Getting back to nature is taking a whole new meaning in the Swiss Alps, thanks to artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, who are bringing their no-wall, no-ceiling hotel concept to multiple locations in eastern Switzerland this summer.
Zero Real Estate, a spin-off of the pair’s 2016 project Null Stern Hotel, which loosely translates into “zero star hotel,” is timely given the current situation. Social distancing becomes easy with the open-air concept where only Mother Nature surrounds guests in their minimalistic hotel, if we can even call it that. The beds are arranged tastefully on outdoor slopes, away from civilization.
So what do you get at these Zero Real Estate hotels? Unbridled access to sweeping mountain views, panoramas highlighting the untouched beauty of lesser-known Appenzellerland, and of course direct access to well-marked hiking trails to Lake Schwendisee or Säntis Mountain. There are seven “rooms” to choose from, each located in a different Swiss region: Toggenburg, Heidiland, St. Gallen-Bodensee, Appenzellerland, Thurgau, Schaffhauserland, and Liechtenstein are all participating this year.
Of course, you won’t have to milk your own cows for breakfast—there is a full butler service available, which includes a delicious breakfast filled with local products to wake up to when the sun rises as your personal alarm clock.
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