Last month, we sampled three of the new routes, traveling deep into the mountains and valleys of Switzerland. We traveled by train, bus and boat, and stayed at Swiss Historic Hotels along the way. Let our travels be your guide!
Time Travel I
Time Travel III
Time Travel IV
The Rigi Bahn was completed in 1873, as a cog railway line up the mountain from Vitznau. Antique steam engines are still brought out of storage from the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum) in Lucerne, to mark special occasions. The Rigi Bahn hotel was built as a stopping point for train travelers, and today operates as Hotel Terrasse am See. A stay there offers unbeatable sunsets and is still a fine base for exploring Mount Rigi.
Time Travel: On the road to historic hotels in Switzerland
The five routes have been beautifully captured in a coffee-table book, Zeitreisen (English edition, Time Travel), with stunning photography by Andrea Badrutt. Sample itineraries are described by authors Ursula Bauer and Jürg Frischknecht, and a description for each historic hotel is provided by architectural historian Dr. Roland Flückiger-Seiler.
Detailed travel information and links for further reading about each route puts a practical spin on day-dreams of travel to the places in the book. Suggestions are also given for moderate hikes along the way, and topo maps indicated.
Swiss Historic Hotels
Altogether, there are 47 Swiss Historic Hotels suggested along the five, nine-day trips in Time Travel. Swiss Historic Hotels are cultural landmarks embodying the history and cultural treasures of regions across Switzerland. In our visits to a few of these historical gems, we have been privileged to learn from their owners, the history and traditions of each. These one-of-a-kind hotels have provided us not only a step back in time, but also a way to connect with the future of historic travel in the heart of Europe.
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