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Exploring Ascona & Locarno

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The twin cities of Ascona and Locarno is one of the most significant bases to start your adventure from in Ticino.  The Maggia river separates Ascona and Locarno which serves as an entry point to the regions abundant valleys which are easily accessible by Post Bus using your Ticino Ticket, a Swiss Pass rail pass or simply purchasing   Continue Reading →

Gotthard Express to Ticino

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Switzerland is home to so many different cultures and landscapes, all housed within a small border that is barely 3 times larger than Los Angeles County.  When thinking of Switzerland many things immediately come to mind – chocolate, cheese, tall mountains and precise time!  But something that you may not think of is palm trees.    Continue Reading →

Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

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Have you ever had the curiosity to ride a nostalgic, old-fashioned steam engine driven train? For over 125 years the Swiss have provided that opportunity with the Brienzer Rothornbahn, built in 1892. Starting from lake Brienz between Interlaken and Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland, the Rothorn train climbs 5,510 ft (1,680 m) in 55 minutes and has   Continue Reading →

Lucerne’s Scenic Excursions

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For my first few years coming to the Alps, I thought of Lucerne as something of a quick stop on a larger tour of Switzerland – a place to see, but not necessarily to linger.  But the more time I spend here, the more I realize just how much this whole area has to offer.   Continue Reading →

Swiss Transportation: BAHN!

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Switzerland is many things to many people, a beautiful country of soaring mountains, turquoise lakes, attractive cities and rustic villages.  The landscape is truly daunting, with mountains blocking the way in every direction – “much more up and down than sideways“, in the words of Hemingway.  Of course we like to hike these mountains, but   Continue Reading →

First Impressions – Part 2

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Earlier this summer, travel photographer and blogger Kevin Wolf joined us for a tour in the Bernese Oberland, traveling from Schwarzwaldalp to Murren.  He documented his travels and first impressions of Switzerland with beautiful images as well as some great first-hand accounts.  This is the 2nd Part of a 2 Part series from Kevin.  If   Continue Reading →

First impressions – Part 1

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Earlier this summer, travel photographer and blogger Kevin Wolf joined us for a tour in the Bernese Oberland, traveling from Schwarzwaldalp to Murren.  He documented his travels and first impressions of Switzerland with some beautiful images as well as some great first-hand accounts.  This is the first of two posts from Kevin recounting his first   Continue Reading →