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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Andermatt


28th of June 2007
This time we made it…

We started our trip from Zermatt, taking the rack railway towards Tasch, where from we took the car and carried on towards Simplonpass (altitude 2.005mt). We were attempting to cross one of the most beautiful passages in Alps, from Switzerland to Italy, driving on the old road, just like we had attempted to do so a month ago, at the 28th of May 2007.

The obstacle of the blizzard had stopped us then from crossing the passage. But, this time, everything was different. We covered the course, while enjoying beautiful landmarks, with nature at its best.



A journey down the Medieval Lane…

Under a bright sun, with the temperature at 7 degrees of the Celsius climax and Matterhorn peering over the clouds, we started descending towards Gondo. We crossed a deep canyon and arrived at the Italian city Domodossola. Its medieval old town centre has been preserved perfectly and looks almost untouched.

The very beautiful Mercato Square, which has the shape of an irregular square, is surrounded by refined buildings, all decorated with loggias and vast balconies. The main pole of attraction in the city is the Monastery of the Capuchins, the Sacro Monte del Calvario, which was built in 1657 and has been declared as Monument of Universal Heritage of UNESCO. The construction complex, built in Baroque Rhythm, consists of 12 smaller churches, depicts The Passion of Christ and is situated into the Nature Reserve of Sacro Monte, in the city of Domodossola, along with the medieval castle Mattarella.

We discovered a flee market at the centre of the city and enjoyed colorful, beautiful pictures, before continuing towards S. Maria Maggiore, where we admired the church with its amazing frescos. We also had the chance to visit the beautiful church at Re, before crossing the borders so as to reenter Switzerland at the area Centovalli. Since the weather there was wonderful and the temperature had climbed up to 25 degrees of Celsius climax, we went to explore the area of Ticino, starting from the Lake Maggiore and the city of Ascona



 

Italian joyfulness…in Switzerland!!!

After having strolled at the old city of Ascona, around the church of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul, we continued our trip, always in parallel with the shores of the lake, towards Cannobio.  
It impressed us immediately!
Houses and public buildings in pastel colors were built along the shores of the lake, with many of them having small balconies and imaginative iron railings.

We didn’t have any difficulties to get into the atmosphere of Italian joyfulness, which is obviously present at this area of Switzerland, at the Italian-speaking Ticino.

After a quick passage from Locarno, which we had visited in the past, we continued our trip in the Verzasca Valley, always at Swiss grounds, towards Lavertezzo.



Bellinzona…the beautiful!!!

We found a beautiful village, where from the river Verzasca passes. We saw very particular stony houses and realized that there were very unusual rocks at the riverbed.

We continued towards Bellinzona, which is situated at a very strategic point, where the Verzasca Valley gets narrower and roads for three Alpine passages (Gotthard, San Bernardino and Lucomagno) are spreading ahead.

The idyllic spots and the squares of the historic centre, the yards and the neoclassical houses, built in Italian Style, the theatre and the old renovated buildings, too, told us the story of the city.
Behind the stern charm of the medieval city, though, the dynamic life of a modern meeting place was hidden. 
Numerous boutiques, cafes and shops specialized at gastronomical delicacies were inviting us to relax.
The fortifications of Bellinzona is one of the most significant samples of Medieval Defensive Architecture in Alps and has been declared Monument of Universal Heritage of UNESCO since 2000.

From Castelgrande, the oldest and most powerful castle of Bellinzona, the view to the old city and the surroundings is magnificent.

We left the city behind us and started descending towards Gotthard Pass (altitude 2.091mt). For the last part of our journey we chose to descend the old, idyllic paved road (year of construction 1928) towards Andermatt, the little picturesque town by the river, which has as its emblem the bear. Eventually, we arrived at our hotel, the  Hotel Restaurant 3 Konige & Post.

 

 

  

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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