The Swiss Riviera is located on the shores of Lake Leman stretching from Geneva which is 99 km to the south and Montreux to the north east. With an abundance of sailboats dotting its shores, Lake Leman is the biggest fresh water lake in Western
Europe and a pearl for travelers visiting Switzerland.
Most of French-speaking Switzerland is so appealing because it barely registers on the package tour circuit. You can swap a bus full of Japanese tourists shopping for cuckoo clocks in Lucern for a hillside of blooming narcissi or a wine village with spell-binding views and a deep blue-green gleam along Lake Leman.
Make your first glimpse of the Swiss Riviera, a playground for the rich and famous, from the window of a Panoramic train as it descends the snow-capped Alps upon French-style farmhouses adorned with terraced vineyards just beside you and Lake Leman.
Lake Leman possesses such grace with its calm azure waters and graceful swans patrolling underneath the medieval Chillon Castle. However, Chillon’s history is no fairytale. During Switzerland’s witchcraft purges, dozens of women were tortured here while many others were incarcerated. Lord Bryon, who visited in 1816, wrote an epic poem
Travel is easy when you travel light. Whether you are into adventure, sight-seeing, or a nice-cozy vacation, there are great advantages of traveling light. You will enjoy reaching your destination without worrying so much.
The following are just a few of those advantages:
Time. You can actually maximize your time on your destination. You don’t need to check-in loads of luggage and fall in line and wait for your turn. When you reach your destination, you could go straight to the place you wanted to visit directly.
Added savings. During peak season, many airlines give discount rates for those with zero check-in luggage. This gives additional savings when all you have to bring is your carry-on.
Easy to organize. Bringing limited things will make you organize things easily. There are less things to pack and fewer things to worry about. Your event’s itinerary can easily be followed because you get to move place to place effortlessly.
Less to Lose. When you pack light, you bring only the important things you could use on your
The Swiss Alps are a great destination for skiing, the most popular areas located in Valais, Graubunden and Bernese Oberland.
Zermatt is a village in the Valais area at the northern base of the Matterhorn. Despite the growth in popularity and the fact that it is one of the greatest mountain climbing and ski locations in the world, it is a small village. Zermatt is a car-free zone (other than emergency and municipal vehicles) thus providing fresh, pollutant free air.
When skiing in Zermatt, you have a choice of four different places to hit: Schwarzsee, Klein Matterhorn, Gornergrat, and Sunnegga. But skiing is not all the area has to offer. There are plenty of things to do during your time away from the slopes. Zermatt has bars, night clubs and restaurants suited to your preference. (And of course, you can’t visit without trying the traditional fondue while you’re there.) Zermatt also offers great opportunities for the photography buff, amateur or professional. From the Matterhorn to the wooden houses and chalets, every picture you take will look like a postcard. The main promenade makes for a
Switzerland is known for numerous items: its cold climate, mountainous topography and its political neutrality, which is possibly brought on by its topographical seclusion and being one of the top mountainous countries in Europe. In actuality, numerous Swiss people, in particular those who reside in the Swiss Alps still preserve their cultivation, traditions and Alpine characteristics, pretty much untainted by the marks of the modern civilizations with predominance habitants build around Laax.
More than 70 percent of its land space is covered by the Swiss Alps which is known for its jagged peaks and steep gorges. For instance, The Pennine Alps range, contains the Dufourspitze of Monte Rosa which stands at 15,203 feet and is currently Switzerland’s highest peak . This is one of the ultimate travel spots in Switzerland. Of course, mountains there are not all so gigantic in height. The Jura, for instance, are smaller and lower. This is a favourite travel spot in Switzerland because of its cross-country skiing. Swiss watchmaking first began in the Jura Mountains. For mountain lovers, do visit the Mattehorn which towers overhead the state Valais Canton at 14,688 feet
When traveling to Switzerland, one item that any individual
The country of Switzerland is blessed with beautiful mountain scenery thanks to the Swiss Alps. The Swiss Alps provide top quality snow-covered slopes good for snowboarding the whole year round and breathtakingly awesome scenery worthy of a postcard. You will not be disappointed taking your vacation to the Alps Mountains Region particularly the Swiss Alps for within its ski resort villages are hidden gems waiting to be discovered by visitors like you.
And the great thing is that most Swiss Alps resorts can be accessed by train or bus from Zurich and other major cities in Switzerland and other neighboring countries such as Italy and Germany. For tourist who aims to explore and enjoy the Alps Mountains, then a train ride via the popular Glacier Express is among the many wonderful things to start off your Swiss Alps vacation.
Choosing among the world-class Swiss Ski Resorts is also exciting in itself as each Swiss Alps hotels and resorts offers different amenities and total experience for the guests. Some Swiss Ski Resorts are very modern, with all the new age amenities that you can think off, while some still retains its old ways and traditions. But when
Let’s face it – packing for a trip can be very stressful. There are so many questions you might ask yourself, such as “Do I really need to bring that new set of encyclopedias with me? How about an extra laptop? Hmmm, how will I survive without my favorite set of bowling balls? What if I get caught up in a freak blizzard, or if a swarm of locusts suddenly attacks?” The truth is you only need the essentials to be a happy traveler, especially if you are visiting urban areas. On the other hand, you don’t want to have an epiphany halfway to your destination, and realize that you forgot something you really need. I, Buzz the Bumblebee, an experienced traveler, have decided to compile the following list of items to bring on every journey, excluding the fairly obvious ones. Like a suitcase to put all the stuff in.
Here are top 10 items every traveler should bring along:
1. Swiss Army Knife
I can’t even remember the number of times this brilliant little device saved the day. Slicing bread – check. Opening wine and beer bottles – check. Opening cans – check. Plus it
Being Swiss somehow seems to make me an expert in matters concerning Chocolate. Friends, colleagues, neighbors who are about to travel to Switzerland never venture there without asking me which Chocolate they should try, buy or bring back. I am usually excited to share my opinion, unless in situations where a Belgium, French or other national from a Chocolate savvy country tries to start degrading the Swiss Chocolate. There I have no choice but to tell them straight out that nothing else reaches the quality (ever heard of Belgium or French Quality?) of Helvetic Chocolate. Just between us, and out of reach of Belgian, French or even Swiss ears, I actually quite enjoy all three, but since I cannot stand biased accusations, I have to result to defending my heritage.
So what do I recommend? First of all, no matter what Chocolate you decide to savor, the main thing is that you give it the attention it deserves. Which means, should your mind be in any way littered by taste crippling thoughts about calories or bikinis, do not even try. You are not worthy of eating chocolate. I am often told that people cannot believe I love
Millions of Americans are truly vacation deprived. So, when you decide to take the plunge and head to one of Bluegreen’s exotic resort destinations, what tools do you need? No need to worry yourself with research, because we have done it for you! Here’s our list of the “Top 10 Travel Gadgets” that are useful must-haves for a successful Bluegreen vacation.
First on our list is Twisted Speakers from Proporta. Powered by USB or 3 Triple A Batteries, these mini-speakers conveniently connect to your iPod to provide splendid sound while you sit on the beach or relax on the deck overlooking the lake. An LED light indicates how much life your batteries have left. Next is the traditional Swiss Army Knife, which can be purchased from the Swiss Knife Shop. The all-in-one traditional tool is perfect for those campouts with the kids in the Smoky Mountains or the Ozarks. You have your spoon, fork, knife, corkscrew, screwdriver and bottle opener at your immediate disposal.
With the BeachBuoy, also by our friends at Proporta, your iPhone, keys, cash and/or digital camera will be safe from the outdoor elements. The waterproof case keeps your valuables just that, valuable,
When packing your suitcase, it can be a very stressful time, as you often are in a dilemma of deciding what exactly to pack. There are so many things that you can possibly bring, but simply you are limited by the space in your suitcase. This is where the tough decisions have to be made on which items must be left behind. As a start I have compiled the three most ridiculous things that you definitely should leave behind at home. These may sound ridiculous, but some people actually do try to pack them.
Ridiculous Item #1: For the ladies, your entire shoe collection
For the ladies out there, one of the first things to leave behind is your entire shoe collection. I do fully understand the importance of having selection and variety, and to be able to wear what is matching for the day, but simply to bring your full shoe store worth of shoes with you is not feasible.
If you really need variety during your trip, then I suggest you to bring along your top three favourite shoes: one for the day, one for the evening, and one as backup.
This is what I consider to be essential items for any traveler/backpacker. These are items which I have used in my past travels, and have served me well.
The first most obvious thing for any traveler to decide on is whether to use a backpack or a suitcase. During my first solo travel experience to Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan, I travelled with a backpack. For under 50 I bought a Eurohike 55 litre backpack with a rain cover, which came in handy during the monsoon season! The pack was top-opening, and didn’t really offer much by way of security. I therefore bought a special backpack transit case which I put my backpack into and made it secure from theft, but also made it secure from airport conveyor belts. I had heard that the conveyors in airports sometimes broke clips from backpacks if they were not properly secured, and that some airlines didn’t even want to have backpacks on their airplanes because they were a safety threat. I actually lost the backpack case during the course of my travels, and had to resort to wrapping my backpack in black bin bags and tape in order
Going out for a trip or a vacation without bringing any useful accessories can definitely bring you to lots of trouble during needy times. Whether your travel is for a business trip or for a big family outing; accessories form the basic part of your basic travel needs, and the best accessories to consider are leather travel accessories.
1) Before you start choosing the leather travel accessories to use, it’s smarter to write down as many aspects of your trips first before anything else. Include in your aspects factors such as weather condition, your mode of transportation, activities you’ll be doing, and personal hygienic you will basically need. Upon completing this list, you will be able to provide an appropriate guide for choosing the leather travel accessories to use for your trip.
2) Leather travel accessories such as leather wallets for safekeeping valuables, leather key rings, leather travelling bags, attache case, and leather storage boxes for storing kits are ideal travel accessories to carry.
3) Choose the most adequate and well fit leather luggage that will suit your travel. If you’re out for a camp, then backpacks and knapsacks are the ideal bags to carry.
The alps mountains are well known and popular place in Europe. There are also other Alps regions but we will talk about thos lying in Europe. This great system of mountains is stretching across many european countries. From east it is Austria and Slovenia to west to France. The range also includes countries like Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Italy. According to the country where the mountains are located they are named as French Alps, Italian Alps and Swiss Alps.
The highest mountain in the Europe and all alpine system is Mont Blanc with its 4808 metres. This peak is on the border between France and Italy.
This area is very popular, mainly suring winter, but also in summer. People book their alps hotels, chalets, accommodation to enjoy winter and summer sports, like skiing, snowboarding, hiking and more.
Simply said the Alps is a good place for a vacation or holiday all year long. Climate in the alpine region is cold and similar to the climate in the polar areas. Higher you go lower the temperature will be. Snow and rains are very often and snow lasts all year long in some areas.
Fauna and flora in
Day 01 Zürich – Lucerne – Mt. Titlis – Interlaken
We depart from Zurich at 8 in the morning. A small drive takes us to the town of Lucerne. In the afternoon we advance to the mountain resort of Engelberg. A ropeway car takes us to the peak of Mount Titlis and carries you up into the elevated alpine areas with its glaciers and everlasting ice take pleasure in a wonderful ride in the world’s novel rotating ‘ROTAIR’ gondola. We move to the holiday resort of Interlaken at the bottom of Jungfrau mountain.
Day 02 Interlaken – Berne – Gruyères – Geneva
We depart from Interlaken in the morning and move along beautiful Lake of Thun to the Swiss capital, Berne. A drive down south carries us to the picturesque dairy farmlands, to Gruyeres. A gorgeous hilltop town, which is no lesser than a fairyland has the mysterious settings with its outstanding, medieval Castle. We carry on our drive to the Vaud Riviera and arrive at Geneva.
Day 03 Geneva – Montreux – Zermatt
we take a tour of Geneva this morning. We will see some attractive parks along the lake, the old city
An enthusiastic hiker and outdoor fanatic are not terms I would ever use to describe myself. My husband, on the contrary, is just that. The man would live under the stars if he could! It does seem interesting that the two of us ended up together, considering our interests are rather opposite and there is not much commonality between us. However, I love him dearly and like to think he feels the same.
So, being the city girl I am, you can imagine my reluctance and dismay when he suggested we go hiking in the Swiss Alps for our three year anniversary “get-away” trip. Was this man serious?
So reluctant at first, I actually started to enjoy the idea of spending vacation in Switzerland the more we discussed it. Not only is the small European country known the world over for its beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery, but my father was from Switzerland and I was excited at the prospect of visiting his birthplace and learning about his heritage and family.
Still, traipsing all over Switzerland was not my idea of an ideal romantic getaway but I decided to be a good sport and I
With some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, hiking the Swiss Alps is sure to be one of the most fabulous vacations you have ever taken. You will get to experience the majestic Alps as well as enjoy the charm and allure of the quaint local towns and natives. However, before you begin your hiking vacation, you should consider these preparation tips to make your strip enjoyable, comfortable, and safe.
Try not to start your long day hikes the moment you step off the plane; your body needs ample time to acclimatize to the altitude. Use the first couple days to do just that, by going on short and easy hikes so you can adapt to the thin air. Beware of altitude sickness; symptoms include headaches, loss of concentration or nausea. The only cure is to descend to a lower altitude.
Know the long term weather forecasts for the areas you will be hiking. The weather can change in an instant high in the mountains, so you want to make sure you are fully prepared for any and all weather you may experience.
If the weather is bad (or there is forecasted bad
Truly epic, fondue history starts with a recipe in Homer’s Iliad (Song XI). Doesn’t it stand to reason that the mixture described of Pramnos wine, grated goat’s cheese and white flour was a fondue?
Well, whether that’s what Homer was describing or not, fondue history states that the warm cheese dish originated in Switzerland but more specifically in the Canton of Neuchatel.
According to history experts, fondue consists of at least two varieties of cheeses that are melted with wine and a bit of flour. It’s served communally out of pot called a “caquelon”. Long forks are used by each guest to spear a cube of bread then the bread is dipped into the cheese and eaten.
How did cheese fondue get started?
Well, before we get into the nitty gritty of cheese fondue, let’s back up for a second. The word fondue is a derivative of the French word, fondre, which means “to melt”. However, this is only a part of how the word fondue is used today.
In doing my research of fondue history,”fondue” has a much broader meaning. It refers to foods that are dunked, heated, or cooked in sauce,
Geneva, Switzerland, was never on my “to visit” list. I knew it was the home of the United Nations and the Red Cross, but I never thought I’d go to the fifth-most expensive city in the world as someone on a student budget. A friend of mine wanted to go there on our spring break, so I booked my trip in order to meet up with her; but when she got sick and had to cancel, I was stuck with a non-refundable ticket to a city that I didn’t really want to go to. Although I knew I’d have to be extra careful with my money, I went and fell in love with everything about the city (except the prices).
Geneva is a city of about 200,000 people in Romandy, the Swiss-French speaking Cantons of western Switzerland. The city is very international (about 40% of residents aren’t Swiss nationals), and English is also commonly spoken- however, it would be helpful to pick up a few basic French phrases before you arrive.
Switzerland does not use the Euro as its currency. Instead the Swiss use their own currency, the Swiss Franc. One Swiss frank (Fr1,
Know How to Make Your Trip to Switzerland Memorable
Tips, entry requirements and places to see on a vacation to Switzerland
Where is Switzerland?
Switzerland is a small country that is located in the heart of Western Europe and is situated in some of the highest points of the Alps. Unlike most of the Western European nations, Switzerland is not part of the European Union, nor is it in the Schengen Zone.
Switzerland still has its own currency, the Swiss Franc, which is more valuable than the Euro, US Dollar or the British Pound. Switzerland’s main industries are both banking and tourism. Because of its banks, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world.
Entry Requirements for Switzerland
For entry into Switzerland, depending on your country of origin, you may or may not need a visa to enter Switzerland. Citizens of EU member countries as well as the United States and Canada do not need a visa to enter Switzerland.
The only requirement the above mention citizens need is to have a valid passport that is valid up to three months after the end of your intended stay in
Over 135 years ago, many German-Swiss immigrants traveled well into the south central United States to stake their claim. And back in the 1870’s, the beautiful Ozark Mountain area of northwestern Arkansas seemed an appropriate place to begin. Rolling mountains, while not quite the height or splendor of the Swiss Alps, offered a reminder of home.
And so, a large German-Swiss settlement blossomed in the west/northwest area of Arkansas, “The Natural State”. Now, almost a century and a half later, this European influence is still felt in a unique area of the state, roughly between Little Rock in the state’s center and Fort Smith, at its’ western boundary. Not far off of Interstate I-40, about 50 minutes east of Fort Smith, you’ll find Arkansas Wine Country.
Traveling west/northwest out of Little Rock (actually, North Little Rock) on Interstate 40, it’s about 140 miles to the heart of Arkansas wine country. As you travel outside of Little Rock, you’ll notice the topography changing … lush valleys and rolling mountains … a perfect subclimate for grape growing and wine making. Approximately two hours outside of Little Rock on Interstate 40, look for exit 41, Arkansas Route 186. Go
Guys and gals looking for travel luggage that is built to stand up to the toughest baggage handlers and travel conditions should take a good look at Swiss Army luggage. These amazing travel bags are built to protect your important personal possessions while on the go. How many times have you flown a major airline arrived at your destination and found that your digital camera, laptop computer or travel alarm clock was damaged from your bags being tossed around by airport baggage handlers.
Two major brands for producing rugged travel gear built to stand up to the modern day travelers needs include Victorinox and Wenger. Both have an excellent reputation for producing high, quality, stylish travel gear designed for today’s modern adventurer. Both of these famous brands offer a full line of rolling luggage, computer backpacks, duffle bags and travel briefcases built with the same quality and standards that their famous Swiss Army knives are known for. These rugged yet stylish backpacks and luggage are made of durable nylon and polyester materials have all the premium features you need in a travel bag including padded compartments to protect your laptop computer, zippers that work well and comfortable