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Historic but modern hotel at the heart of Interlaken

July 2, 2021, 30 Comments

The oldest hotel in Switzerland. Now that’s somewhere I had to stay, so I did. According to this cool map, the Hotel...

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Schilthorn is a great all-rounder with views and thrills

July 1, 2021, 24 Comments

Schilthorn has one of the best 360° panorama views in Switzerland. You could say it has a view to die for, though...

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Solving the mystery of Interlaken’s two rail bridges

June 30, 2021, 5 Comments

Interlaken isn’t big but it has two train stations, West and Ost. Take the train from one to the other and you’ll...

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Harder makes it easy to enjoy the views

June 29, 2021, 11 Comments

In an area with so many mighty peaks, it’s easy to overlook one which is only 1322m high. But that would be...

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Welcome to Interlaken, the Paris of the Alps

June 28, 2021, 30 Comments

I like Interlaken. There, I’ve said it. I might not agree with Hans Christian Andersen, who called it ‘the Paris of the...

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Unwrapping the material wealth of St Gallen

May 21, 2021, 2 Comments

Once upon a time over half the world’s embroidery came from St Gallen, and the industry was Switzerland’s largest export. Then came...

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The pleasure of St Gallen’s enticingly unique shops

May 19, 2021, No comments

It was the goats that caught my eye. A family of five lined up along the pavement, begging me to stop and...

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St Gallen, a wonderful city of windows and walls

May 18, 2021, 1 Comment

The medieval Berlin. Yes, St Gallen was once a divided city, with a wall separating the Catholic monastery from the Protestant city...

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Discover the Swiss city full of eastern promise

May 17, 2021, 3 Comments

St Gallen is only an hour east of Zurich but for some people that means it’s completely off the map. It’s not...

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The once-essential little Swiss booklet

December 14, 2020, No comments

It was a little booklet that was always in my rucksack or back pocket. It was an essential tool for anyone using...

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