Switzerland

Switzerland’s always ready for its close-up

Switzerland’s always ready for its close-up

It’s 8am in Weggis on Lake Lucerne and our guide Roland stands at the bus stop across from the Post Weggis hotel waiting for the 8.04am bus. Around 45 seconds past 8.04am the bus arrives and I suggest the bus is late and the whole Swiss system is about to collapse.

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All Dolder-ed up and Oprah says to go

All Dolder-ed up and Oprah says to go

Just a week after Oprah tweeted, “best spa ever", I arrive at the Dolder Grand Hotel, perched in the steep hills above Zurich. As endorsements go, they don't get much better than Oprah. The evangelical star stayed at the Dolder Grand while in town to attend Tina Turner's wedding and browse pricey handbags.

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Kennedy-esque grandeur at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Kennedy-esque grandeur at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

The guests dining at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz, Switzerland aren’t the only noteworthy subjects in the room. The walls of Le Restaurant, with its 100-year old dining room, are adorned with an historic and valuable wallpaper known as ‘Eldorado’.

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Ski your way through Europe

Ski your way through Europe

With the drop in temperature, winter sport enthusiasts are itching to hit the slopes. From the subarctic wilderness of Sweden to the vast reaches of the Swiss Alps, here are some of Lunch Mag's favourite winter hideouts.

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Take your time exploring this young bride

Take your time exploring this young bride

The runs up here in the Jungfrau (young bride) region of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps are some of Europe's best for my money, with a vertical drop of over 3km in a few miles. And I love these names – they fall trippingly off the tongue: Come stand with me on the Kleine Scheidegg and gaze …

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Smooth and reliable as a Swiss watch

Smooth and reliable as a Swiss watch

TRY describing a train ride through Switzerland and Italy in summer without using the word postcard, go on, I dare you. First down to basics, the first thing you notice about trains in Switzerland is they work. I mean they really work. They leave on time. They are clean. You can use the toilets without …

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