Fancy going to the Top of Europe? Or soaking in the thermal baths at Leukerbad? Or lunch at the Grandhotel Giessbach? You can win any one of those in a free prize draw on this website, or via my Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s all to celebrate the official publication of Slow Train to Switzerland today, so of course the prizes are related to Miss Jemima’s journey that I followed in the book. The Slow Train has arrived!
It’s easy to enter online (details below) but before that, here’s what you could win.
Prize number one: Jungfraujoch. Two tickets for the train ride from Interlaken up to Europe’s highest train station. It’s one of Switzerland’s most spectacular railway journeys, climbing up inside the Eiger to come out just beneath the summit of the Jungfrau. Truly a trip to remember! The tickets are valid for two years and were provided by the Jungfraubahn railway.
Prize number two: Giessbach. A day out for two, starting with the boat trip from Interlaken across Lake Brienz, possibly on the beautiful old paddle-steamer that still glides its way over the water. Landing at Giessbach you’ll then progress to the Grandhotel Giessbach for lunch beside the waterfalls. This Belle Epoque gem has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The whole package is valid for a year (but the Grandhotel is open April-October only) and was provided by Interlaken Tourism.
Prize number three: Leukerbad. Two return tickets for the cable car ride up the Gemmi, the highest point Miss Jemima reached on her trip. From the top there’s a spectacular view of the Alps, and if you’re feeling sporty you can walk back down the zigzag path cut into the cliff. Either way, afterwards you can both relax in the hot water of the Alpentherme baths, where you can lie on the bubble beds and look up at the mountains. These tickets to bliss are valid one year and were provided by Leukerbad Tourism.
Prize number four: Slow Train. The first three prizes are really only suitable for people living in Switzerland, or those sure to come in the next year as they don’t include flights or trains to reach the destinations. For those of you living abroad, I can’t offer anything quite as grand but there is a special prize for you: a signed first edition of Slow Train to Switzerland, hot off the press, plus some extra Swiss goodies. There are three prize goody bags so three chances for you to win. And of course postage is included to wherever you are in the world.
Plus, those of you in Switzerland could also win a prize in person if you come to the official launch of the book on 27 November. That’s being held at Stauffacher Bookshop in Bern and there will be a prize draw on the night so you have to be there to win. These prizes are separate from this online competition but are just as exciting and almost the same: Jungfraujoch, Leukerbad and a surprise package in Interlaken. Tickets for the launch can be bought in Stauffacher, although they are free for customer cardholders (but they will still need a ticket to get in).
There are various ways to enter the online competition. Deadline for entries is 30 November:
- leave a comment here, saying which country you live in
- like my Facebook page
- if you’ve liked the page already, then like this post on that page
- comment about this post on my Facebook page, saying where you live
- share this Facebook post on your own page
- follow me on Twitter
- if you already follow me, then tweet about this post, mentioning me
And yes you can do all of the above to increase your chances of winning. The only important thing is to make sure that I know you have entered. On Facebook, I can see all the new page ‘Likes’, the individual ‘Likes’ for each post, who has shared posts and who has commented on them so each of those will be entered into the draw. On Twitter you’ll have to retweet me or copy me in or it will get lost in the Twitter stream.
Please remember that if you’re unlikely to be able to make use of the three Swiss prizes then tell me that you live abroad. Then someone else can win one of the great days out. It’s only fair. I will draw the Swiss prizes first and contact the winners to be sure they can use them. Prizes will be sent out in December.
Don’t forget that there are many events coming up over the next few weeks where you can buy a signed copy of the book. Full details here, but British events are in London, Peterborough, York, and Petersfield while Swiss ones are in Bern, Basel, Zurich, Lucerne, Zug, Nyon and Lausanne.