A Stay at the Tiny House Gondola on the Walensee
The Tiny House Gondola on the Lake at Murg in Walensee
I love trying out unusual places to stay and the other week I discovered a really cool place indeed. It’s called the “Tiny House Gondola” and belongs to two friends and fellow bloggers, Valeria and Adi from the travel blog LittleCITY.ch.
An Upcycled Brunni Bahn Gondola
Back in 2019, they came upon a discarded gondola from the “Brunni Bahn” and spent a year converting it into a high-quality, compact but very smart “Tiny House”. The project was completed in 2020 and since then the gondola has either been on a road trip, or in one of many spectacular places around Switzerland. In 2020 it was located on the Piz Nair at 3,000 metres above sea level! In 2021 it made a trip to Engelberg and it is now located in Murg directly on the Walensee and you can sleep in it or you can hire it out for events.
A Comfortable Interior With All Mod Cons
Converting an old gondola into a modern sleeping and living space was a labour of love and involved a lot of painstaking work. All the old interior was completely removed and instead a high tech and comfortable interior incorporating a double bed, a sink with running water, a fridge, heating, electric sockets, wifi, a work space and a cooking area is all at your disposal.
So today, the Tiny House Gondola has everything you need for a very comfortable and unique stay. There’s even a lovely terrace equipped with comfortable seating and a BBQ grill.
We arrived one Tuesday afternoon in May. Unfortunately, the weather had been unseasonably rainy so when we arrived it was switching from sun to cloud to rain every few minutes. However, the gondola itself was warm and cosy, despite the fluctuating temperatures outside.
It’s located in close proximity to the Lofthotel in Murg and it’s there that you check in first of all. We came by car from Zurich, and parked right outside the Loft Hotel to complete the paperwork then drove down to the hotel’s Sägibeiz Restaurant where we could park the car and then enjoy a welcome prosecco in the bar. We were then shown to the gondola. We were given a short tour of all the features, shown how the heating and lights work, how to set up the barbeque and where the fridge and cooker are kept. As the space is quite small, we were also shown how you can use the large magnet provided to open up the “floor” of the gondola to reveal a large amount of underfloor storage. Genius!
After taking some photos and chilling by the lake we started to light the barbeque. Unfortunately, at exactly that time the storm clouds started rolling in and it began to rain! Luckily I had my Columbia rain jacket to keep me dry. We had been intending to have a grill on the terrace but after a quick word with the hotel they changed plans and instead we had a 4 course meal inside the Sägibeiz restaurant which was all of 2 minutes walk away!
At the restaurant, Chef Yannick prepared a delicious dinner which we really enjoyed. Afterwards it was time to get ready for bed. Right next to the restaurant there is a special private area equipped with toilets and showers and again, it was just 2 minutes from the gondola.
There are lots of little lights around the Tiny Gondola House at night (and you can turn them off from inside the gondola) but they make the ambiance very pretty for evenings out on the terrace.
The Gondola is located right next to the lake in a private “garden” so we had plenty of privacy and seclusion. There are curtains on one side of the gondola to ensure no one can see in, and on the other side you can simply admire the lake views and enjoy the nature. The bed was super comfortable but once I awoke I couldn’t stop looking out of the window and watching as the sun rose and the skies got brighter. I saw a crane dive into the water to catch his fish for breakfast and was enthralled by the views.
Around 8.30 our breakfast basket was delivered to our doorstop and shortly after we set up our table on the terrace and put the coffee machine on and had a relaxing breakfast enjoying the ever changing views.
It was a great adventure and so much fun staying at the Tiny House Gonola. It has been so well thought through that they are able to fit so much into a small space and it has been incredibly well done. So if you want to enjoy something very different, why not choose a night in a gondola? It’s a fun and exciting thing to do and the location on the water’s edge on the Walensee is simply stunning.
With thanks to Valeria and Adi for the kind invitation.
Tiny House Gondola on Lake Walensee
With photos taken on Nikon Z30 Mirrorless Lightweight Camera
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