Gasthof Finel Leissigen│We had our eye on this place while we were looking for places to stay in Switzerland. As we arrived in the main area of Interlaken, and were able to find to some wifi to check our emails, we found the confirmation we had been waiting for. This happened a few times on our Europe Road Trip. I would find some amazing-looking accommodation, I would try to tell Justin as little as possible, and then I’d wait in anticipation to know if we could stay there. Although we had bough sim cards in France, they didn’t seem to work when we got into the Swiss Alps. AirBnb is so exciting like that – there are a lot of real gems to be discovered!
This Swiss Chalet is located on a hill, overlooking the Thundersee Lake. The room that we booked had an incredible view of the lake. The house is completely made of wooden, and it smells of it too. It felt like we had stepped into another century. All around the house there are cows gazing on the grass, and the view of the mountains behind the chalet are gorgeous. Since this area gets so cold during the winter, The Finel is only open from June until the end of September. It blows my mind that for the rest of the year it is just too cold to live here. The house does not have a heating system, and apparently all of the pipes and plumbing freeze during the rest of the year! Although this guesthouse was old and humble, we were definitely impressed by it’s charm!
Above, a small sitting area just outside of our room. All day long, there was a beautiful soft glow in this area. It was so inviting! The bathrooms in this house were all shared, which although slightly inconvenient, didn’t really matter since the house was so quiet while we were there.
Our room looked out over the lake, and towards the hills on the side of the house. As the sun was setting, the chill began to set in. Yes… even in summer, it got dramatically cooler as the evening arrived! We stayed outside, playing on the grass with Elijah, but it wasn’t long before we had to go back inside and warm our cold feet.
Below, The house was all open through the hallways, which explains why it is too cold to live here for most of the year. Elijah loved this small little sunroom located at the end of the main hallway. Unlike the rest of the passageway, it was completely enclosed. With the sun coming in all day, it was nice a toasty in there. Eli loved to run in here and close the door behind him!
Admiring the gorgeous sunset over the lake from our bedroom window!
It was a difficult decision to make – stay inside and enjoy the warm glow that filled our room, or go outside and breath in all that is Switzerland while the sun sets over the horizon. Of course, being inside was easier since we didn’t have to chase Eli.
We have more pictures to share on this gorgeous stay.
Look out for: Our Stay in a Swiss Alp Chalet