Switzerland

A Walking Tour of Bern Switzerland

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A Walking Tour of Bern Switzerland

A Walking Tour of Bern Switzerland   Bern Switzerland – A UNESCO World Heritage City Switzerland’s capital city, Bern, dates back to 1191 – and much of the city still retains its old-world atmosphere. In the Old Town of Bern Switzerland, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, traces of modernity can be found; but mostly, a walking tour of the town offers a fascinating glimpse into Bern’s past, as well as views of many beautiful and historic treasures. The following are a few of my favorite finds from a tour of the city. My first stop of...

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Emerald Waterways Lauches in 2014

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Emerald Waterways Lauches in 2014

NEW RIVER CRUISE LAUNCHES FOR 2014 EMERALD WATERWAYS TO OFFER HIGH QUALITY EUROPEAN SAILINGS AND EXCEPTIONAL VALUE – AND THE INDUSTRY’S NEWEST SHIPS Boston, MA, August 2013 – The rumors of a new river cruise line have been floating around for a number of months – and now they are confirmed. Emerald Waterways is the first new European river cruise company to set sail in more than six years and aims to make a big splash in the fast-growing market. With the industry’s newest ships, custom-built to exceed guest’s expectations and offering such...

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

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TourCrafters Escorted Tours of Europe

Libertyville, IL, November 27, 2012 — What could be better than a relaxing trip to Europe with a small group. great hotels, authentic restaurants, friendly English-speaking guides and—most important—no hassles or worries. TourCrafters has designed a brand new selection of Golden Tours (tops in luxury and service), Silver Tours (almost as good) and Bronze Tours (budget tours that save you up to 40%). The 2013 Best of Europe Escorted Tours brochure, which covers Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland Greece and Turkey, is...

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Zürich’s Magical Musical History Tour

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Zürich’s Magical Musical History Tour

Zürich has won awards for its high quality of life. With Swiss Alps stretching on the horizon across a tranquil lake, this “Little Big City” of 380,000 boasts safe, spotless streets and unsurpassed mass transit. Zürich’s Altstadt, or Old Town, is especially alluring. Largely spared fires and wars, neutral Switzerland sports some of Europe’s best remaining medieval architecture. Promenading through Old Town’s perfectly preserved 12th century buildings is like time traveling back to a beguiling “Guilded Age.” One city tour highlights Zürich’s...

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Tramping Switzerland: the Cascades, part 5

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Tramping Switzerland: the Cascades, part 5

Part V: The Reichenbachfall and Giessbach Cascades In A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain mentioned in passing two waterfalls located in central Switzerland. Meiringen has “beautiful cascades that leap from those rugged heights, robed in powdery spray, ruffled with foam, and girdled with rainbows — to look upon these things… was to look upon the last possibility of the sublime and the enchanting.” Meiringen’s museum and statue honor Holmes, not Huck, because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had Sherlock murdered in 1891 at the nearby 656-foot...

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Tramping Switzerland: Wagner Mania, part 4

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Tramping Switzerland: Wagner Mania, part 4

The Richard Wagner Museum is perched near exquisite Lake Lucerne (Luzern in Swiss German), surrounded by dramatic vistas of the Swiss Alps. The three-storey mansion where the German composer lived from 1866 to 1872 now documents and celebrates Wagner’s music and life in Switzerland. The manor — originally built in the 15th century, its current design dating to 1800 — owned by Lt. Col. Walter Am Rhyn, when Wagner stumbled upon it at Tribschen, while sailing across fabled Lake Lucerne in 1866. Today, visitors can take the boat Rütli...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part III

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Tramping Switzerland, Part III

Part III: Magritte’s Matterhorn and Zermatt Today Zermatt is a hustle-bustle hamlet with 7,000 residents and 23,000 daily peak season visitors at one of the Continent’s most popular destinations. True too in Mark Twain’s era, with actual and armchair Alpenists drawn to Europe’s best-known mountain: the 14,691-foot Matterhorn. “The monarch was far away when we first saw him, but there was no such thing as mistaking him,” Twain mused in his1880 book A Tramp Abroad. “He has the rare peculiarity of standing by himself; he is peculiarly steep,...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part II

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Tramping Switzerland, Part II

Part II: Lucerne, the “City of Lights” In addition to writing about sightseeing at Lucerne’s lake and Alps in his1880 A Tramp Abroad Mark Twain reported on its city sights. To enjoy them as fully as possible I embarked on a walking tour set up by Luzern Tourismus led by an excellent English-speaking guide. Longtime resident Annamaria Rotach knows Lucerne like the proverbial back of her hand, and provided a history lesson and insights into Central Switzerland’s most important urban center. Such as the fact that the city’s name in Swiss German,...

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Tramping Switzerland, Part I

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Tramping Switzerland, Part I

Part I: Lucerne in the Sky With Diamonds Mark Twain, who died 100 years ago, is primarily remembered as the fictional chronicler of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River adventures. But Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) is also one of the best travel writers since Alexander the Great, turning phrases like few could. He described the then-Sandwich Isles as “the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean,” arguably Hawaii’s best, most-quoted promotional slogan. Twain regaled readers with tales of his...

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Mining for gold in Switzerland, No kidding!

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I spent the most entertaining afternoon panning for gold in the river in Romoos, Switzerland. The weather could not have been any better. The sun shone high in the sky as I pulled on my borrowed knee high boots and grabbed a shovel. After a quick lesson, I waded into the water and tried my hand at this not all together unsurprisingly difficult task. First you dig past the heavy rocks, then you fill your pan with what you find, then you shake out the rocks and water until you are left with just a bit of sediment in the bottom of your pan. Even...

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Down On the Farm, Up in Switzerland

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Last night I slept in straw. I don’t mean on a mattress made of straw or a bed woven of straw. I mean straw. Big piles of straw that would otherwise have been fed to the cows. The cows that were sleeping just one floor below me. I’m staying on a farm in Romoos, Switzerland at Baruti (6113 Romoos, 041 480 16 16). Not for long. Just for one night. But long enough to have attained a great admiration for farmers. I arrived late yesterday afternoon and walked around the farm and visited with the cows. When I was show the vast barn with the long...

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Sweet Simplicity in Lucerne

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Just a few steps from the train station, sat my hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland – Hotel Continental Park. The entrance is on a side street just steps away from the tracks. The lobby is simple and inviting and the front desk staff could not be any more friendly. The hall and doorway to my room remind me of my overnight train stays in Hungary. But the room itself is quite sweet. Nothing fancy. Nothing plush. Just simple digs with welcome details like dramatic ribbons and roses crown molding and an elegant ceiling medallion. The rest of the...

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Loving the Train System in Switzerland

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After getting off of a seven hour overnight flight to Zurich, I was quite nervous about finding my way to Lucerne. All I knew was that I needed to catch a train. I asked at the info desk where the train station was and I crossed the street and entered the building as instructed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, unlike the signage in JFK, the signage at the Zurich train station was perfect. I found a train on the board which was headed to Zurich. I headed to the track number indicated and I boarded without issue. I was lucky to already...

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Swiss Air Business Class Seats, The Variables

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I enjoyed a very nice Business Class flight from New York to Zurich last night. The flight attendants were lovely. The food was fine and the seats laid perfectly flat. You can’t ask for much more than that. They had good movies, though, not massive in number. And the amenities  were simple but inclusive. The weird thing was the configuration of the seats. There were definitely ones that were far better than others. A large number of the seats are singles with large counters and wide open spaces for one’s feet and one’s...

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2010 European River Cruises

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New York, June 2009 — Offering consumers and travel agents a head start on planning next year’s vacations, Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises will begin accepting bookings on August 1, 2009 for its 2010 schedule of European river cruises; full details and pricing are currently available on the company’s web site, www.deilmann-cruises.com. Both hardcopy and downloadable versions of the 2010 Deluxe “Great Rivers of Europe” brochure will be available this fall. Deilmann, known for its seven luxury river ships that are small floating...

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