Switzerland Journals

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A May 2008 trip to Switzerland by pabrams52

Rheinhotel Fischerzunft Photo, Schaffhausen, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Switzerland sure hit the scenery jackpot - so much beauty in one small country!

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Overview

The Swiss Rail Photo,
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It’s hard to even imagine the beauty of this relatively small country until you’ve seen it with your own eyes. It is the scenery that makes this country so appealing and is one of its great draws. This was my first view of Switzerland and it was a delight to visit. I have to say, my favorite area was the Bernese Oberland (the alpine "heart" of the country) with its famous mountain peaks of the Jungfraujoch (the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau). If you don’t dig nature after traveling to the summit of this natural wonder, then you’re probably missing a circuit.Quick Tips: Try to avoid the temptation (and it is great) to see everything. Even though Sw...Read More

Rheinhotel Fischerzunft

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Hotel

Rheinhotel Fischerzunft Photo, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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Hotel FischerzunftHotel Fischerzunft was the first hotel of our vacation and what a lovely way to begin our trip to Switzerland. Hotel Fischerzunft is located in the quiet town of Schaffhausen, near the famous Rheinfall. It is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group – signifying superior level of service. As a member of this exclusive group, it must maintain high quality and offer an enhanced level of comfort to its guests. This charming pr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2008

Rheinhotel Fischerzunft
Rheinquai 8
Schaffhausen CH-8200
+41 (52) 632-0505

Hotel ABC

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Hotel

Hotel ABC Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Hotel ABCThe Hotel ABC in Chur (pronounced KOOR), Switzerland is as convenient a stop for which a traveler could ever hope. It is situated only paces (perhaps ½ block) from the train station. Even while pulling luggage, it is a very easy walk. I became aware of this hotel somewhat by accident. I had planned on reserving at a full-service property in the area but discovered that many of the resort hotels in this region are closed between the winter (ski) season and the summer (tourist) season. I was directed to Hotel ABC as a "next choice". One is always a little uncertain when one doesn’t have the range of choices at their disposal, bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2008

Hotel ABC
Ottostrasse 8
Chur
+41-81-254-1313

Hotel Staubbach

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Hotel

Hotel Staubbach Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen – A Magnificent ValleyLauterbrunnen is part of the central area of Switzerland, referred to as the Bernese Oberland, which is marked by some of the country’s most magnificent mountain ranges. I chose Lauterbrunnen as a base because there you will find classic Swiss alpine scenery. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is the world’s deepest U-shaped valley and the region claims 72 small to spectacular waterfalls. Lauterbrunnen is nestled in the perfect location to make it both an end de...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

Hotel Staubbach
3822 Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland 3822
+41 (33) 855 54 54

Cafe du Grutli

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Restaurant

Cafe Grutli  Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Serendipity in LausanneAs readers of my journals know, I’m very much a subscriber to that special but unpredictable moment called serendipity. It can’t be anticipated, but when it does occur, it should be savored. Such was my good fortune when my husband and I were searching out a place to have dinner our first night in Lausanne. We had read the recommendation of a particular restaurant in our guidebook, and it sounded very appealing. We followed the guidebook’s map, but only managed to walk in circles. (As many tourists will affirm, walking the historic sections of some European cities can be disorienting, as they are not laid out in a grid pattern) After several ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2008

The Rheinfall

Attraction

Surge of the water Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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The RheinfallYou can read any number of descriptions of The Rheinfall in books or travel guides, but they can never do it justice. It has to be seen firsthand to be appreciated. It also has to be viewed from different angles and perspectives to comprehend the size and power of this magnificent natural wonder. Though not particularly high (only 75 feet), it spans a width of 492 feet. The falls are situated in Neuhausen, which lies 3 miles downriver from the town of Schaffhausen. My husband and I stayed in Schaffhausen, so access was relatively easy.The falls can best be viewed from a number of different angles on t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2008

Culture in Zurich

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Story/Tip

Grossmunster Church Photo, Switzerland, Europe
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Two Days in ZurichAs is my custom in a new city, I try to seek out a cultural event to my liking. In preparation for my first visit to Zurich, I perused the arts offerings online and discovered that one of my favorite operas, Rigoletto, would be performed at Zurich’s Opernhaus during my stay. It was my first time ever to this cosmopolitan city and the banking capital of Europe.Now that I had my opera reservation secured, I sought a hotel that would be both within my budget as well as near the opera house. This was a challenge, as mos...Read More

The Charm of Luzern

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Chapel Bridge in Luzern Photo, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Luzern - Swans, Ducks and CharmLuzern was the last stop on my trip to Switzerland and ended up being a perfect city in which to conclude our tour of this beautiful country. My husband and I had been lucky so far with the weather, but at this time of year, spring can be fickle and conditions can change quickly, which they did on May 17th. Because we wanted to see Mount Rigi, and spend a day traveling to and hiking that area, I stopped at the Tourist Information center located at Luzern’s train station. And, what an incredible train station it is, too. I’ll get back to this later.I had not made a practice of utilizi...Read More