Switzerland Tourism advises travellers to beware of Pokemons when visiting Basel this month.
This footage shows a team of four mischievous Pokémon disrupting the peace around the city by throwing and slinging giant balls at unsuspecting humans playing on their phones while walking around Basel’s top attraction spots – in the old town, by the River Rhine and the iconic Tinguely fountain.
The video, created by Basel Tourism has gone ballistic on Facebook since its upload on Friday. (No humans or Pokémons were hurt during the filming of the video).
Quite apart from Pokémon, Switzerland enjoys celebrating its spectacular scenery and jaw-dropping views in every way imaginable. From railway routes to cliff top walks and gondola rides to suspension bridges, visitors and locals are thoroughly spoilt for choice.
According to Mark Wettstein, Director of Switzerland AU & NZ, one of the best ways to enjoy the country’s many spectacular views in a relaxed and rejuvenating environment – especially after an eventful day of mountainous exploration – is from the vantage point of a panoramic spa pool. Here, Mark shares his top five picks of pools with the best views in Switzerland, all of which offer privacy, seclusion and the luxury of the open space.
Park Hotel Vitznau
Sleek, modern and painfully stylish, the infinity pool at the Park Hotel Vitznau is a destination and experience in itself. Stretching from the indoors into the open arms of the panoramic Alps, guests are greeted by Lake Lucerne, its rugged mountainous backdrop and the verdant surrounds. Here, come snow or sunshine, guests indulge in a most elegant setting, while being spoilt by the unbeatable vistas.
Nestled in the Simmental Valley amidst untouched and unspoilt nature, the Lenkerhof story began 350 years ago as a spa hotel featuring its very own sulphur spring. Today, a sprawling 2000sqm property boasting a stunning manicured landscape, the outdoor sulphur pool can be found amongst the greenery looking into the heart of the valley.
Hotel Rigi Kaltbad
Located on the edge of Lake Lucerne, Hotel Rigi Kaltbad was designed with vistas in mind. Boasting panoramic views of the surrounding Alps, the bathing complex designed by architect, Mario Botta, is where guests can fully unwind in one of the natural hot spring pools, while marveling at the soul soothing beauty that envelopes them.
The Alpina Gstaad
Inspired by eastern traditions and the nature of the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland’s first Six Senses Spa at the Alpina Gstaad is the definition of refined elegance and sensory indulgence. Its outdoor pool overlooks the calm and refreshing greenery of the valley, allowing guests to take in the absolute open and unobstructed views of the upscale resort town of Gstaad.
An extraordinary boutique hotel built in 1905 and located in undoubtedly one of the most exclusive locations in Switzerland that is the Bürgenstock, Villa Honegg is the epitome of luxury and a fairytale come true for its guests. Offering complete and utter seclusion in an enchanted setting, guests soaking in the outdoor infinity pool or whirlpool will be spoilt with arguably the best views of the Alps cocooning Lake Lucerne.
Edited by Peter Needham