Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Spring Swiss Flower Tours

Ever since I visited the tulip fields in Holland last year I’ve become a flower freak. My father wasn’t shy to point out, that on his visit to Switzerland this May, I took him and my mother to no less than three fields of flowers—all in the middle of nowhere.

The first flower adventure I took them on was to the mustard fields near Wettington. Every May in Switzerland, hundreds of these bright yellow patches seem to appear everywhere around the country. They are to Switzerland what the lavender fields are to Provence.

The next flower adventure was even more remote—the fields of narcissus near Montreux. Although there are specific tours that will take you to see them, they are in French, the website is in French, and like most French things, they aren’t excited about translating them. But since I’m the impatient type and like my information fast and furious, I made up my own tour based on theirs and took my family on a train to Caux. From there, we hiked up about a half hour and finally discovered beautiful fields of these white flowers, which, according to a local, are becoming rarer and rarer as the years go on. If you speak French and want a tour, or just want to wing it like me, the flowers/tours are supposedly around until June 7.

The final flower adventure took place at les Jardins du Chateau de Vullierens. The iris festival here is really in the middle of nowhere but that never stopped the Swiss transportation system. From Morges, you take a post bus (tell the driver where you’re going so he stops at the appropriate stop as you’ll have no clue when to request a “stop” and the busses don’t tell you what the next stops are). It’s worth the bus adventure though, to see the huge fields of irises that are found at this castle. You can order some for your own garden there too. There are hundreds of shapes and colors. The garden is open until June 28 and costs 15 CHF to enter. There’s a cute café there as well that serves fantastic pastries. Be sure to check departure times if you’re taking the bus, as it doesn’t run very often.


Jenni said...

Darn, I can't get there before the 7th (although a very spontaneous trip like that would suit me....)

Chantal said...

If any traveler can make it in time, it's you :)

Stephersplatz said...

when my parents visited a few weeks ago my dad kept noticing the giant fields of yellow flowers. He asked me what they were and I had no idea. Are those the mustard fields?

Chantal said...

Yes. You can also call them rapeseed fields. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapeseed

ImageNature said...

Thank you Chantal for the great ideas. I also really enjoy Swiss flower hikes and have some photos on my web site:

Unknown said...

IMPORTANT the town its called Wettingen !

There are also some great mustard field around the Greifen see nice visit and lots of great places to eat.

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