The red painted cottages with white gables are an icon for Sweden. You can even found a tiny one floating on the surface of Lake Mälaren, just 1 Km distance from the port of Västerås’ shore.
But this one is unique. Its name is Utter Inn (Otter in English) and is the brainchild of Mikael Genberg, a local artist and sculptor.
Made up of two floors, one represented by the red house, the other by a room situated 3 m below the surface of the lake, Utter Inn provide its guests an unforgettable underwater experience.
The25-square-meter platform has a small deck that lets you enough space to sit and enjoy the sun, watch the boats sail by or feed the fish, while the underwater room, equipped with two beds and a table, has picture windows on all four sides so you can watch the fish. The curious fish looking in can make you feel as you actually live in an aquarium.
The tiny hotel has no electricity but you will find here a gas ring, battery powered bedside lamps and lots of candles. Above the bedroom there is a space equipped with kitchen appliances. Tea, coffee and fresh water are also available. There is no shower, or wash basin, but the accommodation has a dry toilet.
If you prefer deluxe accommodation, someone can deliver dinner by boat in the evening. Otherwise, you are on your own. However, be aware that there is a ban on fishing at the hotel!
Utter Inn is a wildly popular destination during the summer months. If you are interested to experience for a few hours the underwater life of Lake Mälaren, it will be recommended to make reservations well in advance.
Photo and source: visitvasteras.se