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MY TRAVEL DIARIES, MARKTGASSE HOTEL

My visit in Zürich was sponsored by the Marktgasse Hotel
I´ve been going through the photos from my visit in Zürich and at the Marktgasse Hotel the last few days. There are simply so many nice ones that it is difficult to choose which ones to show you and not. To many beautiful details to leave anyone out, so her we go.. I was invited to Zürich by Marktgasse Hotel which is a newly renovated boutique hotel situated in the charming old town of the city. The hotel has 39 individually furnished rooms and I was lucky to see both one of the loft suites and the junior suite as well as the very beautiful room I was staying in at the second floor. The building dates back to the 15th century, and the history from the past can still be experienced. Many of the heritage elements have protected status and are carefully preserved, which adds atmosphere, personality and charm. Like in my own home I love when details from the past are preserved and mixed with modern design, and I immediately felt at home at the hotel.

My room was spacious and had a lovely view to the small square outside the hotel. With windows facing the square I had the most beautiful daylight as well. Even though I normally enjoy working in the lobby when I am travelling, (Usually there is always work to do, and I´m at my most efficient when there are others around. Plus, you always meet people with interesting stories to tell.) I had the chance to sit down in silence in my own room too. Furnished with a desk and chair from one of my favorite brands, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri (Copenhagen Joinery), lamp from Lampe Gras and again, the view to the square below.

You can see my friend Katerinas (Only Deco Love) photos of her room at the Marktgasse here, they are so very beautiful! 

I am always excited to open the door to the bathroom when I´m staying at hotels, and I can promise you, I just wanted to spend the rest of the day in this one. Spacious, filled with daylight and with everything I needed of Aesop products. No need to bring my own this time.

What I loved the most in my room was the beautifully decorated old stove, the oak floors (yes please, I am still dreaming of having this in my next apartment) and how well it was mixed with modern furniture. And of course, the light. First up on the list when entering a hotel room; open the door to the bathroom and then see if the windows can be set wide open.

The combined lobby and reception was super inviting too. Beautifully furnished with custom made benches upholstered in leather, furniture from &tradition, and the wall panels painted in light grey that was found both there and throughout several rooms.

There was also a nice library and a meeting room availbale for the guests to work in. The lamps from Serge Mouille are on the top of my wish list, and seeing them here just reminded me of nice they are.

Nice details was to be found everywhere at the hotel. In every floor you could fill fresh water to bring at your room, beautifully done with a sink standing on a marble stand with glasses and jugs standing right next to it. Those details that makes you feel well taken care of at all times.

The hotel has two restaurants, Baltho Restaurant and Baltho Bar that is open during the night, and Delish which serves you breakfast and lunch. ..and delicious coffee and pastries during the day. Both highly recommended. Delish aslo have nice tables outside facing the busy square.

My recommendations on what to see and do in Zürich here, and more photos from the Marktgasse Hotel here. 

photo © elisabeth heier

A huge thank you to the welcoming staff, and especially the General Manager at the Marktgasse, Olivier Gerber, who invited me to stay at the hotel.

Elisabeth

 

 

MY TRAVEL DIARIES, ZÜRICH

I spent three days in Zürich last week and my first visit to the beautiful Swiss city blew me away. My good friend and colleague Katerina from Only Deco Love and I were invited to visit Marktgasse Hotel, and we made sure not to only enjoy the hotel but also to walk around and get to know the city a little bit. With a few recommendations and always helpful Instagram (thank you for all your tips and comments!) with us we found some nice places to share with you, which we enjoyed during our stay.

First of all, walk this city. You don´t want to miss the rivers, bridges, the old city and the lush green surroundings. When you´re tired, hop on a tram, but the city is managable to move around by foot too. Walk around without the map and get lost. You´ll end up in places you would pass by otherwise. Zürich felt very continental, a little bit French, Italian and German at once but with it´s own identity. Beautiful historical buildings, busy streets but without the usual big-city-noise. Clean, green and with a lovely atmosphere.

One of the first places we visited was Juicery 21. Cold pressed juices from the juicery in the basement (try my favorite, J12 Almond Milk), acai bowls, bagels, smoothies, coffee and porridge. Perfect for lunch, or a small break on your walk around town. The atmosphere here is so nice, and the small break might become longer than planned.. There is something special with the places where the owner is preparing your food and passionate tells you about his work. Juicery 21 is owned by a young Swede, and yes please, open a juicery in Oslo too. I´ll be a regular guest. You can see more photos of Juicery 21 on Katerinas blog here.
Juicery 21 // Sihlstrasse 93.

Another nice place to stop by is Sprüngli, centrally located at Parade Platz. Have coffee, macaroons and make sure to sit at one of the tables in the combined café and bar at the ground floor.
Sprüngli // Bahnhofstrasse 21.

For a beautiful view over Parade Platz there´s a hidden gem located on a terrace at the top floor of the fashion boutique Grieder. Griederbar is accessed by the elevator inside Grieder, just ask the friendly staff for help if you can´t find it.
Griederbar // Bahnhofstrasse 30.

Bank (above) is a newly opened restaurant, and I recommend it both for dinner and lunch. The atmosphere is young and vibrant, casual and friendly. Have a drink at the bar and enjoy dinner among the locals. And for lunch, visit the in house bakery, John Baker. The tables in front of the bakery is popular in the sun and the food delicious.
Bank Zürich // Molkenstrasse 15, Helvetiaplatz

And last, and my best recommendation for Zürich on a sunny day. Walk along the river Limmat until you reach Bellevueplatz. Buy your favorite ice cream flavour at the Mövenpick Ice Cream Gallery at Theaterstrasse 8 and sit down by the river to enjoy. Lots of people, music, beautiful swans and again the lovely atmosphere. Take me back!

photos © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

 

HI FROM ZÜRICH

photo © elisabeth heier

My visit in Zürich is sponsored by the Marktgasse Hotel
If you follow me on Instagram you already know I have been spending the last few days in Zürich. I was invited down here to stay at the Marktgasse Hotel, and I will show you more of this beautiful place later. This is my first time in Zürich and I am spending as most time as possible exploring the city in between regular work. No vacation.. but I do have some lazy mornings in bed.

Elisabeth

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS, THE WISH LIST

collage © elisabeth heier

When travelling, leave the map for a day and walk around and explore a neighbourhood. Eat on a restaurant recommended by a local. Keep a travel diary and collect memories.
I love to travel, and I love finding nice stuff to have with me. Things that makes the travel more comfortable, looks a little bit cooler and if I can save some space in the suitcase by choosing them too, I´m happy. Because packing light is not one of my best assets.. May starts with an exciting travel and with me I wish I could have all of this. From left above, Beoplay H4 headphones in beautiful sand grey color. It´s wireless and from my experience with other Beoplay products I´m sure the sound and comfort is very good. Byredo travel case in black leather. I already have this, and I love it. Ok, a bit luxurious but when you can buy your favorite perfume in a small travel edition and slip it into a elegant leather case.. Travelers Notebook from Misc Distribution, a nice notebook is a must have and for this one you can buy refills to put into the leather case whenever you need to. Aesop travel kit, always having a toiletry bag ready for the next travel is a must. Saves so much time. The Design Hotels Book 2017, I am not bringing this one with me but it´s amazing for inspiration. I´ve already marked some of the destionations in it on my must-travel-to-list. E-A-M camera strap, also a favorite of mine that I truly recommend if you want to change the original strap on your camera. Also from E-A-M, beautiful travel wallet in natural leather with space for cards, passport, travel documents and notes. Looking through my messy handbag when I´m travelling this one would be perfect. Ballerina shoe/Yvonne Koné, without doubt the most comfortable shoes I´ve tried. And last, a Rimowa suitcase. I tested one recently and yes please, I want my own!

Elisabeth

A SATURDAY IN COPENHAGEN

After meetings, events and the Trends & Traditions fair I stayed another night in Copenhagen and spent my Saturday there. Having some time off in one of my favorite cities before heading home to Oslo were so nice. Doing nothing but walking around with the camera in my hand and visiting some places I had yet not seen. I already knew from photos the Glyptotek looked amazing, but what a feeling walking around in both the garden and the impressive museum buildings with the ancient sculptures.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek was opened in 1897, and thereafter expanded with several buildings and a winter garden. The collection of ancient sculptures and 19.th century art was donated to the Danish state and the city of Copenhagen by Carl Jacobsen. Today theres a really beautiful cafe in the winter garden and a book shop as well, both worth a visit after a walk through the museum. The Glyptotek is located at Dantes Plads 7, near the City Hall and the Tivoli.

I was recommended Admiralgade 26 for lunch, and when the locals recommend something it´s usually good. Both super nice atmosphere and delicious food. The restaurant is furnished with pieces from Kaare Klint, Alvar Aalto, Jean Prouvé and Gio Ponti, a beutiful and eclectic mix in the building dated 1796. Located at Admiralgade 26, a short walk from Amagertorg.

photo © elisabeth heier 

Elisabeth

 

TODAY´S OFFICE

Not only today´s office, but I am spending four days in Copenhagen this week, both meetings and todays fair Trends & Traditions is on my schedule this time. I´m so happy for the short distance between Oslo and Copenhagen that makes it possible coming down here quite often (although it seems way to long since my last visit right now!). And as every time, I´m staying at my favorite hotel SP34, doing office work in between meetings and generally just enjoying being at a wonderful hotel with all its benefits.

Every time I visit theres something new and exciting going on in the city, and right now I can´t wait to see whats on the fair today. Follow me on Instagram stories for updates, and of course I´ll update you on the blog as well afterwards.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth