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Offbeat Accomodation Options

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Offbeat Accomodation Options


I am traveling to Swtizerland in Late April/Early May to Switzerland for a period of about 7 days. I am currently developing my itinerary for which I would come back to the group. Currently my plan is to cover Luasanne/Montreaux, Interlaken, Zermatt and Lucerne. We (me and my wife) were just going through the various accommodation options and was keen to try different things (which I would never get in India) on which I had some specific questions if people could help me answer:

- Are there any Igloo villages which would be open at that time. I was very much interested in staying in one of those.

- If I want to live in one of the camping sites for a day or 2, is there anyway I can rent a tent. Are the camping sites clean and hygienic especially the toilets and the bathrooms? Is there any special arrangement which i need to do before selecting these?

- Farm houses: Is there any special arrangement which I need to if I want to stay in one of these?

- Is there any other type of accommodation which is different the standard hotels, apartments and B&Bs



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1. Re: Offbeat Accomodation Options

April and May are not great times for some of the types of accommodation you mention. The snow will be melting in the mountains and it will generally not be warm enough for normal types of camping. Sleeping on the hay in farms also will not yet be operating. However this doesn't mean you can't find some interesting accommodation options. I'm not great at accommodation and most of the accommodation options I do know are in Western Switzerland, so hopefully others will chip in. The yurts at the top of the Rochers de Naye are heated and accessible year round by the mountain train from Montreux:



There are nice B&Bs in farm houses. For example (in Gruyeres):


Or basic auberge type accommodation throughout Switzerland. For example (in Les Paccots above Lake Geneva):


If budget is a concern, then look at youth hostels. They are open for all ages and are clean and efficient. You can often get private rooms, sometimes with your own bathroom.

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2. Re: Offbeat Accomodation Options

Hi cyberviveks30

I agree, you will be too late for igloos (there are not so many) and too early for campgrounds most propably.

I would recommend you look for BnB - www.bnb-ch - and Youth hostels - www.sjh.ch/en -. There are great hostels in different places. Read the prescriptions and look for TA reviews.

Clean rooms and bathrooms are normally not an issue in Switzerland. Of course it depends also on the guests.

For the areas you would like to visit look also at

- www.myjungfrau.ch and www.interlaken.ch

- www.montreux-riviera.com

- www.zermatt.ch

- www.lucerne.com and Top Questions about Lucerne (TA Lucerne forum)

and for informations about public transport look at www.sbb.ch/en


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3. Re: Offbeat Accomodation Options

Late April is very late for a visit in Iglu village you can try your best and ask at info@iglu-dorf.com

For camping it's very early in the season, but there are even camping places that keep open in winter. Nights during April/May can be pretty cold recommendation is to look for a caravan or something similar to rent. Camping places in Switzerland are usually clean and well maintained For details check the accomondation sites of the areas you are going to.

A good resource for staying on a farm is http://www.schlaf-im-stroh.ch but be aware in most places it's a very simple accommodation you get.

Other options:

Hotels ON the mountains eg. Kleine Scheidegg, Pilatus Kulm, Rigi, Rigi Kaltbad (on the mountain, but different to the others like a small village)

Stay in small car free mountain village eg. Gimmelwald or Mürren(good base to discover the Jungfrau area)

here some links to other uncommon types of accommodation (some site don't have an english version, then use a site like translate.google.com )

near your route



http://www.moenchsjoch.ch/ (can be reached by a one hour hike over the glacier from the Jungfraujoch)


in other parts of Switzerland





http://www.bolderhof.ch/2_2_Welcome.html (farm that offers Cowtrekking)



http://www.mais-hotel.ch/ (only in summer)





moniales-op.ch/fr/la-source/la-source-un-lie… (the monastery is still in use)





dev.sahlenweidli.ch/das-gotthelfhaus.html (house like more than 100 years ago, very simple)

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4. Re: Offbeat Accomodation Options

I agree, April/May is too early, if you could travel later, there would be much more options for you. One would be a stay in one of the Alpine huts if you would agree to hike for some distance. Those huts are owned privately or by a section of the Swiss Alpine Club and are perfect places to enjoy the mountains. The accomodation is mostly basic and the food is practical, some even have a very good cuisine. But this would be the real experience. I dont know if perhaps in the Ticino area you might find one or the other of the huts already accessible. Most ot the huts open in Winter are for ski-tours, so the paths may not be so good and of course you would need sturdy shoes in the mountains. If this might interest you have a look at: http://www.sac-cas.ch/index.php?id=793&L=3 and serch the options with the links provided there.

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