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FROM The man in the front seat / October 4, 2018

Zermatt & the Matterhorn

Population:    5800 Located in the German-speaking canton of Valais in Switzerland, the town of Zermatt lies at 1620m (5312ft) above sea-level and at the foot Switzerland’s highest peaks. Because of the town’s location, it is totally blocked off from automotive transport with the only way in being by train, or electric mini buses. Situated in south-west of the country, the town is only 10km (6.2mi) from the Theodul Pass which links Switzerland with Italy. The town sits in the Mattertal, or the Matter Valley, which is one of the lateral […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / October 4, 2018

Château Chillon, Switzerland

Chateau Chillon, or Chillon Castle, is located on the banks of Lake Geneva in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. It’s spectacular location and wonderful setting make it one of the most visited castles in the country. History Began during the Roman occupation of modern-day Switzerland, the castle was originally built as an outpost guarding the alpine passes the Roman’s. Although no official foundation date is known for the castle we see today, appears in documents from 1005 which mention the castles use in guarding the Great Saint Bernard Pass. By […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / October 4, 2018

Geneva, Switzerland

Population:   200,000 Geneva, is the second most populated city in Switzerland, after Zürich, and the most populated in Romandy, the French speaking part of the country. Beautifully located where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, the city is today a financial centre as well as the home of many international organisations including the United Nations and the Red Cross. Geneva regularly rates very high in Mercer surveys for quality of life, third in 2010 behind Vienna and Zürich, and is also one of the most expensive cities to live in. […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 14, 2018

Bernina Express, Switzerland

The Bernina Express is a train running from Chur via Davos, in Switzerland through, Poschiavo and into Tirano in Italy. It is an incredibly scenic journey passing through the Engadine Alps and is regarded as one of the most spectacular narrow-gauge railways in the world. This beauty was recognised by UNESCO in 2008 with a large part of the journey being declared a World Heritage Site. The journey is made up of two separate rail lines, the Albula Line and the Bernina Line which both hath their terminus in St. […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / April 20, 2018

Montreux

population: 27,000 Located at the foot of the Alps and on the banks of Lake Geneva, Montreux in Switzerland has one of the most idyllic locations. Each year, the town becomes ones of the centres of world music when they play host to the Montreux Jazz Festival. History Montreux lies on the eastern bank of Lake Geneva, this is important, as during Roman times it became a major trade centre sitting on a fork of the main trade route from Rome. For more than 300 years merchants stopped in the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 8, 2014

Lake Luzern (Luzern)

Although referred by many as the Lake of Luzern it is technically called the Vierwaldstattersee, the Lake of the Four Forested Cantons. The lake is the fourth largest in Switzerland and is also a complicated shape having seven bays or inlets. It is known for its incredible natural beauty as the shoreline regularly rises steeply into mountains standing more than 1,500m above the lake resulting in spectacular views of Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Rigi and Mt. Stanserhorn Facts It has a total area of 114km² (44mi²) and sits at an elevation […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 15, 2014

Cailler – first chocolatier in switzerland

In 1814, François-Louis Cailler went to a local fair in Turin, Italy and tasted, for the first time, chocolate. Loving the taste so much he eventually stayed there 4 years learning the art of chocolate making. When he returned to Switzerland he opened the very first Swiss chocolate factory, Cailler, in Corsier, near Lausanne. In 1825 he opened a second factory which he sold to his son Julian and his son-in-law Daniel Peter. Daniel Peter revolutionised the chocolate industry in 1875 when , with the help of his neighbour Henri […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 21, 2013

Mt. Pilatus Cog Railway

Mt. Pilatus is located near the incredibly picturesque town of Luzern, Switzerland. The summit, 2128m (7022ft), is reach either by cable car or cog railway. The railway is considered to be the steepest of its kind in the world with a maximum gradient of 48%. The project was first conceived in 1873 and was to have a maximum gradient of 25%. However, this project was shelved as it was deemed not to be economically viable. Eduard Locher proposed an idea which would increase the gradient to 48% degrees and as […]

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