A View From the Top: Refocusing From the Swiss Alps

The Matterhorn is the topographic icon of Switzerland

The Matterhorn is the topographic icon of Switzerland

Perhaps as a nod to its successful “neutral nation” bit, Switzerland isn’t really one big country so much as it’s a handful of small countries under one flag. There’s no one language (varietals of German, French, Italian, and the increasingly rare Rumantsch are grouped throughout the nation), and there’s certainly no homogeneous culture. And though my travels have been isolated to western Switzerland, the diversity of a country only twice the size of Massachusetts is evident even between its cities—starting with Geneva.

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Shopping and Adventure Sports in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Audi sled at the Olympic bob run

Audi sled at the Olympic bob run

When Jason and I visited St. Moritz, Switzerland, we were anticipating super high-end, luxury experiences, and that is exactly what we found: shopping on the Via Serlas with old friends such as Gucci, Chanel, Rolex, and Hermes. Alongside the shopping extravaganza are the local specialty shops, such as confectionaries at Hauser and Hanselmann, where Jason and I got our first taste of the celebrated Engadin walnut cake. It was so good we bought more to bring home as gifts. It is suggested to just stroll the street and enjoy all the wonderful surprises around each corner.

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Lucerne Celebrates Summer in the Heart of Switzerland

Historical buildings clad in frescos border picturesque squares in Lucerne’s Old Town

Historical buildings clad in frescos border picturesque squares in Lucerne’s Old Town

Summer has kicked off in idyllic Lucerne, the most populous city in central Switzerland. Located in the heart of the country, Lucerne sits on the shore of Lake Lucerne and offers breathtaking views of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps. The destination’s compact design allows visitors to experience a great deal of “Swissness” in a short amount of time, with access to both the city and nature.

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Christmas in Switzerland

Jet d’Eau spreads it’s influence over the lake in Geneva

Jet d’Eau spreads it’s influence over the lake in Geneva

It was December and snow was falling in the Alps. Throughout Switzerland, Christmas markets were preparing to celebrate the season. The air was full of aromatic spices wafting from the large pots of steaming red, mulled glühwein, which the Swiss drink to chase the evening cold. The scent of fresh-cut evergreens and wood smoke mixed with roasting chestnuts, frying sausages, cheese raclette, and brewing coffee wandered through the narrow streets.

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