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The lakeside resort of Weggis is on the sunny side of Mount Rigi, one of three holiday centers (Vitznau and Gersau are the others) that offer the kind of mild climate found in favored parts of Italy. Weggis and the other resorts are about an hour's walk or a 5-minute drive apart. Well-tended garden promenades stretch for several miles along the lakeshore. Mark Twain stayed here in 1897. Of the three resorts, Weggis is preferred by most. It's usually the first port of call for steamers from...

Impressions

Once people have been to Basel, they keep coming back. The only difficulty we have is in getting them to come for the first time. A tapestry resembling a Gobelin tapestry hangs in the wood-paneled lobby the bar area is accented with pin lights and brass detail. Some of the traditional guest rooms have their original ornamentation on the ceilings. Even the stables and old servants' quarters have been converted into comfortable rooms. Most units are spacious, and all are up-to-date with soft...

Geneva After Dark

Geneva has a more diverse and varied nightlife than any other city in Switzerland. At least some of the activities are centered around place du Bourg-de-Four, a stagecoach stop during the 19th century, and today one of the spiritual centerpieces of Geneva's Old Town. In summer, outdoor cafes, each with an almost obligatory collection of flowering shrubs and plants, seem to thrive both in the Old Town and along the banks of the river and lake. For a listing of nightlife and cultural activities,...

The Grisons the Engadine Ticino

Summer visitors to the mountain beauty of the Engadine (you've left the Grisons at this point). After lunch in St. Moritz, you can visit the Engadine Museum (p. 419) to view artifacts of the history of the region. Part of the fun of a summer visit is selecting from an array of summer sports (p. 421) that include windsurfing on the lakes, golfing, tennis, hiking, and even fishing. Plan an activity that fits your interest or just spend the day walking around the streets of this posh resort...

Where To Dine

Lucerne has some of the finest restaurants in Switzerland, in a wide range of prices, so don't confine yourself to your hotel at mealtime. China Restaurant Li-Tai-Pe tf BEIJING CHINESE This long-standing Chinese restaurant was founded in 1965 by grande dame Margaret Chi Tsun, whose late husband was once an aide to General Chiang Kai-shek. After Chi Tsun's death in 2002, the restaurant is now run by her daughter, Greta Chi. Although fickle fame has passed on, the restaurant is still here and...

Dramatic Ascent to Les Diablerets

For a high-alpine view of Switzerland's highest heights, consider a day trip from Lausanne to the high-alpine village of Les Diablerets, which is rather confusingly designated as the geographical and spiritual centerpiece of a high-altitude and rocky Les Diablerets region + *. To reach Les Diablerets, visitors take a conventional train from Lausanne to the town of Aigle a 30-minute, relatively high-speed ride, priced at 30F ( 25 13) per person round-trip. In Aigle they transfer onto a...

Spectacular Waterfall

The Rheinfall (or Rhine Falls) is the most celebrated waterfall in central Europe. It's also the most powerful 700 cubic meters of water per second rush over a width of 137m (449 ft.). The water falls 21m (69 ft.), a sight that inspired Goethe to liken it to the source of the ocean. This natural wonder is most spectacular in early summer when it's fed by mountain snows. From the bus station at Schaffhausen, take bus no. 1. There are frequent departures for the 10-minute ride. A train runs every...

Exploring The Area In Samedan

The village (1,548m 5,077 ft.) has its own ski lift and ice-skating rink, plus a ski school. In the summer it's ideal for mountain walks and for climbing. The tourist office will provide maps. Visitors can fish or play tennis and golf. When there's snow, it's possible to take a horse-drawn sleigh to St. Moritz in less than an hour, and all mountain transportation can be reached in a short time. Celerina has an old Romanesque church, St. John's (San Gian), with a painted ceiling dating from...

Schaan

Located on the Arlberg railway line, at the foot of the Drei Schwestern, 3km (2 miles) west of Vaduz, Schaan is the country's main communications center. The Carolingian land registry (ca. A.D. 831) lists Liechtenstein's second-largest parish under the name Scana. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman fort, two Roman legionnaires' helmets from the 1st century A.D., and an Alemannic decorative shield from the 6th or 7th century. The 12th-century Romanesque church is worth a...

Exploring the Bernese Oberland

To compensate for the region's almost impossible geography, Swiss engineers have crisscrossed the Oberland with cogwheel railways (some of them still driven by steam), aerial cableways, and sinuous mountain roads. Though often a confusing experience, getting to a particular resort can be part of the fun. The region's busiest railroad junction, and the point where most travelers change trains for local railways, is Interlaken. You can buy a transportation pass for the Bernese Oberland from the...

On The Right Bank Very Expensive

Four Seasons H tel des Bergiie ** This elegant, four-story hotel designated a historic monument by the Swiss once catered to the monarchs of Europe. After being conglomerated into the luxury Canadian hotel chain, Four Seasons, a massive renovation downsized 122 rooms to 103 even more spacious rooms. It is now the most ostentatiously elegant hotel in Geneva, with a gigantic operating budget that's the envy of other equally venerable but less well-funded nearby competitors (though the reopening...

The Great Outdoors

For details about the tours below, including seasonal changes, consult the tourist office (see above). GLACIER TOURS The town maintains a sheltered observation gallery, adjacent to the base of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier (Untere Gletscher), that offers a close look at the glacier's ravine. The half-mile gallery stretches past the deeply striated rocks, which include formations of colored marble worn smooth by the glacier's powers of erosion. The gallery is easy to reach on foot or by car....

Easy Excursions From Lucerne

Lake Lucerne is known for its scenery and the many old-world villages along its shores. Many poets have praised the area's beauty. You may be lucky enough to stay in a hotel room that commands a view of the lake. Lake steamers and mountain railways can get you to most points of interest around Lake Lucerne. Boat cruises are free if you have the Swiss Card, or a Eurail or InterRail pass. Mountain railways can whisk you to elevations of 3,000m (9,840 ft.) or more in a very short time. Our first...

Lucerne After Dark

Flashy lights and spinning wheels of fortune are found at the Grand Casino (also known as Casineum), Haldenstrasse 6 (& 041 418-56-56). You can try your luck at 140 slot machines. Poker, roulette, and blackjack are also available. On a more cultural note, if you speak German, you can enjoy performances at the Stadttheater, Theaterstrasse 2 (& 041 228-14-14). Directly on the lake on the rail station side of town, it's the home of Luzern's major theater group. Operas in their original...

Lausanne After Dark

Few other cities in Switzerland manage to remain as cosmopolitan but relentlessly conservative as Lausanne. Consequently, you'll find lots to do, often with a Gallic insouciance, after dark. You may begin your evening hanging out in any of the cafes and bars ringing the Espace Flon, a cluster of restaurants and shops at place Flon. Lots of hideaways, frequented by strollers of all ages, will be here to tempt you, but one of the most appealing is Le Grand Caf , all e Ernest-Ansermet 3 (& 021...

The Club Music Scene

Adagio In a city building frequently used for public meetings (the Kongresshaus), this nightclub sets strict standards of respectability for its relatively conservative clientele, generally attracting an over-35 crowd. Adagio is a dance club mainly ballroom stuff in a big hall decorated like a church, replete with baroque-style ceiling frescoes with a chorus of chubby cherubs gazing down from above. The staff wears medieval costumes, and fresh flowers and burning candles abound. The club is...

Lugano After Dark

Lugano reigns as the center of the Ticino's nightlife circuit, with options that attract local residents from quieter towns throughout the district. Two of the most obvious options involve visits to either of the two casinos described below. Casino Lugano This casino features 350 slots, 26 table games, two elegant restaurants, and five bars. Games of chance include American roulette, blackjack, French roulette, Caribbean stud poker, punto banco, poker, and wheel-of-fortune. Entrance is free but...

Especially For Kids

D hlh lzli Tierpark, Tierparkweg (& 031 357-15-15), is one of the most interesting zoos in Europe. It offers a complete range of European creatures, from the tiny harvest mouse to the mighty musk oxen. You can admire more than 2,000 animals, including exotic birds, reptiles, and fish in the vivarium. Admission is 8F ( 6.55 3.40) for adults, 4F ( 3.30 1.70) for children 6 to 16, free for children 5 and under. The zoo is open April through September daily from 8am to 6 30pm offseason daily 9am...

Skiing Other Outdoor

Some of the finest downhill skiing in the world is here, with slopes for beginners as well as for the most advanced skiers. A kindergarten will look after the very young while you hit the slopes. The most populous part of Klosters, centered around the railway station, is called Klosters-Platz (Klosters Square). A smaller, less populated neighborhood site of the resort's excellent ski school lies about a mile to the north and at a slightly lower altitude. Set near the departure point for the...

Where To Stay

Many of the leading hotels of Montreux have greatly improved in recent years. Unfortunately, good budget accommodations are lacking. Hotels tend towards the superex-pensive. If you want to stay in the area more cheaply, seek lodgings in Vevey. Grand H tel Excelsior (Stf A renowned Montreux landmark since 1903, this government-rated five-star lakeside hotel offers quiet opulence and discreet personal service. The elegant marble foyer has marquetry, a hushed sense of restraint, and Queen Anne...

Shopping In Carouge

Shopping in Carouge is more whimsical and lighthearted than what you're likely to find in haute Gen ve, and often with garments or objects that aren't easily duplicated anywhere else. Here's a selection of some of the most intriguing all of them centered within a relatively small area of less than three square blocks. Anne-Claude Virchaux < fi f She's a one-woman show, a locally born artiste who designs and weaves her own textiles before cutting them into the kind of artfully bohemian garment...

City Layout

Zurich lies situated on both shores of the Limmat River, which flows from the northern end of Lake Zurich. The Sihl River, a tributary of the Limmat, also flows through the city, and quays line the riverbanks and the lake. The city spreads across a ravine in the eastern hills between the wooded slopes of the Z richberg and K ferberg hills into the Glatt River Valley. The hamlet that became Zurich began at the Lindenhof, which is where you, too, may begin your orientation to the city. This...

Easy Excursions From Interlaken

By making the mountains of the Bernese Oberland accessible by train and cable car, Swiss engineers paved the way for visitors to this popular region to explore some of the most scenic and enjoyable spots in the country. There are many organized excursions, as adventurous as they are varied, and Interlaken is the most sensible starting point. A train trip to Jungfraujoch, at 3,400m (11,152 ft.), is often considered a trip highlight by visitors. For more than a century, it's been the highest...

Frommers Favorite Geneva Experiences

Wine Tasting in the Countryside Winding your way through the rolling vineyards just outside Geneva makes for an enjoyable day's outing. Many of the best Swiss wines never leave the country, and grapes grow on slopes overlooking Lake Geneva and the Rh ne. Pick up a brochure called Discover Geneva and Its Vineyards from the tourist office and set out. Sailing Lake Geneva The crescent-shaped lake, called Lac L man locally, gives Geneva a resortlike ambience, stretching for 72km (45 miles). In the...

Fast Facts Bern

The following is a quick-reference guide to Bern. For more information, see Fast Facts Switzerland, in chapter 2. Babysitters Babysitting can be arranged through most hotels. Try to make arrangements as far in advance as possible. Bern Card This is one of those touristic grace notes which, while not essential, can certainly enrich a stopover in Bern and render it more economical. Sold at any branch of the Bern Tourist Office, it entitles its holder to free admission to the permanent exhibitions...

Shopping

The crisp air and the dozens of outdoor diversions here might inspire purchases of sporting equipment rather than kitschy souvenirs. The accessories and paraphernalia you'll need to do anything in the Alps will jump out at you from virtually every local shop. Two of the best, however, are Alex Sports, rue du Prado, in Crans (& 027 481-40-61 www.alexsports.ch) and Ski Rinaldo, route de Rawyl, in Montana (& 027 481-89-17 www.ski-rinaldo.ch). Grand H tel du Golf This elegant retreat attracts...

BY CAR

Driving is not recommended parking is difficult and the many one-way streets make navigation complicated. However, should you wish to rent a car and tour Lake Geneva see chapter 10 , you'll find many car-rental companies represented in the arrivals hall of the airport and in the center of the city. Major car-rental companies in Geneva include Avis, 44, rue de Lausanne amp 022 731-90-00, or at the airport 022 929-03-30 Budget, at the airport amp 022 717-86-75 Hertz, at the airport amp 022...

General Index

Gallen , 126 Abercrombie amp Kent International, 41-42 Above and Beyond Tours, 36 Access-Able Travel Source, 35 Accessible Journeys, 35 Accommodations, 53-55 Basel, 151-157 Bern, 177-182 best, 14-16 Geneva, 303-313 Interlaken, 203-205 Lausanne, 274-277 Lucerne, 360-366 St. Moritz, 422-426 Zurich, 78-86 Adagio Zurich , 118 Addison Geneva , 340 Aelplerchilbi, 25 Aer Lingus, 26 Air Canada, 26 Air Tickets Direct, 27 Air travel, 25-27, 52 Albrecht Schl pfer Zurich , 115 Allmend Fluntern Zurich ,...

Exploring The Region By

The Lower Engadine is reached from Davos over the Fluela Pass 2,345m 7,692 ft. and the Ofen Pass 2,115m 6,937 ft. . Four major passes lead into the Upper Engadine Maloja 1,786m 5,858 ft. , Julier 2,248m 7,373 ft. , Albula 2,275m 7,462 ft. , and Bernina 2,286m 7,498 ft. . The upper valley contains several lakes, including that of St. Moritz. If you have time to drive only one of these passes, and weather conditions are right, make it the Bernina Pass , a 2-hour, 55km 34-mile drive between St....

Chef Of Chadafo Grill In The Chesa Veglia

Although meals may be included in the cost of your hotel room, you may want to sample the selections at other hotels and restaurants. There are also dozens of fashionable konditoreien coffeehouses . Chadafo Grill, in the Chesa Veglia MS FRENCH This is one of the most upscale restaurants in a resort that's loaded with almost-comparable equivalents. Owned and operated by the also-recommended Badrutt's Palace Hotel, whose mock-fortified bulk rises a short walk away, it's housed within one of the...

Mont Saleve

The limestone ridge of Mont Sal ve House Mountain is 6.4km 4 miles south of Geneva, in France. Its peak is at 1,200m 3,936 ft. , but you'll need a passport to get near it. If you have a car, you can take a road that goes up the mountain, which is popular with rock climbers. Bus no. 8 will take you to Veyrier-Douane, on the French border, where there's a passport and Customs control. A 6-minute cable-car ride will take you to a height of 1,125m 3,690 ft. on Mont Sal ve. From there, you'll have a...