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The Rough Guide to Switzerland (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 29 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (29 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843530643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843530640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 matthewteller.com has more.

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Matthew Teller is an experienced and accomplished travel writer. He is also the author of the Rough Guide to Jordan.

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WHERE TO GO – AND WHEN

Although Switzerland is best known for its mountain scenery, there are any number of hooks on which to hang a visit, whether you choose to stay in one city or resort, take in the hiking or cycling possibilities of a region, or make a tour of exploration around the whole country. Getting about is easy, with an unrivalled network of trains, buses and boats cutting journey times between the regions to an hour or two in most cases. You’ll find places to stay and get a hearty meal wherever you end up, even in the wildest of mountain valleys.

Thankfully, Switzerland has no big metropolises on the scale of Paris or London. Swiss towns and cities were preserved from bombing in World War II, and all of them have at their core explorable networks of medieval alleys and old houses and churches. Geneva is positioned at the tip of the idyllic Lake Geneva in the southwest, a short distance from the graceful lakeside city of Lausanne. In the northeast, Zürich too is set on its own lake, within striking distance of the peaceful Bodensee (Lake Constance). The diminutive Swiss capital Bern has a fine cobbled Old Town, while equally attractive Luzern (Lucerne) lies in the centre of the country on its own, famously beautiful lake. Basel is located on the Rhine at the point where France, Germany and Switzerland meet, while at the opposite end of the country, Lugano basks on the shores of an azure lake a few kilometres from the Italian border. Any of these – or smaller but no less characterful regional towns such as St Gallen, Schaffhausen, Neuchâtel, Chur, Fribourg, Sion or Bellinzona – could serve as a base for a relaxing short break, especially during the temperate summer months (June–Sept). At other times they can get distinctly chilly, although most receive generous dumps of snow in the winter, which, combined with glittering sunshine and frozen lakes and rivers, paints the most romantic of urban pictures.

There are almost limitless possibilities for exploring the great outdoors. The Alps run in a band across the centre and south of the country, with resorts big and small plus stunning scenery guaranteed wherever you head for. The two main seasons run from late May to October, and from mid-December to mid-April; between these times, most mountain resorts close down altogether (see p.436 for more). The best-known Alpine region is the Bernese Oberland, focused around the tourist hub of Interlaken and boasting such famous names as Wengen and Grindelwald; to the south, in Valais, sit Verbier, Crans Montana and, at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt.

In Graubünden in the southeast are Davos, Klosters and St Moritz. Justifiably popular, all these places boast some of the best skiing and hiking in Europe. It’s relatively easy in even the busiest centres (which are still nothing like the mega-resorts of the French and Italian Alps) to head off the beaten path and explore alone, or to aim for smaller, more manageable satellite resorts in adjacent side-valleys. However, you may prefer to shun the big names altogether and seek peace and quiet in the less frenetic hinterlands. Two regions stand out: in the northwest, the scrubby Jura mountains are an ideal landscape for long lonely walks and bike rides; while in the south, the wild valleys of Alto Ticino lace the southern foothills of the Alps with little-known hiking trails, a world away from the chic lakeside resort of Locarno nearby.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2002
Format: Paperback
I have lived in Switzerland now for 2 years and have both this and the lonely planet guide. I find this one much more enjoyable to use. It has the same level of basic information but offers much more insight and additional information. LP by comparison is very dry. I wud rate this 5 stars vs 3.5 for LP and definitely go for the Rough Guide as a first port of call.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 2000
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This is a beautifully written description of Switzerland by someone who knows and loves the country. Even if you already know the country well you will find that this book enhances your experience next time you go back. It will make you want to be there!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emyr G on 14 Jan. 2003
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I would recommend this book to anybody on a budget. We stayed in both Geneva and Zurich and found that we got to see a lot more than we would have without the R.G. The book doesn't concentrate on expensive art galleries and opera houses. Instead you get to find out about real places. How else could we have seen the "Smurf’s village" in Geneva - actually a group of bizarrely designed modern buildings!
In addition, reading about the history, the culture and the people you visit add greatly to your holiday.
To get the most out of your holiday, I would definitely recommend this Rough Guide book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wilees on 22 Jun. 2006
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but I couldn't find anything better for Switzerland.

I love Rough Guides but I was frankly disappointed with the Switzerland book. It was just missing some of the essentials that others books had like where is a laundry or internet cafe and marking that on the map rather than just giving an address.

And the accommodation suggestions were not as useful as in other RGs. And there is less information of interest i.e. local facts, anecdotes and history.

Hopefully, RG will address these in the next edition. I do note that Lonely Planet book was not good either and both are a bit out of date published 2003 / 4.

But, it got me around Switzerland in one piece and I will still be buying RGs.
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