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Hinder de Büele 249, 3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland
This remarkably picturesque inn built some 250 years ago is a fitting place to stay in the remarkably picturesque region of Switzerland where it's found. Kandersteg, a town of 1,000 inhabitants, is a peaceful holiday resort in a hiker's paradise....
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3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland
Stop for coffee at the Berghotel Schwarenbach. This isolated hotel is located on the Gemmipass hiking trail between Kandersteg and Leukerbad, Switzerland. Late August...a good time to hike through these alpine mountains.
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Hiking down the Schilthorn may be hard on your toes, but it's a high-altitude feast for the rest of your senses...From the Lauterbrunnen valley south of Interlaken, you can take a cable-car up to the summit and then hike down to Mürren, across...
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Tuftstrasse 17, 3954 Leukerbad, Switzerland
The Hotel Les Sources des Alpes has an impressive guest book. Past guests include Leo Tolstoy, Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, as well as countless aristocrats. Don't fear, however, that this is a dusty hotel that saw its best days a century ago....
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Weinmarkt, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
Located in Lucerne's Old Town, the 56-room Hotel des Balances has contemporary interiors and all the amenities you'd expect of a four-star hotel and the charm of a historic property. It originally opened in 1808 and then underwent a substantial...
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Kanonenstrasse, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
The 27-room Château Gütsch is a hotel out of a fairytale, a nineteenth-century fantasy on a mountaintop overlooking Lucerne (or Luzern). This was one of Switzerland's finest hotels in its day, and while the location with its views of the lake and...
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Zürich, Switzerland
For fresh, traditional, high-quality produce, and the chance to interact with friendly locals, the Swiss food markets are the places to be. Zürich has a selection of diverse markets, the best being in its main train station, the Hauptbahnhof,...
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Lavey-Village, 1892 Lavey-Morcles, Switzerland
Whether after an adrenaline-fueled day on the slopes or a muscle-sapping climb, the Swiss know how to unwind in their luxurious spas. Les Bains de Lavey provides the warmest thermal baths in Switzerland and is equipped with saunas, Turkish baths,...
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Col du Pillon, Route du Pillon 253, 1865 Les Diablerets, Switzerland
The vast wilderness of Glacier 3000 continues to beguile visitors year after year. While you can ski here, most take a snow cat or dog sled across the plateau, or hike to the precipices and look down on the surrounding area. Glacier 3000 is also...
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Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
This "boutique coffee house" offers various pastries, macarons and croissants with wide selection of teas and coffees. It is a romantic place for coffee!
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Housed in an old chalet in the hamlet of Finland, Restaurant Findlerhof has one of the best outdoor patios around. It’s spacious and sunny—and overlooks the Matterhorn. The restaurant itself is rustic yet comfortable, offering a mix of...
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Bern, Switzerland
For the annual gathering, our department organised a foxtrail of the inner old town of Bern. Never thought, that a small ornament at a window, a red monkey statue, and arch, a bridge, an old house, a statue at a fountain, some words of the berner...
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Mtn biking, road biking, touring and ebiking rule the day in Switzerland. There's a great rental shop just across the street from the Lucerne train station that will get you tricked out for any mood.
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Denkmalstrasse 4, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Ask anyone who has seen Lucerne's Dying Lion Monument and you'll come away with a multiplicity of wrong explanations for its existence. It was not built to commemorate soldiers who died in a war with France. It was built to honor over 700 Swiss...
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Lucerne, Switzerland
The postcard view of Lucerne ("Luzern" in German) almost always includes this triad: Mt. Pilatus (2,132m/7000ft), the 14th-century Kapellbrücke Bridge, and its Wasserturm ('Water Tower'). The "Golden Round Trip" offered to tourists is, well,...
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Kapellbrücke, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Spanning across the River Reuss in Lucerne is the wooden covered footbridge, the Chapel bridge, named after St. Peter's Chapel. The inside of the bridge has historical paintings ating back to the 17th century, telling the...
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Lucerne, Switzerland
The best pretzels I ever ate were not in New York City (my hometown) or Germany (where they are practically a national food). The best pretzels were in.....Switzerland. Switzerland's "bretzels" are soft, twisted rolls of bread - paper-thin,...
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Reusssteg 9, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
Restaurant Nix's is located directly on the lakefront in Lucerne in a historic building that dates back to the 16th century. Featuring Continental cuisine with an Austrian influence, Nix's prides itself on fresh, local ingredients and seasonal...
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Füssen, Germany
The incredible little town of Füssen in Bavaria has to be one of the best kept secrets in Europe. However, it is mostly ignored by visitors to this Alpine region because of its more-famous neighbor: King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein castle. That's a...