Among other things, this hotel is characterized by its extremely interesting location: on the edge of the old town and only a few steps away from the lake, they have been welcoming their guests since 1912.
They offer modern rooms, market-fresh cuisine in the hotel’s Lapin restaurant with local specialties and a large selection of wines. The skewer flambéed at the table and the original Lucerne Fritschi pie are among the most popular dishes.
The Hotel de la Paix has been family-owned for over 60 years and is currently managed personally by Ferdinand Zehnder and his family.
ACTIVITIES in LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.
For panoramic views of Lucerne and the surrounding region, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mt Pilatus. During medieval times locals believed that a dragon lived at the summit of this soaring massif; several 17th-century accounts tell of a winged creature flying between the mount’s caves. Today the towering mountain draws visitors with its walking trails, which range from extremely steep and challenging scrambles for serious adrenaline junkies, to easy hikes for everyone else. On clear days the hiking paths offer views that stretch as far as the Black Forest in southwestern Germany. You can also reach the summit by riding the aerial cableway or the panorama gondola, departing from the town of Kriens. The cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm only operates from mid-May till mid-November. The cable-car and gondola from Kriens up to Pilatus operates also in winter.
Take a panoramic gondola ride to the Fräkmüntegg Terminus
After hop on aerial cableway at Fräkmüntegg — it’s a quick 3.5-minute ride to the summit.
During your free time atop Mt Pilatus, you can venture on a high-altitude hike, grab lunch (own expense) or enjoy the vista from the terrace. Then meet up with your guide for the descent to Alpnachstad aboard the world’s steepest cogwheel train. Ride past sheer rock faces and pretty mountain streams toward the fertile meadows below.
On arrival, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride across picturesque Lake Lucerne and view the scenery from a different angle before your tour concludes here in the evening.
Chapel Bridge (optional on your own)
See Europe’s oldest covered footbridge and view the collection of paintings depicting various scenes from Lucerne’s rich history at Chapel Bridge. An age-old bridge spanning the calm waters of the Reuss River, the 14th-century wooden structure once formed part of a defense system built to protect the city from possible enemy invasions. As you walk across it, look up to see the paintings on the interior triangular frames, added in the 17th century. Next to the bridge stands a 40 m (140 ft) tall octagonal tower, formerly a prison and torture chamber. Don’t forget to bring your camera: the bridge and its tower count among Switzerland’s most photographed historic monuments, drawing architecture buffs from distant corners of the world.
Dying Lion (The Lucerne Lion) (optional on your own)
Carved in rock to commemorate the Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution, the touching Lion Monument inspired Mark Twain to call it “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1819, the colossal monument depicts a mortally wounded lion taking his final breath in a sheltered stone lair, his front paws resting against the broken symbols of the French monarchy. Surrounded by lush trees, the dying lion seems far removed from the city’s noise, his facial expression one of heart-rending agony. Don’t forget your camera.
The Hotel Wolter Grindelwald is a family-run 3-star hotel is located in the heart of Grindelwald village, with fine views of the surrounding snow-capped summits of the Jungfrau Region. Are you looking for active holiday fun, such as skiing, biking or hiking? Or simply want to let your spirit roam free? Grindelwald offers vacation visitors the very best of both. When this invitingly unspoilt atmosphere welcomes you like a friend – then you know you’ve arrived at the Central Hotel Wolter!
The newly renovated à la carte restaurant offers a modern, relaxed and inviting ambience, and serves international cuisine as well as traditional specialities. The heatable terrace – open in winter as well as summer – invites you to linger. For resident guests, our breakfast and half-board dinner restaurant is located on the first floor of the hotel. Guests can relax in the lobby, read a range of newspapers free of charge and enjoy access to high-speed internet.4
ACTIVITIES in GRINDELWALD:
The village of Grindelwald is among the Alpine beauties of Switzerland, located in the Bernese highland southeast of Interlaken, with its southern end covered by the three high mountains of Wetterhorn, Mettenberg, and Eiger. In the past, the region was mainly used as pastoral land for the livestock of wealthy aristocrats. Nowadays, the region is mostly famous for its glaciers and serves as a mountaineering, summer, and winter resort.
Towering 4,000 meters high, the triple peak crest of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau form what’s commonly known as the Jungfrau Region. If you only have time to visit one region in Switzerland, this is arguably one of the best spots to land.
In summer you can choose from over 500 km of marked walking, hiking and mountain paths. The crystal-blue mountain lakes and gushing waterfalls provide a welcome refreshment. The landscape has also been awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Rail Grindelwald Terminal via Bernese Oberland Railway (9:00 am – 30 minutes)
Change there and take the Eiger Express tricable gondola (from 5 December 2020) directly to the Eiger Glacier. Journey time from Grindelwald Terminal to Eiger Glacier station: 15 minutes.
The most modern Tricable Gondola of the World
New: the new Eiger Express tricable gondola will take you from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes. With a direct transfer option, you will be on the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe and on the slopes 47 minutes faster than before.
Bluish, furrowed ice blocks under a blanket of eternal snow, and in the distance the panorama of four thousand metre peaks: This is how the Eismeer station appears at 3,160 metres above sea level. This is where the train stops, so that the passengers can take their own personal souvenir picture. What actually lasts five minutes seems like a journey through time lasting many thousands of years: During the last ice age, all of Switzerland must have looked like this mountain.
Stopover at train station: 5 minutes-A unique train journey through the mountain. THE pioneering work of the mountain railways: Since 1912, the Jungfrau Railway has travelled through the Eiger and Mönch mountains to Europe’s highest railway station.
Immerse yourself now in the high alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock and discover the highlights of the Jungfrau Region from Interlaken to Grindelwald:
Sphinx Obswervation Deck
Travellers of antiquity who could not solve the riddle of the Sphinx were strangled by the monster. Visitors of the eponymous rock formation on the Jungfraujoch need not worry about this. And they can travel in greater comfort: An ultrafast lift takes you to the observatory, an international research station. It climbs 108 metres in 25 seconds. They need do nothing more than enjoy the view up there. They can safely leave the riddles to the explorers.
Barely ten minutes from the Jungfraujoch railway station, the coolest hotspot in the Alps awaits you: the Plateau, the vantage platform on the Jungfraujoch. On one side, the Mittelland spreads out and offers a view as far as the Black Forest and the Vosges, while on the other, the Aletsch Glacier comes into view, bordered by four-thousand-metre peaks. You won’t get a better view anywhere else. And if you’ve had your fill, there are more attractions to discover around Europe’s highest railway station or simply a refreshment in one of the restaurants.
The more transient something is, the more beautiful. This is especially true of the Ice Palace and its treasures. Mountain guides created the aisles and halls in the 1930s with picks and saws in the middle of the Jungfraufirn. Today, artists create the ice – with a great deal of flair. On a mirror-smooth tour through a frosty world, visitors will discover their works of art in nooks and crannies. An eagle, penguin or bear, as though they had just turned to ice, appear quite natural. Even at minus three Celsius, they are melting.
Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven
Rodolphe Lindt could have torn his hair out. The Lindt founder tried everything to make chocolate taste even better. It was all in vain. Frustrated, he left his factory on a Friday evening – and forgot to turn off his self-made stirring machine. When he returned on Monday, he was flabbergasted. The crumbly cocoa-sugar mixture had become a delicately melting crème. Lindt tried it and it seemed like heaven. Visitors to the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven experience this key moment. They turn Lindt’s mixing machine, learn from a virtual Lindt Maître Chocolatier how a chocolate bar is made, and discover delicacies in the shop. Heavenly.
Hike to the Monchsjoch Hut
The Mönchsjochhütte has no shortage of attractions: The highest-altitude serviced hut in Switzerland is accessible from the Jungfraujoch on a marked footpath in 45 minutes. The trail leads through the alpine glacier world in the midst of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.
The hut offers a breathtaking view into Central and Eastern Switzerland as well as the Valais mountains. It is the starting point for tours all year round. No less impressive is daily life at 3,650 metres above sea level. Even the most mundane tasks need a special solution here. You wash with melt water from a 3000-litre tank; the hut keeper gets food and drinks from the Jungfraujoch on a snowmobile.
Sometimes on the Jungfraujoch you can’t see the mountains for the clouds. However, this has nothing to do with bad weather – quite the opposite. Clouds are fascinating. Who has not dreamed of plunging into this soft cotton-like wonder? The Jungfrau panorama film makes it possible. It provides a 360-degree panorama of the mountain world that you could never see otherwise – 365 days a year. Visitors race with the camera through clouds, sink into ice crevices or fall into heaps of snow. And this is regardless of what the weather is doing right now.
Snow Fun Park
Too hot in the lowlands? If lounging around in the sun is not your thing, Jungfraujoch is the place for you. At the Snow Fun Park, snow lovers can refresh themselves and give winter sports a try. In the hottest months, the temperatures on the Jungfraujoch are regularly above the zero degree limit.
THINGS TO DO IN GRINDELWALD (On your own)
Hike to Bachalpsee
Another popular choice for mountaineering and hiking enthusiasts visiting Grindelwald is the hike to Bachalpsee Lake. Unlike Eiger, Bachalpsee is known to be relatively easy and can be walked by regular people without a hiking background. The hike lasts about an hour on both ascend and descend, and it offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes and the crystal clear water of the heavenly Bachalpsee Lake. Bachalapsee has become famous worldwide, and you probably have seen it in pictures, but its true beauty can only be realized by visiting it yourself.
First Mountain Grindelwald
Towering above Grindelwald is one of the most beautiful viewpoints, the First Mountain. The place has become a favorite for families and friends because it offers many activities such as ziplines, scooters, and cart rides down the mountain. The mountain also has a hiking-friendly terrain, making it quite popular among hikers.
The mountain top is located at 2,137 meters of altitude and allows for a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape on a clear day. There is also a restaurant with a terrace and a viewing platform where you can relax and enjoy the view. Since the mountain has a hiking-friendly terrain besides its family-friendly activities, it is also famous for its hiking activities.
First Cliff Walk
You might also want to try the First Cliff Walk when you reach the First Mountain. This thrilling experience involves walking through a specially built metal walkway and suspension bridge built around the cliff of the First Mountain. It also involves an elevated viewing platform created specifically to give walkers access to the most stunning views of First Mountain and Grindelwald. The platform attracts many visitors and has become one of the most significant landmarks of Grindelwald.
Next on the list of First Mountain’s attractions is the First Flyer. This 800 meters long zip cable ride can give you the thrill of your lifetime. It allows you to “fly” at 84 km/h speed from the top of First mountain, over the ski run, and to the Schreckfeld Intermediate Station. The ride can be enjoyed by up to 4 people simultaneously on the two parallel cables available.
Another amazing experience not to miss on the First Mountain is riding its unique glider. This eagle-shaped glider can give you and at most three of your companions a thrilling ride above the sky of Grindelwald and enable you to see the region and its beauties from a bird’s perspective. So after you are done seeing the First Mountain from land and water, you should definitely see it from the air too.
First Mountain Restaurant
After doing all these activities, you will probably feel tired and need a place to rest, relax and enjoy a good meal; Berggasthaus First is the ideal place for hungry stomachs and thirsty throats. This restaurant offers a wide range of food and drinks from Swiss cuisine as well as new creations. The restaurant also has a perfect location that allows you to take in the beautiful views of Grindelwald’s landscape while enjoying your meal.
Fun activities are held all year round in the First Mountain. One of these entertaining activities is Cart Riding. People who love sledding but happen to visit Switzerland in summer when there is not much snow to sled can still enjoy the pleasure of riding down the mountain. These carts are specifically built to be as safe as possible and have all the necessary for easy maneuvering. The ride is a not-to-miss opportunity, especially for the younger visitors.
Another attraction for extreme sports fans is riding Trotti bikes. A Trotti bike is a crossover between a bike and a scooter and is specifically built to withstand harsh mountainous terrain. These vehicles have a special suspension and braking system, as well as thick tires to avoid accidents and make your ride as comfortable and safe as possible. There are also mini-Trotti bikes for the younger visitors who want to enjoy the thrill.
Besides First Mountain, Pfingstegg is another majestic Alpine attraction. It is located at the northern foot of the 3,104-meter high Mättenberg; despite its height, it can be accessed very easily by the mountain rail line from Grindelwald. This Alpine area is definitely one of the most favorite locations for family amusement and hiking and mountaineering activities.
Grindelwald Glacier Canyon Walk
This narrow natural corridor of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier is an impressive phenomenon that attracts tourists’ attention. The Grindelwald Glacier Canyon is formed through two 300 meters high rock walls separated through a kilometer-long gorge filled with rock galleries and tunnels. The noises of the streaming water and the smashing wind offer a thrilling sensory experience to the visitors. The overall tour is unique while also being very safe through the protective engineering measures that the administrative company takes.
Grindelwald Canyon Swing
If the thrill of going through the canyon was not enough for you, jumping through its swing will definitely give you the adrenaline rush you need. This swing is located at the top of the 90-meter-tall canyon and enables you to jump 50 meters down the canyon at a speed of 120 km/h. The jump requires a lot of courage and is challenging for most people, but if you decide to do it, remember to book in advance.
Hiking in Grindelwald
Grindelwald offers limitless choices for hiking enthusiasts, such as the hikes around First Mountain to Bachalpsee, the Wanderung Hochmoor, the exhausting Grauseeli Loop, and Gelmersee Circular hike. Hikers have praised the region for its surreal beauty and pleasant walks. Generally, the hikes in this region are not very hard and can be completed by inexperienced hikers. In addition to its natural features, the area is also well equipped with all the necessary facilities and proper administrative management to ensure the safety of the hikers and the preservation of the trails.P
The very centrally situated 4-star Hotel ABC in Chur is furnished with simple but elegant materials and stylish art. 48 rooms, 1 suite and 9 studios – all modern, light, with every convenience and free wi-fi. A stylish breakfast room, hotel bar, spa lounge (steam bath, sauna, fun shower, relaxation room), gym, parking spaces (adjacent to the hotel) and garages with e-car charging station are available to our guests.
An exclusively furnished boardroom for top-notch meetings is a further feature of our hotel infrastructure.
Our elegant and modern hotel bar is the meeting point in the hotel – for an aperitif before your business lunch, before dinner or for a nightcap.
The city of Chur is a railway, cultural, golfing and shopping town and thus the ideal starting point for a diversified stay in the economic centre of the largest canton in Switzerland.
ACTIVITIES on your 3-Hour Excursion to Chur
Take a Rail from Grindewald to Interlaken, and a Private transfer from Interlaken to Chur.
Rising 1,798 meters above sea level, and nearly completely surrounded by lakes, Mt. Rigi offers some of the best views in the world.
From its peak, visitors can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and into to Germany and France. Fortunately, one needn’t be Sir Edmund Hillary to reach the summit, as the surrounding area offers several mechanized modes of transport. One option is to take Europe’s oldest mountain railway from Arth-Goldau and Vitznau. A gondola from Weggis offers aerial views as you make your way to Rigi-Kaltbad, while a cable car from the Kräbel station terminates at Rigi-Scheidegg. For the slightly adventurous, a one-hour hike from Rigi Kaltbad along the “Floral Trail” takes trekkers along a picturesque path with up to 200 different plants pointed out along the trail, some of which are incredibly rare.
Check into your hotel in Chur
When it was built in 1898, this remarkable property was named “Grand Hotel Plinius”; the engineer Giuseppe Salvioni drew the original project whilst the young architect Federico Frigerio designed the magnificent decoration of the top floor.
A majestic palace on the lakefront, featuring the Belle Epoque style and modern comforts, made it stand out amongst the other hotels in the city.
Como was slowly discovering its call for tourism, but sadly the two World Wars took place and the hotel closed and re-opened several times. It underwent renovation and was taken over by different owners. In 1992 the name changed to “Palace Hotel” and increased its room capacity by adding the adjacent wing – the Pianella – and also opened the Congress Centre. Since 2005 the hotel is managed by the renowned group of Villa d’Este.
Today, the two styles of the Palace Hotel perfectly combine past and present, with a glance into the future.
TRAVEL from CHUR to COMO, ITALY
The most spectacular way to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur / St. Moritz – Valposchiavo – Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery.
On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.
The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis – Valposchiavo – Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. Thanks to the modern panoramic cars, you will enjoy unrestricted views of the unspoilt Alpine panorama.
The Basilica stands at the border between Italy and Switzerland, where the Madonna appeared before Mario Omodei, of Tirano, in 1504.
The sixteenth century sanctuary has a triple nave in the form of a Latin cross and is the most important example of Renaissance architecture in Valtellina. The imposing façade, subdivided by vertical and horizontal elements, is in perfect harmony with the tall Romanesque bell tower and the sixteenth century cupola. The interior is a precious treasure trove of stuccoes, sculptures and works of art, in addition to a grand seventeenth century organ, fantastically carved, which, with its 2,200 pipes, is one of the biggest in Europe.
The chapel of the Apparition, immediately to the left after entering through the splendid marble portal of the façade, has always been the destination of pilgrimages, with the faithful coming from all over Europe, as attested to by the many votive messages.
ACTIVITIES in COMO, ITALY
Ride through the spectacular countryside surrounding Lake Como. This guided bike tour takes in the rolling hills, picturesque villages, and lush vineyards. Cross the border between Italy and Switzerland to marvel at views over the lake and enjoy the relaxed pace of a small-group tour.
1 – Via Regia – Brunate Torno (full day activity) – 4 hours actual hiking
The via Regia path is an old path that was used in the past to reach Bellagio from Como by connecting the different little villages that are in between. We will follow just the initial part of this long path. The path starts in Brunate and end in Torno. We will reach some cute hamlets and some important natural clues about our past that explains the origin of the lake. Easy activity (more downhill than uphill)
2 – Walking on the sky – Cernobbio (1/2 day activity – 2 1/2 hours actual hiking
Discover Lake Como walking along the typical narrow, steep stairs of cute villages, plunging into nature by following a path overlooking the lake. Discover work activities of times gone by and admire a unique panorama. Fall in love with places full of history and charm.
Lake Como has always been a popular retreat for aristocrats and the wealthy since Roman times, and offers many artistic and cultural gems. Famous people have or have had homes on the shores of Lake Como as it is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.
Foreigners like to experience the Dolce Vita on the lake by enjoying simple things, that most of the times we take for granted, such a cappuccino, an aperitivo in the piazza or on a terrace overlooking the lake, a cooking class with a local chef, health coach and food writer.
If you like authentic Italian cooking then this is the experience for you. With your the author and chef you be taught lessons on traditional Italian cuisine but with a modern twist – nutrition, history, culture and language – a culinary experience. The idea of the lesson is to give you the flavor of true Italian lifestyle through food, an experience for all senses.
Begin with a VISIT TO THE LOCAL FOOD MARKET
Italy and many other Mediterranean countries have big street markets. They are part of the culture. In Como there is a big and typical market where local producers sell their own fresh and seasonal products. Italy is great when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables, as it offers fantastic products all year round. The market experience is a stimulating assault on the senses: the smell of herbs and spices, fresh seafood, fresh cheese – not to mention the dozens of rows of colorful produce! Last but not least, you will experience the cultural flavor of how Italians interact when they go to the market.
The lesson will be held Paola’s my house, so you can truly understand the culture and passion for food. You can experience the Italian conviviality. The lesson will include a “stuzzicante” and rich aperitif with prosecco. Hands-on cooking class preparing a first, second course and dessert. A brief discussion about the origins and nutritional properties of each of the foods will be included as well. After the lesson we can enjoy the food prepared with red or white wine. Water and digestive are included. The lesson usually lasts about 4 ½ hours.
MEET YOUR HOST: PAOLA
“I am an Italian medical researcher, food blogger, food writer that collaborates with International lifestyle magazines. I am the Culinary Ambassador for the exclusive Salamander Hotel&Resort (USA). I am the author of Love is Eating, a book about the Italian culinary culture and The Mamma Mia! Diet – that is more than just a meal plan – it is a complete lifestyle guide based on the Mediterranean diet with a modern twist. I have just completed two new manuscripts: Honestly Healthy: Salads and Smoothies for Every Day Meals – a guide on eating seasonal, healthy and tasty produce and Coronavirus, the new normalcy”. (In English)
All aboard – it’s time to see Lake Como in style on your private tour down one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. You will have time at your disposal to discover and explore as many villages and villas as you wish. You will be navigating in front of all the most breathtaking views and enjoy a nice lunch by the lake.
No rush as the Captain and the boat are yours for the day!
Hotel checkout is 12:00 pm. If you wish to enjoy more time in Como, the hotel will hold your bags.
Enjoy the day on your own and take the Train, (runs every half hour), to Milan to check in to your hotel by 8:00 pm.