Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

The American author and travel writer, Mark Twain, wrote in 1897 that Weggis was, “the loveliest place” he had ever visited! It would be hard to disagree and I’m almost loathe to share this enchanting place with everyone as the secret will surely be out! We first came across this lakeside paradise in central Switzerland 5 years ago, on a visit to Lucerne, when we decided to take a trip across the lake to Mount Rigi. On the return journey the cable car descent took us straight into the heart of this pretty little town. We spent an idyllic hour or so whilst we waited for the next boat enjoying a couple of glasses of wine on the lakeside terrace of the Beau Rivage Hotel. When it was time to leave we were so smitten we vowed to come back some day!

 

 

Since then we have been lucky enough to come back 3 times most recently this April. We have found that Weggis is an ideal place in which to spend a few nights en route back to Australia, after our visit to the family in the Uk and makes a refreshing change from our usual fast paced travels through Europe! It is the perfect place to chill, relax, breathe in the pure mountain air and recharge our batteries. Our little home from home has been the Post Hotel Weggis (POHO), which has as its aptly named promotional logo, “Chill Out In Style”.

 

View back towards the Post Hotel Weggis

View back towards the Post Hotel Weggis

 

To say its situation is superb would be an understatement. Only 45 minutes by ferry back to Lucerne you can literally step off the boat, wheel your suitcases across the little road via a pedestrian crossing, walk through the hotel doors and take the lift up to the hotel lobby. You could always walk up the grand marble staircase too if you’re travelling light or have a refreshing drink to recover from your journey in the bar terrace or in the warmer months down on the lakeside terrace. Buses also leave regularly from the quay in front of the hotel, which will take you to Kuessnacht and train connections to Lucerne.

 

 

Since we usually visit in low season (April) we can get better deals on the room rates and also it is much less crowded than the more popular winter and summer seasons. Hence we always ask for and have been lucky enough to get a deluxe lakeside room with a view. You could while away many hours sitting on the balcony, overlooking Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstaettersee) and watch the boats coming and going from the little quay below.  The views out across the lake to the snow capped mountains beyond are magnificent!

 

 

In fact with all its facilities including a spa, beautiful rooms with a view,  a comfortable guest lounge, and a wonderful terrace overlooking the lake, you could easily just stay at the hotel all day long. The breakfasts are superb (full buffet and additional a la carte options available) and there are several restaurants including the authentic Swiss Weggiser Stuebli and Enoteca where you can again enjoy Swiss style food such as macaroni cheese with apple sauce or roesti in an intimate rustic wine cellar ambience. It is certainly not the place for diets or those with dairy intolerance delicious though the food is!

Quiet and peaceful, Weggis is a lovely place for a walk especially along the lake (there is another part of the town further up the hill called Weggis Dorf or village). Stepping out from the Post Hotel by the quay, one way leads back down to the Beau Rivage Hotel and the other in the direction of Lucerne, takes you past moorings with little boats bobbing up and down on the water until you reach a statue of a dancing nymph (or lady I haven’t been able to ascertain which). The point that you reach here, is a perfect spot in which to sit and contemplate the world or watch the ferries drawing in towards the quay further down by the Post Hotel.

 

Each time we have visited, without fail, Weggis has had a beautiful display of flowers! The colours have been slightly different but always superb.

 

 

Walking back along past POHO one early evening and just before we reached the Beau Rivage Hotel, we took a detour up into the side streets which lead up to the Cable Car station. Everywhere was immaculate, the houses are small and many of them are divided into apartments but they always find a spot for some flowers and maybe even a gnome or two.

 

 

Finally you can walk back down to the lake and return to the Quay pausing to say hello or “Gruezi” to a couple of local ducks who waddle around quite happily!

 

 

Weggis is absolutely beautiful at any time of day or night,  but when the clouds come in and the mist descends over the lake it takes on a haunting magical quality that has to be seen to to believed!

 

Next week we’ll explore the mountain that rises up behind the Post Hotel, Rigi “”Queen Of The Mountains”. In the meantime for more wonderful walking ideas from around the world head over to Jo’s Monday Walks!

 

Ciao, Tchuess, Au Revoir (all of which we heard for “goodbye” in Switzerland)!

 

Copyright © 2014 Rosemary Thomas Le Chic En Rose. All rights reserved

19 thoughts on “Weggis By The Lake

  1. Funny…we actually stopped as well when we left Luzern to go toward Rapperswill though very briefly because it was pouring rain…Your pictures make me realized that we should have taken a bit more time to explore. (Suzanne)

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    1. It really is a special place Suzanne 🙂 I have heard Rapperswill is very pretty too – there are so many beautiful places in Switzerland! I know you haven’t got too long left in Europe but if you get the chance to come back I can highly recommend Weggis or any of the little towns dotted around Lake Lucerne they are all so pretty and worth exploring 🙂

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  2. restlessjo says:

    I could surely live with those views, Rosemay! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos, and if I’m ever in that part of the world again I’ll definitely be looking Weggis up 🙂 Many thanks for your kind link 🙂

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    1. You’re very welcome Jo – it occurred to me as I was writing the post that it actually involved walking around the town and might be a good contribution for your Monday Walk! Yes if you ever get the chance visit Weggis it’s such a charming little place (easy to combine with a stay in Lucerne too!). The views are amazing aren’t they?! 🙂

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  3. The flower displays look lovely ! It must have been a good place for good relaxation.

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    1. Thanks Gin they were stunning and it’s such a great place to unwind! For anyone in Europe it would also make a great weekend getaway – I think easyJet now go to Zurich as well as Geneva and it’s less than an hour by train from Zurich airport to Lucerne! Am just going to head over to your blog now I haven’t been on here for a few days so catching up now! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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      1. Tomorrow, I’m taking my IELTS british exam and I’m a bit stressed ! Fingers crossed. Have a nice weekend as well

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        1. Good luck with that Gin! What is the IELTS British exam excuse my ignorance? Is that to get a visa? I’ve heard you have to answer various questions about the UK for some visas – I’m not sure I’d pass it in that case and I’m a British citizen (albeit one who’s lived in Australia for many years)! Am sure you’ll be fine and hopefully can relax once you’ve done the test very best wishes! 🙂

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          1. It is a language exam required to be able to work in the UK or other English speaking countries (in other places than supermarkets or Starbucks :-)) for people who don’t have English as first language. since I’m a EU citizen, I don’t require a visa to move the UK but I need to pass an exam to assess my level of English.

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            1. Well your written English is excellent Gin so am sure you’ll be fine – tests are never fun though so good luck! 🙂

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  4. Never heard of Weggis before Rosemary but it looks simply stunning – a view with water and snow capped mountains always does it for me! Thank you for putting this on my radar, definitely one to go on “the list.” How nice too that you found a lovely hotel and place to stay before your long flight home – sounds like the perfect chill out place.

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    1. It certainly is Joy a simply beautiful place and very easy to get to from Lucerne (which is where we were staying when we first discovered it). Anywhere around Lake Lucerne is absolutely stunning – there is also a famous Museum Of Swiss Transport at Lucerne (which we haven’t been to but have heard great reviews) so maybe your son would be interested in that? We always feel completely relaxed here nothing like lakes and mountain views it really is the perfect chill out place! 🙂

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  5. colibrist says:

    It seems like the kind of place I would love! Beautiful and quiet, ideal to walk and relax… Thanks for sharing the secret Rosemary! 🙂

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    1. Absolutely Laia it wouldn’t be the sort of place to visit if you wanted lots of action and nightlife. It’s just lovely to stroll by the water or catch the ferry around the lake, stopping off for lunch somewhere if you like. There are also plenty of walking trails and attractions nearby such as Mount Rigi and it’s only 40 minutes back into Lucerne by boat (or you can get a bus and connect to the train which is very easy this is Switzerland after all!). I don’t think many people know about it but they will now – Weggis is idyllic! 🙂

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  6. avibrantday says:

    I just got done reading your charming post to the family while we ate breakfast. What a charming little town! I hope we can make our way through Weggis some day. :0) Your photos are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline am so glad that you and your family liked my post! Weggis is definitely a charming little town and hope you will be able to visit it some time – indeed the whole area around Lake Lucerne is gorgeous it makes for some wonderful photos! 🙂

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  7. Lucy says:

    Aww, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous ❤ Looks like a beautiful place. Your pictures are stunning!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! The flowers were so beautiful – we’ve been lucky enough to visit Weggis a few times and it’s always immaculate with lovely displays of flowers! The setting by the lake with the mountain views is stunning – makes it easy to take good photos it really looks like that! 🙂

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