Swiss Cabin Porn

Swiss Cabin Porn

Tuesday November 14, 2017 Written by Jo Walker

Created in collaboration with Tourism Switzerland.

It’s no secret that we enjoy ogling the odd rustic cabin nestled in ridiculously good-looking scenery. Happily, the country of Switzerland is full of these places, surrounded by Toblerone-shaped mountains, sparkling glaciers, rushing waterfalls and the odd Alpine goat. There’s also more biking and hiking and skiing and toboggans than you can poke a fondue fork at. Yeah, did we mention the cheese?

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Lucerne

If LARPing as a Swiss vintner has always been on your to-do list, then this sweet cabin just outside of Lucerne might just do you right. It comes complete with its own grapevines and mountainside pools, and isn’t too far from Lucerne proper – ringed with old city walls to clamber on and spanned by the 14th-century Kapellbrücke covered bridge. (A creaky local icon.) Like most of Switzerland, city and country – and lots of mountains – are conveniently squashed together. Lucerne is also home to Western Europe’s longest cave, where tour guides can lead you on a multi-day expedition, if you feel like bivouacking in the dark.

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Jungfrau

It seems a bit redundant to mention how high up everything is in Jungfrau, but the Swiss were not making a joke when they nicknamed it the Top of Europe. Jungfraujoch, the local cogwheel train station, is Europe’s highest, at 3,454m above sea level. (And the trip there from Zurich is apparently one of Switzerland’s most magnificent rides.) This chalet is not quite as lofty, but still a good base for hiking the area’s 500km of mountain paths. Plus you get UNESCO World Heritage site-approved views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers and gushing waterfalls for free. The owner, nicknamed Yeti on account of his life-long love of the mountains, renovated the chalet himself (which you can see in this short film).    

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Interlaken

Hut-to-hut hiking is as Swiss as melty cheese and fiddly little knives, and it’s pretty economical, too. Tiny mountain huts dot the Alps, with simple dormitory-style set-ups for athletic folk who don’t mind doing their own cooking. The Guggihutte in Interlaken warns that it’s for “experienced mountaineers only”, and we believe them. Still, it makes sense, as pretty much all of Interlaken seems specially designed for adrenaline-seeking types. Fancy abseiling a waterfall, thrashing through whitewater, bungee-jumping from a cable car or paragliding over some Alps? Don’t worry: they have chocolate and beer, too.

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Mount Titlis

Here is another cheerful Swiss Alpine Club hiking hut – the ‘Rugghubel’, built in 1883 – this time in the Mount Titlis region. It’s a little less perilous than the previous offering, and they’ll even serve you coffee and a strudel if you ask nicely. (Though you’ll still be smacked in the face with amazing mountain scenery every time you poke your nose out the door.) Rugghubel hosts are used to organising hiking, mountaineering and ski tours. Plus down the mountain a little way is the town of Engelberg, home to one of the country’s many bike hotels – if two-wheeled locomotion is more your thing. (And the Swiss travel system lets you pop your bike on the train so if your energy is flailing, or you just want both hands to be able to eat your chocolate as you travel, you can plan your itinerary as a combined loco/cycling adventure.)

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Graubunden

Sure, all that healthsome Alpine air will probably do you some good. But after you’ve finished all your skiing and snowboarding at the Piz Scalottas-Tgantieni ski slope in Graubünden, it’ll be time for some grub. The good people at Alphütte Fops provide Hüttentee (tea with a shot of rum), local wine and hot chocolate alongside dried meat platters with salsiz sausage, farm-fresh cheese fondue and barley soup to nanna’s recipe. Owner Gian Malär has a pretty sweet morning commute, which you can read about here. Then do a bit more skiing to justify a more liberal application of Hüttentee and cheese. Sounds like a good day out.

This excellent cabin-ogling experience was brought to you by our friends at Switzerland Tourism. They really like nature, hiking, bike hotels, goats and beer.