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Swiss Alps

Video: The Cows Come Home

Rick Steves | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

Every guide dreams of having his or her group enjoy the happy moment when the farmers bring their cows down from the high meadow. They don't announce ...

Video: The New Thrill Walk at Birg

Rick Steves | Posted 10.10.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

The Swiss, who are both great engineers and great lovers of nature, know how to make Alpine thrills accessible to almost any traveler. Follow me on th...

Video: To the Toilet -- James Bond Style

Rick Steves | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

The Swiss love to cap their peaks with restaurants. One of the most popular is the Schilthorn's Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant perched at 10,000 f...

Video: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau

Rick Steves | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

This clip is the first of a five-day series of fun I had with my Rick Steves' Best of Europe Tour group high in the Swiss Alps. (Up next on my travel ...

5 Reason To Visit Zermatt Switzerland During The Off-Season

Miranda Allfrey | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Miranda Allfrey

The popular resort town of Zermatt, Switzerland, for skiing the Swiss Alps and climbing the famous Matterhorn, is both remote and a perfect place to visit during the offseason, September and October.

My European Top Ten Moments

Rick Steves | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

I was recently asked about my "top ten magic moments" in Europe. I thought I'd share them with my blog friends.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 12.22.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, where villages huddle under towering peaks, Christmas fills a wintry wonderland with good cheer. Traditions are strong and celebration comes with families, friends, and fun.

5 Reasons You Need To Visit The Swiss Alps

The Outbound Collective | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
The Outbound Collective

Got mountains on the mind? So do we. The Swiss Alps are perhaps the most iconic and stunning mountains on the planet and we've got five adventures that are more than enough reason for you to start making your plans to visit. We know you bucket list is long, but these need to be added...and probably pushed to the top.

Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
Rick Steves

High school grads in the Alps, a "monk chat" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and under the pillow in a Scottish B&B. There's a lot going on in our Travelers Café where I collect my favorite blogs.

The Exceptional Traveler: Saanenland -- Idyllic Pleasures in the Swiss Alps

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Home
Bonnie Kassel

The two-bedroom apartment was located in Saanen and the balcony overlooked a rushing river. By the time we got off the phone, I knew that Geneva was the nearest airport and a connecting train left from within the terminal.

The Swiss Paradise You Most Definitely Need To Visit

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 01.02.2015 | Home

When it comes to staying anywhere across the globe, there are certain qualifications every traveler looks for: cleanliness, proximity to fun places an...

8 Hot Tubs in Cool Places

Joy Pecknold | Posted 01.04.2015 | Home
Joy Pecknold

Baby, it's getting colder outside, but that's nothing a little hot tub can't fix. There's no shortage of pools and Jacuzzis to be found around the globe, but for those in search of more spectacular ones -- be it en suite or under the stars -- this is your list.

New Swiss Alps Hanging Bridge Is Terrifying

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.16.2014 | Home

Point A to Point B is not always easy on the stomach. Take, for example, Peak Walk, a gut-dropping new hanging bridge that will soon link two mount...

10 Cool Pools Around the World

Joy Pecknold | Posted 10.05.2014 | Home
Joy Pecknold

Most pools are cool, technically speaking, but some are a whole heck of a lot cooler than others and luxury hotels are home to some of the coolest.

4 Reasons to Visit Switzerland This Summer

Chris Lopinto | Posted 08.24.2014 | Home
Chris Lopinto

I recently met up with Alex Herrmann, director Americas, Switzerland Tourism, and he gave me an eye-opening education about Switzerland and the many wonders it offers travelers - outside of skiing.

Hiking in the Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Rick Steves

One of the highlights of our Best of Europe in 21 Days tour was our group hike. As this was pretty demanding--and there was a concern about snow on th...

Into the Swiss Alps

Rick Steves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Home
Rick Steves

For over 30 years I've been taking groups into the gondolas high in the Alps. Whether filled with skiers in the winter or hikers in the summer, there'...

Gimmelwald Is The Swiss Town You Need To Visit This Summer

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 05.10.2014 | Home

You might think the Swiss Alps are delegated to ski bunnies and winter travel, but if you don't visit during the warmer months you're really missing o...

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 06.17.2014 | Home
Rick Steves

"From palm trees to snowballs"--perhaps the most thrilling juxtaposition of sights you can enjoy in a day of touring in Europe--is our nickname for dr...

Ballet de Du Grand Théâtre de Genève: Holla, the Swiss Are in the House!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.31.2014 | Home
Christopher Atamian

It takes more than a good share of talent, energy and choreographic expertise to deliver 65 minutes of non-stop exhilarating movement, but the 20 dancers of the Ballet du Grand Théatre de Genève delivered just that on Tuesday night

Europe's 10 Best Adventure Destinations

minube | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home

From the glaciers and volcanos of Iceland to the warm waters of the Canary Islands, here are Europe's 10 best adventure destinations.

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

minube | Posted 11.06.2013 | Home

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season

Interview: Getting to the Bottom of The Summit

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.04.2013 | Home
Marshall Fine

Even as he started talking to people for his documentary, The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan had his own skeptical view of mountain climbers and the risks they take.

James Bond Stuntman From London Olympics Killed

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - A stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics dressed as the fictional British spy Jame...

An Udder Lover in the Swiss Alps

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 07.09.2013 | Home
Margie Goldsmith

"You see over there?" says Pascal Jourdain, a dairy farmer in the Swiss Alps. I stare up at the snow-covered peaks and wild-flower filled valleys, far removed from the skyscrapers and constant noise of New York City. Here it is serene with only the melodious sound of tinkling cowbells.