“Wherever you travel to, I would love to receive a beautiful postcard.”
Again and again we dream of traveling far away from home. And our destination choices usually fall on distant places with the magical attraction of the unknown. But what about our homeland? Do we know our own country as good as many holiday destinations?
This year I have decided to discover more the beautiful Switzerland and to go on small and big adventures. I spent the summer here – and not a single second of it I was jealous of tropical places or abroad travelers. Because the summer and my home country have inspired me and contented my hunger for adventures.
Of course, autumn offers the perfect opportunity to go hiking after the summer swimming weather. Being a mountain girl, I could not imagine living long without mountains around me …
In our digital age, it is quite normal to document our journeys on social media using photos and stories (Instagram). And of course I am not excluded with my passion for photography. A journey without photos does not work for me. And I like to send the pictures to my family as well.
But unfortunately, usually missing the really personal touch. Digital photos are not the same as holding a physical picture in your hands. And even more beautiful, I find the handwritten message, with which I can add small details or an anecdote to the photo.
Postcards– often stamped as dusty and old-fashioned are the most beautiful and emotional greetings to make someone happy and to put a smile on their faces.
With my mom, I explored the Bernese Oberland and we enjoyed a wellness weekend. However, the adventure and the thrill have not come too short J
We picked the beautiful Handeck Resort at Guttannen and after a long drive we were warmly welcomed and had some time before dinner to relax in the spa and modern but still traditional room. The resort is especially known for the excellent location to Gelmerbahn amid the Grimselwelt. But the culinary side leaves nothing to be desired – we were spoiled with a 14 point Gault Millau menu and I still dream of the delicious vegan ravioli.
On adventures and discovery
In the midst of high mountain peaks there are some great things to do and discover … If you are looking for a thrill, then you are in the right place. Test of courage and fun are guaranteed.
From the nature resort, a 15-minute walk leads to the suspension bridge and Gelmerbahn. The Handegg waterfall is mentioned as a tourist attraction around 1850 in the world-famous travel guide Karl Baedeker and as a worthwhile destination in connection with the Hotel Handeck. The bridge is already the first little test of courage, because you should be free from giddiness, considering the roaring water below.
Gelmersee & SAC hut
The mountain hike around the Gelmersee provides fascinating insights into the high alpine mountains. Along the lake, original streams and huge rock slabs invite you to linger. In the partly steep rocky areas, good footedness and a head for heights help to enjoy the view down to the turquoise-blue lake. With a gradient of 106%, the Gelmerbahn, the world’s steepest funicular, ascends from Handeck to the picturesque Gelmer Lake, the starting point of a hiking loop around the reservoir lake.
If you fancy a more demanding hike, you can take the turn-off to the Gelmerhütte after half a lake tour. This hike takes another 1.5 hours. The steep ascent to the Gelmerhütte leads along the Diechterbach, over mighty granite rocks and it really feels like you are walking up a stone stairway. In the hut you can spend the night with a trip of several days, or strengthen yourself before the descent and enjoy the amazingly breathtaking views. The way back leads again around the Gelmersee and back to the train or on the other side of the lake the hike leads in about 1.5 hours to Chüenzentennlen.
Not too far from the sights mentioned above, the road leads to the historic Grimsel Pass in the Hasli Valley. The Grimsel is not only popular with hikers, motorcyclists and car fanatics who love the beautiful road up to the pass. The pass road runs through a wild, sparsely grown mountainous region marked by granite rocks, reservoir lakes, and power plants.
Tight bends snake between rocks and reservoirs and you will not stop to wonder and admire the beauty.
On our return trip from the Bernese Oberland and the heights of the Grimselwelt, we took a short break at the Aare canyon. It is very fascinating what water has created over the centuries and nothing can oppose anything to this force of nature. We walked from the eastern entrance comfortably through the gorge and then chose the way above back. The canyon is a huge contrast to the wide heights before but still super amazing!
And the most attentive thing I’ve ever received after my holidays: Arrived at home, the hotel had sent me a postcard with the message: “We hope you’ve arrived well back home and send you many greetings!”
You do not have to drive far into the holidays, but already a weekend not far from home, can be so eventful. Personal postcards can be sent from anywhere and no matter if you are a recipient or a sender – the joy of a personal message in the form of a postcard will delight everyone!
This post has been created in friendly collaboration with Swisspost