From the high mountains of high-end hotels and modern architecture – 10 reasons for the fall of Switzerland, the European country of choice in our Travel Awards 2011
Not much you can teach the Swiss about the water based on the well-being. They have a history of 2,000 years of playing at home abundant hot springs, but never stop reinventing the idea. Among the most lavish spas are those of the Hotel Therme Vals (+41 81 926 8961, Therma-vals.ch, entrance € 31), an austere-glamorous grotto carved into the rock by Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect behind serpentine this year's pavilion in Hyde Park, and Tschuggen Bergoase (+41 81 378 9999, tschuggen.ch, half day £ 46) at Arosa, whose creepy shot glass spinnakers flood the space with light mountain. New kid on the block since last spring is the huge spa at Eden Roc (+41 91 785 7171, edenroc.ch, half day £ 35) in Ascona, whose stone mosaics covered the walls in shades of blue gray and reflect the colors of Lake Maggiore, a shooting pad.
While tour operators such as tomatoes Black (blacktomato.co.uk) and Swiss Safari (swisssafari.com) sports offer rental cars if you want to cruise some great driving roads in the style of a millionaire, those who prefer low carbon transport are also eligible for the treatment of superstar. SwitzerlandMobility (schweizmobil.ch), an organization that promotes non-motorized traffic, has created local, regional and national signposted routes for hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers, runners and canoes. Many routes are integrated with public transport so you can cover much ground, there are options for bike hire, accommodation and transport of luggage, and you can plan your next step on the road with an application for the iPhone.
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