Photographer's Note

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!

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 845] (2442)
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