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Swiss Travel News - The Latest News Fresh from Switzerland

on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 09:04
Cathrin on the Swiss Untour

Here is some Swiss travel news from the desk of Cathrin Baumbach, who just returned from a work trip to Switzerland and the 2015 Swiss Travel Mart (an international meeting of Switzerland travel professionals) in Zermatt. Read these up-to-the-minute updates of all things Swiss.

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To Basel and Beyond: Contemporary Art and Design in Switzerland

on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 10:47
Art on a Swiss Untour, Basel

We love to talk (and write) about the sylvan beauty of small Swiss mountainside villages, pristine lakes and hiking trails, and the old traditions of the Alps. Don’t ever doubt our love of cows and their pastures. But remember the Swiss are at the forefront of modern and contemporary art and design, as creators and collectors. Art Basel draws a high profile international art crowd in its annual multinational exhibits of modern and contemporary art and design. While that may not be your scene, here are some good suggestions for the art and design geeks in your travel party.

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Switzerland and Austria for Two: James and Alice’s Story

on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:03
Untours Switzerland and Austria

Two-time Untourists, Alice and James Wootton, spent last October eating and hiking their way about Switzerland and Austria. Below is a photo blog of all the beautiful sights and delicious foods they enjoyed on their Untour.

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Your Swiss Bucket List: All the Towns, Mountains, and Lakes to See in Switzerland

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:30
Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland Untours

It’s no secret that here at Untours we love Switzerland. It’s where Untours started over 40 years ago with the Heartland and Oberland programs, also where we have expanded to Ticino. Switzerland truly has it all: beautiful mountain landscapes, rich traditions and culture, gorgeous lakes, and outstanding train service. With borders touching Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, Switzerland offers the ultimate central location to continue exploring Europe on Untour Samplers. Clearly we think the world of Switzerland so below we’ve compiled our Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland.

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Switzerland for Free: The Best 7 Free Things in Switzerland, and Another 480 More...

on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:01
What's free in the Alps? Swiss Untour ideas
Switzerland has always had a reputation for being expensive, but it isn't universally true! Staying in an Untour apartment and living like a local will show you that Switzerland is affordable and family friendly. So why the reputation? Could it be Switzerland’s international association with luxury goods that fuels the myth? (Think chocolate, fine watches and high profile ski slopes.) Or its independent economy and currency, whose rise and fall is unlinked to the euro?
At the beginning of 2015, currency fluctuations made Switzerland look like it would spike in price, but the markets have
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The Swiss Untour on TV! A perfect view of our Untour in the Alps

on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:02
Marianna, the Swiss Untour

This video aired on a show called Boomers on PBS. Though it is a few years old, it really captures the essence of the Swiss Untour experience. Meet our clients the Kofflers and the Dunoffs on site in Switzerland, along with our staffers Jessica and Marianna. (Of course Marianna has retired since, but the "Queen of the Hasliberg" is a vital part of the Swiss Untour story and her influence on our programs endures. See the photo of her above!) 

Savor the Alpine views in this video, see what orientation is like, visit the cheesemaker. See some of our chalets in Meiringen, in the Swiss Heartland.

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Family Fun in the Swiss Oberland

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 15:40
Thun, on the Swiss Oberland Untour

What could be a better place for family travel than Switzerland? And our Swiss Oberland Untour, tucked into the most beautiful stretch of the Berner Oberland, offers something to delight everyone in your party, the young and the young at heart.

Alpine peaks: All of these are special in their own way, but some have made an effort to be welcoming to children with super playgrounds. Two of the best are at the Stockhorn, the Niederhorn and Beatenberg.

Ballenberg Open Air Museum: Ballenberg above Brienz brought the different styles of architecture from all over Switzerland and rebuilt them in a beautiful setting. It also has live demonstrations of traditional crafts and animal husbandry.

Bern: Visit the namesake bears, see the famous clock tower with its animated figures, and hear the Cathedral Tower with its huge bells. Visit the beautiful small zoo called "Dählhölzli" along the river Aare. Take the little funicular up Gurten (tram to Wabern from Berne train station) and enjoy a wonderul view on the city from a large children's play area. This is where the locals take their children on a fine Sunday afternoon...

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How a Childhood Trip to Europe Shaped Who I've Become

on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:42
Sonia and family at Versailles

Throughout my travels, I have learned that despite cultural and language barriers, candid kindness really is universal, that all efforts - whether big or small - are appreciated, and that a smile and open attitude are all you need to open doors. So my advice to you this holiday season is to get out there, try something different, meet new people, and bring your kids! You could be shaping their future.

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Top 10 Untours for Family Travel

on Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:34
Carl Peters and family in Switzerland, Swiss Untour

The Swiss Heartland and Oberland top our list. But we have locations in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Greece that are well suited to multigenrational travel and offer something for eveyone!

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Margaret & Charles Oliver, Untourists of the Week: Sunrise on the Wetterhorn

on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:25
Untourists Margaret & Charles Oliver share a bit about their Untours memories in Meiringen, Switzerland

1. What is your favorite Untours memory?

Waking up in Meiringen to crystal blue skies and seeking the sun rise on the Wetterhorn Mountain.

Chalet Margrit—where they stayed

2. How is taking an Untour different from other ways of travelling?

An Untour gives a traveler a chance to get settled and to feel "at home" at any travel destination. It is wonderful to unpack the luggage and move into your flat or apartment. The apartments meet Untour standards, and they are very practical and comfortable. It is easier to feel like a member of the culture if you "live" there.

3. If you could describe an