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Monte Verità

Monte Verità, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland

Seeking truth in Ascona

Mountains in Switzerland have long been an attraction for people seeking inspiration, energy and fresh air. One of those mountains, more of a hill really, put Canton Ticino on the map for theosophists, artists and free thinkers at the turn of the 20th century. They founded a reform-minded colony on the 'Mountain of Truth' in Ascona.

My husband and I experienced that fresh air and energy during a weekend on the mountain, at Albergo Monte Verità. The hotel--built in the Bauhaus style in 1928--delivered on its promise of great views, good food and natural beauty. It is also Switzerland's only remaining 'Neues Bauen' hotel, a treat for architecture buffs. The property is now run by a Foundation, responsible for managing the legacy of the colony founded more than one hundred years ago.

The hotel with its parkland is a splendid asset in a part of Switzerland already chock full of beauty. When you are hankering for a new view of Lago Maggiore, head up the hill to catch a glimpse of paradise from the heights of Monte Verità.

Take a tour through the park, join a tea ceremony, or just chill out in a sling chair on the lawn. It's a sure-fire way to draw inspiration from a day, or a weekend, at this special place.