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    Vertical cliff hike at Galerie Défago, Switzerland

    After our first interesting short hike along the Vièze River, we had also planned another hike in the area, being of a completely different character. The first part of the Galerie was opened in 1864 by the local entrepreneur Emmanuel Défago, thus the name. The view over the valley, to the Vièze River and Champéry is fabulous. Most of the trip is secured by a…

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    OESCHINENSEE, Lake Oeschinen, Switzerland

    OESCHINEN LAKE in the summertime is a completely different experience as in the wintertime. The last time we visited was for the Ice Walk – fantastic! But this time it was without snow and together with good friends. Again, with the cable car from Kandersteg to the mountain station and then just 1,4 km almost flat hike to one of the restaurants, the Zur Sennhütte,…

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    Christmas trip to COPENHAGEN, part 2

    Getting up early is a good tip for city trips, even in Copenhagen, so off we went. Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest amusement park in the World (the oldest is Dyrehavsbakken, also in Denmark), opened in 1843. Almost 5 million visitors come every year to admire the beautiful park with changing themes, this time of course Christmas.    The natural highlight this year is the almost…

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    The ÄSCHER mountain restaurant, Switzerland

    The ÄSCHER guesthouse on Ebenalp in Alpstein has been among our favourite mountain restaurants ever since we moved to Switzerland. Located 1470 masl. on a plateau, built directly on the mountain – yes, the mountain is partly a wall of the building; the guesthouse has been here since 1884, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Switzerland. The easiest way to reach…

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    THUN, lovely town be the lake, Switzerland

    THUN also has an historic Altstadt, old town, with cobbled streets and beautiful old buildings. One of the old shopping streets have quirky shops and cafés in two storeys. From this street a covered stairway with many, many steps, leads the 30 meters up to the Castle of Thun with tremendous views over Thun, Lake Thun and the Swiss Alps. The castle is more than…

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    ZERMATT, Switzerland – view to Matterhorn

    ZERMATT is probably among the most known winter sports towns in Switzerland, maybe even in Europe. And if not for anything else, then of course because of the legendary mountain, Matterhorn and about 20 other 4000+ peaks. But, the town itself, with direct access to Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn with the Glacier Paradise, Schwarzsee, endless hiking trails and a lot of history also makes it worth…

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    The orchard

    KIWI trees was honestly something we had never seen before, and not expected to see in this part of Europe. But after a short hike in the orchard by the greengrocer Wenz (there are three routes, one for apples, one for pears and one for plums), we saw at least two kiwi trees, not in pots or protected areas, no, just in open space. Like…

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    Cow riding

    COW RIDING, yes, if you really do not like horseback riding, why not try a cow instead. It also makes much more fun; at least it did for us 🙂 At Bolderhof, not far from Schaffhausen, they greeted us in the morning, and after a cup of coffee, waiting for the weather to get better, we went to the cows. They had been washed, polished and were…

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    Lago Maggiore

    BRISSAGO is often our base for visits by Lago (lake) Maggiore. It’s perfect for mountain trips, lots of options for boat tours and a shopping day in Ascona. We stay at the Parkhotel Brenscino Brissago. It has a wonderful view over Brissago and the lake from all rooms, the restaurant as well as from the very nice pool area. The hotel is situated in its…

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    Leukerbad

    THERMAL water/baths is still one of the main reasons for visiting Leukerbad; at least it was for us. 3.900.000 liters of thermal water, with a temperature up to 51 °C, flows in the many pools every day, the biggest volume in Europe! Leukerbad, or Baadu as the locals call it, was already known in the Roman times. Many of the pools are just for private…