SEEALPSEE HIKE & SWITZERLAND SPA
I always leave for a trip with intensions of finding balance and continuing my exercise routine. Well, I'll be the first to tell you...I can't remember the last time I followed through with that! So, when there are mountains, a hike is my favorite way to keep my body active while soaking up some remarkable sights. The harder the hike, the better the view and workout!
I also really love this activewear from JUJA Active. How cute are these scallops?! The black just puts me over the edge (I love neutrals if you didn’t know) and it doesn’t get dirty as I sweat my way to the top! The bag is by Save My Bag it’s waterproof and cruelty free, yay!
HIKING IN THE ALPS
There's a spot in the Swiss Alps we visited that's right out of a fairy tail; cows wearing huge cowbells, trails of roaming goats, a sparkling lake and cottages, all surrounded by layers of mountains. It's called Seealpsee and it's magnificent! We even heard shouts of joy as fellow hikers swung from the trees to a brisk swim in the lake.
The first part of the hike is pretty steep, but it's followed by a winding (and flat) trail through pastures with wonderful views. You're lead right to the lake and a few restaurants to enjoy some lunch. You could spend your entire day here, and if I ever go back... I think I will!
If you decide to keep climbing, a few miles up is a restaurant built right into the cliff side called Berggasthaus Aescher. You've probably seen it all over Pinterest, and it's just as cool in person! Great place to stop for a beer or if you've worked up an appetite, more food! Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds, we went on Saturday and it was pretty crowded.
There's still more... keep working those glutes and the views get better and better. The top of the trail is yes, another restaurant and little plateau overlooking the whole hike. I loved how the hike was broken up into stages and with delicious food at each stop. But, I think my favorite part was that I didn't have to walk back down! There are gondolas to Ebenalp (the top) so you can visit the cliff side with a leisure downhill stroll if you wanted to.
Cable car down from Ebenalp is 20 CHF (one way)
Go on a weekday if possible
Town and train station at the base of the hike is Wassweraun
Hike from Wassweraun to Ebenalp is about 8.5 miles.
A DAY AT THE SPA: RIGI KALTBAD MINERALBAD & SPA
After a few days of travel and 8.5 mile mountain hike, how good does a spa day sound?! At the top of a mountain called Rigi, (we didn't walk up this one, but you can) above a town called Weggis (very charming,) is the Rigi Kaltbad Mineralbad and Spa. It's $37 CHF for entry, which gives you access to the pool, mineral lounge, steam room, and sauna. If you want a massage while you're there, try to book in advance to make sure you get an appointment.
The first pool is pretty large, full of jets and spouts of water to work out kinks. You can also swim right outside to a beautiful view of the mountains and little towns. Downstairs, there's water and tea with the rest of the amenities. The steam room was my favorite, it was infused with what they call mountain herbs, it's sweet, spiced, light, and oh so wonderful...I never wanted to leave! The mineral pool is shallow and relaxing, I may have even drifted off a bit as my skin soaked up all the good mountain minerals. The sauna was a unique experience, and you should be warned that the spa has strict rules; no phones, and the sauna is nude... You may wear a towel, but from my experience most locals pass on those. Switzerland is full of fabulous spas, if you're in the area stop in and treat yourself.
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