We cannot even begin to describe the beauty this country beholds for those who venture here. The views have to be some of the most beautiful in the world! Everywhere you look there’s a view, there’s a picture.
Cleanest City Award goes to…
Zurich! The first stop of our European adventure and hands down cleanest city award. We stayed at the Steigenberger Hotel Bellerive au Lac which over looked Lake Zurich providing breathtaking views off our balcony! Also, only a 15-minute walk from the train station. Prime location! We were here primarily for a business meeting but were able to relax after our almost 24-hour travel schedule at the Thermalbad & Spa before our venture to Davos – a bucket list item: SKI THE ALPS. If you’re able to visit Zurich, make sure to complete the experience at this Spa with a Day Admission pass, or a Spa package! There’s a rooftop pool with amazing views of Zurich from the top. But, don’t walk around with your cell phone, they aren’t allowed and they WILL call you out (of the pool, literally.) Hey, you are there to relax and revitalize anyway!
Continuing onto Davos, we rented a car (more like a van as there were five of us at this point). Great idea, too, simply because it allowed for a more lenient, less time-crazed experience. The drive to Davos from Zurich is just a little under two hours and everywhere you look there’s a view. Switzerland is surreal. We stopped at a McDonald’s along the way for a mini refresher/bathroom break, and our recommendation is don’t do it to yourself – it’s pretty terrible. And McDonald’s already kind of is, so just stay away.
Bucket list time…
Welcome to Davos… the highest city in Europe! An adorable ski town in the Swiss Alps that also hosts the World Economic Forum. The townsfolk here are pretty accustomed to it, too – Papa Varty was wearing an American flag pin on his blazer one day and was asked in a Swiss accent, “Congress?”
We stayed at the Hotel Seehof Davos during the end of their Winter Season (November – April) the last two weeks before they shut down the slopes! The hospitality and service is the best of the best. Bruno, the concierge was just magnificent – don’t tip him, he will find it offensive – and we were lucky enough to be there the ONE night a year they have their Chef’s Dinner Party! Amazing. Event. If you get a chance to be there during this, it’s quite spectacular and you won’t be disappointed, it’s worth EVERY DIME. It’s truly unlike any dinner party event you will have ever experienced. They guide you in groups (as this party is quite popular) timing it all just right, so everyone gets the full experience. The energy and the vibe from the staff is electric and refreshing, you get the sense they have been waiting for this one night all year.
The Event: Upon entry into this exclusive cavernous experience, you enter with a glass of champagne as your olfactory tries to decode the first smell of the evening – it’s cheese. Lots and lots of cheese, as well as wine offerings. There’s also a bartender there all night, ready to offer you your heart’s desire, cheese melting off giant metal contraptions, meat stations, wine tables, and this is all only cocktail hour. As the night progresses there’s a variety of stations to stop at and indulge. Eventually, you find and make your way into a back room that is blaring tunes and you realize you’re actually in the kitchen. There are DJ’s, and people everywhere. Chef’s cooking and guests wafting around snapping photos, dancing, talking – people are eating everywhere and there’s even disco lights and a saxophone player! I can’t begin to explain what the sushi tables, the desserts tables, and the champagne tables have to offer! It’s an experience you just have to see-hoff for yourself 🙂
Skiing the Alps…
We loved typing that. The mountain, Davos Klosters, we learned (to Demi’s dismay) is an intermediate to advanced mountain. She decided to sit this round out. We skied two separate days during our trip on this mountain and it’s quite a wonder. It’s extremely expansive and at the top you can steeples of mountains for miles and miles.
Day One: Although sunny, was tough. It’s a mountain that will consume your strength and energy. You must be at 110-percent to attempt to have fun if you plan on going at the end of the winter season – it’s icy and slick.
Day Two: Much better luck. It snowed the night before and continued to be blizzard-like white conditions at the top of the mountain, providing for a fabulous ski experience. Powder + an expansive mountain = all fun!
Ski the Swiss Alps… CHECK!
Thank you, Switzerland!