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This summer, Joe Diaz and I traveled to Switzerland on a ten-day itinerary to see the best of one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. The trip was prompted by the launch of one of AFAR’s newest ventures, AFAR Journeys, where we asked the members of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council to create custom itineraries that allow AFAR readers to travel deeper in Switzerland. Here are a few of my favorite stops in Geneva, the Lavaux region, and beyond.
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Rue de la Confédération 3, 1204 Genève, Switzerland
One of Geneva's most prestigious chocolate stores in the world is the Du Rhône Chocolatier in Geneva where manager Madame Liliane Fumex and staff hold court over an artisanal process that's been luring chocoholics, including some rich and famous...
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Joe and I took the scenic GoldenPass train from Montreux (the unofficial capital of the Lavaux region) to Interlaken. The train links Lake Geneva with central Switzerland via the Bernese Oberland and the entire trip takes about six hours. Our...
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Centre du Village, Chemin Neuf, 1071 Saint-Saphorin, Switzerland
In Saint-Saphorin, we had a wonderful lunch at Auberge de L'Onde where chef roaster Christophe Mazzieri excels at rotisserie racked delights like suckling pig and rack of lamb. We had the pleasure and honor of dining with the Auberge's sommelier...
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1071, Saint-Saphorin, Switzerland
An hour train ride from Geneva and you're in the UNESCO Heritage Protected Lavaux wine region where golden-green vines cling to steep hills overlooking Lac Léman (the local name for Lake Geneva). We stopped in the wine-tasting town of...
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Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
We loved the art and the ambience at the Hotel Angleterre on Lake Geneva. Built in 1874 but completely renovated in 1995 (every room is unique), the hotel is now part of the Red Carnation Hotel group—which has its roots (and its own vineyard!) in...
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Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
Opened in 2012, the Alpina is one of only two newly built, five-star hotels in Gstaaad in more than a century. Situated in a wealthy hilltop area in Oberbort, the hotel offers stellar views of the Bernese Alps (including the Spitzhorn and...
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Aspen 1, 3818 Grindelwald, Switzerland
Grindelwald is a Bernese Alpine village smaller than Interlaken but still popular with travelers, many who come here in the winter months for skiing and tobogganing and in the spring and summer to walk its scenic hiking trails. You might be...
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7477 Filisur, Switzerland
Narrow gauge railway fans will be in heaven on The Glacier Express, a scenic train connecting Zermatt and St. Moritz. The 7 hour railway journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels, and over the Oberalp Pass is operated jointly by the...
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Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
Opened in 2013, The Chedi Andermatt enjoys a unique location in the charming village of Andermatt in the Ursern Valley. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the luxurious hotel draws on both Alpine and Asian influences, spanning...