Places To Visit In Switzerland (I)

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Places To Visit In Switzerland (I)

Switzerland is a rather small country and its attractions are close to each other, and therefore can be reached quite easily. Mountain resorts, lakes, forests, castles, museums, and ancient or modern architecture make this federal republic an excellent tourist destination. This series will reveal some of the most amazing places to visit in Switzerland.


1. Nowhere is Switzerland more epitomized than in the wonderful, auto-less Alpine village of Zermatt, home to some of the world’s most spectacular mountains, including the mighty Matterhorn. The Gornergrat-Bahn takes you up to a plateau at 10,171 feet (3,100 m) near the Matterhorn, where you will have fine views of the peak. Here you can enjoy a fine meal or even stay overnight. This railway leaves from near the Zermatt train station. Also, it is well worth your time to take the Klein Matterhorn cable car up to the top station at 12,533 feet (5,265 m). The views are spectacular. This cable car is at the opposite end of the village from the Zermatt train station, and is usually loaded with skiers. This is one of the most unusual and most romantic places to visit in Switzerland. Don’t miss it! Located in Canton Valais.


2. A day spent in Lucerne (Luzern in German) is one of the best you could have on your trip. Besides the spectacular scenery of mountains like Pilatus, you can stroll through the Old Town, across the famous Chapel Bridge, and then take a relaxing afternoon sailing on one of the many ships that depart regularly from the Vierwaldstättersee dock. Luzern offers some of the best shopping anywhere in Switzerland. Located in Canton Lucerne.


3. The Alpine Grand Canyon in the Alpenarena of Flims-Laax-Falera features the Rhine Gorge and its bizarre rock formations, which can be experienced on foot, by car or train. However, one of the best ways to discover this natural wonder is via a river raft. Tours of this area on rafts take place from May through October, with the help of professional guides. The rapids are mild and suitable for almost anyone. This is a great trip and definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in Switzerland.


4. Chillon Castle near Montreux on Lake Geneva is an ancient fortress at the foothills of the Valais Alps. This is absolutely the most impressive castle in Switzerland, and can be reached by a two-mile walking path from Montreux. It is one of the best-preserved medieval castles found anywhere. Located in Canton Vaud.


5. The Schilthorn, atop Piz Gloria, enables you to marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree panorama of over 200 mountain peaks dominated by the Eiger, Mönch and the Jungfrau. You can either sit inside the world-famous revolving restaurant or stand outside on the observation deck, where portions of the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” were filmed. It’s one of the greatest places to visit in Switzerland on sunny days, but horrible during a snowstorm – and be prepared… some days they won’t let you back down if a storm is too violent down below. Located in Canton Bern

The World’s Most Unique Hotels (I)

Spend the night curled up like a hamster in a mound of straw beside your wheel or hunker down in an old prison with hardwood beds and spartan facilities. The trend for offbeat accommodation continues to grow. Travelers have become tired of the generic blandness of hotel rooms with their predictable layout and minibar. They demand something different. From luxury to deprivation, there is certainly plenty of variety in the unique hotel market. Let's take a look at a few of the more interesting options available around the world.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: Kolarbyn Eco-lodge


The Swedes have made minimalism an art form, and this is seen nowhere more than at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge in the wilds of Skinnskatteberg, two hours from Stockholm. Deep in the forest beside a lake are a number of tiny huts so cleverly constructed you have to look twice to distinguish them from their leafy surroundings. It would not surprise you to see Bilbo Baggins emerge from a rustic entrance. Inspired by the old charcoal burner huts which used to dot these forests, they are super simple with just two beds and a fire.


Forget the wifi, there is no electricity. You even have to fetch your own water from the spring and cut your own wood for cooking. All sods of nutritious supplies are stored in a food but so you are able to create your own meals on the wood fires. These forests are filled with moose, beavers, birds and the occasional bear. Guides live on-site to offer a hand and take you through the forest.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: Hotel Palafitte


For quite a different type of accommodation, but with similar levels of tranquility, try the Hotel Palafitte on Lake Neuchatel. The rooms of the 5-star boutique hotel are built out onto the lake on stilts, contemporary reminders of the earliest human shelters built here thousands of years ago. Bungalow-cum-boathouse, these beautifully simple rooms are completely private, yet open to the changing moods of the lake with alpine views of the Jura Mountains in the distance. Each apartment has its own balcony and ladder down into the lake, and the simple exterior houses state of the art technology with tablet PC control of all electrics and media devices and fingerprint scan keys. This is Switzerland after all.



The World’s Most Unique Hotels: The Gibbon Experience



For more adventurous accommodation, try zip lining into your treehouse after tramping through the virgin forests of the Bokeo Reserve in Laos. The Gibbon Experience tree houses are built high up in the sturdy trunks of the strangler fig trees. The veranda rooms are airy and open so guests can look out over the forest canopy of the reserve. Conservation group Animo runs the operations as part of their mission to protect these primary forests from logging. They have set up long zip lines over the forest for guests to view these unique ecosystems and hopefully glimpse the black-faced gibbons who live below.