Live Like Heidi in SwitzerlandSwitzerland
If you've always wanted to live out your Heidi fantasies, look no further than Switzerland's Alpine huts.
There are more than 250 huts listed for rent across the country, so your chance to stay close to nature and away from busy roads and the hustle and bustle of city life just got easy. Huts are architecturally typical of the region they're in and many of these traditional homes have been used as the summer residences by everyone from cheese makers to shepherds and their animals for generations. Most huts are also only accessible by hiking to them, so you know you'll be experiencing the real deal.
While some accommodations have been luxuriously refurbished, most remain in their original form, free from mod-cons like dishwashers, hot tubs, cable TV or wi-fi. No doubt, this will help you to truly detach yourself from work and your modern-day lifestyle to properly reconnect with Mother Nature. Peace, tranquility, bliss.
Spend your days hiking the mountain trails or just sitting quietly admiring the pristine landscape around you to the gentle ring of cow bells. However you choose to spend your time, know that you will return rejuvenated and re-energised.
You can use the Swiss Travel Pass, an all-in-one ticket that covers rail, road and water journeys, to get you to the nearest town before you make your way to your hut.
- Most huts will feature the bare basics, but some of the newly refurbished accommodations will have a few modern amenities like TV, hot tub and broadband
Alpine huts start from around US$114.