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Sleep with history in Switzerland

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Nothing takes a traveler back in time more than "a hotel with a past". Switzerland has many of these, and I highly recommend trying out a Swiss Historic Hotel, or other artfully restored gem. At the other end of the spectrum, nostalgia is on offer in village- and farm stays, where the history is of the family kind. To make the most of a trip through Switzerland, try one of these remarkable heritage stays.
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Place du Port 17-19, 1000 Lausanne 6, Switzerland
Thirty minutes east of Geneva, the medieval city of Lausanne overlooking Lake Geneva and the French Alps is one of the world’s most soigné settings. Here, the Belle Epoque, 168-room Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace is arguably Switzerland’s most revered...
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Untergass 28, 8193 Eglisau, Switzerland
Romantik Hotel Gasthof Hirschen has welcomed guests since the 16th century. Today, the building is a boutique hotel, as well as a historic monument, and makes for a charming and atmospheric retreat. Seven rooms and suites offer top-notch 21st...
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Talstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This esteemed, five-star hotel, set in its own park overlooking Lake Zurich and the Alps, has a remarkable history. Opened in 1844 by Johannes Baur, the property hosted the world premiere of Wagner’s Die Walküre (Wagner himself...
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Bahnhofstrasse 30, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a hotel of character, atmosphere and attentive service. I've stayed there several times, and each time, discovered something new. From the Gothic Revival Burgerstube on the premises of an ancient tavern (Wilden...
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Rheingasse 12, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
If you are looking for a high-quality hotel in Basel, the Krafft is a wonderful choice — but it seems less like a luxury hotel and more like the apartment of your dreams. Vitra furniture and small touches like wine bottle openers and cutlery,...
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Monte Verità, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Mountains in Switzerland have long been an attraction for people seeking inspiration, energy and fresh air. One of those mountains, more of a hill really, put Canton Ticino on the map for theosophists, artists and free thinkers at the turn of the...
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1948 Bagnes, Switzerland
Verbier is known for it’s amazing après ski scene, great powder, and pricey accommodations. To save some money, stay just outside of town in the neighboring village of Lourtier, where husband and wife Patricia and Jean-Marc Pellissier run the...
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Rennweg 7, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Built on the site of Roman and Celtic ruins, the unassuming 5-star Widder Hotel comprises nine medieval townhouses that were painstakingly renovated over a 10-year period by Swiss architect Tilla Theus. The results are jaw-dropping, from the...
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Bahnhofstrasse 2, 6354 Vitznau, Switzerland
"We have respect for people, food and historical buildings," says Roland Scherrer. He and his wife, Pia Scherrer-Nussbaumer, have channeled that respect into a loving restoration of the original Rigi-Bahn Hotel, and on a daily basis, welcome...
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Brandschenkestrasse 152, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
A literary vibe pulses through this über-hip property situated in what were once the main buildings of Switzerland’s largest brewery. Some 33,000 books fill the soaring 36-foot-tall walls of the Library Lounge, stacks of hardcovers take the place...