The mountains and lakes, the small towns and remote villages of Switzerland have attracted discerning travellers for centuries past. Its singular combination of Alpine wildness and vigorous independence will assure it a special place in the affections of as many travellers to come. As the crossing point from Italy to the rest of Europe for 2,000 years, Switzerland has gained from an extraordinary cultural cross-fertilization, making it a rich repository of European civilization — architecture, language, religion and history. It has remained a many-sided country, by turns sunny and meridional, wild and northern, Italianate, Teutonic, French, Protestant, Catholic; all these elements can be seen separately, but it is their interaction and fusion which have made the present Switzerland and its people.
This book is a detailed introduction, prefaced by essential background, to all the most popular towns and villages. But in addition there is much information that few tourists would have picked up: out-of-the-way hamlets, quiet hotels, where to walk, eat or stay. James Bunting’s preference is unequivocally for what makes Switzerland unique rather than for expensive international cities or over-exploited resorts, and he goes to some lengths to explain why and how you should try and see the things he cares about as well as how to avoid the most ruthless tourist-traps.
First published in 1973, this timeless classic guide to the real Switzerland and Liechtenstein has been once again made available as an exact reproduction of the original volume, now a collector’s treasure. It is part of the Daytrips Companion series, complementing the popular Daytrips guidebooks published by Hastings House.
- List of Plates
- The Forest Cantons
- The Berner Oberland
- Geneva and Canton Vaud
- The Valais and its Alps
- Tricino and the Southern Lakes
- The Grey People
- The Peaceful Principality
- The North East
- Zürich and Zug
- Between the Aare and the Rhine
- Bern and Neuchâtel
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