Information and tips on places to visit in Switzerland, including Engelberg, Grindelwald, Kandersteg, Titlis and Zurich.

How to Visit Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe

Tips and advice from a local Swiss on how to visit the Jungfraujoch, one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland! Jungfraujoch The Jungfraujoch is located in the Bernese Alps (in German: Berner Oberland), which is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. It stands at 3,454 metres/11,332 feet above sea level, and it boasts the highest railway station in Europe. From the Jungfraujoch, you will have stunning panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier,

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Brunch in Zurich


The best cafés and restaurants for brunch in Zurich, with tips for families with children. Brunch in Zurich When I first moved to Zurich in 2006, “brunch” was not quite in the Swiss vocabulary. Only a very few places offered brunch in Zurich on Sundays, and those places were typically always booked out by expats in search of pancakes, waffles, baked beans and the like which were not commonly offered by the more

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Skiing in Grindelwald for Children and Beginners

Information about skiing in Grindelwald for children and beginners. Tips and review of Bodmi, Grindelwald, and the Snowli Kids Club. Skiing Lessons for Children In Switzerland, most children tend to start skiing lessons around 3 years old. Much depends, of course, on their willingness to learn, athletic ability, as well as their physical size. We know of some children who were very eager to learn to ski at 3 years old, but their

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Summer Activities in Engelberg, Switzerland

Brunni, Engelberg, is a fun place for families with children in summer, especially with their large climbing playground and summer toboggan run, plus the Globi Treasure Hunt. Brunni, Engelberg Engelberg is located just over 1 hour away from Zurich and is an ideal place to visit, whether as a day trip, a weekend getaway, or longer. It is a popular destination for skiing in winter, but there is also a wealth of activities

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Jucker Farm – A Swiss Pumpkin Patch

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A few years ago when we were in the Napa Valley region in California, we were lucky enough to visit the Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch with our son who was just shy of 2 years old at the time. It was our first experience of an American pumpkin patch, something which we had only ever seen in movies and TV shows. Needless to say, we were probably more excited than our son was!

Zurich Christmas Markets

With the precision of Swiss timing, at exactly 18:00, the Christmas lights floating above the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich suddenly glow and twinkle like a cluster of diamonds sparkling in the night-time sky. Befittingly, the lights are named “Lucy”, after the hit Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”. The crowd below gasp in unison before cheering and clapping; the annual switching on of the Christmas lights heralds the start of the Christmas

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Zurich Street Food Festival

The Zurich Street Food Festival was in full swing this past weekend, this time along the scenic banks of Lake Zurich with the Swiss Alps providing a stunning backdrop. The diversity of cuisines prepared by the food stands and food trucks was a welcome surprise in a city where the local fare is often limited to cheese, sausages and potatoes. From Austrian dumplings to Yemeni pancakes, with various burger outlets and Asian dumplings

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Vegetable Barley Soup

An easy and delicious recipe for Pearl Barley Soup with step-by-step photos. It is a popular soup in the Swiss alps, called Gerstensuppe in German. The pearl barley thickens the soup as it cooks, making the soup quite substantial and comforting. A Weekend in Kandersteg A trip to the Swiss mountains usually guarantees good, hearty, winter fare. After a day of heavy duty winter sports, the body is likely to crave something substantial,

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Best Restaurants in Grindelwald

The best cafés and restaurants in Grindelwald, plus tips for families with children. Grindelwald, Switzerland Anyone who has watched the classic Clint Eastwood film, The Eiger Sanction, will be somewhat familiar with the famous Eiger mountain that dominates Grindelwald.