Tag Archives: Switzerland


High Above Lugano, Monte San Salvatore

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Lugano, in the southern reaches of Switzerland, is a real gem.  Right on the border of Italy, you’re met with Mediterranean breezes, the sounds of swaying palms, floral notes in the air, lots of sunny days and poolside relaxation.  The geography of the area is fascinating with long fingerlike lakes surrounded by tall mountains that rise   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 →

Thomy: The Swiss Staple

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One of the top best little things you’ll find in Switzerland is Thomy’s. Just when you need it most, it’s there when you’re eating a potentially boring sandwich on the trail or when you’re making a creative dinner at home. Thomy is there for any condiment pairing occasion with its endless varieties, ready to satisfy all of your   Continue Reading →

Meet Alpinehikers Guide: Matt Hart

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We understand that its nice to know who you will be exploring the trails with during your Alpinehikers adventure. My name is Eryka Thorley and I work in the Alpinehikers office as well as guide in the Alps. Each month we will be introducing you to another member of our fantastic Alpinehikers guide staff in   Continue Reading →

The National Swiss Dish: Rösti

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It turns out the American fried potato craze is not unique, in fact it’s a global phenomenon. People everywhere love fried potatoes and Switzerland is no exception. Let me introduce to you… Rösti. Originally from the Canton of Bern, Rösti (almost rhymes with PUSH-tea, but with an R) was first recognized as a farmer’s breakfast   Continue Reading →

The Weather of the Alps with Troy Haines, Alpinehiker’s Founder and Owner

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The weather of the Alps doesn’t necessarily play by the rules. Long range forecasts are dodgy, areas in close proximity are extremely variable and rain showers (depending on where you are) are not unusual. Troy Haines, Alpinehikers owner and founder, and I recently sat down to discuss the complexities of weather when traveling by foot through the   Continue Reading →