Stay at the Alpenrose Boutique Hotel
We had a lovely two nights at the gorgeous Alpenrose Boutique hotel in Schonried. Its a gorgeous little place very close to Gstaad with incredible views of the mountains. Our room had a fireplace and a balcony that overlooked the snow capped peaks. I must tell you it was heaven staying there.
It was close to the station, a lot of hiking trails and Gstaad which is either a quick train ride or a hike away. Another cool thing about the hotel is that you can book private spa time. They have a room with a sauna, jacuzzi and various other things. You can go chill all by yourself if you make a reservation. We obviously had to do that. The sauna was a perfect way to relax after our sunset hike and before we went for dinner.
Check out a full review on this gorgeous hotel here.
Take a walk to the big fondue pot
On our first day in Switzerland we were quite tired from a day of travelling. Obviously we could not miss out on anything or any photo opportunities. So we decided to take a walk from the hotel to see what we could see. We quickly popped into the ski store and the lovely lady working there showed us some quick hikes we could do for sunset. She told us to do the one to the big Fondue pot as it was quick and beautiful! During the day you can actually get a Fondue backpack from your hotel or one of the bakeries to take up there. You can then sit “inside” the fondue pot with great views and do a picnic!
There are actually so many hikes you can do in the area. If we had more time we would have probably been able to find more epic spots.
The village of Gstaad seems like it is out of a fairytale of sorts. Everything is beautiful and it is perfectly nestled in between mountains. We walked around taking photos and just soaking up the atmosphere. Gstaad is known for its affluent and celebrity visitors and it did almost seem like a set of a movie. Gorgeous little cafe’s lined the pretty streets where people relaxed with some wine. Luxury shops like Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana were the prettiest I have ever seen.
Go up Glacier 3000
Ok so I we didn’t actually go up to Glacier 3000 but if you are in the area you definitely should! The day we were going to do it was absolutely beautiful and sunny without a hint of wind (at the bottom that is). Unfortunately when we got there it was closed due to very severe winds at the top so the cable car had stopped running. You cant do anything about the weather and even though we were sad there is plenty more to do!
We asked the ticket person what they would suggest doing otherwise and he gave us directions for a hike that starts right there. It was about 30min walk up to a lake and a restaurant but as we were walking in snow it took a bit longer. It was so worth it with gorgeous views at the top but the lake was almost completely frozen and we had a good chuckle about that.
Watch the sunset
So alpine sunsets are pretty epic. The sky gets so pink with mist swirling around and plenty of cool jet streams that criss cross the sky. On our last night at the Alpenrose Boutique Hotel we went for a walk down the road to see where it would lead. We eventually found a road going up and onto a big piece of grass where we had the most magnificent view. We sat in awe watching the sky go from orange to pink and then almost a fiery red before turning grey. Heading back to the hotel with slightly frozen hands but really big smiles!
Gstaad is a beautiful area with lots to see and do for everyone ( I am pretty sure in every season as well! ) You definitely need to add it to your trip if you are planning to visit Switzerland.