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There's something so appealing about living over the water, being lulled to sleep as the currents sway underneath you. If only for a night or two… The Palafitte Hotel sits (literally) on the edge of Lake Neuchâtel, in Monruz, Switzerland, and it's striking not only in location but also in design.

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Designed by architect Kurt Hofmann, it's a row of 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.

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Neuchâtel also offers an intriguing list of attractions: a watch museum, devoted to the history of time (it boasts over 2,700 watches and 700 clocks); the Laténium, a hi-tech archaeological park; and a vine and wine museum.

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Not that you need lots of tourist attractions to make a stay at the Palafitte worthwhile. The view alone would be worth it. RM

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