Memoirs of my past (Pre-Covid) celebrations of Swiss National Day with my Swiss Friends and Partners.
Are you in Switzerland? Join the celebrations
Rhine Fall Fireworks – Eve of Swiss National Day
A short train ride from Zurich to Shaffhausen, I spent an unforgettable evening experiencing the spectacular firework over the Rhinefall – the largest waterfall in Europe. This has been one of my most delightful sighting of a thing of beauty, lit up at night with burst of colors during the firework.
Bed Down/ Eat: ARCONA LIVING Schaffhausen Just across the railway station, this friendly boutique Hotel with spacious rooms comes equipped with 5 star amenities. Super-food Breakfast at the hotel’s Weinwirtschaft Lounge-Restaurant also dishes out an innovative menu with a variety of palatable cuisines including the regional favorites. www.schaffhausen.arcona.ch/en
Early morning I hear the sound of alphorn to mark the National Day festivities. After a hearty breakfast, I walk the old quarters of Schaffhausen to join the celebrations. Later, by noon, I am back on the train to Zurich to join more festivities and parade by Zurich’s Lake area on 01 AUGUST.
ZURICH – Bed Down/ Eat: The international point of arrival, Zurich Lake City is Europe’s most loved City which has gained popularity being a gourmand’s delight with some 40 award winning restaurant renowned of innovation and creative culinary menu.
STORCHEN Zurich is the historic landmark friendly Hotel fully renovated this year.
ROTISSERIE is headed by Chef de Cuisine Fredi Nussbaum is renowned for its culinary temptations and modern method of traditional Swiss cuisines. www.storchen.ch
A’ L’OPERA – Hotel a’La Ambassador is a beautiful place to bed down just a stone throw from the Lake. FISH RESTAURANT is the winner of Gout Miuex Label award and 13 Gault Millau points. http://www.ambassadorhotel.ch/en/restaurant
TONY’S TRIIBHUUS Restaurant & Events
Out of the ordinaire’ Sunday Brunch based on world cuisine – there couldn’t be a better treat, a short bus ride from Zurich center. Savour 20-30 different breads, Med risotto, salad, Cheese (from Switzerland to Spain), Cereals & dried fruits, fruit buffet (from around the world), Charcuterie (Spanish specialties, roast beef etc.), Egg dishes (10:00 to 11:45), hot dishes (roast potato, vegetables) and Dessert buffet (1200-1300 (homemade cakes, tiramisu, creams, Crema Catalana, etc.) www.bei-tony.ch/triibhuus-malaga-plantas/home.html
ZUNFTHAUS ZUR WAAG Restaurant:
One of Zurich’s most celebrated and an old classic for quintessential Swiss dining. The restaurant is housed in a medieval (1315) guildhouse “Zur Waag”. www.zunfthaus-zur-waag.ch
SWISS CHUCHI Restaurant – Adler Hotel (Rosengasse 10) is the best in town when you crave for authentic Swiss Fondue. Preparation of Swiss cuisine is based on traditional recipes using high quality Adler Cheese. www.hotel-adler.ch
After a pleasant Zurich experience I board the train before 2PM to Leuk and continue the scenic journey on Leukerbad Bus that winds to the wellness village: Leukerbad (Total journey time from Zurich about 3 hours).
Soon after sunset the National Day festivity begins with a parade in traditional regional attire and the big band play national and regional anthems followed with breathtaking firework on the walls of lofty mountains. Main gathering and the best spot to see the fireworks is by the Walliser Alpentherme & Spa at HelioPark Hotel complex.
Bed Down/ Eats:
LES SOURCES DES ALPES – the only 5-Star hotel in Leukerbad featuring luxury rooms and a complete wellness Spa has created innovative menu at restaurant La Malvoisie. The culinary concept is based on French haute cuisine with a touch of regional flavors. https://www.sourcesdesalpes.ch
WALLISER ALPENTHERME & SPA – HELIOPARK HOTELSHotel Complex linked with Europe’s most luxurious high lifestyle boutique spa and medical center comprising of lavishly spacious outdoor Jacuzzi pool, air-water-impulse bubbles and aqua-fit-programs against a dramatic backdrop of lofty mountain. www.alpentherme.ch
THERME 51° Hotel
A highly recommended spa center in Leukerbad specializes in Physiotherapy and other bone and joint related treatments. Volksheilbad also cater accommodation with buffet breakfast and each room is equipped with a tablet that functions as a digital concierge. http://www.therme51.ch/en
ALPINA DORA family hotel restaurant is centrally located in an old alley by the Church and has a pleasant mien – a popular place for local and regional cuisines. Sirloins steak (220 gm) is the signature dish, finely sliced and served with morsel, béarnaise, pepper sauce and French fried-beans. The Hotel offers studios and suites, accommodating from 2 to 6 persons in a room. www.alpina-leukerbad.ch.
Schweizerstuebli Garden Restaurant & CrazyBar:
A typical Swiss traditional menu with all the favorites including Swiss fondue, raclette and roesti. fb/Restaurant Schweizerstübli & crazy Bar.
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