Typically Swiss Hotels. Graubünden.


85

Sils-Baselgia: Hotel Chesa Randolina Ã

A heavenly location, pine-furnished rooms, natural “Goût Mieux” cuisine and more than 200 wines from 150-plus winemakers to choose from: no wonder guests return time and again to this charming hotel. +41 (0)81 838 54 54, www.randolina.ch

86

Sils-Baselgia: Parkhotel Margna À

A private 6-hole golf course, a tennis court and a new wellness area are among the attractions at this former manor house. Ideal for activity holidays, the Margna is also perfect for a relaxing break. +41 (0)81 838 47 47, www.margna.ch

87

Sils-Maria: Hotel Privata Ô

The charming Privata stands on the village square at the entrance to the idyllic Val Fex. The 26 individually decorated rooms are furnished in pine and promise a wonderfully restful stay. +41 (0)81 832 62 00, www.hotelprivata.ch

88

St. Antönien: Berggasthaus Sulzfluh

Candles in the bedrooms and oil lamps in the cosy restaurant: a stay at the Sulzfluh is a trip in time. The kitchen is simple, too, and the dishes the chef conjures as delicious as they are authentic. +41 (0)81 332 12 13, www.sulzfluh.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

39


89

St. Moritz: Berghotel Randolins Ô Up on the Suvretta slope, guests enjoy access to more than 500 kilometres of footpaths and endless mountain bike trails – before relaxing in the outdoor whirlpool bath and dinner in the panoramic dining room. +41 (0)81 830 83 83, www.randolins.ch

90

St. Moritz: Hotel Schweizerhof À

Hotel Schweizerhof offers total immersion – in the world of belle époque and wellness, on its roof terrace with breathtaking views, and on Switzerland’s first indoor bar mile. +41 (0)81 837 07 07, www.schweizerhofstmoritz.ch

91

St. Moritz-Celerina: Hotel Restorant Lej da Staz  GaultMillau: 12 points

The resort’s smallest hotel enjoys a secluded ­location by idyllic Lake Staz: a stylish hideaway promising a cosy alpine ambiance, delicious regional cuisine, pure tranquillity and carefree relaxation. +41 (0)81 833 60 50, www.lejdastaz.ch

92

Tarasp: Schlosshotel Chastè Õ GaultMillau: 15 points

This typical Engadin building with views of the castle has belonged to the Pazeller family for 500 years. Today it offers a delightful alpine refuge for anyone seeking a relaxing break and superb cuisine. +41 (0)81 861 30 60, www.schlosshoteltarasp.ch

40

Typically Swiss Hotels. Graubünden.


93

Wergenstein: Hotel Capricorns  GaultMillau: 12 points

In the heart of the new Beverin regional nature park, the Capricorns is named in honour of the native horned ibex, symbol of Graubünden. Highlights­ ­include the creative and delicious regional cuisine. +41 (0)81 630 71 72, www.capricorns.ch

94

Zuoz: Hotel Klarer 

Cobbled narrow alleys lead to this hotel built in 1565, where Engadin tradition meets French charm. Furnished with antiques, the Klarer boasts its own cake shop and a charming historic restaurant. +41 (0)81 851 34 34, www.klarer-zuoz.ch

The best hotels for your trip. Are you looking for the perfect place to stay? With this app, exploring your options among more than 500 fabulous hotels is an adventure in itself. Once you’ve found your ideal accommodation, you can book it directly via the app. It couldn’t be easier!

Best Swiss Hotels. MySwitzerland.com/best-swiss-hotels

Presented by

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

41


St. Moritz-Celerina: Hotel Restorant Lej da Staz St. Moritz is only a 20-minute ride by horse-drawn carriage through the fairytale forest of the Stazerwald. But it feels a million miles away from the fashionable holiday resort. Idyllically situated on the shores of a dreamy mountain lake, here you find peace, nature and blissful simplicity. Photo: Stephan Schacher


43


Solothurn: Hotel an der Aare Lodged in the former nurses’ home of the old hospital, this hotel blends modern design with historic foundations dating to the 18th century. The baroque, pedestrianised Old Town of Solothurn can easily be explored on foot from here. Photo: Markus Däppen


Puidoux/Chexbres: Le Baron Tavernier Baron Tavernier was one of the 17th century’s greatest explorers. The house where he retired sits right in the heart of Lavaux. Today, you can relax in the hotel spa, enjoy creative, market-fresh cuisine awarded 13 GaultMillau points and gaze out across the vineyards. Photo: Tony Kunz


Jura & Three-Lakes. Mountains and plateaus, forests and pastures, lakes and rivers: nature plays a leading role in this region, as do traditions such as watchmaking and horse breeding. Wines from local vineyards are the ideal accompaniment to the many delicacies – such as the tasty Gâteau de Vully.

Lac des Brenets Š M. Senn


95

Biel: Hotel Restaurant Villa Lindenegg GaultMillau: 14 points

Located at the edge of the Old Town, a stroll from the lake, Villa Lindenegg has eight individually furnished rooms, an elegant dining room, a veranda and a lush garden: an urban oasis of tranquillity. +41 (0)32 322 94 66, www.lindenegg.ch

96

Courchavon: Gîte La Bergerie Ô

Whether you choose to stay in one of seven rooms or sleep in the hay, this rustic holiday cottage gives you a true sense of a farm holiday. Dig into hearty dishes like Jura ragout and saucisse d’Ajoie. +41 (0)32 466 58 73, www.gitelabergerie.ch

97

Couvet: Hôtel de l’Aigle Ô

This former coaching inn offers tranquillity, a sunny terrace, shady garden – and carefree relaxation. Sights such as the Creux du Van rock amphitheatre and La Brévine are a leisurely e-bike ride away. +41 (0)32 864 90 50, www.gout-region.ch/aigle

98

Solothurn: Hotel an der Aare Ã

This hotel offers 16 originally designed rooms, with views of the river and the Jura mountains. Aaregarten Restaurant serves creative interpretations of Swiss classics in atmospheric surrounds. +41 (0)32 626 24 00, www.hotelaare.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

49


D체rrenroth: Romantik Hotel B채ren D체rrenroth Easy does it... The B채ren country hotel is beautifully set at 700 metres in the peaceful heart of the enchanting Emmental. The unique and pristine Emmental surrounds make for unforgettable holidays and allow guests to slow down and unwind. Photo: Gian Marco Castelberg & Maurice Haas


99

Sonceboz: Hôtel-Restaurant du Cerf Ô GaultMillau: 16 points

Michelin: 1 star

Comfortable rooms, a panelled restaurant and open fire all add to the charm of this lovingly renovated ­hotel. The superb cuisine with 16 GaultMillau points and a Michelin star is renowned far and wide. +41 (0)32 488 33 22, www.cerf-sonceboz.ch

#SwissHotels

Foto: @ maria_w

Maria Wetzel

e7

“During my stay at Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic, I particularly loved the fabulous view of Lake Geneva. I could almost see the sunset from the comfort of my bed – it was simply incredible!”

October  2016: Montr eux, Lake Geneva Region

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

51


Lucerne-Lake ­Lucerne Region. Historic Lucerne and its fjord-like lake offer a concentrated experience of Switzerland’s scenic beauty. Paddle steamers ply the lake; dramatic cog railways, funiculars and cableways scale nearby mountains such as the Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis. Exploring is pure adventure.

Chapel Bridge and Old Town, Lucerne © I. Scholz


100

Andermatt: The River House Boutique Hotel Ô Old materials like wainscoting, wood beams and brickwork were discovered during the modernisation of this 280-year-old building. The result is a unique design hotel with extraordinary flair. +41 (0)41 877 00 25, www.theriverhouse.ch

101

Beckenried: Boutique-Hotel Schlüssel Õ GaultMillau: 13 points

Feeling hungry before your hike? The cuisine of this hotel between the deep-blue lake and the mountains is highly praised, but there’s no set menu: the chef simply comes to your table to discuss your meal. +41 (0)41 622 03 33, www.schluessel-beckenried.ch

102

Beckenried: Hotel Nidwaldnerhof Ã

The magnificent views of Lake Lucerne and the mountains invariably impress guests – just like the authentic cuisine served in the panoramic restaurant with its winter garden and pretty lakeside terrace. +41 (0)41 620 52 52, www.nidwaldnerhof.ch

103

Engelberg: Hotel Alpenclub à The first documented reference to this hotel dates from 1875; today, its eight rooms epitomise the best of modern alpine design. Three restaurants and a cosy fondue bar serve the best of mountain cuisine. +41 (0)41 637 12 43, www.alpenclub.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

53


104

Engelberg: Berghotel Trübsee Right in the heart of the Titlis mountains, this hotel perches at 1,800 metres and can only be reached by cable car. There are 37 comfortably appointed rooms and rates include a four-course dinner. +41 (0)41 639 50 92, www.hoteltruebsee.ch

105

Engelberg: Hotel Edelweiss Engelberg Ô

Kids excited? Must be the Edelweiss. Here, there isn’t just one playroom but four. Mum and Dad, meanwhile, can happily relax in the whirlpool bath on the terrace or enjoy one of the guided excursions. +41 (0)41 639 78 78, www.edelweissengelberg.ch

106

Kriens near Lucerne: Hotel Pilatus-Kulm à Fully renovated in 2010, this historic mountain hotel at 2,132 metres thrills guests with its elegant lounges and chic rooms furnished in modern alpine style. The cuisine is as impressive as the views. +41 (0)41 329 12 12, www.pilatus.ch

107

Lucerne: Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern À GaultMillau: 15 points

Bewitching views of Lucerne, its lake and mountains help make the Montana one of Switzerland’s finest city hotels. Highlights include tempting tailored packages, the rooftop bar and thrilling cuisine. +41 (0)41 419 00 00, www.hotel-montana.ch

54

Typically Swiss Hotels. Lucerne-Lake ­Lucerne Region.


108

Lucerne: Hotel des Balances Õ GaultMillau: 14 points

This historic hotel on the River Reuss with its elegant facades, spacious lounges and tasteful rooms also delights gourmets: the restaurant with bar, lounge and terrace boasts 14 GaultMillau points. +41 (0)41 418 28 28, www.balances.ch

109

Lucerne: Hotel Stern  The Stern was one of Lucerne’s first inns and has been welcoming guests since 1524. Today, this listed building in the Old Town offers 15 rooms and excellent cuisine focusing on regional produce and dishes. +41 (0)41 227 50 60, www.sternluzern.ch

110

Lucerne: Hotel Wilden Mann Luzern Õ GaultMillau: 14 points

A member of Romantik Hotels, the “Wild Man” ­occupies seven historic houses and is one of the Old Town’s architectural gems. The two restaurants boast a long tradition of serving top-quality cuisine. +41 (0)41 210 16 66, www.wilden-mann.ch

111

Lucerne: Seehotel Hermitage À The “lake hotel” stands by the water’s edge on the city fringes, offering top-quality accommodation and glorious views of Lake Lucerne and its mountains. Here, guests find what they seek: pure relaxation. +41 (0)41 375 81 81, www.hermitage-luzern.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

55


Switzerland has the highest standard of living. Good thing it’s available on the go. Extend your well deserved holidays and enjoy highest Swiss quality already on your ďƒ&#x;ight.

swiss.com

023_300_Walking_2_125.5x176.5_ST_Hotels_en 1

56

Made of Switzerland.

31.08.16 15:52


112

Rigi Kaltbad: Kräuterhotel Edelweiss Rigi Ô At an idyllic, car-free location high on the Rigi, guests savour the freshest regional cuisine and buy delicacies made with produce from the garden. The panoramic mountain views come free of charge. +41 (0)41 399 88 00, www.kräuterhotel.ch

113

Sarnen: Hotel Krone Sarnen Õ

Colourful rooms, a modern, light and regional cuisine with market-fresh ingredients and a large selection of local wines confirm the fact: stay at the Hotel ­Krone and you’ll enjoy the best of Switzerland. +41 (0)41 666 09 09, www.krone-sarnen.ch

114

Sörenberg: Berggasthaus Salwideli A peaceful oasis for nature, cross-country skiing and hiking enthusiasts. This family-run guesthouse is the catering partner of UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch and sources 75% of its products from the region. +41 (0)41 488 11 27, www.berggasthaus-salwideli.ch

115

Stoos: Caschu Alp Boutique Design Hotel

What does one need to be happy? Often less is more. This new chalet-style hotel has just nine rooms. The spa, restaurant, bar and lounge offer all one could desire for total relaxation. +41 (0)44 216 80 00, www.caschu-alp.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

57


Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein. From the wide expanses of Lake Constance to the mighty Rhine Falls and the jagged peaks of the Alpstein, this region is known for its scenic variety. Its cultural heritage is rich too – with highlights such as St. Gallen’s historic abbey district and the living traditions of the Appenzellerland.

Lake Seealp in the Alpstein massif © M. Mägli


116

Amden: Hotel Arvenbüel Ô

Sweeping views of the Glarus and St. Gallen mountains, pristine nature and soothing tranquillity: the Arvenbüel, run by the Rüedi family, offers the perfect escape. The home-made specialities are superb. +41 (0)55 611 60 10, www.arvenbuel.ch

117

Appenzell: Café-Hotel Appenzell Ô This hotel with its welcoming café-restaurant focuses on classic Swiss cuisine. Special attractions ­include the delicious home-made desserts and ice cream – made without preservatives, naturally. +41 (0)71 788 15 15, www.hotel-appenzell.ch

118

Appenzell: Romantik Hotel Säntis Õ GaultMillau: 13 points

A warm welcome and polished hospitality set the tone at this stately hotel run by the Heeb family on the main square. Two restaurants with a beautiful garden terrace serve mouth-watering regional cuisine. +41 (0)71 788 11 11, www.saentis-appenzell.ch

119

Bad Ragaz: Sorell Hotel Tamina Õ Located in the town centre near the thermal baths, golf course and Pizol gondola, this well-established hotel with two restaurants, garden terrace and ­stylish lounge evokes the grandeur of a bygone age. +41 (0)81 303 71 71, www.sorellhotels.com/tamina

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

59


120

Degersheim: Hotel Wolfensberg Ô

Set in lush landscaped grounds, the Wolfensberg offers gorgeous views of the rolling landscape of the Pre-Alps. The hotel makes an ideal base for exploring historic St. Gallen and the Appenzellerland. +41 (0)71 370 02 02, www.wolfensberg.ch

121

Gonten: Hotel Bären Gonten à GaultMillau: 12 points

Wood panelling and floors are nods to the fascinating history of this hotel, which has been welcoming guests for the past 250 years. Today, it shelters 14 modern rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a tavern. +41 (0)71 795 40 10, www.baeren-gonten.ch

122

Gottlieben: Gottlieber – Hotel Die Krone Ô

300 years of history meet modern comfort at the ­Krone. The renovated lake terrace overlooking the nature reserve across the water is a refreshing spot to linger. Wet weather? Head for the in-house cinema. +41 (0)71 666 80 60, www.gottlieber-hotel-krone.ch

123

Schaffhausen: Kronenhof Hotel, Wellness & Gastronomie Ô This hotel’s history stretches back to 1489. Goethe, the Emperor of Russia and Michel de Montaigne have all sojourned here. It’s famous for its steakhouse and bar with an impressive array of whiskeys. +41 (0)52 635 75 75, www.kronenhof.ch

60

Typically Swiss Hotels. Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein.


124

Schwägalp: Säntis das Hotel à Framed by some of Europe’s most glorious mountain scenery, this hotel sits in the heart of the Schwägalp/ Säntis Nature Exploration Park. Enjoy fresh, regional specialities in the stylish restaurant. +41 (0)71 365 66 00, www.saentisbahn.ch/hotel

125

Speicher: Hotel Krone Speicher

Dating to 1690, this listed guesthouses is steeped in tradition and good old-fashioned hospitality. Here you’ll enjoy hearty dishes like sliced liver, pot roast and the hotel’s own dry-aged entrecote beef. +41 (0)71 343 67 00, www.krone-speicher.ch

126

Speicher: Idyllhotel Appenzellerhof Ô The Appenzellerhof has been welcoming guests for 300 years. Today the hospitality incorporates delicious organic cuisine, a wide choice of Swiss wines and a variety of soothing Ayurvedic treatments. +41 (0)71 343 71 10, www.appenzellerhof.ch

127

St. Gallen: Einstein St. Gallen – Hotel Congress Spa À GaultMillau: 17 points

Michelin: 1 star

Centrally located in the UNESCO World Heritage Abbey District, the Einstein is a gourmet address, with two restaurants, a bar with a cigar lounge and a modern fitness park with a wellness area. +41 (0)71 227 55 55, www.einstein.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

61


SWISS ARMY KNIVES

CUTLERY

APPAREL

WATCHES

TRAVEL GEAR

FRAGRANCES

FUNCTIONALITY IS PART OF OUR FAMILY Geneva | Zurich | Brunnen | Lucerne SHOP ONLINE AT VICTORINOX.COM MAKERS OF THE ORIGINAL SWISS ARMY KNIFE | ESTABLISHED 1884

VX_AD_SchweizTourismus_125_5x176_5_Multi6_EN_160901_RR.indd 1

01.09.16 15:09


128

Weissbad: Berggasthaus Meglisalp A sight to delight any hiker… The Meglisalp offers accommodation in nostalgic rooms and serves ­delicious Rösti, salads, meat from local farmers, ­Appenzell cheese specialities – and its own whisky. +41 (0)71 799 11 28, www.meglisalp.ch

129

Wildhaus: Hotel Hirschen Ô A warm welcome, stylish rooms and views of the ­region’s iconic mountain, the Churfirsten, all the way up to the top-floor wellness area. Highlights of the fine regional cuisine include super-fresh trout. +41 (0)71 998 54 54, www.hirschen-wildhaus.ch

130

Wildhaus: Stump’s Alpenrose From the locally sourced game to the creative ­vegetarian cuisine, this hotel in the lush Toggenburg valley showcases the best of the region. Family-run for more than 100 years; friendly, personal service. +41 (0)71 998 52 52, www.stumps-alpenrose.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

63


Ticino. Switzerland’s suntrap charms visitors with its delightful contrasts – ­glaciers and palms, traditional villages and modern architecture – as well as its Mediterranean climate. The cuisine is equally enticing, with specialities from polenta to products made with sweet chestnuts.

Lavertezzo in the Verzasca valley © Ticino Turismo


131

Ascona: Romantik Hotel Castello Seeschloss Õ

The “lake castle hotel” stands in a lush Mediterranean garden at the southern end of Ascona’s ­delightful lakefront piazza. Regulars appreciate the refined atmosphere and delicious local specialities. +41 (0)91 791 01 61, www.castello-seeschloss.ch

132

Ascona: Piazza Ascona Hotel & Restaurants Ó

Sitting pretty on the famous lake promenade, this hotel affords breathtaking views of the Brissago Islands and the mountains. The regional cuisine plays up Ticino specialities and fresh fish. +41 (0)91 791 11 81, www.hotelpiazza.ch

133

Carona: Romantik Hotel Villa Carona Ô

Located in a patrician house in the artists’ village of Carona, this friendly hotel is a self-contained island of wellbeing with 18 individually designed rooms, ­antique ornaments and an enchanting garden. +41 (0)91 649 70 55, www.villacarona.ch

134

Locarno: Hotel Casa DaVinci 

This typical old Ticino house near the Piazza Grande features granite balconies overlooking the shady inner courtyard and a fully equipped kitchen for guests’ use. Bikes and e-bikes are available for hire. +41 (0)91 751 30 64, www.casa-davinci.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

65


135

Locarno: Hotel Dell’Angelo Ô

A gem of a hotel on Locarno’s famous Piazza Grande, with a pretty roof terrace revealing delightful views. The restaurant serves pizzas cooked in a wood oven as well as Ticino specialities and wines. +41 (0)91 751 81 75, www.hotel-dell-angelo.ch

136

Lugano: Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola Ä GaultMillau: 15 & 16 points

Michelin: 1 star

Set among lush subtropical gardens on Lake Lugano, this magnificent hotel furnished with antiques and works of art promises fabulous views, every comfort and superb cuisine in two top-class restaurants. +41 (0)91 973 25 55, www.villacastagnola.com

137

Lugano: Hotel International au Lac Ã

One of the city’s most prestigious hotels enjoys a prime location on the lake promenade by the new arts complex, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura. Garden with swimming pool and terrace. +41 (0)91 922 75 41, www.hotel-international.ch

138

Lugano: Hotel Lugano Dante Center Õ A rich breakfast buffet with Ticino specialities and a private garage with a charging station for electric cars are just two of the excellent facilities this hotel in the centre of town offers. +41 (0)91 910 57 00, www.hotel-luganodante.com

66

Typically Swiss Hotels. Ticino.


139

Lugano: Villa Principe Leopoldo Ö GaultMillau: 17 points

This former aristocratic residence with sublime views of lake and mountains is now a luxury all-suite hotel boasting lush gardens with pools, tennis courts, its own Merlot vineyard – and princely cuisine. +41 (0)91 985 88 55, www.leopoldohotel.com

140

Melide: Hotel Riviera Ô

Dreamy Lake Lugano sets the tone at the Riviera with its own jetty, moorings for guests and panoramic ­restaurant serving fish and other regional specialities. Don’t miss the home-made wines and grappas. +41 (0)91 640 15 00, www.hotel-riviera.ch

141

Miglieglia: Albergo Casa Santo Stefano Ó 

Two linked, historic houses combine stylish simplicity with welcoming comfort. The terrace with vine-laden pergola is a delightful spot to relax; for panoramic hikes, take the nearby gondola to Monte Lema. +41 (0)91 609 19 35, www.casa-santo-stefano.ch

142

Porto-Ronco: Art Hotel Posta Al Lago

Instead of numbers, this hotel’s 10 rooms are named after famous people, such as Hesse, Arp and Rilke, who all made Ticino their adopted home and were often guests at this hotel run by the Bettè family. +41 (0)91 791 26 32, www.postalago.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

67


The Kambly round trip

free wi t the Sw h i s Travel P s ass

Over the course of a single day, this trip will provide you with fantastic views of snow-covered peaks, and take you past deep-blue, crystal-clear lakes, lush green meadows and idyllic farms. Explore the world-famous tourist destinations of Lucerne and Interlaken plus the Swiss capital of Bern, whose old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Trubschachen in the idyllic Emmental Valley you‘ll enjoy an adventure packed with delicious treats at the Kambly Experience.

Kambly Experience Dive into the fascinating world of Kambly, Switzerland‘s best-known and most popular biscuit brand. Discover the secrets of the art of fine biscuit making with all your senses at this exciting visitor attraction, explore the history of this traditional brand and try over 100 kinds of biscuit to your heart‘s content. More information www.kambly.com/roundtrip and www.kambly.com/experience Kambly Experience opening times Mon-Fri 8.30am - 6.30pm, Sat & Sun 8.30am - 5pm, free entry Typically_Swiss_Hotels_Inserat_Kambly_125.5_176.5_EN.indd 1

25.08.2016 08:34:42


143

Ronco Bedretto: Chalet Stella Alpina Hotel & Wellness

This small, lovingly renovated mountain hotel has nostalgic rooms, a suite with whirlpool bath – and lots of character. The restaurant serves Ticino ­specialities focusing on local, organic ingredients. +41 (0)91 869 17 14, www.chaletstellaalpina.com

#SwissHotels

Photo: @ litadimp

udus

“ We enjoyed wonderful views over a delicious breakfast at Berghotel Randolins St. Moritz. We’ll definitely be back.” Lita Mochtar

:

December 2015: St . Moritz, Graub unden

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

69


Valais. With 45 mountains higher than 4,000 metres, sparkling glaciers,­ ­picturesque villages and vibrant traditions, Valais enchants hikers ­ and nature lovers. Fine wines and specialities such as Raclette cheese, rye bread and air-dried meat delight gourmets too.

Emosson reservoir © D. Carlier


144

Ausserberg: Hotel Bahnhof 

This pleasant family-run hotel offers natural local ­cuisine, activity weeks and wines from its own ­vineyards. The hearty breakfast is ideal preparation for hikes in the glorious surrounding countryside. +41 (0)27 946 22 59, www.hotel-bahnhof.com

145

Belalp: Hamilton Lodge & Spa Ô Antlers on the walls, a magnificent lounge with open fireplace of natural stone, red tones for a cosy atmosphere and glorious views of the Aletsch region: welcome to your home-from-home at 2,100 metres. +41 (0)27 923 20 43, www.hamiltonlodge.ch

146

Bettmeralp: Hotel Slalom

Welcoming, relaxed and unpretentious: the Slalom promises its guests genuine hospitality high up at Bettmeralp. The views of the Valais Alps at the ­delicious buffet breakfast are sensational. +41 (0)27 927 17 87, www.slalom.ch

147

Blatten (Lötschen): Hotel Nest- und Bietschhorn Ó GaultMillau: 14 points

Inaugurated in 1886 during the golden age of mountaineering, this hotel at the foot of the Bietschhorn is the valley’s oldest. Cosy rooms and a gourmet ­restaurant with open fire make every stay a treat. +41 (0)27 939 11 06, www.nest-bietschhorn.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

71


148

Brig: Hotel Ambassador Õ GaultMillau: 13 points

When the owner is also the host, guests are in good hands. One of the highlights of this renovated family-run hotel in historic Brig is the gourmet ­cuisine, renowned for its classic, seasonal dishes. +41 (0)27 922 99 00, www.ambassador-brig.ch

149

Bürchen: Hotel-Restaurant Bürchnerhof Ô Looking to relax totally? Here it’s easy: at one of the wine-and-dine evenings with Valais winemakers, for example, or at the indoor pool with paddling pool, or on the sun terrace with sweeping valley views. +41 (0)27 934 24 34, www.buerchnerhof.ch

150

Champéry: Art.Boutique.Hotel Beau-Séjour Ô Three in one: the Beau-Séjour is a gallery and interior décor boutique as well as a hotel. The welcoming venue combines Swiss tradition, relaxed hospitality and sporting chic in inimitable style. +41 (0)24 479 58 58, www.beausejour.ch

151

Crans-Montana: Apart-Hotel Helvetia Intergolf Õ

What is the best way of enjoying Switzerland’s ­purest air and sunniest resort? With a taste of ­genuine Valais hospitality – which in summer also features the popular hiking weeks led by the hotelier. +41 (0)27 485 88 88, www.helvetia-intergolf.ch

72

Typically Swiss Hotels. Valais.


152

Fafleralp: Hotel Fafleralp  From simple dormitory to wellness suite, guests find beds to suit every budget. “There is nothing lovelier than the Fafleralp,” one famous visitor wrote in the guest book. His name: Charlie Chaplin. +41 (0)27 939 14 51, www.fafleralp.ch

153

Fiesch: Hotel des alpes Ô

Salads from the garden, Valais specialities, special beers and beer dinners, relaxing Feng Shui-inspired ambiance: this hotel run by the family of world ­champion skier Daniel Albrecht is full of character. +41 (0)27 971 15 06, www.des-alpes.ch

154

Grächen: Matterhorn Valley Hotel & Spa Hannigalp Ã

Peacefully located in the car-free area of the village, the Hannigalp offers guests an attractive indoor pool, saunas and steam bath, delicious Valais cuisine – and pristine nature on the doorstep. +41 (0)27 955 10 00, www.hannigalp.ch

155

Les Haudères: Hôtel Les Mélèzes Ô Since 1965, the Anzévui Métrailler family has run this hotel at the foot of the jagged Dents de Veisivi mountains. The restaurant pairs local specialities like Raclette, Rösti and river trout with fine Valais wines. +41 (0)27 283 11 55, www.hotelmelezes.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

73


156

Leukerbad: Hotel-Restaurant Waldhaus Ô

This charming inn sits right on the spa promenade. Here the owner takes pride in cooking himself – a delicious hand-cut steak tartare, for instance. Guests can use Leukerbad’s public transport for free. +41 (0)27 470 32 32, www.hotel-waldhaus.ch

157

Leukerbad: Hotel Walliserhof Ô 

The cosy, chalet-style Walliserhof makes an ideal base for hikers and mountain bikers – as well as all who enjoy a warm welcome, a relaxed atmosphere and a generous buffet breakfast to start the day. +41 (0)27 472 79 60, www.walliserhof.ch

158

Münster-Geschinen: Hotel Landhaus Õ When in Valais, enjoy the best Valais has to offer. The restaurant at this beautifully located hotel in ­chalet style showcases regional specialities; the wine list features exclusively Valais wines. +41 (0)27 973 22 73, www.landhaus-obergoms.ch

159

Obergesteln: Golf- & Wellnesshotel Hubertus Õ Guests soon fall in love with this hotel near the “Source du Rhône” golf course, at the forest edge on the banks of the young river. Highlights: the ­regional cuisine, mountain spa and sunny gardens. +41 (0)27 973 28 28, www.hotel-hubertus.ch

74

Typically Swiss Hotels. Valais.


160

Riederalp: Hotel Royal Õ Located at car-free Riederalp, this ski-in ski-out ­resort is an oasis of tranquillity with glorious views. In summer, the golf course lies on the doorstep. The crossover cuisine thrills guests year-round. +41 (0)27 928 44 88, www.artfurrer.ch

161

Saas Almagell: Hotel Mattmarkblick Ô With its welcoming atmosphere, modern rooms and outstanding food, this hotel is ideal for hikers and all nature lovers. Free trips on mountain railways in summer and year-round with postbus included. +41 (0)27 957 30 40, www.mattmarkblick.ch

162

Saas-Fee: Erlebnishotel Etoile à The small, friendly Etoile enjoys a sunny, peaceful ­setting and is a sure bet for happy holidays. Highlights: activity programme, delicious cuisine, theme evenings in the bright new panoramic dining room. +41 (0)27 958 15 50, www.hotel-etoile.ch

163

Saas-Fee: Hotel Bristol Ô Ideal ski-in ski-out location in the car-free resort, views of glaciers and mountains: the family-friendly Bristol is a gem of a hotel. In summer, guests enjoy unlimited travel on cable cars and postal buses. +41 (0)27 958 12 12, www.hotel-bristol-saas-fee.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

75


164

Saas-Fee: Hotel The Larix Ô This comfortable hotel is just a stone’s throw from the cable cars and commands tremendous views of Switzerland’s highest peaks. The hotel impresses with its Valais specialities and wellness offer. +41 (0)27 958 64 64, www.the-larix.ch

165

Saas-Fee: Park-Hotel Ô The centrally and peacefully located Park-Hotel is a charming address, with attractive light-filled rooms, an enticing garden and a fine mix of Valais, Italian and French cuisine. +41 (0)27 958 19 90, www.parkhotel-saas-fee.ch

166

Saas-Fee: Sunstar Boutique Hotel Beau-Site Saas-Fee Õ Typically Swiss: this rustic hotel on the village promenade has an incredible eye for detail. Take the small but perfectly formed spa, for instance, the stylish open fire or the walk-in wine cellar. +41 (0)27 958 15 60, www.saasfee.sunstar.ch

167

Saas-Fee: The Capra Saas-Fee Ö This hotel brings together the cosiness of an Alpine chalet with the comfort of a luxury hotel. The 14 spacious suites afford panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and endless horizons. +41 (0)27 958 13 58, www.capra.ch

76

Typically Swiss Hotels. Valais.


168

Salgesch: Hotel Arkanum Ô

Hotel Arkanum is totally unique. In its themed rooms, you can spend the night in a wooden barrel, in a cradle or in a wine press. The hotel organises wine tastings and rents out electric mountain bikes. +41 (0)27 451 21 00, www.hotelarkanum.ch

169

St-Luc: Le Grand Chalet Favre 

This chalet-style hotel with romantic rooms in the picturesque heart of the village combines warm ­hospitality with sublime views. The fine cuisine ­includes typical Raclette with cheese from the valley. +41 (0)27 475 11 28, www.grandchaletfavre.ch

170

Täsch: Hotel Täscherhof Ô

As soon as you have tasted a melted cheese Raclette in the rustic cellar restaurant or the winter garden, you know this mountain hotel is typical ­ Valais. Zermatt is just 12 minutes away. +41 (0)27 966 62 62, www.taescherhof.ch

171

Zermatt: Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort Ö GaultMillau: 14 points

This ski-in ski-out resort manages the delicate act of combining Alpine tradition with 21st-century style. It features six chalets (each with its own spa), 10 room categories, two restaurants, a bar and lounge. +41 (0)27 968 12 12, www.cervo.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

77


A mountaineer hotel that’s not only for climbers.

Ah, what pure Alpine air! Those who arrive at Riffelberg station with the cog railway first have to take a deep breath. Here at 2,500 metres above sea level, the air is cool, crisp and fragrant with the lingering scent of summer in the mountains. Surrounded by walking trails and Alpine meadows and right on the ski pistes, Riffelhaus’ exceptional location make it the perfect year-round base for hiking and mountain tours. Picture the scene: early in the morning, you head out of the hotel and straight to the heights; in the evening, you return from the peaks and relax in the spa area. It’s hard to imagine that Zermatt’s second oldest hotel has stood here

78

Typically Swiss Hotels.

since 1853. Besides the breathtaking view of Matterhorn, there is little here but cliffs and rock. The wood used to construct Riffelalp was laboriously transported from Zermatt by people and pack animals. It wasn’t until some 45 years later that the Gornergrat train began operating in 1898 – Switzerland’s first (and the world’s second) electric cog railway.


The only woman to grace the Riffelhaus mountain guide gallery: Bettina Sulliger-Perren.

Adventure central The first guests were predominantly mountain climbers, who used the Riffelhaus as a summer base for beginning their daring high-Alpine climbs. The first climbers to reach the summit of the 4,634-metre Dufourspitze also stayed overnight here in 1855 en route to Switzerland’s highest peak. Inside, an entire wall covered in portraits pays homage to mountain climbing greats. Among the oil paintings of famous mountain guides, one stands out in particular, depicting a lone woman in this illustrious group: Bettina Sulliger-Perren (see interview right). Rustic on the outside, comfortable on the inside But if you think the Riffelhaus is a mountain hut only for ambitious climbers, think again. The stone façade of the guesthouse might appear rustic, but inside awaits an incredibly comfortable hotel that was completely renovated in 2014, including a whirlpool with a view of mighty Matterhorn.

The Riffelhaus is a popular year-round choice for mountain and wellness holidays.

Zermatt is the ultimate outdoor ad venture base, with around 100 kilometres of mountain bike trails, a 9-hole golf course and the highest year-round ski area in Europe. Or you can simply kick back on the Riffelhaus’ large sun terrace and breathe in that air. Heavenly!

177   Zermatt: Riffelhaus 1853 Õ

Three questions for mountain guide Bettina Sulliger-Perren How did you become a mountain guide ? My father and twin brother were both avid amateur mountain climbers, and as an active girl, I always used to join them. After completing my sports studies in Lausanne, I turned my hobby into my career 20 years ago. What has been your favourite tour? My favourite tours are always those where the nature is particularly spectacular, and when I am on the same wavelength as the people I am climbing with. Why are you #INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND? I’ve been in love with Swiss nature in all its guises for as long as I can remember. Bettina SulligerPerren (46) climbed her first four-thousander when she was just 10 years old. Since first climbing Matterhorn in 1986, she has ascended the “Hore”, as locals nickname the iconic peak, more than 50 times.

+41 (0)27 966 05 55, www.riffelalp.com

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

79


172

Zermatt: Hotel Alpenblick Ã

Enjoy culinary delights in the Steinadler-Stube, relax on the flower-draped sun terrace and raise a glass to a wonderful holiday at the Alpenblick.

+41 (0)27 966 26 00, www.alpenblick-zermatt.ch

173

Zermatt: Hotel Bella Vista Ô 

Life is beautiful, especially when you’re in the spa enjoying the view of the Matterhorn – or in the ­restaurant savouring home cooking, from fresh rolls and marmalade to cheese made by the neighbours. +41 (0)27 966 28 10, www.bellavista-zermatt.ch

174

Zermatt: Hotel Dufour Alpin 

Organic produce from the region, breakfast in the winter garden and a peaceful lawn with loungers are among the draws at this characterful Valais hotel. Most rooms look out on the majestic Matterhorn. +41 (0)27 966 24 00, www.dufourzermatt.ch

175

Zermatt: Hotel Riffelalp Resort 2222 m Ä GaultMillau: 13 points

Exquisite rooms, superb suites, two apartments, three restaurants and a stylish spa with view of the Matterhorn: the Riffelalp Resort, located 2,222 m above sea level, offers luxury at the highest level. +41 (0)27 966 05 55, www.riffelalp.com

80

Typically Swiss Hotels. Valais.


176

Zermatt: Hotel Sonne À

A home-from-home in Zermatt: that’s how guests feel about the Sonne. Delicious gourmet cuisine and an attractive wellness area with pools, saunas and steam baths add to the charm of this family-run hotel. +41 (0)27 966 20 66, www.sonnezermatt.ch

177

Zermatt: Riffelhaus 1853 Õ

The view of the Matterhorn has delighted guests at Zermatt’s first hotel since 1853; today, seen from the outdoor whirlpool bath, it’s unforgettable. Gornergrat cog trains stop at the ski-in ski-out hotel. +41 (0)27 966 65 00, www.riffelhaus.ch

178

Zermatt: Romantik Hotel Julen À Lamb cooked to perfection, Julen-style? The ­familyrun hotel has its own flock of Valais Blacknose sheep: you can taste the natural goodness. The alpine-style rooms have a balcony and mountain views. +41 (0)27 966 76 00, www.julen.ch

179

Zermatt: Sunstar Style Hotel Zermatt Õ A wealth of carefully considered details creates a ­special atmosphere at this hotel in modern Valais style, from the baths or showers integrated within the bedrooms to the delicacies conjured in the kitchen. +41 (0)27 966 56 66, www.zermatt.sunstar.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

81


THE SWISS CHOCOLATE FACTORY OP E N 7 /7

Rue Jules Bellet 7, 1636 Broc +41 (0)26 921 59 60 maisoncailler@nestle.com

CAILLER.CH


180

Zermatt: 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat Ô Elsewhere, only experienced mountaineers venture to an altitude of 3,100 metres; here, guests find the ­highest hotel in the Alps. It even has its own astronomical observatory for admiring the star-filled skies. +41 (0)27 966 64 00, www.gornergrat-kulm.ch

#SwissHotels

Photo: @ stefster ontheroad

“ Peace and far-reaching views in the heart of the mountains. Thankfully places like Hamilton Lodge still exist in Switzerland – here you can be totally at one with nature.” Stephanie Egger

August 2016: Belalp,  Valais

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

83


Zurich Region. With its enchanting castles, picturesque Old Towns and fascinating ­museums, Switzerland’s economic powerhouse also boasts a wealth of cultural treasures. A wooded, lake-strewn landscape and delicious ­cuisine provide the other ingredients for a delightful holiday.

Zurich’s Old Town culminating in Lindenhof square © R. Soto


181

Eglisau: Romantik Hotel Gasthof Hirschen

Sitting on the banks of the Rhine, this lovingly renovated guesthouse looks proudly back on 500 years of history. Regional and seasonal dishes are served in the tavern, the bistro and on the terrace. +41 (0)43 411 11 22, www.hirschen-eglisau.ch

182

Forch: Hotel Wassberg Ô

The best of two worlds: this hotel with designer rooms and views of the Greifensee lake enjoys an idyllic rural location, yet it lies just 15 minutes from Zurich. Nature sets the tone of the cuisine too. +41 (0)43 366 20 40, www.hotel-wassberg.ch

183

Küsnacht near Zurich: Romantik Seehotel Sonne À A stay at the Sonne, hung with originals by artists from Giacometti to Warhol, feels like a private gallery visit. This is a place of sophisticated delights, from the gourmet restaurant to the tower bar. +41 (0)44 914 18 18, www.sonne.ch

184

Winterthur: Sorell Hotel Krone Ô This historic boutique hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from the station in the pedestrian zone, is the ideal base for exploring Winterthur’s world-renowned museums – as well as its seductive shopping. +41 (0)52 208 18 18, www.sorellhotels.com/krone

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

85


185

Zurich: Hotel Adler Ã

This traditional hotel in the Old Town is renowned for the large-scale murals gracing its rooms, which command extraordinary views of Zurich. Swiss Chuchi restaurant serves Swiss specialities. +41 (0)44 266 96 96, www.hotel-adler.ch

186

Zurich: Hotel Florhof Ô

A quiet room with a view? This listed patrician house’s wonderfully peaceful garden is a real attention-grabber. Traditional Zurich cuisine is served in the restaurant and on the terrace. +41 (0)44 250 26 26, www.hotelflorhof.ch

187

Zurich: Hotel Glockenhof À

Stylish rooms, two restaurants, a fashionable bar, a boulevard café and, in the inner courtyard, one of the city’s most beautiful garden restaurants: guests are always happy to return to the Glockenhof. +41 (0)44 225 91 91, www.glockenhof.ch

188

Zurich: Hotel Storchen Zürich À

Located on the banks of the Limmat, the Storchen Zürich is a gem of a hotel with a long history; Richard Wagner was one of many famous guests. The delicious Sunday brunch with dessert buffet is legendary. +41 (0)44 227 27 27, www.storchen.ch

86

Typically Swiss Hotels. Zurich Region.


189

Zurich: Hotel Uto Kulm Õ

The city’s lights glimmer way below, the stars sparkle above: a night on the peaceful Uetliberg is a magical experience. Charming, modern, comfortable rooms with views; restaurant with Swiss specialities. +41 (0)44 457 66 66, www.utokulm.ch

190

Zurich: Small Luxury Hotel Ambassador à l’Opéra Õ GaultMillau: 13 points

This boutique hotel with roof terrace in a palatial building dating from 1898 stands just a few steps from the opera house and lake. The restaurant with 13 GaultMillau points is known for its superb fish. +41 (0)44 258 98 98, www.ambassadorhotel.ch

191

Zurich: Steigenberger Bellerive au Lac À

Built in 1928 and painstakingly renovated in 2013 in art deco style, this is the only four-star-superior hotel on Zurich’s elegant lakefront promenade. Wonderful views of the lake, wooded hills and city. +41 (0)44 254 40 00, www.zuerich.steigenberger.ch

#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND

87


Information, advice and booking. Experts on Switzerland are ready to help. Specialist advice and sensational offers Published by Switzerland Tourism, Zurich Designed and produced by Festland AG, St. Gallen / Zurich Switzerland Tourism, Zurich Cover photograph Berggasthaus Heimeli, Sapün, Graubünden, Christof Schürpf Photographs Berggasthaus Meglisalp, Riffelhaus, Switzerland Tourism, Partner, swiss-image.ch, Typically Swiss Hotels Text Andreas Feuerstein Lucas Roos Christian Sidow

Mon – Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, 00800 100 200 30 (freephone*), info@MySwitzerland.com, MySwitzerland.com MySwitzerland.com, Webcode: 25385

Switzerland’s most welcoming hotels. Prix Bienvenu 2016 Switzerland Tourism and its Presenting Partner, American Express, have awarded this coveted prize every year since 2013. Hotels are evaluated on the basis of guest feedback. Join in the search: simply rate your hotel stay! MySwitzerland.com/bienvenu

Printed by Schellenberg Druck AG, Pfäffikon (ZH) Print run 61,000 copies Edition January 2017

Order our latest brochures. The best of Switzerland Planning your next trip is an adventure in itself with our free holiday magazines and brochures. Order printed copies or browse the digital versions online using the following Webcode: MySwitzerland.com, Webcode: 100

88

Typically Swiss Hotels.

* Local charges may apply


Accommodation. At a click. Check in for inspirational hotel experiences You will find information and much more by going to: MySwitzerland.com/hotels

Follow us on Facebook

Subscribe to our newsletter

MySwitzerland.com /  facebook

MySwitzerland.com /n   ewsletter

In love with Typically Swiss Hotels? #SwissHotels

Free apps. Hotels served up on your tablet The Best Swiss Hotels app will turn searching for a Swiss hotel and making a reservation into an inspirational experience: MySwitzerland.com /  best-swiss-hotels

Other mobile apps Free mobile apps allow you to have useful information and valuable tips to hand at all times: MySwitzerland.com/mobile

Swiss City Guide

Swiss Events

Swiss Snow

Family Trips

Swiss Winter Hike

Swiss Hike

Swiss Mag


Partners. Recommended by Switzerland Tourism. MySwitzerland.com / strategicpartners

Strategic premium partners

The trade association of the Swiss hotel industry hotelleriesuisse.ch

Switzerland by train, bus and boat SwissTravelSystem.com

The airline of Switzerland swiss.com

American Express in Switzerland americanexpress.ch

Performance Bikes bmc-switzerland.com

Home of Swiss Chocolate since 1819 cailler.ch

Retail and wholesale trade coop.ch

Car rental europcar.ch

Gateway to the Alps zurich-airport.com

Exquisite Swiss biscuit specialities kambly.ch

Switzerland Cheese Marketing switzerland-cheese.com

SWISS ARMY KNIVES | WATCHES | TRAVEL GEAR victorinox.com

Financial services ubs.com

Strategic partners

Official partners

appenzellerbier.ch

gastrosuisse.ch

gubelin.com

swisstravelcenter.ch

hertz.ch

holycow.ch

intersportrent.ch

kirchhofer.com

grimselstrom.ch

lesambassadeurs.ch

mammut.ch

nikon.ch

swisseducation.com

snowsports.ch

swisscom.com

swissinfo.ch

swissrent.com

visana.ch

partnerseite_alle_sprachen_ab_2017.indd 1

27.10.16 11:20

Typically Swiss Hotels 2017 (SW10018.1002.2001en)  

Typically Swiss Hotels 2017 (SW10018.1002.2001en)