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    Hiking by the Vièze River, Switzerland

    The VIÈZE River is a just 22 kilometers long tributary of the River Rhône. Despite its size, it was still a devastating river in the 16th-18th century with massive floods around Monthey until it was channeled. From Champéry, in the western part of the Canton Wallis, there is a 4 kilometers roundtrip hike of which about half of it is along the Vièze River. After…

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    Hiking on WEG der SCHWEIZ, The Swiss Path

    WEG der SCHWEIZ, The Swiss Path, is a 35 km long hiking route along with Lake Uri. It is divided into three sections, from Rütli to Brunnen, but it is, of course, possible to walk any desired distance. It is even possible to start parts of the hike by taking a boat to one of the starting points. The path was constructed to celebrate the…

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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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    ZUG old town, Switzerland

    ZUG originally got its name after the fisher men pulling fishing nets from Lake Zug, zug = pull/drag. The town, which is also the capital and biggest town in the Swiss canton Zug, is settled by the shore of Lake Zug, Zugersee, with beautiful views to Mount Rigi, Pilatus and other mountains. The old town, Altstadt, is relatively small but interesting with a marketplace and…

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    SUSTENPASS, beautiful mountain pass, Switzerland

    The SUSTENPASS is the 10th highest mountain pass in the Swiss Alps with its 2224 meters elevation. The pass has been known as a mule pass for trading and used since the 17th century but was never strategically important, so the road used today was built as late as from 1938-1946. But for us tourists and travelers it is a very interesting and beautiful pass.…

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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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    RIGI! Queen of the Mountains, Switzerland

    RIGI, Mount Rigi, Queen of the mountains in Switzerland – nothing less! Rigi Kulm is the highest point, just 1.798 meters above sea level, but it has a 360° panorama view to lots of lakes and an endless number of other mountain peaks, even in the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges in France! We visited Rigi in the spring when there was still…

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    The BRIDGE in Sigriswil

    The Panorama Bridge by Sigriswil is yet another pedestrian bridge mainly built to make a (safer) school way for kids from Sigriswil and Aeschlen. The 344 meters long steel bridge hangs elegantly 182 meters over the bottom of the Guntenbach gorge, also called the Gumi gorge. It is also part of a panoramic circular hike around Lake Thun and other hikes. The view from the…

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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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    CHAPLIN, about his time in Switzerland

    CHAPLIN, Sir Charles Chaplin, is known by all of us. What many perhaps don’t know is the fact that he lived his last 25 years in Switzerland after being banned from the US in September 1952. Chaplin’s, and his wife Oona’s, home was at the Manoir de Ban set on a 14 hectare park close to Corsier-sur-Vevey, near Montreux, until Chaplins death in 1977. The…