There are several border cities in the world, but in the town of La Cure, which straddles France and Switzerland, one hotel has marked boundaries throughout the room, including in the middle of the bed.
L’Arbézie Franco – Suisse, aka Hôtel Arbez, has rooms where guests can sleep ‘head in one country, feet in another’.
The story of La Cure divided began in the early 19th century.th The century when France annexed what was then the Vallee des Dapps in Switzerland. Valley he was returned to Switzerland by the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The area itself was of little value, but provided an accessible military route to Savoia, and the French made several unsuccessful attempts to reclaim it over the years.
In 1862 Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, decided to offer a deal. A nearby French territory of similar size in exchange for a strategically placed valley. Switzerland accepted the surrender and the Dapp Treaty was signed in December and ratified in February 1863.
The approximately eight square kilometer area to be replaced includes part of La Cure, confirming that the existing building will not be affected by the division. A French businessman called Pontus saw that he could exploit this loophole and quickly built a structure on the area that was to be divided between the two nations. Hoping to profit from cross-border traffic, he turned his third home in Switzerland into a grocery store and his two-thirds in France into a pub.
By the 1920s, Pontus’ heirs sold the building to Jules Jean Alves, who turned it into a hotel.Since the border is at 7th Despite German troops being allowed on the hotel’s ground floor during World War II, the upper floors were a safe haven for refugees. The then owner, Max Alves, and his wife, Angèle, were posthumously honored by Yad Vashem as “Righteous in the Nation” for their service to the Jews.
2. today’s hotel
After the war, the hotel was opened to the public and resumed normal operations. The national authorities have reached an agreement so that today the hotel is considered French to the Swiss and Swiss to the French.
Have you ever slept with your head in one country and your feet in another?
Larbezi Franco – Switzerland
The Seventh A staircase step still marks the demarcation line and crosses the dining room, allowing friends and family to dine in different countries at the same table at the same time.
We offer a variety of accommodation options, from single rooms to family apartments, and any combination is possible so that members of the same group can stay in the country of their choice. For the honeymoon suite, the owner decided that the newlyweds would need to sleep in different countries, so the beds were split in the middle at the border. Sleep.