Standing on the 2340-meter-high Niesen, one has one disadvantage but countless advantages. The disadvantage: the perfect pyramide of the pre-Alpine mountain, which rises as an equilateral triangle above Lake Thun, remains hidden.
The cocktail hour in the Säntis cable car is always a good bet: the revolving bar allows for excellent views in all directions as the gondola reaches the top at a reduced speed.
A traditional Ticino grotto usually signifies stone tables underneath a pergola, a small, cozy interior with a cozy open fireplace for those chilly evenings, a small selection of well-prepared dishes, a good beverage list featuring local wines, and for good measure a boccia playing field where one can linger before or after dinner.
Even though one normally spends night in bed, it would be a shame not to at least throw a glance outside if one happens to spend the night at the Mountain Hotel First. The view is not only spectacular during the day, but is even fascinating at night.