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Fairy Tale Hotel for Families in Switzerland

News A young Swiss couple decided to step into the hospitality business and offer something new for tourists with children. The Märchenhotel Bellevue in Glarus Süd (Switzerland) offers more than just a regular kids’ club. The word Märchen means fairy tale, and that’s a precise description of what hotel owners try to create in their hotel.

Upon entering the territory of the hotel, you will see a Golden Geiss Gate. Geiss means goat in Swiss-German, and that’s what you are actually likely to see – goats grazing in magnificent green fields. There is a special tunnel for rabbits nearby. It has a tricky name – Gotthaus Tunnel. There is 15km long Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland, and rabbit is translated as haus. At Märchenhotel Bellevue, rabbits can walk through the tunnel to reach their own garden for a tiny castle.

Children do not need to use stairs to go down as they can simply slide from the second floor to the reception. There are elevators that bring guests to higher floors, but they are also not usual. Visitors will be able to admire tropical fish in two aquariums. The breakfast hall is no less amazing. There is a large ceramic cow with milk inside it. To get a glass of fresh milk, children need to “milk” the statue. There are also special low banquet tables where children can pick the food they like without any help from adults. Every day, the owner or his wife read fairy tales to children at 6 p.m.

The Märchenhotel Bellevue has a long history. Originally, it was open in 1907 under the name Bellevue. In 1976, a married couple, Lydia and Martin Vogel, purchased the hotel in Glarus Süd and transformed it into a 4-star Märchenhotel Bellevue. Their son Patric Vogel together with his wife Nadja took the management in 2011. The hotel is moderately priced for a property with amazing views of the Glarner Alps. This summer, a contemporary room for two adults cost US$449 per night.

The owners are happy about the niche of the hotel and are devoted to developing the unique atmosphere of the place. The Vogels are sure that even though the “family” status may be a drawback for some travelers, there will always be more clients to come.


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