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The best high-altitude hotels for a Swiss summer staycation

Find a heavenly hideaway at the summit

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Time Out editors

Let’s face it: life looks better from way up high, which is why you need to check out these incredible high-altitude hotels, all weighing in at more than 2,000 metres above sea level. These venues provide the perfect opportunity to put your head firmly in the clouds for a bit and relax in sky-high style. 

What this means is that there’s no need to mess around with troublesome flights and expensive trips abroad, as you’ve got all the mind-blowing views and locations right here. Here are the very best of these ‘summit hotels’ from around Switzerland – ready yourself for a high-altitude staycation. 

Set at a mighty 3,100 metres above sea level, the highest hotel in Switzerland offers some truly stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the big guns – Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Unsurprisingly, the sunrises and sunsets are life-affirming, and the hotel is also perfect for stargazing. High-altitude bliss

This smart hotel doesn’t just stand tall when it comes to altitude – it also stands above the rest when it comes to sustainability, being the first ‘Plusenergie’ hotel in the Alps, meaning that it produces more energy than it uses. Ponder that while you’re gazing out at the incredible views of the Engadine valley.


Get historic with your high life (2,132 metres high, to be precise) at this spectacular hotel in the Pilatus mountains, built in 1890. To fully enjoy the setting, take a dip in the outdoor pool, which offers 360-degree panoramic views of the scenery.

Feast on views of the ‘real’ Switzerland at this charming hotel, which lies in the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass amid ridiculously picturesque scenery: rolling green pastures, winding valleys, towering Alpine mountains – you get the picture. So incredible is the setting, in fact, that the hotel location has been featured in a string of films, including ‘The Eiger Sanction’ with Clint Eastwood and ‘Downhill Racer’ with Robert Redford.


Okay, so this striking hotel actually comes in at just under 2,000m above sea level (1,908m), but you really won’t mind once you see it. The first official guesthouse in Switzerland was built on this same site (references to it date back to 1142) and Grimsel retains a historical feel, alongside plenty of modern comforts, such as a well-stocked wine cellar. Due to its remote and beautiful location, this is one staycation hideaway you won’t want to come back from. 

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