I recently moved to Switzerland right before COVID lockdown, and I have been lucky enough to have the freedom to go to different places and explore. From mountains, lakes, rivers, cottages and trying the amazing local Swiss food.
One of my favorite spots to go in Switzerland is the Appenzell region. There are many different routes but the last one that we did we started in Brülisau, and walked up to Ruhesitz. Here we took a break to have lunch and of course a wiener schnitzel is a must after 2 hour climb. Then we continued in a very long but beautiful hike surrounded by the cutest Swiss cows all the way to Bollenwees. We arrived to the cottage were we would be staying the night and went down to the lake for a very cold and body/mind restoring swim.
The cottage was almost fully booked but we were lucky enough to get their last room, a pink room, basic and simple but the coziness made it all worth it. I think there is nothing really like the peacefulness of sleeping surrounded by mountains and waking up with the sun rising bright and early.
We continued our hike up and down through different snowy and icy Alps (scary), lakes and finally descended on to one of my favorite location in this region. Seealpsee.
I am sitting writing this journal in one of the most beautiful places with one of the best energies that I have ever been in. It is called the Schatzalp Hotel in Davos, Switzerland. Listening to the soundtrack of one of my favorite movies “Out of Africa”, looking at the wonderful view, and full of gratefulness to being able to be here today in the peaceful and splendid place.
This Hotel was a luxury Sanatorium built in the 1900 and patients would come here to get cured. I am obsessed with how they have conserved the place without taking out its charm and time period “feel”. Its art nouveau style and its Belle Epoque piano and dinning room transport you back in time. It gives you that “Midnight in Paris” sensation.
We are surrounded by 5000 Alpine medicinal herbs and not to mention the tall green mountains that are perfect for the most amazing walks and hikes.
Thomas Mann wrote about the life in this location in his the Novel “Magic Mountain”.
Soundtrack: Out of Africa
What to read: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy