Hotel Palafitte, Neuchatel, Switzerland
The Palafitte sits (literally) on the edge of Lake Neuchâtel, in Monruz, Switzerland. Designed by architect Kurt Hofmann, it’s a row of 40 suites clustered along the edge of the lake, on stilts. Each has a private terrace, lake view and even an office nook – which makes it sound like you really could live (and work) there. Neuchâtel also offers an intriguing list of attractions: a watch museum devoted to the history of time; the Latenium, a hi-tech archaeological park; and a vine and wine museum.