GREAT EUROPEAN ESCAPES
SOLE OCCUPANCY: The latest accommodation craze in Europe is one-room hotels; in lakeside Zurich, the newly renovated Milchbar has just one guestroom but would-be guests have to bid to stay for up to 10 days in advance and the highest offer wins. The digs are situated under the arcades on the mezzanine floor of the cafe, with “plush fittings and a playful theme”. More: milchbar.ch.
FOR THE FIT: To celebrate its 21st birthday, niche walking tour operator Hidden Italy will retrace the steps of Australian war heroes on a nine-day Trails to Freedom hike; the trail follows the route from Biella to Mt Moro Pass, across the European Alps through Piedmont; the tour will be led by Hidden Italy founder Simon Tancred. From August 20-28; maximum 12 participants; $3200 a person, with accommodation, meals and transfers (single supplement, $300). More: hiddenitaly.com.au.
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