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St. Moritz to Lugano on the Palm Express Bus

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Switzerland boasts numerous ways to get from Point A to Point B.   You can go slowly by foot, walking a stretch of hiking trail in an alpine pasture or near a mountain peak.   A bike, whether battery-assisted or powered by muscle, will move you a bit quicker.   Then there are cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts, funicular   Continue Reading →

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 →

Niesen Funicular – Lake Thun’s Perfect Pyramid

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The Niesen is a very striking, almost perfectly pyramidal peak just south of Lake Thun, in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland.  It’s not big on the tourist track, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a trip.  If you do want to visit, the ride on the 11,502 foot (3506m) long funicular railway known as Niesenbahn can   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 →