We took the train from the Black Forest in Germany to the idyllic winter wonderland village of Engelberg. The ski resort town is less than an hour away from Lucerne and a beautiful train ride through snowy mountainous villages. We headed to the Hotel Bellevue-Terminus to spend 3 days in the village for some skiing, Swiss fondue, and post New Years relaxation. The hotel is directly across the street from the train station- literally the best location in town. With soaring views of the mountains, the hotel is the perfect central home for your visit. Not only is it practical but it's stunning in its chic design and known for its "urban living in the middle of the Alps." The building dates back to the late 1800's but has been fully remodeled within. You walk in from a snowy resort town straight into a luxurious yet welcoming place. The hotel has 73 rooms, all of which are filled with light and have overwhelmingly beautiful views. The modern, fresh, and swanky decor is upscale with an inviting sense of warmth and comfort. It's the little details that matter such as outlets next to the bed, attractive lighting, and plenty of storage space to tuck luggage away. The bathroom floors are elegantly tiled surrounding the walk in showers (some rooms also have free standing bathtubs) and the beds are dressed with plush sheets to fall into after a tiring day on the slopes. On the ground floor you will find the "Living Room by BT," where you can enjoy the epic breakfast buffet, cozy up by the fire, drink a cappuccino and watch the snow fall. Eclectic furniture styles, vintage floral wall paper, sparkling chandeliers, and giant windows make the living room spectacular. The breakfast buffet is one of the best that I've ever seen. Colorful tropical fruit, veggies and dips, hearty breads and pastries along with a giant array of local cheeses, eggs, bacon and sausage. There were also adorable mini donuts and tons of other surprises. Several nights of the week you can also enjoy dinner here. The food was modern European cuisine with plates to share between each other. Each dish was creative and fresh unlike any kind of cuisine I've tried before. We got to enjoy our wine and dessert by the fireplace in the end. For an entirely different experience, the famous Yucatan restaurant is downstairs, where hotel guests have a secret passage to enter. Yucatan is well known in Switzerland for its event space and club along with hip fusion cuisine. In the early evening there is a mixture of people right off the slopes, casually dressed and ready to unwind along with couples on date night sipping margaritas or Aperol Spritz over twinkling candlelight. The menu offers a wide variety of options from Asian food to Mexican food to giant mouth-watering burgers. Later on the restaurant turns into a music pumping club where you can dance the night away to DJ's and great tunes.
ENGELBERG: A WINTER WONDERLAND
In a deep valley in the northern part of Switzerland, Engelberg is home to one of the most legendary ski villages in the world. We were there for 3 days but with all of the activities and things to see we will definitely plan for a longer visit next time. The unspoiled and pristine nature entices you to explore and soak in all of its breathtaking scenery. Mount Titlis towers at a whopping 3,238 meters high and has Europe's highest suspension bridge "Titlis Cliff Walk." Beneath is a glacier cave that you can stroll through! On the mountain you can do any activity your heart desires- sledding, tubing, drinking a beer in an igloo bar, ski and snowboard of course, rent snowmobiles, snowshoe around, ice-skate on lake Trübsee. At the base of the mountain there are plenty of places to get your Après-ski on, along with wonderful streets full of charming shops, the coziest restaurants for a traditional fondue meal, and plenty of quaint neighborhoods to saunter through with sprawling views.