Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Grindelwald - a taste of Switzerland in Tasmania
You could be forgiven for thinking this picture was taken in Europe.
The photo is the resort hotel complex in the village of Grindelwald only 10 minutes drive from Launceston's CBD.
Grindelwald was the brainchild of Roelf Voss who, after visiting Switzerland, was inspired to create a Swiss-style village in the heart of the beautiful Tamar Valley.
The village began in 1980 with a 15 acre lake and a tiny lakeside chapel.
Today the houses, mostly on 2 - 5 acre blocks, sprawl over 1000 acres.
They are all unique in design but are all constructed in the typical Swiss style with high pitched roofs and wide eaves.
I stayed at Grindelwald on my first visit to Launceston only a few weeks ago.
It's located high up on the valley side and overlooks Brady's lookout (see below)
- and it's the place which drew me back.
With a climate comparable to northern France, and the hillsides decked with vineyards, the Tamar Valley is considered one of Australia's most desirable locations.