Arrivals & Departures Pop-up hotels offer unusual Swiss stay

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Sometimes one of the most pleasant ways to explore another country is to get away from the top tourism spots and reach the heart of a culture.

Switzerland Tourism has introduced a concept that enables visitors to do just that after a survey revealed that a quarter of the country’s 21,000 overnight visitors from 130 nations wanted “hidden” places.

Eleven pop-up hotels will aim to provide travellers with new experiences from “different and surprising” perspectives.

The concept will encourage guests to see “almost untouched, and sometimes unknown”, tourist paths. 

“While various locations were hand-picked for this program, selected hoteliers have been contracted to furbish and service the rooms; ensuring guests the promise of high-quality Swiss hospitality,” the tourism body says.

“Full of character, history and countless tales, travellers should note that these pop-up hotels will only run for the three-month summer period ending August.”

The rooms are priced from $200 per night.

Switzerland Tourism has created a list of the pop-up hotels:

Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland research has shown that urban tourism in the country has boomed, with a 50 per cent increase in major cities since 2000.

Singapore Airlines is offering Perth to Zurich economy round trips from $1064. The deal lasts until July 10 with departures between October 8 and November 30 or January 20 and March 31.

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