Switzerland – A Tempting Country for Vacation
I often ask clients who travel with us to Switzerland in summer, if they want to go there also in winter. Mostly they just shrug their shoulders and say they plan winter vacation in Austria or inItaly. After 23 years Czech got used to travel to these two destination and they are not about to change it. They are most certainly satisfied with the price/quality ratio of slopes, cheap accommodation in apartments, and accessibility of ski resorts. Switzerland is usually described as an expensive and distant destination, mostly with old lifts and not always pleasant staff. Cost of food and drinks are also more expensive than in Austria. There are some truths to that, however, allow me to suggest that every fan of mountains should at least once in a lifetime go skiing to Switzerland, so he/she can compare. I will tell you some reasons why spend winter holidays in Switzerland.
Connect skiing with experience
Visit winter Switzerland and add to your slope-sliding some traditional event or professional sport event. You won’t regret because Swiss are highly organized nation that is particular about local traditions and sports (skiing etc.) attract many fans from all-around the world. Out of many options I chose the best:
• Celebration of “old New Year’s Eve“ in canton Appenzell. The holiday is on January 13 according to the Julian calendar and on that day also happens the visit of Abbey of St. Gall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• World Cup alpine ski races in Adelboden and Wengen.
• Carnival at Lucerne a Basil is one of the most traditional Swiss celebretions. It changes these cities to fairy-tale carnival lasting few days.
• Horse races White Turf at Saint Moritz will let you experience a unique atmosphere of horse races on a frozen lake.
• Art on Ice – a figure skating show where participate the best skaters of the world.
Have you ever tried cheese fondue or traditional cheese raclette? What about Swiss specialty “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes mit Rösti” aka veal on a creamy sauce with darning eggs and with roasted potatoes? The Swiss kitchen isn’t diverse, but it is particular about traditional meals and selection of fine ingredients. Ingredients are always fresh and domestic. Portions are fair and in most hotels they offer 3 to 5 course menu. Thanks to its proximity to France France and Italy you can be certain about their selection of coffee and fine wine.
Do you like to go on your vacation by the sea and enjoy All Inclusive at your hotel? Selected hotels offer interesting packages of accommodation, food, skipas and wellness. You can use your lunch voucher in some cottage, where you can order some snack, or just small cup of mulled wine, or popular wheat beer. Your additional expenses are thus minimal, and, believe me, the vacation without need to cook from your own resources has its magic. Instead of cooking a dinner, have a one-hour treatment in hotel’s wellness center and let your body rest after a day of skiing. After all, it is your vacation, isn’t it?
Swiss resorts offer, except for alpine skiing, also other kinds of sport. Have you ever tried a racket-trip during a sunset? Or have you ever tried an evening curling tournament with friends? If you like cross-country skiing, you will be constantly amazed by perfect tracks, not only for classic cross-country skiing, but also for skating. Thanks to splendid infrastructure of winter resorts you will have everything nearby. Thus you can split your free time between more sport experiences.
Swiss Traffic System
Let your motorized darling this time at home, or just drive with it to winter resort and then travel by train. Switzerland is not so far away as it seems! From Prague to Davos it is 700 kilometers – on highway across Germany it takes only 7 hours. Have some joy and make use of cheap flight tickets (from 2500 CZK) to Zurich, Basil or Geneva. Vacation in Switzerland starts when you sit in your train, which will take you to any destination in mountains. Sit comfortably and have some good beverage and watch a winter landscape. Your vacation in Switzerland just begins!
For those, who want to change quantity for quality I wish a nice winter vacation and lots of unforgettable memories. Our specialties are individual packages to Engelberg/Titlis and also to mountain resorts in Graubünden canton. Latest offers for winter 2012/13 you can find HERE. Our favorable terms of contract with Swiss partners will give an opportunity to have the best accommodation prices you won’t find anywhere else. Have an individual offering and go skiing to Switzerland, this winter!
Text: Jan Plachý
Photo: Jan Plachý, eventrip and Schweiz Tourismus
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