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  • Trips in Switzerland

    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…

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    OESCHINENSEE, Lake Oeschinen, Switzerland

    OESCHINEN LAKE had been on our to-do list for a while – so when we noticed the option to even WALK on it, we had to go. From Kandersteg it takes just 10 minutes with the cable car to the mountain station and then a 2 km sligthly downhill walk to the lake (beware of crossing skiers and snowboarders!). At this time of the year…

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    CAUMASEE

    CAUMASEE, Lake Cauma, near Flims and Chur, is among the most photographed lakes in Switzerland. And no wonder. Easy access on a paved path, and even a funicular for the last and steep part of the short walk, let all reach this “jewel of Flims” in a few minutes from the parking lot in Flims. The water shines in turquoise colours, and during summer it…

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    Crestasee

    CRESTASEE, Lake Cresta, is a small but beautiful lake, set in the forest near Flims. The lake can only be reached by foot or bike. A short hike from the parking spot, passing grazing sheep and cows leads to the lake and the restaurant of the same name (Gasthaus Crestasee). Before walking down to the lake, we had a delicious lunch on the terrace with…

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    Vierwaldstättersee

    VIERWALDSTÄTTERSEE, or in English Lake Lucerne, is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland. It has a strange shape when seen on a map and is actually 10 named connecting lakes; the shore is about 150 km long in total. Many passenger boats, including some steamers being over 100 years old, are used for transportation from pier to pier, gastronomic trips and other events. What…

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    Niesen

    11.674 steps, the longest stairway in the world, then you are there, on the top of Niesen, a mountain with the shape of a pyramid, 2.362 meters above sea level. Well, this is only allowed once per year, during the Niesen Race, so we also had to (luckily) take the 2-section funicular rail. The track and waggons began service in 1910 but is still looking…