Every year our family visits a new city for the Christmas holidays, we started this tradition 7 years ago, and it has been the most amazing family tradition we have ever created. As this allows us to visit new places, create new memories and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas without the commercialized idea of gifts and decorations. This year we choose Switzerland as our Christmas holiday destination. After a few weeks of researching and discussing with the family, we all agreed that Grindelwald was the destination we would visit.
Grindelwald is a small village in the Jungfrau Region. It is a picture perfect, little town and for the Christmas holidays it was a Winter White beautiful town. We started our vacation with 2 days in Zurich, Switzerland, which was great since our flight stopped there anyway and this allowed us time to rest as well.
We departed from Miami International Airport for Zurich, where we would spend two nights.
We chose AA and opted for first class since it would be an overnight long haul.
Master Giovanni seems happy with our choice!
Our first stop Zurich, we checked in to the Marriott Zurich, I must say it was great. It was located
near the main train station and of course had the obligatory gym!
The Zurich Christkindlimarkt, which was located near the hotel was amazing! It is set up in a
train station and you can feel and smell Christmas in the air. The have the largest Christmas
You must and I repeat MUST have a Swiss cheese pretzel while visiting,
The last day we had our routine morning coffee and our son caught up on his reading while
enjoying the views.
We now boarded the train for a 3 hour ride to our next stop, Grindelwald.
We fell in love with Grindelwald as soon as we arrived, the train stops right in the middle of
town and you are surrounded by beautiful mountains covered in snow.
The hotel sent a driver to pick us up at the train station, even though the hotel was actually
just a few steps away.
Hotel Belvedere in Grindelwald was the perfect choice! It has amazing view, close to
down town, amazing service and the meals were all first class! When booking this hotel,
we opted to have 4 gourmet meals included. We highly recommend that you choose this option.
Hotel Beveldere in Grindelwald also has an amazing spa.
While staying in Beveldere, we also visited all of the near by towns, in Interlaken we
attended a Chocolate Cooking Class at the Funky Chocolate Club. My boys love
chocolate so they were in chocolate heaven!
On one of the days we went sledging, I must admit, I was clueless. We thought it was
a little bunny hill we were going to slide down from. Little did we know it was an enormous
mountain and not for the faint of heart.
We visited Murren, a little carless postcard perfect village.
Lets not forget all of the cocktails and we all know what high altitude and alcohol can do, we did make sure to hydrate accordingly.
Let’s not forget the Fondue!
The Suspension Bridge Walk in Grindelwald is a great way to spend the day,
Another great activity is taking the train to Jungfrau, highest mountain in Europe.
On one of the nights we went for a horse carriage ride while it was snowing, that was magical!
We had an amazing 10 days in Switzerland and can’t wait to return soon!