I was driving from Chur down to Milan last week and came upon this rest station nestled in the Swiss Alps. The contextual architectural roof against the backdrop of the white and green mountains creates a striking presence as you pull off the highway to park. The interior is clad with natural and raw wood timbers and continues the notion of undulating hills inside of the space. In addition to a shop with local artisan meats and cheeses – there is a cafe and dining area and a convenience store.
the past few years on visits to zurich – we stayed in the city mostly experienced the streets, riverfront and lake area. on a whim – we made our way up to the top of the rigiblick funicular and found this hotel and restaurant high above the city. the hotel has a handful of simple, contemporary and affordable rooms – there is no reception area and no apparent hotel in the structure. it was a perfect stay for our family and the hotel is complemented by wooded paths up to the zoo and a small local theater. additionally, there are two restaurants under the hotel rooms with a lighter cafe type of fare and a more formal dining menu. all the produce, meat and fish are local and subject to availability based on the season. I highly recommend a meal at their restaurant if you are in zurich anytime soon…
Sorell Hotel Rigiblick
+41 43 255 15 70
Restaurant Spice + Quadrino
I had seen some new updates on the large hadron collider at cern today and thought I would post some views. it’s always an amazing futuristic look at the complexities of technology harnessed to provide the simplest answers – to highly complex questions…
from their website:
Our understanding of the Universe is about to change…
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.
Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.
There are many theories as to what will result from these collisions, but what’s for sure is that a brave new world of physics will emerge from the new accelerator, as knowledge in particle physics goes on to describe the workings of the Universe. For decades, the Standard Model of particle physics has served physicists well as a means of understanding the fundamental laws of Nature, but it does not tell the whole story. Only experimental data using the higher energies reached by the LHC can push knowledge forward, challenging those who seek confirmation of established knowledge, and those who dare to dream beyond the paradigm.
we stopped her to fill up the car on the way back to zurich. it was the most exceptional gas station I have ever been to. I suppose you would expect nothing less from the swiss but this place was like a museum – the graphic design, displays, and the various seating areas and restaurant were reminiscent of the new tate gallery in london.
from their website:
The Gotthard service station on the A2 is situated amid stunning alpine scenery at the foot of the Gotthard, 20 kilometres from the Gotthard tunnel. Besides its magnificent location in the Alps and its proximity to Lake Lucerne
At the my stop – shop at the Gotthard service station travellers and commuters are presented with an attractive range of my stop products, regional products, fresh produce, newspapers and magazines, CDs and DVDs, car care products and souvenirs.
The my stop – restaurant Gotthard has something for everyone. It offers seasonal, home-style cooking with appetizing dishes and delicacies from the range of my stop regional products, such as Urner Dürrs (a dried sausage specialty). Also on offer are fresh fruit juices, crisp fresh salads, home-made desserts and crispy Swiss chicken.
my stop gotthard
gotthard raststätte a2 uri ag
+41 (0) 41 875 05 05
some favorites from our last trip to zurich and basel. we love the zurich zoo and the best part about european museums, zoos or any cultural place – is great edible food and drinks for lunch. The Confiserie Sprüngli has the best little ‘luxembergerli’ mini-macaroons that I have ever had. I was able to smuggle this chunk of parmigiano reggiano bought at carrefour for about 5 dollars. I put it in the kid’s backback at customs. crepes with a morel cream sauce and vitello tonnato in a basel cafe and a turtle bread from migros market.
Confiserie Sprüngli AG