Win a trip to Jungfraujoch – and more!

November 4, 2013, 73 Comments

JungfraubahnFancy 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.

Grandhotel GiessbachPrize 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.

Gemmi pathPrize 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.

Slow Train bookPrize 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.

Stauffacher eventPlus, 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.

Thanks to the lovely people at Jungfrau Railways, Interlaken Tourism and Leukerbad Tourism for supplying the prizes. Visit their Facebook pages for more special offers.

Good luck!

73 Comments on "Win a trip to Jungfraujoch – and more!"

  1. Corrie Watson Monday November 4th, 2013 at 06:42 PM · Reply

    Would love a copy of your new book! Am currently enjoying Swiss Watching. I’m from Scotland…..

  2. Sara Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:00 PM · Reply

    Just back from South Sudan, currently living between Belgium and Switzerland. In December moving back to Switzerland with my Swiss “cheri”, who obliges me to travel by train! 😉

  3. Regula Hiltebrand Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:02 PM · Reply

    I’m from Switzerland and any of those trips and the package would be most amazing!

  4. Jennifer Frei Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:05 PM · Reply

    I am from Canada. Like seein posts on Swiss Watching.

  5. Meredith Sweeney Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:08 PM · Reply

    I have enjoyed following your blog, and will continue to do so, even though I recently moved to the US from Switzerland. I am sure I will return to visit, as there are people and places there I dearly love.

  6. julee cope Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:20 PM · Reply

    I am from The USA. I would love to go back to Switzerland for another visit. Had a wonderful visit last year with my parents (celebrating 50 years of marriage).

  7. laura crawford Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:38 PM · Reply

    I live in Scotland but holiday in Switzerland every year (until someone gives me a job so I.can move permanently)! Already read and recommended Swiss Watching would live any of the prizes but particularly Jungfraujoch as I lived in Wengen and Interlaken as a student and never quite made it to the top due to cost! Merci vielmal!

  8. Karin Monday November 4th, 2013 at 07:52 PM · Reply

    Well, it doesn’t matter if I will win anything here! I life near all these breath taking places, means, I’m a winner anyway!

  9. Monika Monday November 4th, 2013 at 08:17 PM · Reply

    I’m originally from Switzerland but live in the USA. I love to go back home and visit….

  10. Dimitri Burkhard Monday November 4th, 2013 at 08:17 PM · Reply

    Despite living in Switzerland, I have never been to Jungfraujoch! I would love to visit this incredible place!

  11. Sean searl Monday November 4th, 2013 at 08:50 PM · Reply

    Such a lovely country. Would love to go back and see more. I’m in Lincolnshire, England so such a massive contrast of scenery

  12. Gabrielle Monday November 4th, 2013 at 11:26 PM · Reply

    I live in Canada after 13 years in Switzerland. Missing it though 🙂

  13. Sarah Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 12:09 AM · Reply

    I have been living in Switzerland for 14 years and truly enjoy train rides!
    Are there any Slow train to Switzerland launch events planned in Ticino?

    • Diccon Bewes Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 08:59 AM · Reply

      Hi Sarah. There will be but not this side of Christmas. Two dates are planned in late January and late March and once I have the confirmed details, they will be up on the website. Hope to see you there.

      • Sarah Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 01:26 PM · Reply

        Thanks a lot Diccon! Looking forward!

  14. Rick Nielson Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 09:32 AM · Reply

    I live in the USA but will be returning to CH next summer and plan to stay in Leukerbad and visit Jungfraujoch.

    • Diccon Bewes Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 09:42 AM · Reply

      Looks like you qualify for the three main prizes then! Fingers crossed

  15. Josephine Daub Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Reply

    I am from Holland, but I live in Switzerland for more than 3 years now. Haven’t had the opportunity to visit any of the three main prizes though, but I would love to.

  16. Roger Johnson Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 08:08 PM · Reply

    Wowie! I have visited Switzerland before and can not wait to get back! I am from Washington state, USa.

  17. Olivia Hall Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 09:56 PM · Reply

    I’m English and have been living in Zurich since May this year. I would love to win one of these fab prizes and can’t wait to read the book, as I very much enjoyed reading Swiss Watching as preparation for my move here.

  18. A Poppy Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 10:06 PM · Reply

    I live in Switzerland.

  19. A Poppy Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 10:07 PM · Reply

    I currently live in Zurich, but am from the US and Swiss Watching is a great book. It answered many questions and made sense of some I had not even reached yet…being here only 1.5 years! 🙂

    Thanks! Look forward to reading the new book!

  20. Jenny Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 11:34 PM · Reply

    We moved to Switzerland last year from Scotland and are loving it here. Swiss Watching was in the Sonne hotel where we stayed before moving into our house. We think it’s very amusing and get all our guests to dip into it on their visits to us!

  21. Tony Bagwell Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 01:37 PM · Reply

    I really enjoyed the Slow Train book and learnt a lot more about Switzerland and its history. I’m in the UK but a Swiss prize could be used next year – it would be an excuse to come back to the “land of the giant train set”.

  22. Tracy Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:08 PM · Reply

    I’ve been living in Zürich since February, having come here from New Zealand — almost the opposite point on the globe! We have already had hordes of friends and family taking advantage of our hospitality to see Switzerland but we haven’t been to any of these places yet. Swiss Watching is the book I have on the bedside table for all our guests to read while they stay.

  23. Kirsty Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:13 PM · Reply

    I’m based in the UK; that said I do love Switzerland and I’m definitely planning a return in 2014 🙂

  24. Anja Tepest Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:13 PM · Reply

    I would love to win one of this fantastic prizes. I live in Germany, but I’m in Switzerland very often. I love it so much.

    Keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

  25. Bojana Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:14 PM · Reply

    Despite living in Switzerland for 4 years… I’ve never been to Jungfraujoch! Would love to win one of these great prizes!

  26. Lisa Crouch Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:20 PM · Reply

    We currently live in Zurich and recently made a trip to Interlaken, but only got up to Schynige Platte to view Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger. I read Swiss Watching before we moved here and found it extremely informative. Would love to have the chance to go to the top of Europe or any of the other Swiss prizes.

  27. Letitia Schuman Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:20 PM · Reply

    My husband and I live in Washington DC in the United States. We’re looking forward to visiting Switzerland in July 2014. Your books will give us a good introduction to that wonderful country.

  28. Sofia Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:25 PM · Reply

    I would loveeeeee to go to Switzerland again, I’ve been there before for couple of days and I absolutely loved it!, so much of that country to visit still and what a better oportunity then this one!.
    Pls send me the good price!! :),

  29. Michael Danowski Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:27 PM · Reply

    I would love one of these great prizes – I am originally from the USA but now living in Germany.

  30. Mattia Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:28 PM · Reply

    I live in the UK (Brighton), but I am half Swiss, and used to to Wengen when I was a child! I’d love to go back there!

    • Diccon Bewes Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:40 PM · Reply

      Hi Mattia. I love Brighton! There are two book signings coming up not far from there: 13 November at Daunts Marylebone in London and 14 November at One Tree Books in Petersfield, Hampshire. See the Events page her for details.

  31. Massimo Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:47 PM · Reply

    Beautiful Jungfraujoch! I live in Italy

  32. Sabine Grell Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 03:57 PM · Reply

    I’m from Switzerland and your books are a perfect gift for my German husband. Want to take him to the Jungfraujoch too!

  33. Caitlin Hunter Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 04:05 PM · Reply

    Read about your book on the plane home from Switzerland. I had just spent 4 days hiking around Kleine Scheidegg. Fell in love with the mountains and can’t wait to go back. I’m from the United States.

    • Diccon Bewes Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:39 PM · Reply

      Hi Caitlin. Was that in the BA High Life magazine? I have yet to see the finished article I wrote

  34. Evelyn Kellenberger Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 04:06 PM · Reply

    I got to meet you this past weekend at the LEMAN EXPA FAIR in Lausanne. I got to listen to your presentation on how you embark on the historical train ride by following the daily diary of the English Lady.

    I am from Canada and living in Grindelwald since July.

    It was quite special for me to hear you talk about Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland. It is even more special because I have been married to a Swiss Man for over 15 years who is originally from Wengen.

    When are you coming this way? If I have the pleasure to win your book I will be reading it with our children.

    • Diccon Bewes Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:39 PM · Reply

      Hi Evelyn. I’m not sure when there will be events in the Oberland. Sometime soon I hope. There is a reading & signing at Stauffacher in Bern on 27 November but for that you need to contact the bookshop

  35. Kurt Brandly Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 04:46 PM · Reply

    I live in the United States and am traveling to Switzerland in May to visit family and travel, I would love to win a prize!

    • Diccon Bewes Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:37 PM · Reply

      Hi Kurt. That means you could qualify for all the prizes!!

  36. Jenny Moore Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 05:01 PM · Reply

    I have visited the Jungfrau region 11 times in the last two and half years and have a trip booked for February and will come again in July/August. It is the most amazing place, the mountains are so enchanting you get caught up in their mystery and the secrets they hold. I live in England and have travelled to various countries but Switzerland and the Jungfrau region are the best.

    • Diccon Bewes Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:38 PM · Reply

      11 times! Wow that’s more than I have managed in the past 2.5 years

  37. Connie Gull Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 05:26 PM · Reply

    Have been to Switzerland a couple years ago and would love to return. I am in Maryland, USA.

  38. Larry Thomas Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 06:53 PM · Reply

    I live int he USA but love Europe!!

  39. Linda Andrade Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 08:35 PM · Reply

    Hi, I’m from South Africa. I am travelling to Switzerland for this Christmas and New Year with my husband and daughter as I’ve always wanted a White Christmas and finally my dream will come true. I would love to win one of the prizes. So hope to get hold of one of your books to read on the flight there. We will be staying in Interlaken 🙂

  40. Erik Eaker Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 09:01 PM · Reply

    I live in Kentucky, in the USA.

  41. Frannie Roca Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 09:44 PM · Reply

    I’m from the United States and was there 2 months ago and will be there again in May 2014 and stay a bit longer. There’s really nothing like the Swiss Alps. It’s so breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  42. Jonathan Medlock Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 09:49 PM · Reply

    As a Brit living in Switzerland for the past 4 years, I’d be happy with any of the prizes!
    I’ve enjoyed both your previous books and the blog/website. Keep up the good work!

  43. Brad Wednesday November 6th, 2013 at 11:15 PM · Reply

    Would love to win any of these great prizes , I am from Australia 🙂

  44. Caytlin Thursday November 7th, 2013 at 07:00 AM · Reply

    I am from the U.S.A. and had the amazing opportunity to visit this beautiful country back in the spring of 2008. Jungfrau was absolutely breath taking. I plan on one day taking my husband to visit. One of many items on his bucket list is to kiss me on Jungfrau and I cannot wait! Definitely a country I wish to go back to. =)

  45. Kim Morgan Thursday November 7th, 2013 at 07:52 AM · Reply

    This past summer I was so surprised by my physical reaction at Jungfrau when I felt sick from the thin air. I’d never had anything like this happen before. I’d love to visit again and walk the path to the little house that I missed on the TOP OF THE WORLD!

  46. Michael Simpson Thursday November 7th, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Reply

    Diccon, Swiss Watching was a terrific read! I do miss the jaw-droppingly beautiful country. I’m in Sydney, Australia. It would be great if more Australians looked at Switzerland as a holiday destination. They don’t know what they’re missing out on! Gosh why do I have to be so far away?!

  47. Vanessa L Thursday November 7th, 2013 at 01:32 PM · Reply

    I live in Switzerland and would love to win any of these prizes! I really enjoy reading all of your posts on Swiss Watching!

  48. John Miller Friday November 8th, 2013 at 04:01 PM · Reply

    I live in Canton Geneve and am just finishing Swisswatching – a real delight to read!! A problem I’ve found on my daily train commute to work is that it’s on time far too much, so I arrive promptly and finishing books takes far longer than when periodically stuck for an hour or two on a train going nowhere in the UK. But for anyone who likes reading a seriously long book when on a train, the Adirondack from Montreal to New York is the one to go for: the track in upstate NY is just so bad that the trains have to crawl along and kids on bikes and even cows in the fields zoom past the dawdling trains. Can’t imagine it happening here …

  49. Leela turner Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 05:00 PM · Reply

    Hi Diccon,
    What a great website! I am Swiss born and live in London and would love to win a prize.I heard about you listening to BBC Radio 4and it made my day!

  50. Heidi Marriott Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 11:47 PM · Reply

    Hi Diccon. We met you last year at The House of Switzerland where you kindly signed my copy of Swiss Watching and enabled us to purchase Swisscellany both of which have been well read. We visit Switzerland twice a year and have a huge collection of Swiss souvenir items and books sourced from 2nd hand stores, the internet (& the odd Brockenhaus while we are on holiday). We stayed in Leukerbad last month and are coming back in May so would love any of your prizes please. I am currently reading ‘Slow Train to Switzerland’ along with a 1912 edition of ‘The Fascination Of Switzerland’ and am finding both very interesting. My husband is a member of The Swiss Railways Society in the UK and we regularly submit photos and sometimes articles. We always make full use our Swiss Passes on the fabulous trains, buses & boats etc. and leave the car parked up to have a Swiss holiday too! Keep up the good work. Best Wishes Heidi

  51. Flora Marriott Monday November 11th, 2013 at 09:11 AM · Reply

    What a super competition! I’m very much looking forward to your new book. I live in the UK and have had several hiking adventures in Switzerland – all of which have been enriched by a deeper understanding of the country gleaned from reading Swiss Watching, and of course your blog.
    I would love to have an excuse to visit again.

  52. Lorri Thursday November 14th, 2013 at 05:40 PM · Reply

    I live in the US and have heard of your book Swiss Watching. Need to go buy the book! Adore Switzerland and would gladly go back in 2014!

  53. swisspostcards Sunday November 17th, 2013 at 11:36 PM · Reply

    I hope I will be able to come to the book signing in Zurich!!!!! Living in Switzerland and enjoying every moment of it!

  54. Elizabeth Monday November 18th, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Reply

    Hi Diccon. Good luck with the book launching! I live in Lausanne but am from the U.S.

  55. Pashmin SHah Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 02:57 PM · Reply

    I am from India and loooove switzerland since I was a child. Never got a chance to go for my dream vacation. My dad shares my passion for Switzerland and therefore I am planning a surprise family vacation with him in the coming summer and the free tickets would be like an cherry on the cake!!!!:D

  56. Elli Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 05:05 PM · Reply

    Hi, I love this cimpetition! I am a Greek living in Switzerland!

  57. jena portmann Wednesday November 27th, 2013 at 11:59 AM · Reply

    I live in zürich and will of course be at your book signing in zürich on the 8th..I have all your books and i also love giving them as presents to friends and family..see you in zürich…jena

  58. John Dora Friday November 29th, 2013 at 11:27 PM · Reply

    Intend to send copies of the Slow Train as Christmas Presents. While I live in England I would be delighted and able to make use of the prizes if I were so lucky!

    Good luck on the Launch Events….

  59. Don Newing Friday November 29th, 2013 at 11:47 PM · Reply

    Just bought the new book in Kindle form to enjoy on my Christmas trip to Switzerland by rail. I am sure that I will enjoy it as much as the previous ones!

  60. Barbara Summerfield Friday November 29th, 2013 at 11:51 PM · Reply

    I have your Swiss Watching book and am looking forward to the new one – I found Miss Jemima’s Swiss Journal in a secondhand bookshop a few month ago, it is fascinating! I live in Bath.

  61. Vera Tuesday December 17th, 2013 at 10:37 PM · Reply

    Switzerland is my favourite European country and I had my 17th. holiday there this year. 15 in the Summer months and two February holidays in the snow. Wonderful!
    On five occasions I took parties of Girl Guides and we all had a wonderful time.
    I hope to return before too long,.

  62. Gifford Krivak Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 at 09:13 AM · Reply

    I am from the USA, and a big fan of all things Swiss. I was probably one of the first Americans to read Swiss Watching 4 years ago as you personally sent me copy via your UK publisher before I made my first trip to Switzerland. Great book. Keep up the good work.

  63. Diane Saturday July 26th, 2014 at 12:57 AM · Reply

    I live in the USA and would be totally pleased with Prize number 4!

  64. Carrie Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Reply

    Hi! My husband and I just moved to the Switz from Oregon. Someone from Swiss Customs actually sent me the link for your blog while we were corresponding about an issue we were having with getting a package through Customs. I’m glad he did! We love the outdoors and are excited to start exploring Switzerland with tips from your blog. Congrats on your book!

  65. Feyza bouazizi Saturday July 29th, 2017 at 09:21 PM · Reply

    Hello i live in Tunisia and Switzerland is my favourite country that i dream to visit.

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