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Though this is a long day tour outside the city, it’s certainly worth the trip. Jungfraujoch is considered the “Top of Europe, ” as the mountain stands 11, 353ft above sea level. It isn’t easy getting there, first you need to get to Interlaken before hopping on the old cogwheel railway and cable cars; the final ascent takes 40 minutes. At the top, tour the incredible ice caves and visit the Sphinx Observatory, where you can step outside and take in the breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier and snowcapped mountains. After admiring the spectacular panoramas, head to the alpine villages of Wengen or Lauterbrunnen.
The most luxurious place to rest your head is the famous Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, or the Three Kings. The hotel, one of the oldest in Europe, sits right on the river, with gorgeous views of the water and city from its stately rooms. On the top floor, Les Trois Rois Suite has a Jacuzzi on the roof terrace, perhaps the best place in the city to enjoy the views. The two-floor suite, with two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fireplace, is decorated in Art Deco style, unique for Basel. With gold draperies, stunning silver and wood accents, and a grand staircase, this suite is so alluring that you just might not want to leave to explore the nearby historic downtown. The hotel hosts an exceptional wine cellar, and the Cheval Blanc restaurant has three Michelin stars.
Situated on a quiet hill just a few minutes’ walk to Old Town and Marktplatz, Hotel Der Teufelhof looks more like a private, old mansion than a place for visitors to stay. In fact, this off-the-beaten-track accommodation is actually two 18th-century mansions. Each its own hotel that have come together as a complex, complete with a brewery bar, theatre and courtyard that is perfect for enjoying some quiet garden time. For those who love art and culture, Der Teufelhof lets you experience it in an entirely different way as each room is considered an immersive work of art in itself. The top-floor art suite in the Kunsthotel building, Sleeping in a Question, was designed by American artist Joseph Egan and features two separate rooms on two floors. If the artistic nature of the suite is not enough, take a stroll down the hallways and into the lobbies: the entire Galerie building is an ongoing exhibition space with constantly changing installations.
Swissôtel also is contemporary in architecture and decor, this hotel is the perfect place to stay if you are visiting Messeplatz for Art Basel or Baselworld, or if you are looking for a location closer to the Fine Arts Museum. The Presidential Suite with living room, bar and entertainment centre, as well as a separate work space, has everything you need. The marble-laden bathroom is perfect for those who love a spa-like space to get ready in, and those who seek solace within the comfort of their own room can be treated to massages from the hotel’s wellness spa. You’ll still feel right at home when you leave the suite thanks to the spacious lobby bar. Sip on a refreshing cocktail in a cosy chair and soak up the glamorous living room style atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows and a charming fireplace. Swissôtel also has a state-of-the-art Purovel Sports gym with sauna and steam bath, and a lovely spa.
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