With a series of pavilions jutting out into Lake Neuchatel, Hôtel Palafitte is a far cry from the conventional lakeside hotels in Switzerland.

For a start, it’s built over water (the only hotel of its kind in Europe) and most rooms have been designed by architect Kurt Hofmann to take advantage of their glorious outlook over the lake and the Alps with yacht-like decks. For guests brave enough to cl...

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