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Hiking along Walensee in Switzerland

Day trip hike around Walensee

Last Saturday we spontaneously decided to go to Walensee for the day. I actually want this on the record guys: a lot of my weekend or day trips in Switzerland are planned last minute and I am a really imperfect blogger in the sense that I don’t get up super early in the morning to catch the sunrise and the photos before everyone gets there – I think for Walensee we left the house around 1pm :))) I just want to say this because that’s something I love about Switzerland. If you decide that you want to get out of Zurich, there are always plenty of options and you don’t need to be a master planner. And if you have the Half-fare card with SBB, for most rides you won’t even overpay for the tickets. Even though this is a country that runs like clockwork through careful planning, spontaneous people like me can also enjoy it! 🙂 Now onto the trip. We took a train from Zurich HB directly to Ziegelbrucke (just under one hour …

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.

View from Monte San Salvatore, Lugano

Chasing the sun in Lugano

Who knew that just two hours by train from Zürich there is a little slice of southern paradise? Think palm trees, green hills, bright flowers, pink houses, lots of boats, narrow cobblestone streets and warm sunshine even when the rest of Switzerland is still doing the gray spring thing.