My choice of hotel during the stay in Switzerland was pure coincidence. Actually the whole choice – country, region and hotel - was unintentional. A couple of hours with nothing to do - I browsed the Internet and found Hotel Schweizerhof in Grindelwald in Berner Oberland.
I was immediately caught by the clear Swiss appearance in the dark wood façades. Originally here was a smithy which was converted into a châlet style guesthouse around 1900. The Schweizerhof itself dates back to 1912 and is today a 4-star establishment included in the Romantik Hotel group.
A seven day half-board stay - including an unlimited ticket for the Jungfrau Railways [Jungfraubahnen], the cableways and ski lifts in the region - was reasonably priced and also very tempting. So within a couple of days I had decided on going skiing in the Alps for the first time in my life.
And everything stood up to expectations – not least the hotel. Very correct and totally charming, situated near the town center and close to the railway station, where the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) from Interlaken meet with the Wengernalp Railway (WAB) to Kleine Scheidegg and Wengen.
This is the hotel seen from the garden - facing south and the Eiger mountain - and my room was just below the 'zerh' in Schweizerhof. At the right edge is the pool room - with a fantastic view – and below is the dining room, where the most impressive wasn't the daily 6-course menu, but the fact that the owners every night had their dinner together with the guests.
The Swiss certainly know how to run a hotel!
Image slightly adjusted for distortion, cropped, ran autolevels, increased saturation +10, reduced in red –15 and yellow –20, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.
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nwoehnl (122) 2005-05-24 15:19
Seems like a wonderful place to stay, Kaj - I have to make a mental note of it should I ever come into that region. A delightful presentation of this hotel with a nice graphical rhythm established by the red window shutters. Also fun to have this flashback to the snowy season. The branch in the upper right was probably unavoidable but in any case is well included for the framing. Nice capture.
maphoto (8082) 2005-05-24 22:36
Nice presentation of this hotel Kaj, looks like indeed a beautiful place to stay. Probably that a panoramic view and more of the hotel on the left would have been event better, but you gave us a pretty good idea in this close view. Maybe a small detail but I like the reflection at the bottom right in the windows. very clear, well seen.
orme (7215) 2005-05-25 3:35
A truly beautiful shot, Kaj - and no, I don't think it could be more Swiss. The colours are just excellent. The blue sky and lovely white snow make a great natural frame for the shot. I also like how the blue sky seems to be reflected in the windows. Being a big fan of calligraphy, the hotel name just finishes off the composition perfectly.
jiherka (4538) 2005-05-25 17:58
Grindelwald have very nice hotel for tourists. YOu was capturing one of the most typical. I like the colours, with the red and the black.
Well done Kaj.
kent_s (1911) 2005-05-30 7:43
Your absolotely right it can't be more Swiss.
You captired a great hotel in a fantastic way. I just hope yor stay there was as pleasant as the pic looks like
PS Har en bild till på bron om du vill adda den
Clochette (8076) 2005-06-03 19:09
"More Swiss" would be perhaps "Too Swiss" :-)))
I can understand you could not resist shooting... The wooden facade, with its sooooo red shutters, really stands out. Well seen, Kaj!
pamastro (7218) 2005-06-10 1:27
Looks like a nice hotel and typical sort of style for the area. Just what one imagines, I think, when thinking of the Alps. I like the capture of the setting around it, too, with trees in front and trees behind on a slope, I imagine. It gives it a rustic sort of feel. Almost cabin like except on such a large scale and obviously much more comfortable than a cabin. The setting makes me think of a hotel down the street from a place I once stayed in the mountains of Washington. Even though the snow was all melted when I was there it still has that fresh, clean, atmosphere that this has with all the snow.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2424)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG 50 ISO
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: CeBIT and Swiss skiing in 2005
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-24 7:02