Meiringen is a beautiful town famous for Sherlock Holmes museum. This character was died in this town. The town has so much to offer for the tourists such as beautiful waterfall, AareSchlute Gorge, Scenic valleys, museum, flowers. There are some nice hotels here and you may explore the local foodstuff as well.
Okay this seem to be only a time killing diversion but first a little history. St Gallen is the lace capital of Europe. So there one should feel obligated to visit a museum dedicated to what this town is most renown for (or at least other than the Abbey Library). Here you will find the story of the growth and subsequent decline of textile lace industry in this lovely town. It is well presented and surprisingly interested. There are excellent examples on how the textile industry still serves you today.
The museum is located halfway between the train station and the Abbey Museum. Oddly enough it is one of the few museums in Switzerland that does not close on Monday which is the day of the week that I visited this town.
You might search in vain for Bakerstreet 221b in London but you will find it in the Sherlok-Holmes-Museum in Meiringen, in a distance of about 25km east of Interlaken. In the very centre of the lovely village of Meiringen you will be able to see the world's first authentic replica of the living-room of Sherlock Holmes in Bakerstreet 221b. This replica was made according to the exlanations, given in the books and it includes all the small details beeing mentioned there. This room is shown in a small museum that includes plenty of other interesting Holmes-souvenirs, letters that were sent from all over the world to "Sherlock Holmes, Bakerstreet, London" etc.etc.etc.
You really might get the feeling, Holmes was a real person, how else could they show his private things there...
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is open
May-September : Tue-Sun 01.30-06.00p.m.
The Sherlock-Holmes-museum is next to Parkhotel du Sauvage inside a small wooden church.
The Bisses are the vital witnesses of a history, culture and civilisation in Valais. Hollowed out into the ground, cut into or hanging from the rock face, like scars leaden with memories, they symbolise the fight of the people for the control of water.
Borne out of the peasant’s desire to escape from the cruel consequences of drought, the water was collected from rivers and artificially diverted onto the cultivated hills.
The paths that run alongside these Bisses have the advantage of being slightly inclined, passing through very varied locations and always providing surprising detours through the valleys, villages and mountains. Hence the reason why these little trails, without any traffic, constitute very pleasant walks and allow you to discover one of the most picturesque aspects of Valais region.
The Bisses are negotiable from Spring to Autumn and are also accessible to children, their parents as well as their grandparents. Nendaz enjoys the largest network in Europe and the Bisses are terraced at an altitude of between 800m and 2,200m.
Would you like to go skiing or snowboarding right in the middle of summer? Visit Saas-Fee or Zermatt summer ski area on high altitude glacier.
A single ski-pass for Saas-Fee and Zermatt: Saas-Fee and Zermatt are joining forces.
The two biggest and most attractive summer ski areas are for the first time offering combined ski-passes during the summer season from 2 July to 31 October.
Saas-Fee and Zermatt are a 40 minute drive apart. 41 km of groomed carving and mogul runs as well as summer parks with a half-pipe and obstacle courses for freestylers provide the ultimate snow experience on hot summer days.
In the famous resort of Montreux,with exquisite hotels,much wealth,with a mild climate favouring explosion in full coloured flowers of all kind and even of palm trees,you may find somewhat in the center of the town,near the lake,a statue which you might not have expected to see there.
It is the statue of the famous lead singer Freddy Mercury,of the Queens,who died in November 1991.
Although many years passed since his death,he is still remembered by this town he liked so much,by the statue which since October 1996 was erected in his honour.He is looking straight to the big Lake,with one hand raised as if to salute people passing by.
His musical carrier is remembered in Montreux by yearly festivals and fans as well as passers by use to put flowers at the bottom of the statue.
Just a place off the beaten path you shouldn't miss,if walking around Montreux
A great adventure for everybody: a funny 10 km downhill run on a sledge by day or by night in Les Mayens de Riddes!
La Tzoumaz/Mayens-de-Riddes nestles in a valley on the left side of the Rhone at an altitude of 1500m. The valley lies about halfway between Martigny and Sion.
Access to the sledge run is via the Savoleyres cable car (alt. 2'354m). From there you can glide down to the village (1'506m).
Daily rates for non-skiers:
CHF 20.- adults
CHF 16.- children
Fly over the Swiss Alps, forests, lakes and glaciers and land to share a glass of Fendant between friends...
Take a little plane from Sion Airport for 1 to 3 passengers. Prices are very competitive, for example I paid around CHF 290.- a 60 minutes flight for two people to Mont-Blanc then Matterhorn. You could also plan your flight route with the pilot. Enjoy your flight !
If you prefer helicopter, I recommend :
Matterhorn 20 min. roundflight for CHF 195.-.
Flights from 10 to 60 minutes, up to 4 passengers in a helicopter. 10 min flights from CHF 86.-.
Experience the Vineyard Walk, an educational footpath winding through the vines (6km). This path linked two sites of the Valaisan Museum of Wine and Winegrowing located @ Salquenen (Zumofen House ) and @ Sierre (Chateau de Villa). If you get thirsty, no worries just visit a local cellar!
The Valaisan Museum of Wine and Winegrowing is open: from Tuesday to Friday (2 pm to 5 pm (April to November).
Chateau de Villa
Rue Sainte-Catherine 4
3960 Sierre (Valais)
When you get up in the mountains you can still find some very traditional villages with old wooden houses and farms that are still being worked in a very traditional way.
It's very interesting to see such places only a couple of hours away from places like geneva and zurich where you have a very international scene.
Switzerland is surely a land of contrasts.
During my second visit, I stayed most of the time in this lovey town. Lake, mountains, waterfall, forest, ding dong cows, very few cars - an ideal and perfect place for trakking. The town has some fine hotels and delicious food.
The story about Wilhelm Tell is just a ledgend but the places of this story can be found around the small town of Kuessnacht, at the banks of Lake Lucerne / Vierwaldstättersee.
In my photos :
1)"Hohle Gasse" means "narrow pass" and when you enlarge my pictures, you will see how this is ment : This "Hohle Gasse" was the only way for Gessler to ride up and down from his castle, high above Lake Lucerne. So it was easy for Wilhelm Tell to wait behind the bushes for the right moment to kill Gessler, who could not be protected by his guards in this very moment, because they had to ride in front or behind of him.
At one end of the Hohle Gasse there is the Tell-chapel and at the lower end there is a a small museum with a few exhibits and explanations.
2 & 3)Hotel Engel in Kuessnacht am Rigi is a traditional hotel and and certainly the most beautiful building of that small village. Hotel Engel was also the place, where the "Eidgenossen" had their meeting first in 1424 and afterwards several times again untill 1712 A.D.
In October 7th, 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent the night in that hotel.
4 & 5)Tell-Kapelle is on the upper end of Hohle Gasse, a lovely church and some sort of a "pilgrimage-church" for patriotic swiss people (and there are quite a lot of them!!)
The church is just rather small, but has a few nice details and a great painting at the entrance. It is open for visitors during the day and the walking-distance from the parking to the chapel is just about 5-10 miutes through Hohle Gasse. For the way to the chapel you may choose between a modern and quite easy path with fine gravel or the traditional path paved by cobbled stones.
I would suggest you to spend some good time in the lower engadin.
This is the part of engadin close to austria!
It is full of little FANTASTIC villages, with a special old architecture and flower balconies, you can see many photos on the net. look for the villages called: Tschlin , Scuol (the main one), Tarasp, Ftan, Ardez
This are just some of them. all vary nice, and all good to visit by mountainBike or Hiking. Train System and busses inside the valley are very well organyzed! just to get there from zurich or so there are less trains. But all connections that you can find on www.sbb.ch are always working perfect!
Go river Rafting on the river!
In Tarasp Vulpera you can visit a castle!
If you base in Scuol, then you can also make day trips to higher engadin and the Sankt Moritz area. (I have worked for one year in maloja, and that's a great area for walking climbing mountainbiking and so on)
Have a good time!!!
Chiesa San Carlo reminded me a lot of churches like you normally find them in Italy. This church is in a suburb of St.Moritz, that is called St.Moritz-Bad and you will pass by it, when driving towards the Malojapass. This church is beautifully lighted at night and you will see it from a big distance already, because it was built quite close to the lake. For cardrivers there are lots of parking-spaces next to the church, walkingtime from the trainstation of St.Moritz will be around 15 minutes maybe.
The Hanselmann-house was the only building in St. Moritz that might make sense to mention here for its unique architecture. It is a well-known confectionary shop and the facade sticks out of the many modern and soulless buildings in the very centre of St.Moritz. You have to walk uphill in order to get there , next time I will try their cakes as well, they also have lots of excellent works of art, made of sugar and marcipan in their windows. Read more about them after clicking on the link below !
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