My friend Dan Carter was approached by a new Banking App company to plan out an epic 4 day road trip through Europe. He called me up asking whether I would be in town for his suggested dates, and I said “well I sure can be!”. So I booked a flight to Zurich, and a week later we had begun our road trip! Starting in Zurich airport, heading straight to Austria, then to Italy and finishing off back in Zurich.

Bozen to Zurich took us nearly 7 hours of driving through an epic mountain pass, where naturally we stopped for some photos in the falling snow. This was the first time I had actually seen snow falling from the sky, so it was quite a moment for me.

By the time we arrived at our hotel, we were ready to pass out. We were lucky enough to be staying at Atlantis by Giardino, set just outside the city centre, at the foot of Zurich’s Uetliberg mountain. This hotel was one of sheer excellence and perfection. Not only did we have someone park our car but we were greeted with drinks and our bags taken to our separate rooms. This was luxury at an entirely new level: Neither of us were ready!

Hotel Atlantis was literally mind-blowing. Located in the small province of Friesenberg, it’s just a 10 minutes train ride from the city centre where you’ll find Christmas markets, the old town and more chocolate shops than you could even believe.

I’ve got to be honest, I probably spent far too much time in the pools, surrounded with views of mountain forests but it was the end of a long trip; I think we had earned it! The hotel felt incredibly fresh and new after its total renovation last December. As you walk through the reception and up towards the suites you come across subtle nods towards the past, hints that the legendary 1970’s vintage hotel still remains, in places like the spiral staircase right to the fourth floor. Hotel Atlantis was one of the most spectacular hotels I have ever stayed and probably will ever stay for quite some time. We ate at one of the Hotel’s resturants, ‘Hide and Seek’ and had a really memorable meal. I’m sure there were at least six different courses and from starter to the third dessert, all equally delicious.

Photos by myself and Dan Carter // @dancartertc