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Zurich

Zurich

Switzerland’s largest city Zurich finds itself ideally situated in a picturesque alpine setting. The Limmat River runs through the city centre into the breathtaking expanse of Lake Zurich. As well as natural beauty, the cityscape here is also extremely pretty, encompassing cobbled streets, towering church spires and green parks. Attractions such as the Landesmuseum, the Kunsthaus, and much more can all be visited in this culturally rich city. From Niederdorfstrasse in Zurich’s Old Town to the former industrial area and currently hip district of Zurich West, the city is brimming with nightlife. Restaurants serving local and international dishes, along with […]

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Stroll through Lucern

Stroll through Lucern

Lucerne is a beautiful small city in the heartland of Switzerland, across the lake from Altdorf, where legend has it William Tell shot an apple off of his son’s head. In addition to being a fine place to visit in and of itself Lucerne is a great base from which to explore famous Swiss sites. — WikiTravel Reza, my couchsurfing host in Lausanne, has told me that Lucern was a fun city to visit, so when I decided to swing by Interlaken, I also decided to take a train to Zurich through Lucerne instead of Bern as I was going to make a prior stop there. […]

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The Amazing Interlaken

The Amazing Interlaken

Buried deep in the Swiss Alps, and nestled neatly in between two lakes, Interlaken is a tale of two cities. First there’s Interlaken in the winter, quieter than the summer months but one of the best places in Europe to engage in adrenalin-pumping outdoor winter sports. Then there’s Interlaken in the summer, a livelier city with even more outdoor sports and some great hiking. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, don’t fret. Thanks to the surrounding mountains and lakes, it’s worth visiting for the scenery alone. — HostelWorld Unfortunately, I was coming here during neither of those times, but I […]

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Two Hours in Bern

Two Hours in Bern

Berne is the capital of Switzerland, a diverse and beautiful city! Berne is a medieval city founded in 1191, on and around the River Aare. Berne has quite a few attractions and historic sites, as well as an active cultural life. It is here that Albert Einstein worked, the Toblerone chocolate bar is made, and Emmental cheese, known as Swiss Cheese, reached out to the world. — MagicSwitzerland.com That is about all I knew about Bern before coming to the city. I was hoping to get out here the day before to spend a couple of days in the city […]

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Lausanne

Lausanne

Lausanne … is a medium sized city which sits at the northern most point of Lake Geneva. The city is the host to the International Olympic Committee and two major universities. It is also the transportation hub of Vaud, and a gateway to the alpine Canton of the Valais, home to some of the best known ski slopes in the world. — WikiTravel After my fiasco with trying to couchsurf in Geneva and having no luck getting responses from folks in Bern and Zurich, I was pleasantly surprised when Reza got back to my last minute request saying that I could […]

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Hiking in Vevey

Hiking in Vevey

My favorite Ohio State professor has moved to Switzerland a couple of years ago and settled down near Vevey on the north shore of lake Geneva. Since then I have been amazed of the pictures he has been posting from the various hikes in the area so when it came time to plan the European portion of my trip, I decided to try to make it out there and see it for myself. That is really what made me decide to come to Switzerland in the first place and, although expensive, I am happy I did it. Professor Mathias graciously […]

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Touring skyguide Facilities At Geneva Airport

Touring skyguide Facilities At Geneva Airport

When I was considering going to Switzerland, I remembered listening to an episode of Airplane Geeks podcast in which Peter interviewed an air traffic controller trainee from Geneve. I emailed them to ask to be put in touch with Etienne and a few hours later I had a response from him. Etienne has also recently obtained his private pilot license and offered me to go along for a ride with him when I get in town as well as to show me around the air traffic control facility he was working at. Unfortunately, the weather and aircraft availability did not […]

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A Few Days in Geneve or Sometimes You Have To Pay

A Few Days in Geneve or Sometimes You Have To Pay

Welcome to Geneva! Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. Today, the city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for recreation. — Geneva.info Geneve was the first stop on my Swiss itinerary and I ended up getting here a bit earlier than I expected so in the last […]

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Quick Stop In Basel

Quick Stop In Basel

Basel is Switzerland’s third most populous city… Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: Regio TriRhena. — WikiTravel apply for loans over the phone On my trip from Metz to Geneva, I had an hour layover in Basel so I decided to walk to the old portion of […]

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