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My Route du Bonheur

My Route du Bonheur through eastern Switzerland

André Jaeger
By André Jaeger, Relais & Châteaux Ambassador

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"I am from a small village on the banks of the Rhine, about 40km from Schaffhausen. As a baby, I was lulled by the river flow. At the age of ten, I already knew that I wanted to become a chef. So off I went to Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva to train at the Beaurivage Palace and the Catering College. This was prior to my departure for Hong Kong where I had the opportunity to work at the prestigious Peninsula from 1970 to 1975. In the mid-1970s, my parents suggested that I return home to take up the reins of the family-owned establishment. I discovered that the fog, snow, mountains and forests were still there. The same went for trout with blue cheese, lamb's lettuce salad and Swiss bread. This atmosphere and these flavours are found nowhere else..."
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 Regensberg — 1 Night
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Hotel Restaurant Krone Regensberg

Regensberg - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant in a village. Krone Regensberg is an impressive house, rich in history yet perfectly contemporary. In the village of Regensberg, it stands like a natural fortress perched on the sloping vineyards of the Jura Mountains. Solid wood floors and dry stone walls structure the spaces. In the nine suites, handcrafted materials, along with the pieces from the furniture collection, produce a comfortable and modern decor. The attention given by Marion Ernst, the Maître de Maison, adds to Krone’s charm and intimacy. At the restaurant, the sophisticated menu is nourished by influences from around the world and made all the more delicious by the stunning views over the Swiss Alps. ... Learn moreless

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Regensberg’s medieval heritage

Regensberg’s medieval heritage

Relatively unknown, Regensberg is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Switzerland. Clinging to the eastern slopes of the Jura mountain range, it is dominated by an astonishing 13th century circular donjon. From there, the view over the surrounding hills takes in a vast landscape of vines. It was, incidentally, the wine reserves which saved the village from a terrible fire in 1540. So, we can still walk under the beautiful half-timbered houses…

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Giacometti and Munch at Kunsthaus, Zürich

Giacometti and Munch at Kunsthaus, Zürich

Opened in 1910, considered as one of the most prestigious museums in Switzerland, the Museum for Modern Art in Zürich houses rare works by Chagall and Rodin but also Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Its Giacometti and Munch collections are amongst the most important in the world. The museum allows you to immerse yourself in Swiss painting with the paintings of Hodler and Vallotton.

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Mammertsberg

Freidorf - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant on a lake. This hundred-year-old mansion proudly overlooking Lake Constance has rediscovered its former glories through meticulous renovation and some modern features. August Minikus and his wife combine their talents of chef and sommelier to offer a unique experience in a welcoming setting. The dishes are composed as works of art and wines are expertly paired with the menu. The guest rooms can be accessed by a glazed lift. In the Esprit Lounge lovers of smoke and spirits can savour a cigar. ... Learn moreless

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Park Hotel Sonnenhof

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Hotel and restaurant in the country. This remarkable family hotel surrounded by an idyllic park, offers panoramic views of Vaduz Castle, the Alps and the neighbouring vineyards. Only a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, as a piece of heaven on earth for all those in search of exceptional culinary experiences as well as dolce far niente in a unique atmosphere, it guarantees a fabulous stay in the heart of Europe. The rooms and suites boast an extravagant decoration and the spa remains the largest of the Alps. ... Learn moreless

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Galina Falconry, Malbun

Galina Falconry, Malbun

This is a display for young and old. Eagles, falcons and owls fly and land in a second just inches from your shoulder, which is wonderful and frightening all at once. The falconer's commentary aids better understanding of the world, beauty and sharpness of birds of prey.

Wines by Martin Donatsch, Malans

Wines by Martin Donatsch, Malans

Around Malans, a small village in Grisons, is the refuge of Martin Donatsch, two-time world champion producer of pinot noir. Following in the footsteps of his father Thomas - who was a pioneer of wine-growing in Switzerland - Martin frees himself from the trends in order to follow his inspiration and his own path. Feel free to take the cellar tour followed by a wine-tasting. Heidi - Martin's mum - owns a small tavern (Ochsen) on the property where she serves really simple roasting sausages and Bünderfleisch along with a glass of wine. Sheer delight.

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Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa

Arosa - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Arosa Kulm, a grand hotel at the heart of Graubünden, is the dream stay for families and generations. Practicing winter sports or alpine hiking, our guests settle into their habits. They love to come back every year, seduced by the quality of the six restaurants and the modern interior decoration, with its touches of vivid colours, opening up to majestic scenery. The rooms are spacious; their clear lines are filled with light. The large and attentive staff adds to the family spirit. With its panorama view, the spa is superb; at the edge of its stainless steel pool, whose soft and deep colours are evocative of a mountain lake, you find wellbeing for your body and soul. ... Learn moreless

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Skiing in Davos

Skiing in Davos

Famous for its economic forum, Davos and Klosters share superb facilities for skiers and snowboarders. You have access to 300 kilometres of runs across six ski areas. Cross-country skiers can enjoy 150 km of classic tracks, and those set up for skating. On site there are also runs totally dedicated to toboggans and one of the hugest natural ice rinks on the continent. You come across skaters as well as small groups of people armed with brooms. These are the curlers - an Olympic sport...

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Hotel Walther

Pontresina - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In Switzerland there is a very special canton - one where Romansh, Italian and German are spoken and which served as backdrop for the novel Heidi: We are in Graubünden. In the heart of the Alps and more than 700 lakes, this is the idyllic setting for Hotel Walther. Our guests can enjoy elegance and comfort born of a hotel tradition dating back over a century. The water in the spa Aqua Viva flows from a mountain stream, and the Cristallino grotto, hewn out of Andeer green granite, is unique in Europe. At the ‘La Trattoria’ restaurant, the dining room walls are panelled in elegant 200-year-old spruce, and a cuisine with seasonal products is served. ... Learn moreless

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Segantini Museum, Saint-Moritz

Segantini Museum, Saint-Moritz

Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) who died in his log cabin on Schafberg, just above Pontresina, is still one of my favourite painters. Before he turned to Symbolism, Segantini depicted the Alps like few artists before him. His famous Triptych of the Alps, Harmony of Life - Nature - Harmony of Death, is strikingly shown off under the museum's dome and is alone enough to justify a visit.

Piero Peduzzi butcher's shop in Savognin

Piero Peduzzi butcher's shop in Savognin

Savognin is a small village located at an altitude of 1 200m and in particular has an amazing butcher's shop. People come from far and wide to try the typical Swiss cooked meats by Piero Peduzzi. The artisan butcher is the owner of a small abattoir. You'll feel like you have been transported to the old Les Halles market in Paris. His roasting veal sausage will send your taste buds to heaven... Veia Stradung, 7460 Savognin

Voyage on the Glacier Express

Voyage on the Glacier Express

Whether in summer or winter, this train provides an unforgettable journey between Zermatt and St Moritz. The seven-hour trip is a succession of mountain landscapes, spectacular valleys and breathtakingly deep gorges. A rail cruise through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges. I only caught this train once, in the height of the summer. The sky was cloudless and I felt as if I was in a movie. Another option is the Bernina Express that crosses a part of the Alps from Pontresina to Tirano. The return journey is made in one day...

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In Lain Hotel Cadonau

Brail - Switzerland

Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. A wonderful mountain landscape provides the backdrop to this beautiful inn, which has retained the typical style of the Engadine over its 450 years. The new buildings blend in harmoniously, with their modern lines clad in natural wood inspired by the surrounding pine and larch forests. The spring-water organic pool is located on a small plateau directly in front of the hotel. This peaceful, silent and hospitable spot is the work of a family, the Cadonau, whose members have, for several generations, coupled their complementary talents perfectly to each other. Whether hotelier, cook, or carpenter, what is most important to them is to focus all their efforts on the guests to offer elegant comfort, a warm welcome and fine cuisine based on fresh seasonal ingredients. The result constitutes a graceful, well balanced framework and thus creates a wonderful harmony. Chef Dario Cadonau learnt his craft in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Switzerland and Germany. He is able to propose 3 culinary moods, from hearty mountain specialties to gourmet restaurant classics with a different surprise menu every night . ... Learn moreless

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Tarasp Castle

Tarasp Castle

This is a fortified sentinel set on a hilltop. The castle stands over the houses in the village of Tarasp like a mother broods over her children. Built in the 11th century in the Austrian style, it was fully restored in the early 20th century. Besieged many times down through the centuries, it was never taken. These days you can visit the knights’ halls and staterooms, chapel and the wonderful 2 500 pipe organ. Matinée concerts are sometimes organised.

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Schlosshotel Chastè

Tarasp - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Schlosshotel Chastè is brimming with character and set in particularly peaceful surroundings, at the foot of Tarasp Castle in the Engadin, a region renowned for its national parks and stunning mountain landscapes. This former farm turned into a modern and comfortable inn, managed by Daniela, Rudolf and Gian-Andrea Pazeller, embodies all that is gentle about Switzerland: the warmly welcoming living and guest rooms are panelled in Alpine pine in traditional fashion. The spa offers a variety of regenerating saunas. Its inventive cuisine is served with superb wines from the cellar in bright, friendly dining rooms. ... Learn moreless

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Chasa Montana Hotel & Spa

Samnaun - Switzerland

Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In winter, skiers can enjoy magnificent ski slopes; in summer, walkers can follow old smugglers’ tracks and explore the superb countryside. Chasa Montana, in the heart of the village of Samnaun, has all the attractions of a beautiful mountain chalet. It boasts a wealth of lovely places to linger – under the shady parasols on the terrace, in the seclusion of a private balcony or in its superb spa overlooking the mountains. Its restaurants offer a variety of fare: gourmet cuisine at the Miranda or cheese raclette and fondue at the Grotta. Its wine list boasts over a thousand different references from all over the world to accompany these dishes. ... Learn moreless

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