Swiss Family Life: a peek into October

October in Switzerland

October for our Swiss family was a full one thanks to the amazing autumn weather and a two-week break from school. While it felt like the rest of Switzerland escaped south to stretch out the summer feeling, we made good use of the spectacular autumn sunshine and explored closer to home. 

We based ourselves on the lake of Brienz which was ideal for visiting Ballenberg and hiking the Lisellotte trail at Männlichen. We were thankful it was off-season when the Teen lost her iPhone on the trail which we found exactly where she lost the next day (and we were also thankful it didn’t rain that night!). 

Apart from 3 nights in a cabin on lake Brienz we joined my sister-in-law on a day trip to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn. The kids thought we were crazy to travel so long to see a mountain, but we made use of two available SBB day tickets in our local village making the trip more affordable— and with not a cloud in the sky, it was the perfect time to visit. And let’s face it—the Matterhorn isn’t just any mountain and we hope you enjoy the fabulous photos I was so lucky to capture.

Closer to home, our local Chilibi, a much smaller version of the traditional Swiss autumn fair, was made more special this year thanks to the opening of a new village road. It isn’t everyday a road is built here and this one was special, now providing us with a second way to enter the village. The street was officially opened with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony while Alphorns played on, followed by an Apero and a 5-canon salute before a procession of old-time cars and tractors drove past. After the formalities were over, the whole village partied into the night. We’re good at that kind of thing around here (p.s. I was in bed by 11pm ;-))

It was fun to catch up with my online-turned-real-life friends at the October opening of Jen’s Kitchen, a hidden-gem in the back streets of Zug. We enjoyed smashed avocado and poached eggs with a cup of good coffee and friendly service. 

October also marked 15 years of marriage for Rolf and I. We celebrated with a family meal at home but are heading to Italy this weekend for some kid-free time. I ended up finding a cool mug for him which I personalised with “I am sorry for what I said when we were pitching the tent”.  We both had a really good laugh over that and it seems it wasn’t just us that loved the sentiment.

Now it’s November, and the countdown to Christmas is real. Over the next few months SFT will be packed with Swiss holiday traditions, Christmas markets to explore and even gift ideas. We hope you’ll join us and share with us some of your favorite holiday traditions, too.

Kristin x