We booked 4 nights at Villa Margaritha on Seestrasse, Vitznau. We checked in at the Hotel Flora Alpina, then drove down the hill to a villa apartment block right on the lake waterfront. From the parking area, there were steps down to the entrance door. The place had an quaint charming old-world atmosphere with rambling gardens. There was access to a small beach, terraces with outdoor furniture, and a converted boat-shed grotto for secluded swimming.
Once inside, we were transported by the comfortable spacious apartment with superb lake views. It was very well set-up with a small balcony with table and chairs, separate bedroom, stylish bathroom, and modern kitchen along one wall. The extra large dining table was a boon for spreading out maps. The apartment was very quiet; we hardly saw or heard anyone else.
Plenty of windows gave us a panoramic view over the lake towards Lucerne, and there was so much to look at - snow-capped mountains, sunsets, rowers, small boats, and large tourist boats. Early in the mornings we watched the Swiss Army practice subterfuge in their canoes.
This place is a great home-base for trips to the local attractions. It is 5 minutes drive to Vitznau, where you can catch the cog-wheel train to Mt Rigi or a ferry to Lucerne. By car, it’s 20 minutes to Lucerne - a very picturesque drive. We also went to Mt Pilatus via car ferry from Gersau to Beckenried. It’s essential to have your own car, though there are bus-stops along Seestrasse, near the hotel. It a steep descent down to the villas, and the hotel is up a steep hill on the other side of the Seestrasse road.
Tip - buy your groceries beforehand. There is a small supermarket at Vitznau. You can also have meals at the Hotel Flora Alpina.
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