This is me trying to have fun during the winter (and failing miserably tbh). In winter, skating over the frozen Lac de Joux looks like stepping into a fairy tale, but the bruises and the complaining and the crying told another story 😂 #dragonflydoesntflyaway 01/17 #tbt
The Viadukt bridge being almost 65m tall, is one of the most photographed works of art of the "Rhätischen Bahn". The elegant bridge construction caused a lot of excitement for many people. It is definitely a must see for train and alp lovers. 🇨🇭😍
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Camille Maximilien Frédéric, count of Renesse (9 July 1836 – 12 June 1904), built the hotel in a Neo-Renaissance style; building commenced in 1882 and the hotel was opened on 1 July 1884. It was renamed 'Maloja Palace', becoming the first hotel to bear the name 'Palace' at its time and the biggest and most modern hotel in the Alps.
The Maloja Palace had electricity and elevators, an air refreshment system enhanced by the addition of ozone (early air conditioning), nine-hole golf course, two tennis courts and a darsena for rowing and sailing boats on Sils Lake. However, the hotel went bankrupt only five months after opening as cholera had broken out in neighbouring Italy just four days after its opening.
Among its many famous guests, the hotel records mention, Vito Leccese, Mortimer Canepa, Jean Hennessy, the Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Walter Rothschild, Arturo Toscanini, Clementine Churchill, Sarah Bernhardt, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and painters like Giovanni Segantini and Alberto Giacometti who painted 'Paysage à Maloja: le lac de Sils et le Maloja Palace' ca. 1920.
In 1962 the hotel was owned by the Holiday Hotel Maloja AG, in which the Belgian health insurance scheme Mutualités chrétiennes, the largest health insurance organisation in Belgium with 4.5 million members, had a majority holding.
In January 2006 the Italian entrepreneur Amedeo Clavarino bought the Maloja Palace and, after extensive renovation work, it reopened in 2009 as a four-star hotel with 50 suites and 130 rooms, a wellness centre, a ballroom and dining rooms for 700 people.
Every winter, on the second Sunday of March, the Engadin Skimarathon competition, the biggest skiing event in the Alps, attracting between 11'000 and 13'000 cross-country skiers each year, starts at the entrance of the hotel.
In Central Switzerland’s Engelberg Valley, there’s only one way to reach the stunning summits. The area boasts an intricate network of cable cars that transports everyone: tourists, locals, even farm animals. Ready to hitch a ride? #StopoverSwitzerland#flySWISS#InLoveWithSwitzerland
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