Rick Steves Switzerland by Rick StevesYou can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when visiting Switzerland. This book guides you through bustling Zurich and charming Luzern, colorful with flower-bedecked bridges. Crisscross the mountains on cable cars, trains, and hiking paths. Find an alpine retreat in the cliff-hanging village of Gimmelwald. Marvel at the Matterhorn, relax in Lugano, and take an unforgettable swim in Bern. Cruise Lake Geneva and savor the cozy small-town atmosphere of Appenzell. After a day of sightseeing and hiking the Alps, treat yourself to a glass of local wine, cheese fondue, and delicious Swiss chocolate. Ricks candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants in cities, villages, and resort towns. Youll learn how to plan scenic rail journeys, and which sights are worth your time and money. More than reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
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The hotel had been given high marks for the quality of the food offered and it did not disappoint. But first we wanted to visit the Swiss National Museum which did not open until Just present your rail pass along with your passports and you will be handed a complimentary ticket. The museum itself started out a little dry for me. I enjoy learning history, but had a hard time jumping in with very little advance research having been done. I did know that Switzerland had remained neutral during both of the World Wars, that was about it.
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For natural beauty and variety, few places rival the Swiss Alps in summer. On a day trip to the Bernese Oberland last year, my husband and I spent the Fourth of July romping through the snow on top of the Jungfrau; ate breakfast each morning looking out at the hulking Eiger; and hiked panoramic trails connecting mountain villages, with a symphony of cowbells and rushing waterfalls in the background. Accessible to travelers only via a cable car that connects to a quaint, single-car electric train, it gets very few daytrippers, and is the ideal starting point for breathtaking hikes. The village is also served by cable cars that can take you to spectacular views and hikes up the Allmendhubel and Schilthorn. A swiss rail pass gets you discounted fares on most cable cars and gondolas. Photo: Ken Stern. When clouds obscure the mountains, visitors can take the train and cable car down to the glacier-formed Lauterbrunnen Valley and visit some of the more than 70 waterfalls.
Swiss cities remind me of the kid at high school who's great at sports, has perfect hair, the best girlfriend, and the teachers all love him. He's just too perfect. Sometimes you just want to see him trip or get a pimple. Switzerland's cities can seem too perfect, too. For me — and most travelers — the mountains provide more real travel thrills per mile, minute, and dollar. But don't neglect Switzerland's pristine urban offerings in Zurich, Luzern, and Lausanne. With interesting art, colorful old towns, and serene waterfront settings, these cities are worthy stops as you head for the hills.