Hotel Palafitte, Neuchatel, Switzerland


Base yourself on a tranquil lake and let the cares of everyday life float away.

The lakes of Switzerland are stunning backdrops to some of the prettiest towns and Neuchatel is no exception. Take a tour of an Absinthe distillery, visit a local market or sample the cheese, chocolate and wine the area is renowned for.

Where to stay:

Hotel Palafitte

The only hotel in Europe built on stilts, it provides a truly relaxing environment on the edge of a stunning lake. Pavilions have been carefully designed to enhance the breathtaking view and each has a bedroom, bathroom, office corner and large terrace with views of the Alps.

Two nights in a lake or shore pavilion costs £900 including breakfast, a welcome drink and fruit plate four-course dinner and the use of two bicycles or paddle boards.

Getting there

Take the Eurostar to Paris, then a direct train to Neuchatel. Total journey time is five hours.

  • Eurostar from £39.50;
  • First class SNCF from £61.

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