In the town of Sevelen, two brothers have transformed one of Switzerland's nuclear bunkers into a "zero-star hotel."
All Swiss municipalities – and private homes – were required by law to have nuclear shelters during the long years of the cold war. The twin Riklin brothers set up their "zero-star hotel" in one of them in the town of Sevelen, located in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen. They bought the beds at bargain prices from an old hotel in their region; the walls they left unpainted. The brothers are already thinking a step ahead - towards establishing a new Swiss trademark for the "zero-star hotel" and they registered the domain name, in both German and English. The hotel will open for business in January, if the townspeople of Sevelen vote for this expanded project. The bunker's first test customers, though, were enthusiastic. Organizers said the price per night will be between 10 and 15 Swiss francs, or $9-$13.