Collected by Tom Fakler
Bahnhofstrasse 30, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
The Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann is a hotel of character, atmosphere and attentive service. I've stayed there several times, and each time, discovered something new. From the Gothic Revival Burgerstube on the premises of an ancient tavern (Wilden...
Piazza Giuseppe Motta 29, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Autumn is harvest festival season all over Switzerland. One with a unique, Italian-Swiss flair is the Sagre delle Castagne in Ascona, Switzerland, held on two weekends each year. On the northern shore of Lago Maggiore, the Swiss turn up the heat...
Monte Verità, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Mountains in Switzerland have long been an attraction for people seeking inspiration, energy and fresh air. One of those mountains, more of a hill really, put Canton Ticino on the map for theosophists, artists and free thinkers at the turn of the...
Piazzale Fart, 6655 Intragna, Switzerland
Restaurante di Stazione, in Intragna, Ticino, perches beside the Centovalli railway line between Locarno, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy. Stop in when visiting Intragna, or as a getaway from nearby Locarno. The rather prosaically named...
Münsterpl. 16, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
This restaurant on Münsterplatz is a year-round favorite, set in one of the stately houses of Basel’s old town. With two outdoor seating areas, it and transitions well into the warmer season, and is a great place for summertime people-watching....
Via Losone 10, 6612 Ascona, Switzerland
Art lovers visiting Ticino have a new destination in Ascona: the exquisitely restored Castello San Materno. The exhibition space is a second location for the fine Museo d'Arte Moderna di Ascona. The permanent collection encompasses works from the...
Rümelinspl. 14, 4001 Basel, Switzerland
Carnival in Basel, Switzerland is a local carnival on a grand scale It is also a Swiss spectacle, on a par with cow parades and cheese by the ton. For exactly three days, beginning at 4:00 am on Monday and ending at 4:00 am on the dot on Thursday,...
Frohburgstrasse 3, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Lucerne's oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is in the Zyt tower, one of three remaining on the medieval walls. In autumn, brightly colored leaves frame a painting of giants carrying the face of the time-honored clock on the tower's...
Petersplatz, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
When October rolls around, I always look forward to Basel's Herbstmesse. Launched in 1417, it is the longest-running autumn fair in Europe. Nowadays, a huge ferris wheel dominates the city's Munsterplatz, and there are rides and food-and-drinks...
Avenue Bergières 11, 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne's Collection de l'Art Brut is the original "home" of OutSider Art. Established in 1976 with 5,000 works collected by Jean Dubuffet, the museum remains a showcase for beautiful, compelling works, displayed in the redesigned interior of the...
Marktpl., Basel, Switzerland
The Swiss celebrate the founding of the Confederation on 1 August, with fireworks and outdoor concerts in town and country. In Basel, the party starts the evening before, with food stands and tables set up in the Marktplatz and along both sides of...
Brünigstrasse 2, 6053 Alpnach, Switzerland
Travel from Alpnachstad on Lake Lucerne to Pilatus Kulm on the world's steepest cog railway, with a maximum gradient of 48%. The privately operated line opened in 1889, driven on very narrow gauge rails by steam engines. The switch to electric...
The quiet terrace at Restaurant Waldhaus overlooks the Rhine. For a fish fancier, the Egli fillets are done to a turn, and there is an extensive, meaty menu as well. Good food and a dreamy setting between river and forest make Waldhaus special for...
Leonhardsgraben 47-49, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Chances are better than even that first-time visitors to carnival in Basel have never met a Harlequin, or had their coat pockets stuffed with potatoes by a Waggis. Carnival, or Fasnacht as it's called here, has its own cast of characters, and...
Untergass 28, 8193 Eglisau, Switzerland
Romantik Hotel Gasthof Hirschen has welcomed guests since the 16th century. Today, the building is a boutique hotel, as well as a historic monument, and makes for a charming and atmospheric retreat. Seven rooms and suites offer top-notch 21st...
Bahnhofstrasse 2, 6354 Vitznau, Switzerland
"We have respect for people, food and historical buildings," says Roland Scherrer. He and his wife, Pia Scherrer-Nussbaumer, have channeled that respect into a loving restoration of the original Rigi-Bahn Hotel, and on a daily basis, welcome...
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