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Scenic Gruyères, Great Tasting Gruyère (Great British Chefs)

One of Europe’s most iconic cheeses, Le Gruyère AOP is produced in a small Swiss town of the same name. Food writer Chris Osburn recently visited the town of Gruyères to discover what makes this cheese so special. Ah Gruyères, … Continue reading

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My Mini Grand Tour: Hit the Road to Pure Swiss Bliss!

It was a pleasure getting to explore a few stops along Switzerland Tourism’s Grand Tour self-driving route to see some of the country’s many “must-see” sights and attractions. In all, the 1,000-mile route takes in five Alpine passes, 22 lakes, … Continue reading

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My Mini Grand Tour: A Great Stay in Gruyeres

A most memorable part of my recent visit to Switzerland was the time spent in and around Gruyères. In a lot of ways, the area was an ideal stomping grounds for me. Offering access to amazing art, great regional food, … Continue reading

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My Mini Grand Tour: Abbaye de Montheron

Set beside the Talent River within the wooded Jorat Valley (and only about a 15 minute drive outside central Lausanne), the Abbaye de Montheron is an ideal venue for special occasions, dynamic dinners paired with long forest walks, and quick rural retreats without having to put too much of a pause on all that urban luxury just up the road in Lausanne. Continue reading

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My (Mini) Grand Tour of Switzerland

The Grand Tour of Switzerland – a new 1,000-mile self-driving route – was launched over the summer by Switzerland Tourism to share the best the Swiss have to offer and highlight “must-see” sights and attractions across the country’s four language regions and along its most scenic roads. The route takes in five Alpine passes, 22 lakes, and 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites while steering clear of motorways wherever possible in preference of country roads and rural byways. Continue reading

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Switzerland Celebrates 150 Years of Winter Tourism (OneTravel)

Mention Switzerland and most people immediately dream of skiing in the snowed Alps. And that’s just as many folks from there would like you to think of their beautiful home. Indeed, there’s consensus among the Swiss that their country is … Continue reading

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6 Exceptional Museums in Basel (OneTravel)

For a city of only about 200,000 people, Basel boasts more museums than cities with more than ten times its population. From the Anatomical Museum of the University of Basel (which was founded by Professor Carl Jung – yes, the … Continue reading

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Bis Später Basel

I really had a fantastic time during my city break in Basel. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the highlights of my visit. Continue reading

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See Basel: A City Artfully Designed to Please

Keen to take a city break that’s chock full of eye candy treats by some of the world’s greatest modern architects, designers, and artists? Go to Basel. I was blown away by all the fascinating stuff I got to behold during my few days there. Continue reading

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Eat Basel: A Tale of Two Surprise Menus

Luckily for me, eating well in Basel is a straightforward matter. Eating well and cheaply is another story all together. But affordable options can be found. Here’s the scoop on two “surprise” dinners I had while in Basel: one a rather upscale affair, the other decidedly low brow and mercifully low priced. I’ve also listed a few other quality venues for food and drink that I came across during my Basel city break. Continue reading

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Sleep Basel: The Passage

During my Basel City Break, I stayed at The Passage. Only open since February of this year, the sleek and minimalist four star hotel served as a conveniently positioned base for exploring the city and a comfy HQ well worth returning to. Continue reading

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My Basel: Taking the Make My Switzerland App for a Spin

Obviously you’ve heard about Switzerland’s stunning panoramas of and from its mighty Alps. But for my first of hopefully many more visits to this friendly little Alpine nation, I found the views shared via a handy Swiss app to be a real wonder to behold as well. The free to download app, called Make My Switzerland, is available via Google Play and Apple’s App Store and offers a wealth of insider knowledge about the things that savvy locals love best in seven Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, and Zurich. I gave the app a whirl over an especially fun weekend in Basel, and I’m more than happy to recommend the city and the app to anybody keen to explore a delightful and compact destination that’s big on culture. Continue reading

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Geneva Weekend – Day 3 – by @vysia

Recently, tikichris contributor Vysia Duffield had the opportunity to explore the Swiss city of Geneva. Invited to Switzerland along with a handful of other London-based bloggers to explore a few Swiss cities using the free to download Make My Switzerland app. Created by actual residents of the cities featured, the app lists hidden gems and places favoured by locals. Vysia reckons the app is great for people who like to venture “off the beaten path” when travelling. “Even better,” she says, the participating bloggers got to meet and explore their chosen cities “with the locals behind the recommendations and see it through their eyes”. Continue reading

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Geneva Weekend – Day 2 – by @vysia

Recently, tikichris contributor Vysia Duffield had the opportunity to explore the Swiss city of Geneva. Invited to Switzerland along with a handful of other London-based bloggers to explore a few Swiss cities using the free to download Make My Switzerland app. Created by actual residents of the cities featured, the app lists hidden gems and places favoured by locals. Vysia reckons the app is great for people who like to venture “off the beaten path” when travelling. “Even better,” she says, the participating bloggers got to meet and explore their chosen cities “with the locals behind the recommendations and see it through their eyes”. Continue reading

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Geneva Weekend – Day 1 – by @vysia

Recently, tikichris contributor Vysia Duffield had the opportunity to explore the Swiss city of Geneva. Invited to Switzerland along with a handful of other London-based bloggers to explore a few Swiss cities using the free to download Make My Switzerland app. Created by actual residents of the cities featured, the app lists hidden gems and places favoured by locals. Vysia reckons the app is great for people who like to venture “off the beaten path” when travelling. “Even better,” she says, the participating bloggers got to meet and explore their chosen cities “with the locals behind the recommendations and see it through their eyes”. Continue reading

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