SWITZERLAND

 

When I think of Switzerland,

the phrase "Swiss Bliss"

pops up in my head.

 

I don't really know why

or have a good explanation for it,

but I think that this gorgeous country

full of chocolate, mountains and fondu

really lives up to it.

 

 

INTERLAKEN

STAY

BALMERS HOSTEL: A hostel? Yep! When you come to Switzerland, you'll be needing to pinch pennies where you can. (It's expensive!) We stayed here in a private room. It was basic, but with a great location and staff. Plus, Balmers is a bit of an institution so you'll get to be a part of the history.

 

DO

SKIING: We used Interlaken as our base to ski the Grindelwald resort. It was an easy place to reach the slopes from and a perfect place to decompress at night. We rented our ski equipment and outerwear from Outdoor Interlaken to keep travel light.

GIMMELWALD: This day trip is what I remember best from our trip to Switzerland. It was a magical afternoon wandering through the snowy mountain village. I know why Rick Steves and so many readers recommended it to me. Read more about visiting Gimmelwald here.

 

See all of my posts on Switzerland here.

Watch our trip video here.

 

 

A LOCAL RECOMMENDS...

While she may now be known as a famous wedding planner, I first got to know Sarah Tucker when she was a fellow expat blogger living in Switzerland. While she may have gone on to a new life (with a darling baby!) in Florida, her advice for a great visit to Switzerland isn't one to ignore. The girl has great taste!

 

BASEL

DO

CONSUM:  The best cheese and wine place in Switzerland.  Try a cheese and meat plate!  The selections are different weekly - all from Switzerland or Italy.  The honey mustard their is divine, and available for purchase.  I always take home a few to hoard back in the states.

MERIAN GAERTEN:  My favorite park by far.  It's a working organic farm where you can often find zucchini as big as a limb just hanging out with a sign for the locals to take home for free.  There is a beautiful old building that looks like it came straight out of Jane Austen's imagination which has a cafe in the back.  There are lambs and bunnies galore.  Best part - it's free!

LE TROIS ROIS: Go for Sunday brunch, high tea, or drinks at their fancy bar.  High tea isn't cheap but you can stay for hours (and I always have) and they will continue to replenish until you just can't stuff in one more scone.  Fun fact: Napolean Bonaparte stayed here, as well as the Rolling Stones.  

 

STAY

AirBnB: This cute centrally located apartment is the perfect alternative to an expensive hotel stay. (Get £15 off your first booking if you use this link.) 

 

LUCERNE

HOTEL MONTANA:  The view will take your breath away.  If you don't stay here, it's a great place for a meal or for drinks.  Their mojitos are out of this world!  

THE CHAPEL BRIDGE:  Take a walk down the Chapel Bridge and into the old town and pop into different chocolate shops.  

THE JESUIT CHURCH: Just off the Chapel bridge is my favorite in Switzerland- the inside is covered in the prettiest pastel pink.  

 

ZURICH

URS BERGMANN: Easily my favorite florist in all of the world.  It's located in the charming old town inside of what was once an apothecary.  Stop by for a quick smell of heaven and for your breath to be taken away by their beautiful yet simple arrangements.  This is where my somewhat infamous peony picture came from.  

LAKE CRUISE: Take a lake cruise with wine and cheese included. Worth every penny.  

THE DOLDER GRAND:  If you want to spoil yourself stay inside a castle at the Dolder Grand for a killer view of Zurich.