Exploring the Beauty of Lake Blausse, Swiss

Exploring the Beauty of Lake Blausse, Swiss

Lake Blausse is one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland, known for its crystal-clear turquoise-blue color. Blausse is a romantic lake nestled among trees and stands out for the transparency of its water.

Lake Blausse is one of the most famous lakes in Switzerland

Surrounded by beautiful forests, Lake Blausse offers a stunning setting for nature enthusiasts and photographers. The reflections of the trees and mountains on the peaceful water surface create an awe-inspiring view. It is an ideal location to unwind, relax, and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty.

This tour is suitable for people of all ages.

When you research your trip to Switzerland, you will definitely find Lake Blausee. It is famous for its unique color and is widely shared online, making it one of the most popular and visited lakes in the country.

The lake at the end of the day is usually very empty, which is great for those who like to take photos without many people around.

The good news is that accessing the attraction is not expensive compared to many others in Switzerland, and it is also not difficult. From the parking lot, you can easily reach the lake with a short walk of less than 5 minutes. This stroll is suitable for people of all ages.

Turquoise and Crystalline Water

The Blausse Lake is very small, so we can go around it in just a few minutes.

Around 15,000 years ago, a landslide occurred in the Kander Valley, resulting in the formation of holes in the soil. Blausee, which is fed by underground waters from the Kander River, stands out with its unusually clear water that takes on a deep blue hue.


At the bottom of the lake, there is a statue that is easily visible. According to legend, many years ago, a girl was found dead in the lake. The legend states that the girl used to meet her lover at the lake, but even after his death, she continued to visit the place and shed tears every night. It is believed that the blue color of the lake is a result of her tears, which matched the color of her blue eyes.

When To Go?

If you want to avoid crowds, avoid the months of July and August. Another option is to visit the lake later in the day. Just don’t do what we did 🙈. We got distracted along the way while driving, stopped at various places, and almost forgot about the time. When we arrived, the sun was already behind the mountains, which definitely affected the color of the lake.

The lake looks beautiful in all seasons, with lush green nature in the spring and summer months, enchanting orange tones in autumn, and a snowy white wonderland in winter.

Where Is It Located?

The lake is located in the Bernese Oberland region, in Kandertal, between Kandersteg and Frutigen.

  • From Zurich: about 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • From Lucerne: about 2 hours
  • From Grindelwald: about 1 hour
  • From Bern: about 50 minutes
  • From Interlaken: about 40 minutes

Visiting Lake Blausse

Opening hours:

From mid-June to mid-September: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

From September to October, they close earlier at 5:00 pm

But it is always good to check the official website here to see Blausse’s entry times

The entrance fee must be paid at the souvenir shop located near the parking lot entrance.

Ticket price:

Monday to Friday: CHF 10.00

Saturday and Sunday: CHF 12.00

In winter, admission is free.

The ticket price includes a boat ride on the lake and parking as well.

How Long Does the Visit Take?

The lake is small and easily accessible, making it suitable for a half-day trip. However, the total duration of the trip may vary depending on your location and the travel time from your city to the lake.

During our visit, we were staying near Lucerne. We took the opportunity to make a stop at Lake Brienz before heading to Lake Blausee later in the day.

Restaurants and Picnic

There are two restaurants available at the lake: one at the entrance and the main restaurant with an outdoor dining area. The main restaurant is known for its organic trout delicacies, but it also offers a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes.

If you prefer to bring your own food, there is a small area equipped with barbecue grills where you can enjoy a picnic with a lovely view. Additionally, there is a playground area for children.

Blausse is considered one of the most beautiful and famous lakes in the country, making it a destination worth visiting. As mentioned before, easy access and reasonable prices are also advantages of this trip.

I hope you found this post helpful in planning your trip and that you enjoy your visit to Blausse!

More Swiss trips:

Biking in the Swiss Alps: An Unforgettable Journey

Interlaken Switzerland: How to Experience Swiss Most Incredible Landscapes

Discovering Mürren: A Hidden Gem in the Swiss Alps

Day Trip from Milan to Verona – Walking Itinerary

Day Trip from Milan to Verona – Walking Itinerary

If you’re in Milan and looking for a memorable day trip, consider visiting the charming city of Verona. Located in the northeastern region of Italy, Verona is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and romantic atmosphere.

Verona Arena

Verona is one of those cities that shows us the Italy we idealize with picturesque streets, lots of charm, details, and authenticity.

Italy is my favorite country, and I won’t deny it; for me, it’s the most complete country that exists. I am completely in love with Italy, and every time I visit a new city, I reaffirm that. Verona showed me how unique Italy is, and I want you to experience it too. 😊

Let’s go! This itinerary is for 1 day in Verona, but I found out that the city has much more to offer, and 2 days would be ideal. The atmosphere in Verona invites you to stay and experience it calmly, so if you have two days, take advantage of it 😜


There is an airport in Verona, but prices are usually high. So, you can stay in Milan and take the train to Verona from there. The Milan and Verona route is a classic day trip that is very easy to do.

The train from Verona to Milan takes approximately two hours and costs about €12.90 (price in 2021). You will take the train at Milan’s main station, the Stazione Milano Centrale, and you can buy the ticket there or, if you prefer, buy it one day in advance. In Verona, you will get off at the Estazione Porta Nuova. If you have luggage, the station provides luggage storage, so you can leave it there instead of carrying it with you. You can check the schedules and prices here.


1: Ponte Scaligero (Castelvecchio Bridge)

Castelvecchio Bridge, Verona, Italy

Descending from the station, you will walk towards Castelvecchio. There, you will pass by the Castelvecchio Bridge, which is a wonderful medieval-style bridge that looks beautiful from all angles. It is a classic postcard of Verona.

2: Arco dei Gavi

Arco dei Gavi, Verona, Italy

Next to Castelvecchio is the Arco dei Gavi. This impressive arch, also called the Gavi Arch, showcases the city’s rich history and architectural beauty.

3: I Portoni Della Brà

I Portoni Della Brà, Verona, Italy

As you continue walking towards the center, you will come across the famous I Portoni della Brà. These impressive archways highlight the area’s rich history and architectural charm.

4: Piazza Bra

Piazza Bra, Verona, Italy

Afterwards, head to Piazza Bra, the main square of the city, a square with very charming, colorful buildings and one of the main attractions of the city, the Verona Arena.

5: Verona Arena

Verona Arena, Italy

At Piazza Bra, you will find the Arena di Verona, which is a Roman amphitheater that brings to mind the Colosseum. The Arena di Verona is a magnificent architectural masterpiece that dates back to the 1st century AD. It is one of the largest amphitheaters in the world and has a seating capacity of around 30,000 spectators.

6: Via Mazzini

Via Mazzini, Verona, Italy

If you walk along Via Mazzini, a shopping street with several little shops, it will lead you to Piazza delle Erbe and then to Casa di Giulietta.

7: Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House)

Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy

As soon as you reach Piazza Erbe, turn right and go towards Casa di Giulietta. The house is often crowded with tourists waiting to take a photo with Juliet’s statue and follow the legend that touching Juliet’s breast brings luck in love. The house displays furniture and clothes used in the movie Romeo and Juliet. Although there is no evidence confirming the existence of the Montecchio and Capuletti families or the ownership of this house by the Capuletti family, the story has become deeply rooted in the city’s culture. Access to the garden where the statue is located is free. If you wish to visit the house, there is an admission fee. Click here to view prices and opening hours. During my visit, the entrance fee was €6.00.

8: Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Italy

I simply loved this square. The buildings have frescoes; it’s a small square with a fountain in the center and many details—those little squares that embrace us ❤️. Right next to the square is the Arco della Costa.

9: Arco della Costa

The Arco della Costa is a famous landmark. It is known for its unique architectural design and historical significance.

10: Torre dei Lamberti e Palazzo della Regione

Torre dei Lamberti, Verona, Italy

In just 2 minutes, you’ll reach the Torre dei Lamberti, which is visible from both Erbe and Signori squares since they’re right next to each other. The tower is situated in the Palazzo della Ragione and welcomes visitors. I can only imagine the stunning view from the top, although I didn’t have the chance to go up myself. The entrance fee is €8 for most days, except on Mondays when it’s slightly cheaper at €5. You can check the latest prices and opening hours here.

11: Piazza dei Signori

In 1 minute, you will be at Piazza dei Signori, another charming and welcoming square with restaurants and tables on the street. I went in December and there was a Christmas market with several stalls selling food and mulled wine, what a dream guys ❤️

12: Sant’Anastasia Church

On the way, you will pass by the Basilica of Saint Anastasia, and right nearby is the Duomo di Verona. Whenever I go to Italy, I never miss the opportunity to enter all the churches. I always have good surprises accompanied by history and architecture lessons.

13: Pietra Bridge, Roman Theather and Castel San Pietro

Then walk to the Adige River to reach Ponte Pietra. By crossing the bridge, you will arrive at the Roman Theater. A little further up the hill is Castel San Pietro. If you continue walking for another 15 minutes, you will reach the Giardino Giusti. All of these attractions are a must-see.

Verona is a small city and can easily be explored on foot. The historic center of the city is closed to cars, and only residents and taxis are allowed. If you are traveling by car, there is a parking lot called Parcheggio Centro, which is a 10-minute walk from the historic center.

If you visit in the summer, you will easily be able to follow this itinerary. In winter, it might be a bit more rushed because the sun sets early and it starts to get dark around 4:30 p.m. Unfortunately, that was my case, so I really want to go back to Verona because I have the feeling I could have explored the city much more. If you visit in the winter and have the opportunity, stay for 2 days.

Verona is a wonderful city, and it’s no wonder it is known as the city of love. ❤

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The most beautiful city on the Romantic Road in Germany Rothenburg

One of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe, Bruges

One of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Taormina

One-Day Trip in Taormina: Exploring the Charm of Sicily

One-Day Trip in Taormina: Exploring the Charm of Sicily

Located in southern Italy, in Sicily, Taormina is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable cities I have ever visited.

When someone asks me about a city to visit, I don’t hesitate to say “Taormina“. It’s a place I would go 1000 times if possible. If you like mountains, terraces with sea views, picturesque alleys, flowered balconies, and good food, you should definitely put it on your list. The city is very small, with approximately 10,909 inhabitants, so you can easily explore it in one day.

1: Greek Theatre

Ancient Theater of Taormina

The Greek Theater of Taormina was built around the 3rd century, and to this day it hosts concerts by great artists. Can you imagine attending a concert in this place? The view from the theater is truly breathtaking, with mountains and the Mediterranean Sea surrounding it. Personally, it is one of the most beautiful views I have ever witnessed. We bought the ticket at the entrance ticket office and paid €10 to visit it, but if you are there on the first Sunday of the month, admission is free. The opening hours vary depending on the time of year, usually closing at 4 p.m. in winter and 7 p.m. in summer.

2: Views

First, Taormina is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and located on top of mountains. Can you imagine the view you will have?

3. Details

If you are one of those people who loves the details of the cities you visit, you will spend the day trying to observe everything. Taormina is rich in small details.

4. Alleys

Full of picturesque alleys, you will always find a cute detail along the streets of Taormina.

5. Food

Cannoli, a typical Sicilian dessert

Sicilian cuisine is full of flavor, and a typical Sicilian dessert is the cannoli, made of a crispy dough filled with sweet ricotta.

6: Balconies

As Taormina is located on top of a mountain, there are numerous wonderful balconies where you can stop and have a coffee while enjoying the view.

7: Flowers

Flowers on balconies and lemon trees on sidewalks are the perfect way to add more charm to the city. How can one not fall in love? ❤️

8: Traditional Italy

Taormina is located in the southern part of Italy, where authentic Italy is known. It is full of traditions and captivating, just as I had imagined Italy before visiting.

9: Shops and Crafts

Walking through the streets full of little shops and crafts

10: Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile

The main square of the city not only has a beautiful church but also a terrace with one of the most beautiful views of Sicily.

11: Eating at Piazza IX Aprile

Have a coffee or wine at Piazza IX Aprile while waiting for the sun to set.

12: Public Garden

A garden full of flowers with a beautiful view of the city and Mount Etna, when we arrived, had just closed; we could only see this part that is in the photo.

Taormina is a captivating combination of nature, the sea, picturesque streets, and great food. When you reach the central balcony of the city overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, your thoughts will be the same as mine – When can I come back? 😊

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Savoca, The Town of The Godfather in Italy

Savoca, The Town of The Godfather in Italy

Scenario of the movie The Godfather: Savoce is a quiet medieval village in southern Italy, Sicily

Church of the movie The Godfather

Those who watched the movie The Godfather got to know through the film the small town of Savoca, a medieval and quiet village in southern Italy in Sicily, where scenes from the movie were filmed. There is even a sculpture as a tribute to the film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Tribute to the director of the movie The Godfather

Savoca is located near the famous and touristy Sicilian city of Taormina, and this is one of the reasons why you should include it in your visit to Sicily. But unlike Taormina, Savoca offers a chance to take a deep breath and see what an authentic mountain village in Sicily is like. Savoca, a small village with less than 2000 inhabitants, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (I Borghi più belli d’Italia), an association that includes small Italian towns of historical interest and rich cultural heritage.

A beautiful view of the road leading to Savoca, Sicily, Italy

Savoca is located on top of a cliff; the road to it is full of curves and very narrow, being an attraction in itself, increasing the anticipation to arrive soon and see where these little roads lead.

Well, as expected, the view when you arrive in the city is breathtaking. One of those where you just take a deep breath and contemplate nature in its true color.

View from town

Right at the entrance of the city, you will see the most photographed spot, Bar Vitelli, where the powerful godfather Michael proposes to the father of his first wife, Appolonia.

Bar Vitelli, The Godfather movie

Nearby is also the Church of San Nicolo, the location where Michael and Apollonia got married.

Church of San Nicolo, Savoca, where the wedding scene was filmed in the movie The Godfather

Regardless of the fame Savoca gained from the movie, it is more than just that. It is considered one of the most beautiful small towns in Italy, and it gives the impression of being frozen in time. Taking a walk through Savoca will confirm this.

Savoca, Sicily

When I look at the photos of my visit to Savoca, I still feel the same warmth and embrace that I experienced when I was there. Italy has a special closeness and hospitality that I think many of us descendants of Italian immigrants can relate to as if we are being welcomed with open arms.

Visiting these villages feels like stepping back in time. They are cherished memories that bring warmth to the heart.

How long does it take to visit Savoca?

Savoca is a small town that can be explored in just 1 hour. However, I recommend reserving half a day to fully appreciate the city at a relaxed pace. Take a leisurely walk through the streets, enjoy some delicious ice cream, capture memorable photos, and be captivated by the unique charms it has to offer.

Savoca is located 170 kilometers from Palermo and approximately 30 kilometers from Messina. I have included some photos here that showcase this stunning region of Italy.

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A Dip in Paradise: Discovering Tuscany’s Hidden Hot Springs

A Dip in Paradise: Discovering Tuscany’s Hidden Hot Springs

An amazing off-the-beaten-path tour, a true hidden gem in Tuscany, Italy, for hot springs lovers!

San Filippo’s hot springs are one of those places that locals love.

You may have heard of the Saturnia hot springs in Tuscany, which are often featured in photos on the internet. Saturnia, a small town in Tuscany, Italy, is known for its natural hot springs and beautiful scenery. However, in recent years, the town has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists from all over the world. During the peak season, which runs from June to September, the spot can get quite busy. You may find yourself struggling to find a space to relax and enjoy the healthy, therapeutic thermal effect.

Bagni San Filippo

The San Filippo hot springs are a stunning natural wonder. They boast beautiful calcium formations, waterfalls, and small pools of hot water surrounded by forest, making for an unforgettable experience. These thermal waters are situated in Tuscany, specifically in the Val d’Orcia region, near the charming town of Bagni San Filippo.

In this post, I will explain why I believe Bagni San Filippo is an excellent alternative to Saturnia, particularly if you are looking for a more genuine and authentic experience.

The water temperature is very pleasant, being even warmer near its fall.

Bagni San Filippo is a hidden gem of a natural attraction in Tuscany, Italy, that’s popular among locals and a must-visit for tourists looking to experience the region’s natural beauty. Unlike the crowded tourist spots found in Saturnia, Bagni San Filippo offers a more peaceful and secluded experience.

Where is it located? To get there, it’s a scenic 2-hour drive from Florence, passing through charming Tuscan towns and picturesque countryside. We visited it during our stay in Val d’Orcia, in the beautiful city of San Quirico, which is known for its stunning architecture and rich history.

Entrance is free, but be sure to bring coins for parking on the street just before the entrance.

You can visit at any time of day, as there are no gates and it’s located in the middle of nature. The first hot spring pools are only a 5-minute walk from the entrance, and they’re perfect for relaxing and soaking in the warm waters. If you walk a little further, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking sight of cascading white limestone formations, which have been shaped by the thermal waters flowing through them.

The first thermal pools we see as soon as we arrive

The area that surrounds the waterfall is truly extensive. Once you follow the path that takes you deeper into the woods, you’ll come across the first pools, as you can see in the photo above. Keep walking, and soon you’ll see the Fosso Bianco, also known as the “White Whale.” This unique rock formation resembles a white whale emerging from the thermal waters and is a popular spot for taking photos and admiring the beauty of nature.

The White Whale

This stunning natural wonder is located at the point where the warm water from the springs meets the cold water of the river, resulting in a beautiful bluish-white color that contrasts beautifully with the green of the surrounding forest. The scenery is truly fascinating and will leave you in awe.

When we got close to the “White Whale”, we decided to get into the water right there. It was already the end of the day, and we wanted to take advantage of the light, but if you keep walking, you’ll have beautiful views and angles of the calcium formation with the waterfalls.

In case you’re planning to visit, here’s a little map that will help you get a better idea of the area and all the scenic spots you can explore.

Curiosities: The calcium formation in the first photo is called White Whale due to its resemblance to a whale’s mouth. This formation is the highlight of the thermal waters of San Filippo, being its most impressive section.

Locals and tourists have created new pools below the waterfall, gathering stones, branches, and leaves. At the bottom of these pools, you will find a rich deposit of thermal mud that is excellent for facial and body masks, so sit down, cover yourself in mud, and enjoy the free and natural beauty treatment 🙂

Extra Tip: If you’re looking for beauty treatments and massages, there is a spa hotel in the village. For an entrance fee of about 10 euros, you can also relax in the hotel’s pools.

Attention: Please avoid walking on the calcium formations, as they are delicate. The springs nearby emerge from the ground at a temperature of 48°C, making the water in the area where the “White Whale” is located very hot. This allows for bathing even in autumn and winter.

The Healing Effects of Water: The thermal springs of Bagni San Filippo are believed to have restorative properties due to the high mineral content, such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and sulfate, in the water.

Soaking in these waters is beneficial mainly for joints and bones, but also for skin and respiratory organs.

It’s important to note that wetting your hair is not recommended, as the minerals in the water can damage it. I made this mistake and my hair became like straw. 😢 It took three washes to return to normal. 🙌

In conclusion, experiencing the benefits of the water, the temperature, and the scenery among the trees in the middle of nature is an amazing experience that I highly recommend for those who enjoy this type of activity.

I’ll leave a video here to show a little bit of the beauty of this place.

I hope you enjoy your trip to this magical region of Italy.

Julie ❤️