Welcome (Back) To Switzerland

Cute Swiss towns and villages. The Swiss Alps. Glaciers, rivers, lakes and alpine meadows. Happy cows and cheese, Swiss wine…

Italian vibes in Ticino and French in Valais. Cute black faced sheep and long haired goats in Zermatt.

All are waiting for you, to travel here again.

First week of June, Switzerland announced further easing of (leisure) travel, inland and international. Which will be executed in the coming weeks and months. Making the travel possible, finally again.

First opening are the borders to and from Austria, Germany and France. Also, traveling to Italy from Switzerland is free, but still we have to wait for further announcements how it is for travels from Italy to Switzerland.

EU-countries will follow 15th of June and Schengen countries in July.

Then, it’s just which “boutique” town you choose for parterre lunches. For dipping in the Swiss rivers and lakes from the various urban badi’s opened recently too. Or taking a dip from your own secret spot in sunrise or sunset.

Maybe Bern. Or Luzern. Or Zürich.

Or maybe you prefer a mountain resort for all kinds of great outdoor adventures? Hiking, biking, and well earned glass of good swiss wine with great views to a famous mountain top?

Or maybe, you prefer standing on the mountain top, like on Titlis in 3000m (=10 000 ft). Aadmiring the more or less snowy frozen views and glaciers, like in the pics below.

Or bivaking near those tops, that works as well.

Titlis View Tiina Kivelä

Buddha Engelberg Titlis 2019

Melchsee-Frutt Tiina Kivelä

MTB Zermatt

Gornergrat Zermatt Tiina Kivelä

Meglisalp Alpstein

Swiss spas and saunas are also waiting for the wellness travelers, as well as well worked hiker feet and biker legs.

And – kind of for the first time ever – you may visit Jungfraujoch, Gornergrat or the top of Titlis without the usual massive tourist groups. Some even come with special offers valid just for this summer.

That if something makes Switzerland even more luxury destination this summer. Because what else is luxury than space and freedom and safety and unspoilt nature?

Trübsee Engelberg 2019

Melchsee-Frutt Engelberg Switzerland
Melchsee Switzerland 2019

Sauna Frutt Lodge & Spa

Graubünden in the South-East of Switzerland is also more than a good travel idea now. The biggest of Swiss Cantons, with plenty of space to keep a safe distance to fellow explorers.

In there, you may find excellent bike parks and trails, for running too. And the Bernina Express, which also runs now without the usual massive groups.

(Btw, Gian & Giachen wait you there too.)

Graubünden Mountains Flags

Graubünden Tiina Kivelä

Of course there are also the more or less traditional hotels and mountain guesthouses, and SAC huts. All over Switzerland. Taking care of the traditional Swiss hospitality and good night sleeps.

Luxurious hospitality with champagne for late breakfast in some. And alpine wakeups with bircher müesli and hüttentee in others.

And, don’t forget the Michelin -starred or the more casual restaurants and cafés. In cities, towns, villages and by the alpine trails with excellent views.

The rules are a bit different than they used to now; the maximum number of guests and distances between people are adjusted for the time during and after cover-19.

But the food and drink offerings as well as the service are the same. Or even better than they used to be. At least I have been super happy to be working again and serving the customers who come to us for food and drink and good times.

Breakfast Zermatt Hotel Matthiol

Gourmetweg

Aescher Alpstein Mountain Guesthouse

Engstlenalp Tiina Kivelä

It would be very nice to see you around this summer or autumn. If you are coming from the counties from which the borders are open now or a bit later this summer.

And if you are from a country in where you need to wait a bit longer, you are more than welcome to keep on dreaming. Your time will come as well. Even I just dream of travels to Lapland still, while extremely happy to be able to make concrete plans for Swiss adventures this summer and after.

Plans of amazing, responsible, sustainable and safe adventures. Only executed with good health and taking all the hygienic guidelines seriously.

Because exploring and traveling don’t loose their charm easily.

And even more, Switzerland keeps her charm.


Ps. Please note, how still Switzerland remains with the right to set the restrictions back, or make new ones. Depending on the situation in various countries, and in Switzerland itself.

Right now all looks good though and when interested, please refer to this site for the latest info on safety measures and travel advice in Switzerland. Briefly, the covid-19 numbers have steadily come down the past weeks, Switzerland has been announced to be one of the most safest countries regarding cover-19 now, and it’s looking better and better in many other countries too, especially European ones. That’s why it’s ok for some to change from dreaming to planning.

And for all, I wish good health.

 

 

 

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