Author: Larisa

Hotel Bristol in Zermatt

Waking up to a view of the Matterhorn from your window is a dream. Even now that I’ve done it, looking at these photos still feels like another reality. For our one night stay in Zermatt, we booked a room at Hotel Bristol. It was my first time in this part of Switzerland and I did a lot of research to find the kind of place that would give us lasting memories. I wanted it to be a cozy hotel with character, an authentic alpine vibe, a spa and, of course, a view, and this small family-run hotel had it all. 

Pumpkin shopping at Juckerfarm, Switzerland

Fall fun & Halloween pumpkins at Juckerfarm

I love fall, pumpkins, and Halloween, and no matter where in the world I live, I try my best to celebrate October in full color and costume. So you can imagine how excited I was to find that there is a sprawling farm overlooking Pfäffikersee, that is filled with thousands of pumpkins of various shapes and forms, and you can get there with a direct 30 min train from Zürich 🙂 

Hiking to Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli in Appenzell

Hiking in Appenzell

If you follow people who live in Switzerland through Instagram, you will without a doubt come across the classic picture of the Aescher Berggasthaus. Carved into the mountain, this little wooden house, with a pointy roof and a panoramic patio, looks too good to be true. But a pleasant 20-minute descent from the Ebenalp peak down the path that goes through fields and a cave, on the last curve, you walk right into this postcard view.

Sitting near a fountain in Niederdorf, Zurich

6 months in: 6 things about Zürich

Half a year living in Switzerland! Somebody pinch me. Even though this is all happening to me, it still feels surreal sometimes.

For this mini-milestone, I thought it would be fun to list 6 things about Zürich that I find unique and that, in one way or another, shape my everyday life. From church bells, trams and rooftops, to water, vibe and internationality – here is my list.

Sunset at Burkliplatz in Zurich

Five months in

It doesn’t feel like it’s been 5 months, but as I’m typing this, I’m on my way to Milano, the train is rolling south through Switzerland, there are Alps outside my window, and there is no denying it – it’s warm, it’s late May, and I’ve added another month to my experience in der Schweiz.