Woo! This was a long day! We left Slovenia at 5:50am to catch a flight from Ljubljana to Zurich, Switzerland. The flight was quick, less than a hour. Kind of crazy how quickly you can get from country to country. The Zurich airport was also very nice and we were able to retrieve our luggage very quickly. We used the ATM to get some Swiss Francs out which also came with a THIRTY-THREE dollar service fee. Lesson learned. We also purchased train tickets to get us from Zurich to Engelberg, the ski resort we were headed to for the next few days. Again, very process. Although I’ve never ridden it, the Charlotte CATS system seems like it would be more difficult than the European rail system. Our first leg of the train took us from Zurich to Lucerne where we took another train to take us the remainder of the way to Engleberg. The ride was a total of an hour and 40 minutes and one of the most scenic and beautiful rides ever. The lake we passed leaving Luceren with the Alps in the background was unreal.
The train stop in Engleberg was about a 3 minute walk to our hotel – Sodennhof Tref. Our hotel was so quaint and had a family home feel. We were able to check-in early and got the corner room we had requested. The first thing we did was have a mini photo shoot on the balcony because the bright blue sky and mountains in the background were breathtaking. After we were done being total-tourists, we ventured out to explore. Engelberg is the cutest ski resort town and so charming!
We had a late lunch and then walked around the town to get our bearings. We knew we wanted to ski the next day, so we stopped by a ski shop to rent all of our equipment. Again, everyone we encountered was so lovely and went out of their way to help us. We went back to the room for a quick outfit change and then went back out to dinner.
The only problem is that apparently Engelberg is very busy during ski season, and we were not aware we needed a reservation pretty much everywhere in order to actually be seated. Luckily we found a place that would take us, and we couldn’t help ourselves but to get fondue. I’ve never had fondue before, so what better place to get it than in Switzerland. We ended the night with a night cap of Gluhwein – hot mulled wine – before heading back to the hotel to prepare for the coolest day ever.