Switzerland

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Switzerland, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

On the Trail of Frankenstein in Geneva

It is 200 years since the publication of what is often known as the first gothic novel –  “Frankenstein”.  It was conceived by Mary Shelley in Geneva and much of the action takes place in and around here.

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Travelling the Bernina Express

The Bernina Express, a spectacular 75 miles of Alpine scenery from Tirano in Italy to Chur in Switzerland, is one of the World’s Great Railway Journeys. Michael Edwards steps aboard this spectacular ride.

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Hotel International au Lac

Maybe if E.M. Forster had stayed at the Hotel International au Lac in Lugano, Switzerland in those early years of the 20th Century, literary history may have been different.

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The Alpina Gstaad

As the train pulls into Gstaad, I get a glimpse of the Alpina, looking like a stately castle perched high above the town. The driver who meets me tells me that, although the hotel looks old, it only opened in 2012, built on the site of a previous property which had fallen into disrepair.

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Insider Guide to Basel

Is Basel, the art hub with culture unlimited, hot on the heels of Geneva in the race for weekend-break Travel Oscars? And is the city on the Rhine leading the charge of the land-of-milk-and-money up the global happiness leagues?

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Hotel N’v’Y

Imagine giving Andy Warhol licence to decorate a hotel. Then think of vibrant colourful Pop Art blending with head-phoned Generation Y –
then you’ll just begin to get a picture of N’V’Y, Geneva.

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