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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

TRAVEL SPECIAL...... TRENDY CITIES, SNOWY MOUNTAINS


TRENDY CITIES, SNOWY MOUNTAINS
Switzerland may be relatively small in size but is big in the variety of things to see and do
From boutique cities to alpine villages, from glacial lakes to snowclad mountains, from historical vineyards to Michelinstarred restaurants, everything in Switzerland is within easy reach. And making it all super convenient and comfortable is the Swiss travel system – one of the world’s densest public transportation systems.

What’s also rather unique is that this system includes not just trains, but also buses, boats and city transport, all perfectly connected and synced to run like the proverbial Swiss watches. This allin-one ticket gives you unlimited access to all modes of public transport as well as lots of other benefits. Kids up to 16 travelling with a parent, travel free of charge.
Mountain excursions to Schilthorn, the lair of the 007 nemesis Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service (Interlaken), Stanserhorn and Rigi (Lake Lucerne region) are free with the Swiss Travel Pass and on many more such outings you get upto 50 per cent discount. In addition, you can visit over 500 museums all over Switzerland for free. These include the FIFA Museum (Zurich), Chillon Castle (Montreux) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Abbey Library in St. Gallen.
The new Gotthard Panorama Express operates from April 1 onwards and takes you from Luzern to Bellinzona in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Be one of the first to experience this unique combination of a steamboat and panoramic train.

INTERLAKEN – ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF THE ALPS
Interlaken is the adventure capital of Switzerland. From skydiving, paragliding, white-water rafting, Mountain views The Schilthorn is one of the best locations to view the Jungfrau massif canyoning, bungee jumping to jetboat tours – the list seems endless and days of fun are guaranteed.
Of course when you visit Interlaken you cannot miss a trip to Jungfraujoch. Known as the ‘Top of Europe’, this most iconic mountain excursion is one of the highlights of every trip to Europe. Once you arrive at Europe’s highest-altitude railway station you can enjoy unparalleled views on the Aletsch Glacier, walks in the ‘eternal’ snow, a visit to the Ice Palace and even some Indian food at Restaurant Bollywood.
Ranveer Singh had the best time in Interlaken where he tried paragliding and skydiving for the first time ever. Doing a scenic helicopter ride, going up to Jungfraujoch and attending a chocolatemaking session were the other highlights of his trip.


ZURICH, SWITZERLAND’S TRENDY, CHIC HUB
Thanks to its central location Zurich is the perfect hub to explore all of Switzerland. It offers all the conveniences of a big city but only a few minutes train ride can get you to the mountains. If you are looking for Switzerland’s hip and urban side, trendy Zurich-West is the place to be. The district is full of contrasts and boasts an unpolished charm. This industrial district has now been become synonymous with art, design, food, culture, shopping and modern architecture. Don’t miss visiting Frau Gerolds Garten (Mrs Gerold’s Garden). This city garden with its small shops, art shows and outdoor bars is the place to be on a warm summer night. Actor Ranveer Singh who visited the city loved the cool vibe of Zurich, it’s trendy restaurants and nightlife, it’s shopping possibilities and most of all, wakeboarding on Lake Zurich. More information on

·         By Deepa Nair MySwitzerland.com
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