February 21, 2019

First time in Switzerland: 5 day itinerary and travel tips

IMG_8699

For Christmas I surprised Pasquale with a trip to Switzerland since we love to ski and have made it a tradition to go away every February. I was tossing up the idea of going to Aspen again but I’m like, no I want to do something different – we’re going to the Swiss Alps!

The best ski mountains in Switzerland

He would always tag me in photos of this iconic snowy village in Switzerland and after digging through the internet like a psycho I found out that village was in Zermatt. so…..

IMG_3471.jpg

We were off to Europe!

We originally were only planning on doing Zermatt but decided to see 3 cities to have a more well-rounded trip.

5 DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 & 2 – Geneva, Switzerland

WHERE TO STAY

Beau Rivage Genéve – luxury hotel near the Lake Geneva

collage1

Elegant hotel with exceptional views of the Jet d’Eau, the lake, the Mont-Blanc, the snowy summits and the city. We stayed in the Sissi suite which had a balcony and a terrace overlooking Lake Geneva.

WHERE TO DINE

Le Chat-Botté – unique culinary experience with Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier located right inside the Beau Rivage hotel. Save some room for the cheese cart!

chaat-2

Untitled design

Marjolaine – Some of their best specialities include the traditional Vitello Tonnato, the home-made ravioli stuffed with braised beef or the tagliata di manzo. The Frittura di calamari was my favorite appetizer.

IMG_6999

Featured is the braised beef ravioli and the calamari

WHAT TO DO

GO ON A CHOCOLATE TOUR

Visit cafes and go on a chocolate tour, because chocolate is ALWAYS a good idea! Local Flavors Tours is a deliciously sweet way to learn the history of chocolates while getting a little tasting of some specialties.

Untitled design-2

VISIT ST. PIERRE’S CATHEDRAL

St. Pierre Cathedral cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland, was built as a Roman Catholic cathedral, but became a Reformed Protestant Church of Geneva church during the Reformation.

Image-1.png

LUNCH CRUISE AROUND LAKE GENEVA

Attention foodies! Make your great escape from the city and reserve a lunch cruise at the Captain’s Table around Lake Geneva. Enjoy a a succulent and scenic meal prepared by Eldora Traiteur.

Untitled design-3

VISIT THE PATEK PHILLIPE MUSEUM

Located in the restored Art Deco building in Geneva, the museum houses over five centuries of watchmaking history.

Day 3 & 4 – Zermatt, Switzerland

WHERE TO STAY

Riffelhaus 1853 – ski in/ski out hotel located on the Riffelberg in Zermatt. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Matterhorn from the hot tub and sauna.

IMG_7262_Facetune_13-02-2019-17-11-32IMG_8305_Facetune_15-02-2019-17-49-53IMG_8590_Facetune_16-02-2019-21-41-49

WHERE TO DINE

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – Enjoy lunch or dinner alfresco by the Lusi Bar outside of the Grand Hotel. We got lucky with the weather and enjoyed a warm 50 degrees in February!

IMG_8684-2.JPG

WHAT TO DO

Ski the Matterhorn, of course!

Untitled design-4

IMG_8589_Facetune_17-02-2019-10-15-30

IMG_7375_Facetune_14-02-2019-17-48-45

Walk around the (cutest) village of Zermatt for shopping/eating.

Untitled design-5

Day 5 – Zurich, Switzerland

WHERE TO STAY

Widder Hotel – Beautifuly renovated boutique hotel that dates back to the twelfth century.

Widder Hotel, Zurich

WHERE TO DINE

Restaurant Kronenhalle– One of the most legendary restaurants in Zurich and a “must” for anyone looking for a special dining experience in the city. Famously known as a meeting place for big artists and celebrities such as Chagall, Picasso, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent (to name a few)

Untitled design-6

WHAT TO DO

Wander the streets of Zurich

This could honestly take up most of your day and never get boring! The Old World Charm of the streets and buildings will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.

IMG_8449

cabaret-voltaire-zurich-switzerlandCabaret Voltaire on Spiegelgasse

zurich-umbrellasCheck out the Instagram worthy Gerold Cuchi umbrellas

IMG_8599

IMG_8351

Eat fondue!!!!!! I couldn’t WAIT for this part of the trip and I made sure I scouted out the best restaurant in town. We ordered the black truffle cheese fondue at Le Dezaley.

TRAVEL TIPS

Glacier-Express-switzerland-1200x853

The Glacier Express – If you have time and are willing to carve out a day, definitely check this out. It’s an express train that connects two of the major mountain resorts of Zermatt ad St. Moritz and takes you on a scenic journey throughout the middle of the Swiss Alps. The Glacier Express is approximately 8 hours.

 

0 comments so far.

Leave a Reply

Stay in touch

Instagram

  • When you think you have enough plants, add some more🌵@westelm had a major sale this weekend so I bought some framed art and splurged on some pieces for my office (which is undergoing a full makeover) Can’t wait to share the details with you guys! Happy Monday😊 http://liketk.it/2AyfY #liketkit #ltkhome @liketoknow.it
  • “You will never exceed in your life what your identity is.”
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
People that hold off on their happiness until they hit that next financial milestone, or until they get that relationship they want or until they buy that new car will never ever be happy because they’ll be bringing their identity, habits and rituals with them to that new destination.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Recapping one of my favorite blog posts of the new year and if you missed it, go check it out! •link in bio• Discussing 3 effective ways to reach peak performance and how to change your personal identity featuring @edmylett ⚜️
  • Sneak peak of our engagement 🤗♥️Full Switzerland vlog is up on GAV! Link in bio. #riffelhaus
  • Massive thank you to everyone that made my #birthday so special💙I love you all! http://liketk.it/2AixN #liketkit @liketoknow.it
  • Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows✨💫
  • 💛🧡❤️💙
  • Already missing this SO much!
  • 💆🏼
  • Zermatt will forever have a special place in my heart. Yesterday the love of my life asked me to marry him, and of course I said YES😭♥️ for me it was an easy decision because I knew from the first time we met 10 years ago that he was the one🔒thank you to the entire staff at @riffelhaus for making this the most unforgettable experience that we’ll cherish forever. As sad as I am to leave, I know we’ll be back - soon😏now on to our next and final stop - Zurich! #ENGAGED
%d bloggers like this: