Booking a hotel room for half the price? That sounds far too good to be actually true. But it is possible with the Hotelcard offering a 50 per cent discount with more than 530 hotels in German-speaking parts of Europe such as Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany.

A romantic five-star hotel in the middle of the Swiss Alps or a chic design hotel in Locarno or Bern can both be found when booking with Hotelcard, paying only half as much as normal customers do. While some might choose a luxurious golf or spa hotel others might prefer a family run and reasonably priced bed and breakfast. Tourists or business travellers can book them directly at www.hotelcard.com using their previously ordered half-fare card to gain discount on the prize.