My current home town and the city that inspired me to pick up my camera seriously again.
Sessions nearly always happen in the old town, beginning in Münsterplatz and winding our way to the back streets of Spalenberg or the Rhein riverfront.
One of my most requested locations is Männlichen, in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. Sweeping views of both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen await and the Eiger face is so close that you can almost reach out and touch it.
How to get there: Stroller friendly! Accessed by cable car from Wengen or gondola from Grindelwald. The cable car and gondolas close for six weeks in both late spring and early winter, at which time access is only available by foot from Kleine Scheidegg.
Where to Stay: The Männlichen Berggasthaus is cosy with plenty of room for large families.
Stunning views towards the Eiger and home of the famous Cliff Walk by Tissot, this is an adventurers' playground. With Bort being a short gondola ride back towards Grindelwald, this location give us two backdrop looks in one easy session.
How to get there: Walk 10 minutes east from the Grindelwald train station, then you'll find the Firstbahn lift station. The gondola ride to First takes approximately 25 minutes. Stroller friendly!
Where to Stay: The First Berggasthaus and AlpinHotel Bort are both excellent options on this side of the Grindelwald valley.
This stunning alpine lake is a location you should not miss on your visit or stay in Switzerland, even if we don't take any photos there! It is a truly jaw-dropping area, off the main tourist routes and really quite special.
How to get there: Take the train or drive to Kandersteg. Walk or drive to the bottom of the gondola station (1 km from the Kandersteg train station) then walk 20 mins from the top of the gondola station to Lake Oeschinensee. Stroller friendly but your buns will get a workout going back up to the gondola station! Alternatively, you can book a shuttle ride back up with the Oeschi taxi which runs every 30 minutes.
Where to stay: There are two places to stay at the lake, but I highly recommend Berghotel Oeschinensee.
The flower trail provides the perfect backdrop of summer wild flowers and jaw-dropping mountain view. This is a walking photo session down an easy but sometimes bumpy trail where we stop for photos along the way.
How to get there: We take the funicular from Mürren to Allmendhubel and begin our 90 minute/2 hour walk back to Mürren. The trail is 2km long. Only stroller friendly in parts.
Where to Stay: Mürren has a good selection of hotels, but I personally enjoy the Hotel Eiger.
Is there possibly anything more iconic in Switzerland than the Matterhorn? Photos with the Matterhorn in the background are instantly insta-worthy. I have two different locations in Zermatt: let's set up a time to chat and I will walk you through each of them.
How to get there: Zermatt is famously car-free. Both locations I use require either a mountain rail or gondola to access. Both are worth it! There is some hiking involved and neither location is stroller friendly.
Where to stay: It's definitely better to photograph at both sunrise or sunset, so it's best to stay on the mountain overnight. Fluhalp Berggasthaus is as traditional as the Matterhorn itself but requires a 45 minute walk from the Blauherd gondola station.
Luzern is one of the most visited places in Switzerland. With a mesmerising lake and a number of day excursions to the mountains possbile, it is a great hub to stay in for a few days of your trip. A session in Luzern is two parts. The first part would be in the city, along the backstreets of the old town and in front of the famous Chapel Bridge - the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. We then move to one of my favourite Lake Luzern views at the Niederbauen.
How to get there: It's best to have a car for this one, as we will be driving 30 minutes from Luzern to the cable car at the Niederbauen. Stroller friendly.
Where to Stay: If looking for an epic sunrise or sunset, don't look past the Berggasthaus Niederbauen.
Experience photos like no other in one of my favourite European villages. Here, we step outside the Swiss zone and soak up the culture of our French neighbours in Alsace. Although the crowds are always plentiful in Riquewihr, let me guide you through the village to find some quiet moments in front of many of the traditional and vibrantly painted houses. Once we finish in the village, a quick stroll through the neighbouring vineyards at sunset will well and truly end the session on a high.
How to get there: The easiest way to get to Riquewihr is by car which takes an hour from Basel. There are a number of parking lots nearby the small village and you should plan to arrive early as you may have to wait in line for a spot to open up. See you there!
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