Jessica Lorren in Switzerland

Hello friends in Fairy Tale land, I’m Jess. A traveling wedding photographer and friend of Sarah’s. In May, my husband Dave and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a sweet intimate destination wedding in Tuscany.
Since we’d already adventured around Italy a few years ago, he
convinced me that we should travel through Switzerland instead after the
wedding. So needless to say, I knew right where to go for Swiss travel tips. This may come as no surprise but our sweet Sarah was a wealth of knowledge on the subject. She practically planned the adventure for us, so it is super special for me to see the photos here on her blog!

Lugano was our very first stop on our Swiss tour. We pulled into town on the train from Milan and made our way up the hill to the Hotel Montarina which we had booked per Sarah’s recommendation. Because it was a vacation season in Switzerland, they were full but they gave us a room at the neighboring Continental Park Hotel. We didn’t mind, the rooms were clean, modern and there was even a pool there. We, of course, did not spend much time in the room as we were anxious to see the sights. To me, out of all of our travels through Switzerland, Lugano felt the most like home. Lots of water, boats, and temptations for beautiful people with expensive tastes, much like Palm Beach. During our time there we rode the funicolare (cable car) up to Monte San Salvatore, took a river cruise to Gandria, and mainly just strolled around the lake eating gelato. If you are planning a Swiss honeymoon or vacation I would say you should spend at least one full day enjoying this lakeside village. I shot these on my Contax 645 with Portra 160 & Fuji 400H. Fine Art Prints Available.

 After two nights in Lugano, Dave and I set out early for Interlachen at the base of the Swiss Alps. It was a long day of travel as we had to first travel to Lucerne to hop a train to Interlachen, another train to Lauterbrunnen and a finally cable car to Murren. We were completely exhausted but I could not close my eyes for a single moment because the landscapes from the train were nothing short of awe inspiring. I truly felt as if God was showing me all of his cards. There are not words. I am not one to fall for mountain scenes (my first and forever love is the ocean) but something happens inside of you when you face grandeur of this scale. You are humbled and yet convinced you are deeply loved. We ate fondue, made some new friends and stayed at the Hotel Edelweiss in Murren. Some of these images were taken right on our balcony.

After we rode the cable car and train down from Murren we decided to spend the day in Interlachen. It was a gorgeous day and we had a ton of activities to choose from but it will surprise no one that we chose to do a Lake Cruise. Since it was free with our Swiss Pass it was no a difficult decision. However, I think everyone else in Interlachen had the same idea and the boat ended up being very crowded. We eventually found ourselves actually sitting inside eating chocolate cake, haribo gummy bears (my fave) and drinking coffee. I did manage to squeeze outside to snap a few photos and here they are.

Lucerne and Zurich were the last two legs of our Swiss Adventure. We spent all of our time in both cities just wandering the cobblestone streets and trying to just relax as much as possible. In Lucerne, we stayed above a pub, visited an English speaking church on Sunday morning, had fondue with our new friends who were also touring Switzerland. Finally we made it to Zurich where we stayed in the strangest hotel I have ever seen. By this time, we were pretty wiped out and tired of the Swiss dining culture, so we went to the grocery store for some picnic goodies and enjoyed them on our balcony. I’d have to say my favorite part about both cities was their river. It was as crystal clear and blue as any ocean water I have ever seen and the swans certainly put on a show.

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  • Reply Jay


    I'm almost speechless and this confirms that I simply must go to Switzerland while living in Europe!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Lyndsay

    Oh my goodness these pictures are so gorgeous. I'm planning a trip to Switzerland next summer, I cannot wait.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Meagan Murtagh

    these photos are just dreamy

    July 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Holly Olivia

    These pictures are stunning!! I LOVE seeing Switzerland again through your eyes. Absolutely charming. I'm ready to go back. 🙂

    July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love when you're looking at photos of some far away place and something familiar catches your eye. It feels like so long ago, but I loved being in Switzerland. Her photos tugged at my heart a bit. Thank you!

    July 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Learning

    Wow! What a lovely time. Thanks for sharing your itinerary!

    July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries…expensive, but breathtaking. You have not seen real mountains until you've trained through the Swiss Alps. Everything else will just seem like little hills.

    July 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Absolutely breathtaking photos, Jess! It's a must visit for me now..everything is so so charming!

    July 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey Kelly

    Your photos are gorgeous! I added Switzerland on my list of dream places to go after reading Sarah's posts and this just confirmed it for me. I was even excited during the Olympic ceremony when the Switzerland team marched by! Gorgeous

    July 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella

    so so beautiful – i dont think i remember switzerland being this wonderful!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    wow wow wow wow wow….

    July 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    I am speechless. These photos are beyoooond!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply sarina_27

    Beautiful! This post has inspired me to book a trip to Switzerland next summer! 🙂

    July 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    beautiful pictures jessica! makes me miss my old home switzerland so much – such an amazing country! i especially love the mountains, muerren has been one of my fav places for hiking! and lugano – a dream come true! thans for sharing!! xx

    July 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Casey

    Ooh your photos are lovely. It sounds like you guys had a great trip! My grandfather was from Berne so we have lots of family in Switzerland. I was there last Spring visiting them as well as our sister church. It's just magical.

    I would love to see Interlachen and Jungfrau, and see a few of those "cards" 😉 Looks absolutely breathtaking.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    these pictures are giving me such travel lust that it's making me downright achey

    July 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Beautiful photos! I just love Switzerland. I went for the first time back in 2009 and fell in love with the entire country. It's like a fairy tale!


    July 31, 2012 at 4:29 am
  • Reply Jessica

    That's it. I'm planning a trip to Switzerland ASAP!! Mountains are my favorite (a la buddy the elf)!!

    July 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Jessica Lorren

    Wow thanks for all the sweet words girls, makes me feel like hauling that beast of a camera around every day was definitely worth it!!

    July 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy

    these look wonderful! we went to murren a few months back on our way up to gimmelwald. such a gorgeous place!

    August 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    Wow! These are stunning pictures. There's no question in my mind that God loves creating and painting these amazing mountains, landscapes and seascapes for our eyes to rest upon. Lovely…in every way.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Melinda Hamilton Hunter

    I am loving our blog and photos! Beautiful!

    August 8, 2012 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Melinda Hamilton Hunter

    I am loving our blog and photos! Beautiful!

    August 8, 2012 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Julia D.

    Wow. I have always heard wonderful things about Switzerland, but seeing this pictures just confirms that I need to get there ASAP. I am a mountain girl, so I'm beyond floored. I grew up in an area (south coast of BC) that has some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, but these…no words. And how cute are those kids?! Thanks for sharing your stunning photos, Jessica!

    August 13, 2012 at 6:06 am
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