My husband and I are grabbing our passports for the second time this summer and heading overseas for a once-in-a-lifetime trip! In late May, we went to Ireland for my birthday and had the most AMAZING time (click here for photos)! This time around we’re headed to the mountains of Switzerland.
To be quite honest with you, Switzerland was never really on my radar as far as dream destinations. I’ve always known it was beautiful, but I didn’t have the lifelong dream of travelling there like I did with Ireland. The reason for our trip is so my husband can study some buildings that were designed by his favorite architect, Peter Zumthor, for his graduate school thesis project. As I started to plan our trip I quickly discovered that this was going to be an epic vacation! Don’t believe me? Keep reading to get a taste of all the amazing sights we’ll get to see.
While I’m away I have an amazing roster of guest bloggers who have graciously agreed to share their travel bucket lists! Come back every day for amazing travel-themed posts from Gail, Kristin, Stacee and Lindsey!
Here’s some highlights of the spots I’ll be visiting
on our trip to SWitzerland
– Chur, Switzerland-
“Chur is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of the Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. The city, which is located on the right bank of the Rhine, is reputedly the oldest town of Switzerland.
Chur is home to many buildings or other sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. There are two archeological sites in Chur, the old city which is a medieval city and Welschdörfli a prehistoric settlement and Roman Vicus.”
– Various works by Swiss Architect, Peter Zumthor –
“The Saint Benedict Chapel, located in the village of Sumvitg, Graubünden, was designed by the Pritzker Prize Laureate Peter Zumthor in 1988. The modest, human-scaled exterior of the chapel encapsulates the beauty and simplicity of Zumthor’s works, while the interior showcases his unparalleled craftsmanship.”
– Furka Pass & Rhone Glacier –
“Furka Pass, with an elevation of 7,969 ft is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri. The Furka Pass was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger. Visitors can also park next to Hotel Belvédère, close to the summit, and take the short walk to the Rhone Glacier Ice Grotto. The glacier moves 30-40 metres each year, and the 100 m long tunnel and ice chamber can be visited from June when the road opens.”
– Zermatt Switzerland –
“Zermatt, in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking. The town, at an elevation of around 1,600m, lies below the iconic, pyramid-shaped Matterhorn peak. Its main street, Bahnhofstrasse is lined with boutique shops, hotels and restaurants, and also has a lively après-ski scene. There are public outdoor rinks for ice-skating and curling.“
– Old Town Zurich –
“Zurich’s Old Town, or Altstadt in German, is the historic part of town – and by historic, we mean medieval. Winding cobblestone alleys run along quintessential Zurich attractions like Lindenhof, Minster of Our Lady church and Bahnhofstrasse. You’ll also find several acclaimed museums – such as the Swiss National Museum and the Museum of Art – and hotels nearby.
Though all of the neighborhood’s buildings are worth admiring, when visiting Old Town, be sure to check out Muhlesteg Footbridge. This bridge, which is famous for its array of love locks, comes highly recommended by past travelers. However, when traveling with kids, be sure to plan your visit during the day. Old Town boasts the highest concentration of nightclubs in Switzerland, which come alive once the sun goes down.”