Christmas In St. Moritz, Switzerland
You guys know how much I love to travel. Alaine and I basically took the world by storm in 2016, traveling everywhere from the Bahamas to the Aegean Sea (which btw was the most freeing time of my life!). I was literally prepared to take on forty more countries in a week with Alaine, until she got a real person job and suddenly could no longer be my travel buddy for the time being.
I was devastated.
Who was I going to eat vegan schnitzel with in the streets of Berlin? Who would hold my hand as I waded through a beach break of (friendly but f*cking intimidating) stingrays in the cays of the Caribbean?
In comes Barto.
Captain Barto, as I should say. Or, as I like to call him; Adam.
Adam is my boyfriend. And with only having been “official” with him for maybe two weeks, I asked him to come with me to Europe…On a crazy Switzerland adventure… because yes, I am insane.
Luckily he said yes, because I soon found out that Adam too, is insane.
Nonetheless, we packed our bags and a few days later we took a literal 14 hour Lord Of The Rings odyssey to find St. Moritz, Switzerland, where we would be exploring for the next week.
Trains, trains everywhere.
When in St. Moritz, be prepared to take the train or bus. But don’t fret- you’ll absolutely want to. Especially the Berina Express, which is that iconic red train that travels through the alps and has panoramic views for all your Harry Potter dreams to come true! My tip is to take an early train so it’s more likely that the panoramic cab is empty, and you and your travel buddy can have it all to yourself to play music/dance/sing/take photos/be obnoxious and just enjoy the views in solidarity.
Take the Berina Express to Alp Grum, especially if you are visiting in the peak winter seasons. Theres a giant frozen lake that is a glorious shade of alpine blue, and you can ice skate here. But- be prepared and bring your own ice skates. We couldn’t find any rental spots there, and it’s easier to rent them in town for a cheap price and return them after your train ride. If you go to St. Moritz you HAVE to ice skate at this spot. Apparently it’s the “second best spot to ice skate in all of Europe” (as the locals said), and with the combination of absolute tranquility, a background of the snowcapped Swiss Alps, frozen teal blue ice to skate on and a bright red train passing by- I’ll give that claim to them without a doubt.
I could go to St. Moritz just to ride the trains through anywhere they could take me. The cool thing about St. Moritz is that it’s got a central train station that can get you to so many places. If you had a few days in St. Moritz, you could take the train all the way to Munich, Frankfurt or even Milan! It’s not a far ride, and there’s even a restaurant on board. If you can’t go as far as hopping the country, you can still enjoy the train on the way to and from the airport. Theres tons to see and tons to take photos of! I snapped this photo of the pink house on the way to the airport on our last day.
Of course, when in St. Moritz, you’re going to need a cool place to stay. We stayed at Hotel Giardino Mountain, which is a five star hotel located in a pocket of St. Moritz and surrounded by some very aesthetic little hotels that are perfect for shooting looks around. Be sure to keep an eye out for doors in St. Moritz; they provide the most beautiful backdrop for outfit pics!
When in the Swiss Alps, you have to go skiing or snowboarding! I went snowboarding for the first time, which resulted in a lot of scary falls on my butt just inches away from sliding off the slope and into 400 pine trees. Advice: maybe don’t learn how to snowboard on any mountain in St. Moritz… the easy ones are still super professional.
Falling on your butt every two seconds takes a toll on you, so be sure to stop into any of the local restaurants on the mountain for a hot glass of Gluhwein and a warm blanket to cuddle in!
St. Moritz was pretty amazing. Just getting to tuck away into such a tiny town where everyone’s main focus is which mountain to ski on all day and what glass of red wine they’ll have for dinner. It’s such a beautiful town with so much potential to see and experience more with just a quick and breathtaking train ride! The pastel town has a painted backdrop of the alps to gaze at all the way until the sun goes down. It’s romantic and quaint, and the perfect little escape for any snow lover!
Have you been to the snow? Where did you go!
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