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The Weekend Retreat – Hotel and Nature Resort Handeck


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When was the last time you stepped into a hotel and were blown away by the customer service, friendliness and attention to detail? Honestly, we are rarely overly  impressed with hotels and we travel quite frequently, but there was something extra special about Hotel and Nature Resort Handeck.

2015-07-11-Grmsl_280 Hotel and Nature Resort Handeck is a remarkable family – friendly hotel in the gorgeous Grimselwelt area of Switzerland. Not only did the hotel provide us with wonderful accommodations, but Handeck is situation in an area that is full of outdoor adventure.

We hiked, walked over the Handeck Suspension Bridge, took the KWO Power Plant Tour, drove the breathtaking Grimsel Pass, swam, and enjoyed the hair raising Gelmerbahn Funicular. Whew…a weekend full of fabulous activities that kept the entire family actively engaged.

What makes Hotel and Nature Resort Handeck so special:

  • The beautiful location
  • The attention to detail
  • Immaculate and child – friendly rooms
  • Incredible staff members that were friendly, helpful and just kind people
  • The grounds, including a playground, trampoline, outdoor heated swimming pool and fitness area.
  • Hikes accessible right from the hotel grounds.
  • A cheese making facility in close proximity
  • The ability to rent (free of charge) the hotel’s e- car! Amazing for this car-free family!
  • The best apple cake we have ever eaten! A must eat when you visit!
  • The delicious meals.
  • Gorgeous breakfast buffet.
  • Remembering my husband’s birthday with a beautiful cake – priceless!

We all left feeling rejuvenated, relaxed (and families traveling with small children know you often return from vacations longing for down time) and felt like we were able to do and see a great deal on our trip! This hotel is highly recommended for families with children of all ages.

2015-07-11-Grmsl_248 2015-07-11-Grmsl_243 We might have just stumbled upon our new favorite hotel!

Gelmerbahn Funicular


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The Gelmerbahn Funicular was on our “to do” list for the Grimsel area, but the day we arrived at the hotel, we learned that we had to book tickets in advance.  The funicular for that day was already sold out.  Bummer.

After a hike that took us over the Handeck Bridge (70 meters high above the picturesque Handeck gorge), we stopped at the ticket office to determine if tickets were available for the following day.  To our children’s delight, tickets were indeed available.  We made a reservation with our hotel and looked forward to taking the entire family up the mountain to the gorgeous Gelmer lake the following day.



Tips! Make reservations in advance -this is a popular experience and books out quickly.  Tickets can be purchased at the local tourist office in Grimsel, at your hotel (check in advance) and at the bottom of the Gelmerbahn Funicular.

Tickets cost CHF 32 round trip – CHF 16 one way

Children 6-16 – CHF 12 – CHF 6 one way

The bahn is open from the 6th of June through the 18th of October and runs each day from 9:00 – 16:00 (June, September, October) and until 17:00 (July and August).

Despite what you read below, the funicular was perfectly safe and a beautiful ride up to Gelmer Lake.  Worth the visit and quite impressive when you consider the engineering feat this required.  Well done Switzerland – you never cease to amaze us!


That was the nice version, here is what I really wanted to say…

“Why not we uttered as we stood in line?” “It looks fun!” exclaimed the children. It seemed like a great idea as the actual steepness of the funicular was skewed from our grounded perspective.  Once we were tucked into that little red wagon with a small metal bar holding our legs and bodies in place (where was the five point harness I silently wondered?) as we climbed and descended the 106% grade, I began to question our decision to embark on this journey. Sorry, say that again -106% grade! OK, got it now, or shall I say, yep, I feel it now?

2015-07-11-Grmsl_735I smiled, and took one for the team. Taking this little trek up to the lake solo – no problem, once you involve my children, I think twice. All that aside, I boldly forced that same fake smile as my mind rolled through each worse case scenario. I tried to push them aside, but seriously, what the hell would happen if the cable broke, the wagon derailed or a rock fell? I envisioned them all, not a single situation left unturned all the while still mustering up a little smirk and I might have even let out the following statement, “Wow… this really is remarkable.”

2015-07-11-Grmsl_491Truth be told, I didn’t piddle my pants that day, our children had fun, and my husband GoPro’d the hell out of that ride. So, it pays to take one for the team every now and then. After all, what is life without taking a few risks, or on this day, a 106% grade so steep that at particular moments on the grand decent we were forced out of our seats? 2015-07-11-Grmsl_677Oh, and on a side note, I felt utterly confident with our decision to embark on the red wagon for the second time, when my husband looked over at me and said very casually, “Hold on to her dear. No, seriously grab her legs and hold on tightly.” With that same small bar across my lap and the laps of those I love the most, I was ever so grateful to be in Switzerland with their keen attention to detail and excellent engineering. Had this little “ride up to the lake” been in any other country, I would have happily given my 32 francs to an onlooker and asked them to report how it went, when and if, they returned.

2015-07-11-Grmsl_608 But on this day, on the eve of my husband’s 40th, I decided, what the hell, go on, live a little! And so we did and we all had a memorable experience.  Thanks Switzerland for getting it oh, so right!

Photo of the Week – July 17th


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The weather has been great in the Alps, although it appears to be changing for the moment.  We had a great trip to the Grimsel area, near the Grimsel Pass which connects Canton Bern to Canton Valais.  Here we saw many lakes, rugged mountains, and crystals if you look carefully on the hiking trails.  The mountains are evident of glacial activity, smooth granite faces capped by jagged peaks which were exposed above the former glacier.  One can imagine that a glacier of 1000 meters thick could have easily filled the valley.  On one hike, we took the Gelmerbahn (the steepest funicular in the Alps with a 106% grade) up to the Gelmersee (Gelmer Lake).  It is a relaxing view after the nervous ride up.


The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past eight–years (of living abroad) and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday.)

This has been added to the Daily Posts Weekly Photo Challenge: Half & Half, highlighted by the two parts of the lake and mountains,

Photo of the Week – July 11th


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On a recent trip to the Alps, we hiked to the Trift bridge and onwards to the Trifthütte.  The bridge, a symbol of the area, and of Swiss ingenuity, spans 170 meters across a gorge and 100 meters above the river below.  It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps.


The post has been added to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol


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