Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Horgen, Montreux(Switzerland) & Annecy (France) - Alpe d'HuZes 2011 (1)

In June 2011 we set off on a road trip to participate, along with a team of colleagues in the charity event know in the Netherlands as Alpe d'HuZes, the aim being to climb by bike up to Alpe d'Huez,  the legendary mountain stage of the Tour de France. Our route would take us to Horgen (near Zurich, Montreaux, Annecy, Chambery and onto Alpe d'Huez before returing via Strasbourg.

Preparing for departure
 Our first destination enroute was the town of Horgen close to Zurich to visit some family, just a 6 hour drive from our home in Eindhoven. We stayed in the Hotel Schwan, a cosy hotel in the town centre, close to the lake and the station, check out www.hotel-schwan.ch/e_news.php


Terrace area outside the Hotel Schwan, Horgen

Whilst staying in Horgen we took the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful weather and scenery from the back of our bikes with a spin round Lake Zurich, well half of it, next time all of it.





On our last evening in Horgen we enjoyed a lovely family meal at a great restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich. When you visit Switzerland you are always guaranteed spectacular scenery and it doesn't get much better than the view over Lake Zurich.

Lake Zurich



Leaving Horgen our next overnight destination was Annecy however enroute we stopped off in Montreux to visit Chateu Chillon which along with the town of Montreaux is situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. Perhaps most famous for its Jazz Festival, Montreux is worth checking out especially for a visit to the Chateau which is one of Swizterland's most visited monuments. For more information on the Chateau check out www.chillon.ch/en.

Chateau Chillon



From Montreux we drove into France to Annecy where we would stay the night before heading onto our destination, Alpe d'Huez the next day. We stayed in the beautiful Imperial Palace Hotel on the shore of Lake Annecy. The staff there were great, only too happy to ensure that our bikes were securely locked away overnight.

Imperial Palace Hotel, Annecy





Lake Annecy

After a lovely overnight stay in Annecy, we left the next day to drive further into the mountains enroute to Alpe d'Huez.