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Helping independent travellers plan their dream trip to Switzerland...In the Holidays to Switzerland travel podcast you'll get practical tips and advice from Swiss travel experts to help you plan your dream trip to Switzerland. Your host, Carolyn Schonafinger, the founder of HolidaysToSwitzerland.com, shares her favourite destinations and experiences along with all the travel tips she has gathered over 30 years for planning a trip to Switzerland. You'll also hear from special guests who offe ...
 
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In this episode, we are joined by Gabriele Aberle from Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. Gabi walks us through all the details travellers should know about the world-famous Glacier Express train journey. This journey features breathtaking panoramic views and is a bucket list trip for many visitors to Switzerland. Do you dream of riding aboard the Glacie…
 
2023 promises to be the year many listeners will finally be able to visit (or revisit) Switzerland . To help you prepare for your Switzerland trip, in this episode of the podcast I share my tips for securing your preferred accommodation and transport, give you an update on the different Swiss transport passes for 2023 and some ideas to consider if …
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Isabelle Rapisarda from Jungfrau Region Tourism. Isabelle tells us about the many fun activities that families can enjoy in the region. From mountain carts and scooter rides, to adventure playgrounds, summer toboggan rides and marble runs, there are plenty of fun things to do in the Jungfrau Region for kids. Li…
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Andy Nef from the Swiss Travel System. Andy shares all the latest news and updates on the Swiss Travel System, including the brand new GoldenPass Express. He also provides an update on Swiss Travel Passes for 2023. Listen now to learn: Train timetable changes Night train services News and information about the …
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Andie Pilot, a pastry chef, food writer and cookbook author. While being Canadian-Swiss she is still very rooted in Swiss traditions and culture from baking traditional Swiss cookies to enjoying wonderful Swiss advent season traditions. Listen now to learn: Swiss Christmas traditions and customs How and when th…
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Catharina De Sa who is the founder and owner of a Swiss Epic Tours, a company that offers private tours for travellers from around the world. Catharina can design tailored made private tours to fit all your needs, from single day to multi-day tours. The private tours offered by Swiss Epic Tours are ideal for tr…
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Peter Niederberger who has lived most of his life in a majestic Swiss town called Engelberg. Peter fell in love with his beautiful surroundings at a young age and he joins us today to tell us about the many things to see and do in Engelberg and its home mountain, Mt. Titlis. If you'd love to explore the beauty …
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Celine Deplazes from Lucerne Tourism to learn all about the history and must-see places in the Lake Lucerne region. Celine was born and raised in the region and now calls the city of Lucerne home and she generously shares her local knowledge and tips for visiting the Lake Lucerne region with us. Listen now to l…
 
Two of the best mountain excursions in the Jungfrau Region are Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn. Both will leave you with lasting memories from your visit but if you only have the time or the funds to visit one, how do you choose? In this episode you'll learn what each excursion entails so you can choose the one that's right for you. Listen to discover:…
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Seraina, a Swiss local who was born near Zurich. Whilst the Swiss borders were closed during the pandemic, avid traveller, Seraina, started exploring her own country and is here to tell us what to expect when you visit Switzerland in winter. Listen now to learn: How unpredictable the weather can be How to get a…
 
In this episode, Carolyn is joined by Chris, an American who has been living in Geneva for the past 18 months. Chris' mission is to share free and inexpensive things to do in Geneva and in this episode she shares parts of Geneva that you won’t find on Instagram or in regular travel guides. Listen now to learn: Where to find amazing 360 views of Gen…
 
In this episode, Carolyn shares her highlights and insights from her recent trip to Switzerland. There are also updates on a number of new experiences she enjoyed for the first time. Listen now to learn: Carolyn's itinerary The highlights of Carolyn's trip Carolyn's thoughts on the Swiss Travel Pass Her thoughts on the Regional-Pass Berner Oberland…
 
Visiting some of the lesser-known places when you travel is always a highlight. Just because a town is not as well known doesn't mean it isn't as attractive as its more famous neighbours. In this episode of the podcast, Livio Goetz from Switzerland Tourism tells us about eight of his favourite towns and villages that are featured on a new list of 5…
 
With what is probably the world’s most recognisable mountain as its backdrop, it’s not surprising that Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations. Whilst there’s hardly a spot in Zermatt where you can’t see the Matterhorn, to get even better views, there are a number of mountain excursions you can take - each offering a diffe…
 
Most visitors to Switzerland head to the hot spots of Zurich, Lucerne, the Jungfrau Region and Zermatt, and all are worthy destinations. There are lesser known destinations that are worth a visit, too, and one such place is St. Gallen, Switzerland's eighth largest city. In this episode, I'm joined by Toby Treichler, Deputy Director of St. Gallen Bo…
 
My special guest in this episode is Nansi Martin from New Jersey in the United States, who, along with her husband Rob, rented a car and did a road trip around Switzerland in September 2021. They loved the freedom that having a car gave them as they were able to travel at their own pace and not have to adhere to timetables. In fact, they loved Swit…
 
Interlaken in Switzerland's Jungfrau Region is known as the adventure capital of Europe thanks to the many adrenaline-pumping activities that are available for visitors to try. In today’s episode I’m joined by Hannah Robley from Outdoor, an Interlaken-based company that offers a vast selection of outdoor activities including paragliding, skydiving,…
 
If you have only a short amount of time to spend in Switzerland, or just prefer to let someone else do the planning, taking a guided day tour is the perfect solution. In this episode, I chat to Christian Landis, CEO of Best of Switzerland Tours, and Operations Manager Amanda Zurbrügg, to learn about the wide range of day tours from Zurich, Lucerne …
 
One of the many wonderful things to do in Switzerland is to ride a cable car, funicular or mountain railway to the top of a mountain peak. There are tons and tons of choices for mountain excursions right across the country, and nowhere more so than in the Jungfrau Region. But having such a huge choice of excursions can also cause a bit of a dilemma…
 
If you’re a regular listener of the podcast, you’ll be aware of Switzerland’s fantastic public transport network as there have been numerous episodes about the benefits of travelling around Switzerland by train. But there is an alternative way to travel. Renting a car and doing a road trip! So if driving is your preferred mode of transport but you’…
 
In this episode we hear from Andy Nef of Swiss Travel System who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Switzerland's public transport network. Andy has lots of info to share about Switzerland’s most popular boat trips as well as a couple of others that are not as well known. And the great thing about all these fantastic boat trips is that almos…
 
Switzerland has a long chocolate-making history and is renowned for producing some of the best - if not THE best - chocolate in the world. So it’s not surprising then, that eating Swiss chocolate is right up there at the top of most people’s must-do lists when they visit Switzerland. Of course you can buy Swiss chocolate at the supermarket and at s…
 
Is it photos of the incredible scenic beauty that have enticed you to visit Switzerland? I’m not surprised. Everywhere you turn in Switzerland you are rewarded with breathtaking views of mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, gorges and lush fields - it really is the most beautiful place on Earth. But the magnificent scenery certainly isn’t the only t…
 
Today’s guests, Brenda Powell and Chelsea Powell, have recently returned from Switzerland where they enjoyed a wonderful vacation with four generations of their family. With 8 adults and 3 children in their traveling party, it was a mighty effort to plan an itinerary that suited every family member from age 3 to 80! In this episode, Brenda and Chel…
 
Today I’m welcoming back Andie Pilot from HelveticKitchen.com. Andie is a pastry chef and cookbook author and she was the special guest on episode 31 where she chatted all things Swiss food. In this episode, Andie gives us the low down on: Her background and her career as a pastry chef and author of books on Swiss food and drinks Swiss wine Swiss s…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Natascha Martin from Basel Tourism shares the many wonderful - and sometimes unique - things to do in Basel, the Swiss city located on the borders with both France and Germany. Topics covered in this episode include: Natascha’s background and her career in the tourism industry Important things to do about Basel Why v…
 
In this episode we're joined by a regular guest of the show, Andy Nef, from Swiss Travel System. Andy tells us all about the Swiss Travel System and why travelling by train, bus and boat in Switzerland is the perfect way to travel, and he updates us about changes - and price reductions - for the Swiss Travel Pass in 2022. Andy also tells us about S…
 
My guests in this episode are Gary and Cathy Martin from Seattle who recently spent a month’s vacation in Switzerland. After a couple of very brief visits in the past, they were longing to return to Switzerland and planned this trip to celebrate Gary’s retirement. Gary and Cathy created a trip that combined some of Switzerland’s most popular destin…
 
If you’re a cheese lover, you’re going to love this episode! I’m joined by Nadia Nadif, the US brand manager for Cheeses from Switzerland, who is going to tell us all about Swiss cheese and what makes it so special. Amongst the things you'll learn are: The history of Swiss cheese and why it still plays an important role in the Swiss diet The amount…
 
After many, many trips to Switzerland, I have a few tried and tested ways to make my vacation dollars stretch further whilst still enjoying all the experiences that make a trip special. In this episode I share 15 ways to make your Switzerland vacation budget go further. Get my tips for saving on airfare, travel insurance, accommodation, transport, …
 
From late November until Christmas Eve, market stalls appear in many cities and towns across Switzerland. These Christmas Markets are a much loved tradition and offer not only a place to purchase gifts and specialty items for Christmas, but also a chance to socialise and catch up with friends. In this episode of the podcast, I chat with three Swiss…
 
In this episode, I chat with Beth who recently returned from a week-long trip to Switzerland. Despite only having seven days in Switzerland, thanks to her careful planning, Beth and her husband were able to maximise their available time and see plenty of highlights. In this episode you'll learn: Beth and Jay's story, where they are from, and why th…
 
In this episode I chat to Diccon Bewes, best selling author of seven books about Switzerland and a confirmed Swiss chocolate lover! Diccon lives in Bern and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Switzerland - ask him about Swiss history, chocolate, watches, famous Swiss residents or practically any topic related to Switzerland, and there’s a f…
 
One of the highlights of a visit to a different country is trying the local cuisine and Switzerland is no different. Naturally you’ll want to enjoy some Swiss cheese and chocolate but there are many other dishes - both seasonal and those available year round - that feature on menus across the country. As well as talking about some of the tasty dish…
 
Switzerland is known for its snow capped mountain peaks and for every mountain - regardless of how high it is - there’s usually a mountain railway or a cable car to take you to the top. In fact, Switzerland is home to Europe’s oldest mountain railway, the Rigibahn, and in 2021 the railway is celebrating its 150th anniversary. It’s incredible to thi…
 
In this episode we chat with Margo and Eric, members of the Switzerland Travel Planning Facebook group from Cleveland, Ohio. They recently returned from their honeymoon in Switzerland after it was delayed for twelve months due to the pandemic. Margo and Eric generously shared their tips and the highlights of their trip with the Facebook group membe…
 
Today’s guest is Kristin Reinhard, an Australian who spent her gap year in Switzerland and is still there today, some 20 years later! In this episode, Kristin tells us how her journey to Switzerland began and why she stayed (hint: ❤️), she gives us an insight into life in Switzerland with a family and shares her favourite family-friendly places to …
 
Although it is one of the smaller cantons of Switzerland, the canton of Schaffhausen is quite well known thanks to the Rhine Falls. Many visitors come to the area on a day trip from Zurich and I too am guilty of doing just that. With so much more to see and do in the canton than just the Rhine Falls, I invited Patricia Seif from Schaffhauserland To…
 
When Australian Jacky and Swiss Bernhard first met in Australia many years ago, they had no idea that they would eventually marry and move to Switzerland to operate a hotel and restaurant. But fate stepped in and they find themselves owning and operating Hotel Gloria in Beatenberg, a small village just 10 kilometres from Interlaken. With the hotel …
 
Join me in this episode of the podcast as I chat to Birgit Weingartner of Switzerland Tourism to get all the latest news from Switzerland. Birgit discusses the re-opening of Switzerland's borders to tourists; the appointment of Roger Federer as an official ambassador for Switzerland Tourism; Swisstainable, Switzerland's approach to sustainable trav…
 
Tanya Deans started hiking in Switzerland on weekends as a way to spend quality outdoor time with her husband and infant son. As an English-speaking American in Switzerland, she found gathering information in English about many of the hikes difficult. With more and more hikes under her belt, and with her passion for hiking growing, she created a bl…
 
St. Moritz is more than just a glitzy ski resort. It's a year-round destination no matter what your interests. In this episode of the Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast, special guest Dennis Bordkovych shares his top tips for what to see and do in St. Moritz. You'll learn how St Moritz came to be known as the birthplace of winter tourism, the m…
 
Chocolate and cheese are synonymous with Switzerland and the medieval village of Gruyères is widely regarded as one of the best places in the country to experience the best of these culinary treats. However, the entire canton in which Gruyères is situated, known as Fribourg, is home to a wealth of both gastronomic and scenic delights. In this episo…
 
Do you plan to enjoy one of the famous Swiss mountain excursions when you visit Switzerland? In this episode, Andy Nef joins me to chat about ten of Switzerland's most popular mountain excursions including Mt. Rigi, Mt. Titlis, Jungfraujoch and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. You'll learn how to choose the mountain excursion that's right for you, how …
 
Graubünden may be the largest canton in Switzerland but it is less well known to many international visitors than some other cantons. Boasting over 600 lakes and 900 mountains, the canton is home to some of Switzerland's most pristine landscapes. In this episode, Thalia Wünsche from Graubünden Tourism joins me to share her top things to do in the c…
 
Every train journey in Switzerland is scenic, so travelling from one destination to another can be just as much of a highlight as the destination itself. For this reason, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland was introduced. It's a suggested route to help visitors combine journeys on the premium panoramic trains with visits to the country's top highl…
 
It may be a lesser-known part of Switzerland to international visitors but the authentic and unspoilt scenery of Appenzellerland makes it the ideal destination for a relaxing vacation. In this episode, I'm joined by Andreas Frey of Appenzellerland Tourism to chat about the region and to learn more about the centuries-old customs and traditions that…
 
Andy Nef of the Swiss Travel System joins me in this episode to answer some frequently asked questions about travelling between Switzerland and neighbouring countries by train, and to share all the benefits of the Swiss Travel Pass. If you plan to travel by public transport in Switzerland - and that includes trains, buses, boats and trams - you'll …
 
Kevin Quattropani is the President of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Suisse (the Most Beautiful Villages in Switzerland), an association set up to recognise the beauty and significance of villages that have a particular charm and retain their historic architecture and culture. He joins me in this episode to share more about the member villages, and the…
 
Kasiu Morgernstern has lived in the Bernese Oberland for many years, working in a number of roles in the tourism industry. She currently works as the Head of Sales and Marketing at the Belvédère Strandhotel in Spiez, and in this episode she shares her top tips for visiting Spiez and exploring Lake Thun and the Bernese Oberland. For more information…
 
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