Visiting Switzerland in times of Covid and escaping the covid blues
Unfortunately, we now know too well that traveling is difficult at the moment. However, visiting Switzerland in times of Covid can even turn into one of your highlights in this year. Perhaps there is also a lockdown in Switzerland at the moment and the shops, as well as the restaurants and fitness facilities, are closed. What can you do if you have itchy feet? Fortunately, the hotels in Switzerland have been allowed to remain open until now. Here you find a list of hotels that best combine an all-round feel-good program.
Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa
At the Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa you will find luxury and service at the highest level and will get thoroughly spoiled. It starts with the competent team at the reception, which is happy to help you with excursion tips or gives you peanuts for the Squirrel Trail. It continues with the cozy rooms with great attention to detail. For example, it always smelled very good in our room and we immediately felt at home. For the culinary well-being, there are 5 restaurants to choose from. I can recommend the Dine Around program, where you can choose an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert in one of the restaurants every evening. The breakfast buffet is also of fantastic quality and fulfills all your heart’s desires.
We were still allowed to use the beautiful indoor pool and the sauna and fitness area overlooking the mountains even after the check-out.
What to do in Arosa:
For the weekly program, the Arosa-Lenzerheide ski area will please the snow enthusiasts. The Kulm gondola is just across the street from the hotel. Cross-country skiers, sledgers, and winter hikers also have plenty of options in Arosa. We really liked the Eichhörnliweg, on which a squirrel ate out of our hands. From Maran we walked along a connecting path to the Arlenwaldweg and then walked through the snowy forest and over the ski slope back to Innerarosa. It is best to take a hiking map from the hotel with you because the many hiking trails can be confusing. If this trail is too far, you can return from the middle station LAW to the village and then take the bus to the hotel or ride down from the Kulm gondola mountain station with a sled.
The Cambrian, Adelboden
The Cambrian Adelboden makes the eyes of the guests shine with its modern design in alpine hues and the great view of the mountains from the conservatory or pool. The wellness area convinced us the most because everything looks very pretty, and it always smelled good in the saunas. Instagrammers will enjoy the pool, where there are special times for taking pictures.
The breakfast buffet was nicely prepared and offered a huge cheese and fruit variety apart from all the other goodies.
Active people can rent snowshoes or sleds for free at the hotel and the bus station, from where you can get to all the cable cars, is just opposite the hotel.
What to do in Adelboden
In winter, skiing is certainly at the top of the list and you could ride down a World Cup slope. Ice climbing, snowshoeing, and sledding are also available. We did the circular hike over the Hörnliweg and the Senggistrasse, from where you have a nice view of Adelboden. However, the path was so icy that it could only be walked with spikes on the shoes. In summer as well as winter, a trip to the Engstligenfalls is worthwhile. From Adelboden, you take the bus to Unter den Birg and then walk 15 minutes to the impressive waterfall.
Park-Hotel am Rhein, Rheinfelden near Basel
The Park Hotel is located 17 minutes by train from Basel. As the name suggests it is located in a beautiful green park with a great view of the Rhine river. I happily read a book on my terrace in the deckchair and enjoyed the view of the water. Also, from the modern bathtub, which easily fits two people, we had a beautiful view out of the window. The fitness room is huge and offers everything fitness junkies desire. The best thing, however, is that you have free access to the Sole Uno thermal baths and saunas. The modern and diverse thermal bath was open exclusively for hotel guests during the lockdown and we pretty much had a private spa. Wonderful! However, when staying at the Park Hotel, you have to be aware that it is also a health hotel where people go for longer spa retreats. So, you will see people in wheelchairs or on crutches and the average age is above 60. If you don’t mind this or if you’re even looking for a medical stay, you’re in the right place.
Radisson Blu Hotel Andermatt
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Andermatt features a stylish interior. It is a good mix of modern and rustic. Especially the open fireplace in the lobby, with the comfortable armchairs, invites you to linger. The whole hotel is very committed to sustainability. For example, the waste heat is reused elsewhere and there is cooperation with the WWF.
The gym offers everything sports enthusiasts need and the large pool overlooking the mountains is perfect to swim some laps. In the sauna, we missed the relaxation room. You have to put on your swimwear or bathrobe and finding a lounge chair back by the pool.
However, most of all, breakfast made our hearts flutter. There was a wide selection of fresh cereal blends, smoothies, cheese, meat, waffles, and much more. Everything was also nicely presented.
What to do in Andermatt while visiting Switzerland in times of covid
The Andermatt-Sedrun ski area is perfect for snow fans. As a hotel guest, you get discounted lift tickets.
Both in winter and other seasons, there are many hiking trails to explore, and in summer a walk to the nearby Devil’s Bridge is a must. It is also worth taking a train ride on the Glacier-Express on the beautiful Matterhorn-Gotthard route. It is impressive how the train winds its way over the snowy passes.
Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel, Basel
The Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel in Basel (www.nomad.ch) is a 5-minute walk from the train station, centrally located to all attractions. At the reception, you have the chance to win a room upgrade or other goodies and thanks to the friendly staff you immediately feel at home. The décor is not only stylish and sustainable but also comfortable, allowing tired city tourists or business guests a fabulous night’s sleep. With our room category, we had access to the Library Club, where there are great books to read and free snacks and drinks, so that we felt like VIPs. Nomad also has a gym with a sauna. So, you have everything you need. Definitely a hotel that adapted modern services and fulfills the needs of the guests.
I can also highly recommend their restaurant Eatery. The Tajine was very tasty and authentic, and the breakfast buffet had everything we desired.
Those are my suggestions for visiting Switzerland in times of Covid. In case you want more information, check out my Switzerland travel guide on Amazon.