One of the great things about Stuttgart is that it is located close to a number of awesome destinations for a weekend trip.
Two weeks ago, my American friend Anne was visiting Europe and we had decided to meet in Switzerland for an extended weekend. So on Friday afternoon, I took off for Vierwaldstättersee.
As hotels are ridiculously expensive in Switzerland, we had decided to stay in a hostel. And what can I say, we were very pleased with our decision…
Hostel Rotschuo is located in Gersau, right at the lake. The main building looks like an old farmhouse and I loved the cozy hallway and rooms.
For some reason, our room looked a lot like a honeymoon suite!?
The main reason we had chosen Switzerland for our reunion was our wish to do lot’s of hiking. So on Saturday morning, we headed towards mountain Rigis.
We took the bus to the village “Vitznau” and after the friendly lady at the tourist office told us, it takes three hours to hike to the top of the mountain where the main hiking trail begins, we decided to take a gondola, operated by local farmers.
Say “Hi” to Anne:
Those of you who follow my blog for a while might remember Anne as Moritz and I were invited to her wedding two years ago. Anne is a blogger, too and I am a huge fan of her very successful blog www.fannetasticfood.com .
On top, we found our trail straight away and followed it uphill for a while. Even though the first hour of the hike was quite a bit exhausting, we got rewarded with stunning views.
We had lunch in an old farmhouse before we arrived at Rigi-Kalthaus.
Rigi-Kalthaus is a small village where the station of the incline is located and where you find the most unusual thing I’ve ever seen on top of a mountain: a mineral bath and spa!
Relaxing in warm water with an amazing mountain view after three hours of hiking? Let’s do it!
After two hours in the spa we took the incline back down to Vierwaldstättersee.
The incline brought us down to Weggis, another picturesque village at the lake. We had dinner in a lovely restaurant next to the water.
That’s what happens when you bring two bloggers together: You can’t even cling glasses without some picture action going on…
What a lovely Saturday we had. And Sunday was just as great:
We got up early in order to hire a kayak from our hostel and explore the lake.
It was 8 a.m. and we had the lake to ourselves. We couldn’t believe it.
After our little kayak adventure we had breakfast at our hostel and took the ferry to Luzern afterwards.
Luzern is a lovely city with a beautiful old town and lot’s of bridges. The most famous one is Kapellenbrücke (Chapel Bridge).
There are remains of the old city wall, too:
We enjoyed the afternoon in Luzern and took the ferry back to our hostel in the evening.
Monday was our last day in Switzerland. We had planned to drive to Zurich first thing in the morning but as we had enjoyed the hike on our first day so much, we changed plans and drove to Melchsee-Frutt in order to do another hike. However, on this day we were not very lucky, weather-wise. It was raining when we drove up the mountain and even though it stopped when we started our tour, there was heavy fog.
Even though we didn’t have much of a view it was a beautiful, very mysterious hike in the clouds.
Well and then, after three amazing days full of fun and adventures, it was time to say good-bye to Anne. We drove to Zurich from where her plane left on Tuesday morning. But this was definitely not my last weekend in Switzerland. It really is a beautiful country with amazing mountains and very lovely people!
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