Hidden Gems….

Where in the world is this?  This photo was taken yesterday, 20th November …. but where was it?  Spain, Egypt, the Caribbean?

Blausee, Switzerland, NewInZurich

In fact this was taken yesterday at Blausee, a beautiful, crystal clear aqua-coloured lake in the Bernese Oberland, not far from Interlaken.  A hidden gem lying in the Kander valley 900 m above sea level, it is has an enchanting fairy-grotto like appeal and is a great location from which to hike and explore this beautiful area. The statue of the girl was created in 1998 and the story is rather sad.

A plaque next to the staue states: “In memory of the legend of the Blausee the artist and sculptor Raphael Fuchs carved a statue of the beautiful young girl who was found dead in this lake many years ago. This was the place where she used to spend many romantic hours with her lover. After his sudden death, which she couldn’t come to terms with, she continued to return to the Blue Lake every night until she eventually died of grief herself. The blueness of the lake was apparently caused by her tears. She took sorrow and pain with her. But now it’s time to forget the past and to welcome a new day. It’s time to stand up!

The lake itself is filled with trout and the hotel at Blausee has a great restaurant featuring fabulous trout specialities and is also mentioned in the Gault Millaut, Guide Michellin and Gout Mieux. As well as great views over this lovely lake is also equipped with a spa. What better place to escape the hurly burly of city life and relax?  And as you can see from the following pictures, the restaurant is also quite a gem!

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For some more information (in German) on the lake and the surrounding area read here.

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