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A Place to Hide

Hi all,

For the first time in more than two months, I have a 4-day weekend all by myself (Whit Monday weekend), where I am neither working, nor traveling someplace, nor having guests visiting. I find myself in the situation of having to make a big decision, and I need a place to hide, by myself, for a couple of days, ideally somewhere up a mountain, to think. When I was living in Northern California, in similar occasions I used to drive to Carmel and sit in front of the ocean for hours, until I made a decision. I called it my "mulling place".

I would appreciate your suggestions for Switzerland. I have no preference as far as a specific day, nor location-wise, although I would prefer to avoid crowded cities. What I'd like is to leave on day 1 in the morning, get to the place/explore/hike/contemplate nature, have a quiet evening, spend the night, then the following day take it easy and make my way back to Zurich at ease. Ideally, it would be a place that's easy to reach with public transportation (shouldn't be an issue in this country).

Any suggestions? Where do you go when you want to hide for a while and talk to yourself?

Thanks in advance to all!
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Old 03.06.2011, 12:58
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Re: A Place to Hide

Bad Ragaz. It's a short walk to the edge of town, but with nice coffee shops, and wonderful mountains - 'Heidiland' they call it.

We took a 1 hour horse and cart ride from Bad Ragaz through the countryside and it was lovely.

I also have my eye on Göschenen - there's a tiny town tucked in the valley where the train line runs, and from there a bus to the Göscheneralp. It just looked beautifully quiet.

My friend highly recommends Gimmelwald. Not Grindewald, but nearby. I think you have to take funicular to get there. Beautiful walking country.
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Old 03.06.2011, 13:06
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Re: A Place to Hide

Although I've never been to the "Etang de la Gruére" (not to be confused with Gruyère, as in the cheese) I love the Canton Jura. This seems to be the kind of place ideally suited to "mulling"
http://www.juratourisme.ch/en/discov...1403.html#tab2
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Old 03.06.2011, 13:11
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Re: A Place to Hide

How about Weisstannen? Very beautiful valley, very tranquil, not touristy at all, plenty of hiking possibilities.

Train from Zürich to Sargans, then a four-hour walk on easy paths to get to the village - also accessible by postbus of course.
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Re: A Place to Hide

Thank you very much to all for your excellent suggestions. I googled and checked all locations, and the one that caught my eye for this time is...Gimmelwald!

Let the mulling begin
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Although I've never been to the "Etang de la Gruére" (not to be confused with Gruyère, as in the cheese) I love the Canton Jura. This seems to be the kind of place ideally suited to "mulling"
http://www.juratourisme.ch/en/discov...1403.html#tab2
Hey, actually that's a great suggestion! It's a beautiful place - although not too big to spend a long time and also maybe it's a little far for someone from Zurich... but if you were thinking about coming over to Jura - I can tell you a cool spot with a small cabin to sleep over (but PM me, cos then it won't be a secret if I put in on t'interweb )
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Re: A Place to Hide

Have you thought of Rigi or Pilatus? both have hotels at the top and are in stunning mountain location
http://www.rigi.ch/de/welcome.cfm

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http://www.pilatus.ch/
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Re: A Place to Hide

Have you considered a monastery or convent for a few days R&R away from the temptations which so vex the spirit / flesh? They usually have accomodation and offer a simple place with great views. Ask at a tourist office for addresses.
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Near Schaffhausen are tons of forests. You just walk into them and there's nobody around.
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I agree with others about the Jura - be it in Canton Jura, or Vaud or Neuchatel Jura - as there are NO tourists here. No good going to popular places in the Alps. Yasmina's cabin sounds great - I am curious Yasmina!
Or go to the Hotel du Chasseron Celtic stone with magic properties- to help centre, calm and think.
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Have you considered a monastery or convent for a few days R&R away from the temptations which so vex the spirit / flesh? They usually have accomodation and offer a simple place with great views. Ask at a tourist office for addresses.
That might not be a bad idea at all, actually.

Except, I would need to stay there a few YEARS to stay away "from the temptations which so vex the spirit/flesh"
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Have you considered a monastery or convent for a few days R&R away from the temptations which so vex the spirit / flesh? They usually have accomodation and offer a simple place with great views. Ask at a tourist office for addresses.
Scratch that; I've changed plans and am now also available for peaceful co-contemplation, drinking a shed of Barolo over several lazy lunches with a chill Chick. PM for details
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Old 06.06.2011, 19:10
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If you really want to get away from it all, try Engstligenalp

It is above Adelboden.
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There are many mountain huts with overnight accomodation, some with meals for sale, most of them accessible by local taxi from a local train station,

http://www.sac-cas.ch/index.php?id=971&L=3
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Easy answer: there is just one national park and there is just one hotel in it: http://www.ilfuorn.ch/
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Old 06.06.2011, 20:00
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I have heard about cool hamlets up in the mountains above Ascona with inns to sleep in and great, simple food and quiet. Apparently you just have to drive there and find them.
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Have a look to Rougemont: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rougemont,_Switzerland
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PM sent!
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Or failing back, you can leave whatever country you're in and go back to Switzerland.
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Scratch that; I've changed plans and am now also available for peaceful co-contemplation, drinking a shed of Barolo over several lazy lunches with a chill Chick. PM for details
Very mean of you to mention contemplation, then tempt me with Barolo and lazy lunches.
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