Category: Switzerland


5 of the best ski lifts in the world

With so many fantastic destinations for skiing, it may be difficult to choose the best place for your family holiday. With the snow arriving very late in Europe in the current ski season, some resorts were closed, other resorts could only keep some of their slopes open. One of the effects this had on the […]

Grindlewald Valley

3 memory making days in Grindelwald

The rural village of Grindelwald rests peacefully in a hollow at the upper end of a 16 km valley. Grindelwald literally means ‘a forested valley closed off from the rest of the world’ – what a fitting name! Over the ages the massive Eiger and Fiescherhörner, Faulhorn and Schwarzhorn, Scheidegg, Tschuggen and Männlichen mountains have […]

Cortina Ski Resort

6 of Europe’s classiest ski resorts

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of the cold wind in your face as you zoom down a steep ski slope, swishing back and forth across the snow. You weave through trees and over jumps with your heart racing until you finally come to a stop at the bottom of the mountain. Still grinning from […]

Davo karnicar with skis

The world’s longest ski run

Skiing down from the very top of the world’s highest peaks will never catch on in popularity. Why would it? Is it even possible? “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools”, so said Napolean Bonaparte but as far as I’m aware he never tried skiing. When asked by his […]

Top 10 luxury chalets in Europe

Top 10 luxury chalets in Europe

As adventurous as a day on the slopes can be, coming home to a beautifully furnished and elegant chalet is equally exciting. Scattered across the Alps in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria are some of the most exclusive, stunningly beautiful luxury chalets in Europe. Chalet Abruzzes, Courchevel, France Chalet Abruzzes is located above the Cospillot […]

Matterhorn View

6 non-ski joys of Zermatt

Zermatt is pretty much about skiing. Lying at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, in the middle of a vast ski region, the resort offers snow sport activities for all levels as well as fabulous heli-skiing possibilities. However, as a non-skier you are just as welcome in this unique mountain village. You can have unforgettable […]

Strasbourg Christmas Market

15 festive alternatives to German Christmas markets

Think Christmas markets and you think of Germany; from Munich to Nuremburg, from beer in Cologne to bratwursts in Leipzig, they seem to have it cornered, with many Christmas traditions having originated from our German cousins. If however, you’re looking for something a bit different but still pine for the magic of a pretty town […]

Firework display in Tignes at New Year

Top 3 ski resorts for bringing in the New Year with a bang

New Year celebrations really took off for me the first time I was in Zermatt and experienced an outdoor celebration in a winter wonderland. It all made sense, this was how you were supposed to do it. It had all the elements, enough drink sloshing about to float the Titanic, happy smiling people, a firework […]

Apres ski at Mooser Wirt St Anton

The Alps’ top 5 apres ski spots

One of the great things about skiing is the après ski. It makes sense to not have to go back to your accommodation, get changed and then come out again for a drink or three. With après ski, you can spill into the bar straight off the piste. Many’s the time I meant to stay […]


Top 5 sexiest Winter pools

We wrote an article on the sexiest Summer swimming pools, but we just couldn’t resist writing one on its wilder counterpart: the sexiest Winter pools. There is something wildly exotic about swimming at an adequately heated pool in the middle of winter, while the environment that surrounds slowly wakes up from the subzero freeze. While winter […]

Backstage Spa in Zermatt

The top 3 spa retreats in the Alps

When you think about it, water, the giver of life, is the skiers best friend, in many ways. When it’s frozen or in snow form it gives joy to millions of them. After a day on the mountain many of those skiers will wallow in water’s heated and vapourised version, in hot tubs, jacuzzi’s, heated […]

Glacier Express - Exhilirating-train-ride

Europe’s most breathtaking train ride

Switzerland’s, if not Europe’s, most spectacular train ride, the Glacier Express departs the chic and wealthy resort of St Moritz and around seven hours later arrives in Zermatt, perhaps the world’s most complete ski resort. And what a day out it is too. It is a day trip through virgin mountain landscapes, deep gorges, beautiful […]

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

4 seasons under the Matterhorn

150 years ago this summer, on 14 July 1865, 37 year old French mountaineer, Michel Croz, attached his blouse to a tent pole. Holding the pole aloft, with his shirt snapping and crackling in the wind, the world below bore witness to a remarkable feat: the Matterhorn had finally been conquered. But triumph soon turned […]

Backstage Hotel Zermatt Spa

Top 3 luxury hotels in Zermatt

A lot of people who come to Zermatt for the exceptional skiing and the stunning scenery will choose to stay in a chalet. There’s a lot to be said for staying in a chalet – your own private space, the freedom to choose, come and go when you please, especially if you self-cater. But sometimes […]

Zermatt Unplugged

Top Summer events in the Alps 2015

With my life being centred around the cycle of the ski season, reciting peak week dates and perfecting the snow dance way before the temperature drops in the Alps, it is a big adjustment for me to see through the whiteouts to the beauty of the Alps in the summer. You can’t beat a blue […]

5 ways to enjoy Verbier in the Summer

5 ways to enjoy Verbier in the Summer

You would be mistaken to think that Verbier is just a winter ski resort. The small Swiss village located in the south west of Switzerland in the Cantons Valais is a summer resort that could rival the best!  It’s not all about phenomenal skiing and apres ski in Verbier, nor does the resort close as […]

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