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The Rough Guide to Switzerland [Paperback]

Matthew Teller
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3 May 2010 Rough Guide to Switzerland

The Rough Guide to Switzerland is the ultimate travel companion to this clean and idyllic country with detailed coverage of all the top attractions. From the medieval streets of Bern to the stunning views of Lake Geneva and the iconic Matterhorn to the best spots to enjoy sensational alpine scenery, discover Switzerland's highlights inspired by dozens of colour photos. You'll find practical advice on getting around by train, bus, boat and car whilst relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and resorts for all budgets. The Rough Guide to Switzerland includes expert guidance on a host of outdoor activities, from summer hikes to skiing and snowboarding, colour sections on 'cheese and chocolate' and 'mountain excursions', and a crucial language section with basic words, phrases and handy tips for pronunciation. Explore every corner of Switzerland with clear maps and expert backgound on everything from the country's folklore, music, alpine flora and fauna to the roots of Switzerland's neutrality.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848364717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848364714
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

For as long as I can remember, I've been a writer. Fortunately, not much of my early stuff survives.

I grew up in suburban south London. A family holiday to Jerusalem in 1980, when I was 11, was my first trip outside the UK. Even today, the smell of cumin takes me straight back there. That was also my first time in the desert - I remember standing on a lonely road, feeling the hottest sun I'd ever felt, seeing the longest views I'd ever seen.

Since then, I've lived and worked in Amman, Cairo, Jerusalem and elsewhere, learnt some Arabic and Hebrew, and travelled widely, over twenty years or more, through most of the Middle East.

I'm the author of the Rough Guides to Jordan, Switzerland, the Italian Lakes and - closer to home - the Cotswolds. I also contribute regularly to the national newspapers, as well as magazines from Wanderlust to BBC Wildlife. My website has more.

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Culture, history and contemporary insights with a critical edge (The Daily Mail)

About the Author

Matthew Teller is an experienced and accomplished travel writer. He is also the author of the Rough Guide to Jordan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as efficient as the Swiss railways... 8 Aug 2007
I know the guide-book-buying public are often split into those who like Rough Guides and those who like Lonely Planet, and ne'er the twain shall meet, so I may be preaching to the converted, but never mind...
This is, of course, another excellent example of a Rough Guide - detailed, well-researched & useful, with lovely photos to whet your appetite, but also full of those interesting little snippets that make you interested in a country or town. For instance, who knew that we Brits consume a measly 9kg of chocolate each per year, whereas the Swiss munch through over 11kg? (but is this surprising, given the quality of their chocolate?? 11kg sounds quite low...!) Or that in Valais, the much-less-violent-than-it-sounds cow fight is still extremely popular? I love dipping into books like this, as well as using them for more practical purposes. I lived in Switzerland for a year and feel pretty confident that I know my way around the transport system and know a fair amount about all the famous sights, but on a recent trip, this book was still invaluable to me, as shown by the sun tan lotion-ed fingerprints on the well-thumbed pages & all the leaflets and timetables bookmarking different sections for quick access, from the cafés of Lausanne, the turrets of the Château de Chillon and the paddle steamers of Lake Geneva to the Sherlock Holmes museum in Meiringen, hiking in the Hasliberg and taking the train through the Eiger to the Jungfraujoch. I love Switzerland, and I think the author must have quite a soft spot for it too, as he doesn't fall into the usual stereotypes of the Swiss being just a bit too tidy and neat and efficient, and therefore boring, for their own good. He makes it sound like a fun place to be. And how right he is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great country, outstanding guide... 19 Aug 2009
Of all the Rough Guides so far used, this one has been my favourite: exceptionally well-researched and erudite in its discussion, yet leavened by a pervading wit that makes this an entertaining read as well as a deeply informative one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 2 Sep 2013
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I would have preferred something a bit more portable but then I like to travel light. Plus four more words!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version very disappointing 1 July 2012
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I love the Rough Guide travel books and wanted to travel light so went for the Kindle version for my iPad. What a disappointment! The maps are so small and grainy that you cannot read anything. The city maps for St Gallen and another town are mixed up. There are no images at all, so it's purely text.

For this price I just expected so much more and returned the ebook. Luckily, I received a full refund from Amazon. Shame that these ebooks still need a lot of work before they can be useful, please fix these issues ASAP.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for forst time travellers 28 Aug 2008
I bought this guide as a last minute thought before heading to Zurich for the first time. And I'm very glad I did as the book was so definately pointed out all the best places to visit whilst within the city. As it was from 2006 I was worried that the prices would be totaly wrong but I was pleasantly surprised as they were only out by 1 or 2 francs. I would recommend this book to anyone travelling to Switzerland particularly if, like my friend and I, they were a first time traveller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Functional 29 Nov 2013
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Does the job but a bit dry and lacking in colour. Helped with our trips around Zurich but was nothing compared with local knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide 18 Nov 2013
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great for our needs, as always a little out of date, but of course things change quickly! Rough quides often out of date when produced
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Switzerland
Brilliant book,however i would like to see these type of guides a a comb bound,a bit difficuly trying to turn pages in cetain circumstances
Published 9 months ago by Maurice Kime
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content but Kindle version is clunky
The content of the guide is very good, but this Kindle version is very clunky and I did not like the way you had to navigate around it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Col
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the usual standard
I have used Rough Guides for many years, and this one maintains the excellent standard. Good balance of factual information, historical and cultural background, and recommendation.
Published 14 months ago by Steve Quirrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Up to the usual high Rough Guide standard. Used it during 2 week holiday on Swiss Railways and found all advice and recommendations to be sound. Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by Neil Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide to Switzerland
If you like the wit of Jonathan Ross and verbal diarrhoea this is the book for you and after reading it you will not bother visiting Switzerland - I made the mistake of buying this... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2008 by N. Tobin
3.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing and misleading
I am a big fan of Rough Guides but this is the worst one I've come across. I can only assume that the author works for the Swiss travel services given his bias towards using public... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by A. J. Gauld
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