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Where to stay in Switzerland

Hotels

High quality hotels in Switzerland range from luxury to family to simple pensions. A service charge of 15% is included in hotel bills, and an additional local tax may be payable (depending on the location).

Grading: There is the Hotelstars Union grading system from 1 to 5 stars. 

Note: Most hotels in Switzerland are affiliated to the Schweizer Hotelier Verein (SHV or Swiss Hotel Association). Hotelleriesuisse is responsible for hotel classification and guides. Membership of the SHV is voluntary, and there may be some first-class hotels which do not have a star rating. There are many hotels with no actual star classification that are recognised by, and members of, the SHV as well as Country Inns, Unique hotels, Aparthotels, Mountain Inns/Traveller's Lodges and Low Service hotels.

Bed and breakfast

There are extensive bed and breakfast hotels in Switzerland, information on these can be found from Bed and Breakfast Switzerland (www.bnb.ch). A service charge of 15% is included in bills, and an additional local tax may be payable (depending on the location).

Camping

There are approximately 390 campsites in Switzerland. Camping outside of designated areas is against the law. Local area laws and fees vary. A list of campsites is available online (www.camping.ch), and a camping guide published by the Swiss Camping Association can be purchased from Switzerland Tourism. Many campsites are part of the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) (www.tcs.ch/de/camping-reisen/camping/).

Other accomodation

Information regarding the self-catering in Switzerland, rental of chalets, houses, flats and furnished apartments is available from local tourist offices and estate agents in Switzerland. A list of contacts is available from Switzerland Tourism.

Specialist accommodation includes golfing hotels, mineral spas, over 40 family-oriented KidsHotels, igloo villages and 'sleeping on straw' farm accommodation. Basic accommodation for climbers and hikers in the mountains takes the form of alpine huts or chalets. Further details are available from the Swiss Alpine Club (www.sac-cas.ch).

Visitors holding membership cards of a national organisation affiliated to the Hostelling International network are entitled to lower prices. Advanced booking is advised in summer. A list of hostels is obtainable from Switzerland Tourism, together with details of Backpackers' Hotels (www.swissbackpackers.ch) for those on a tight budget.

Information regarding the rental of chalets, houses, flats and furnished apartments is available from local tourist offices and estate agents in Switzerland. A list of contacts is available from Switzerland Tourism (see Contact Addresses).

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