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Gimmelwald, Switzerland: A visit to the tiny mountain village

Gimmelwald, Switzerland: A visit to the tiny mountain village

“Do you mean Grindelwald?” This is the common response I receive when telling people about my favorite Swiss destination of Gimmelwald. While not many people have heard of it, it’s more because of its remote location than its lack of offerings. Located in the Bernese Oberland, the tiny mountain village sits at an altitude of » Read more

Small But Beautiful: Surveying the Alps

Small But Beautiful: Surveying the Alps

Seven countries claim a share of the Alps. Think of the Alps, and Switzerland inevitably springs to mind. Closely followed by Austria, France and Italy. But three other countries are blessed with a slice of Europe’s most celebrated mountain range. Liechtenstein, Germany and Slovenia have the smallest portions. The many ranges of the Alps boast » Read more

Switzerland Just Got Cheapo: EuroCheapo launches guides to Geneva and Zurich

Switzerland Just Got Cheapo: EuroCheapo launches guides to Geneva and Zurich

EuroCheapo is pleased (and somewhat surprised) to announce the launch of guides to cheap hotels in Geneva and Zurich. For years we’ve steered clear of these pricey cities (and the country in general), assuming that Switzerland was simply inhospitable to budget travelers. With many hotels starting north of $250, how could any Cheapo afford to » Read more

Switzerland by Train: Alternatives to the Glacier Express

Switzerland by Train: Alternatives to the Glacier Express

Last week, we looked at the celebrated Glacier Express rail route, and questioned whether it might just take in one glacier too many (not to mention the 191 tunnels along the route). It’s a long haul from any major Swiss city or airport to either St. Moritz or Zermatt, which are the end points of » Read more

Switzerland by Train: Is the Glacier Express worth the ticket price?

Switzerland by Train: Is the Glacier Express worth the ticket price?

“The most famous of Switzerland’s railway lines,” burbles the guidebook. Frommer’s Switzerland is given to hyperbole, and particularly where the Glacier Express is concerned. “The route is one of the most spectacular in the world,” the authors advise. Yes, the 180-mile journey from St. Moritz to Zermatt is a very fine trip, though hardly the » Read more

Brig, Switzerland: A major rail connection worth exploring

Brig, Switzerland: A major rail connection worth exploring

Brig is one of those places through which every European traveler passes eventually. Strategically placed in Switzerland’s Valais region, this major transport hub lies at the northern end of the Simplon tunnel. It is served by major international express trains such as the services from Geneva and Basel to Milan and Venice. And Brig is » Read more

Mythic Waters: The Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen

Mythic Waters: The Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen

The reputations of some of Europe’s most-visited sights are built on myths, but the stories are always interesting. We have lost count of the number of times we have read that the rail route across Lapland to the Norwegian port of Narvik is the northernmost in the world. It is not, but it is nonetheless » Read more

Geneva: Free Transport Cards

Geneva: Free Transport Cards

The good people at The Foundation for Tourism in Geneva and Unireso have given Cheapos another reason to visit their fair canton (as if lounging about Place du Bourg-de-Four wasn’t reason enough.) As of January, tourists staying in one of Geneva’s hotels, youth hostels, or camp sites are entitled to a free Geneva Transport Card. » Read more

Easter + Switzerland = Tango

Easter + Switzerland = Tango

Tango and Easter were never two things we put together before. Tango and Easter and Switzerland—well, now that’s crazy talk! Crazy yes, but also true. Through Monday, April 9, Easter and Tango enthusiasts alike will flock to Basel for the EasterTango Festival. Attendees will enjoy powerful performances by Tango masters, workshops for Tango-ers of all » Read more

Switzerland List: Bern Top 3

We love the Swiss capital, and not just for its beautiful streets and quaint tile-roofed buildings. Here are some of the reasons we adore Bern: 1. Physics Lessons. Where was Einstein when he created that famous E=MC2 formula? Bern, of course. And that’s where the first Einstein Museum is too. Maybe you’ll learn what sort » Read more

Flash: Cheap Swiss Rooms

Flash: Cheap Swiss Rooms

We just discovered rooms.ch, a network of over 200 Swiss budget hotels in over 140 localities throughout Switzerland. Given Switzerland’s Cheapo-hostile price index, a resource like this one is indispensible. We weren’t able to find any available rooms on the site for some random dates in July, however. We’re not sure if this inability reflects » Read more

Switzerland: an IMAX experience

Last night we scaled the north face of the rocky, icy Eiger. From the safety of our chairs, of course. Though we didn’t accomplish any death-defying feats we sure felt we did at a special screening of The Alps, MacGillivray Freeman’s new IMAX film. It was breathtaking. It was exhilarating. We loved it. We got » Read more

Switzerland = Candyland

Switzerland = Candyland

Wasn’t Candyland a great place? Sure, it was just awful when you were just spaces away from winning and then got stuck and couldn’t move, but that rainbow slide? Man, that was cool. Sometimes we still wish we could live in that world, where swamps are muddy with thick, rich chocolate. If you’re like us » Read more

Liechtenstein: Yes to Tourists, No to Invasions

Liechtenstein: Yes to Tourists, No to Invasions

If you’re like us, the accidental Swiss invasion of Liechtenstein last week reminded you yet again of that single afternoon you spent exploring Vaduz, eyes wide open. The tiny Alpine microstate occupies just a sliver between Switzerland and Austria. In addition to being a very small country, the principality has a striking tourism site, outfitted » Read more

Switzerland: How Many Times Can We Say Disaster?

Switzerland: How Many Times Can We Say Disaster?

Oh, those fun-loving Swiss. We adore them for their ingenuity, their courage (even in the face of death-defying extreme sports), and most importantly, their determination that the party must go on even in the face of, well, disaster. Sadly, we must report that the Slide Disaster Contest scheduled to take place on Eggli mountain in » Read more

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