go now: bern, switzerland

June 25th, 2008

An art aficionado, or just like to ‘see and be seen’ at the original Art Basel and other fairs in that admittedly less-than-fair city? Why not do as the Swiss do and stay at the elegant Bellevue Palace in Switzerland‘s capital city of Bern. The train station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and the train ride to Basel is short and lovely. In Bern, shop in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the Paul Klee Center, a Renzo Piano-designed homage to the Swiss native in the countryside.

Hot off the press: rumor has it that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his glam new wife, model and chanteuse Carla Bruni, have booked “a whole floor” of the Bellevue Palace for the upcoming World Cup C Match between France and Italy. May we suggest a little… romance?

For those hoping to sweep their significant other off their feet, try the Bellevue Palace‘s new package, where lucky lovers are greeted with 222 red roses (so much better than the same old 12). To begin the evening in swish Swiss style, guests sip champagne and dine on rösti while enjoying a private orchestra performance in their Presidential Suite. To continue this date night like none other, Hermès and Gübelin jewelers, plus Bern’s museums, are opened up after hours when they are typically closed to the public. In case there’s the urge to explore further, the hotel Jaguar is at one’s disposal for the duration of the stay.

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