So I get on the train for Hospental not really having a clue what to expect. I chose this place as a half-way point between Lucerne and Milan, and thought the town looked pretty on the Internet. Good reasons to go to a place, right? My attitude right now is “wherever I wind up is fine with me. “ So I get off the train, and walk up a small hill to the town. I realise pretty quickly what a tiny place this is! I think I might be the only tourist here right now, seriously! It’s in between seasons, in the winter it’s a ski town, and in the summer it’s an outdoor paradise for hikers and bikers. Hospental is high in the Alps, the train had to really climb to get to the elevation we’re at here, which is about 1500 metres (4900 feet.) This is one of those places you’ll see from the train and think, I’d like to stop there one day, but never do… I did, and I’m glad! There really isn’t anything to do here except walk, hike or bike, so I decided to walk to the next town over, Andermatt. Andermatt is where the ski lift is, and more shops and restaurants than Hospental has. To be honest, I’m not even sure if Hospental has any shops, all I saw was a sport shop, and it was closed. It was an easy hour long walk to get there, and this town was just as quiet as Hospental. It’s a pretty place, with a creek running through town and a couple of cute churches. I saw a wedding taking place in the town centre, and as I was walking back I could hear the church bells ringing, it made me happy!
I got back to my room and had a nice 2 hour nap, updated the blog and did a little reading. I think I’ll need this R&R before I am immersed in the craziness that is Italy, which is next on the itinerary, so again, things just seem to work out!
One of the two churches in town.
How green was my valley.
Another one of the hotels in Hospental.
The town of Hospental had a big fire, so none of the buildings here are any older than 300 years, other than a couple of stone buildings and the old watch tower.
Some local flora and fauna.
A really nice little ski town with the creek flowing right through the town centre.
She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes!
Back in Hospental.
The watch tower which was built in the 13th century.
Did you know they actually speak 4 languages in Switzerland? There’s German, Italian and French, and a little known and not widely used language called Rhaeto-Romance.