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Swiss Alps: old huts to chic chalets

Swiss Alps: old huts to chic chalets Surrounded by Alpine peaks and wild flowers, once abandoned farming huts have been converted into cool, ultramodern holiday cabins After a long ascent via hairpins through smaller and smaller villages in the Swiss Alps, the bumpy track around the mountainside eventually petered out into a stony path, indicating we had reached the end of our journey. I had the sinking feeling that we were in the wrong place. There should have been a collection of high-design chalets around here somewhere, all floor-to-ceiling glass and exposed concrete, according to the website images. But all I could see were a handful of dilapidated wooden farm sheds. Continue reading… https://www.theguardian.com/uk/travel/rssTravel | The GuardianLatest travel news…

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Zurich, Switzerland’s chocolate capital

Zurich, Switzerland’s chocolate capital On a cacao-driven crawl of the city’s craft chocolate shops, our writer discovers they’ve got the sweet stuff down to a fine art It takes more than a year to make Zurich’s finest truffle, yet less than a second to eat one. I’m thinking this as I eye another – one filled with a cognac-steeped grape and encased in a ruffled nest of dark chocolate in the wonderfully unmodernised Confiserie Honold in the city’s Old Town. It’s a classic old-time atelier, the air a delicious mix of raisin, toffee and vanilla. The marble counter is topped with bell-shaped cloches under which sit all sorts of chocolates: truffles with tamarind and muscovado sugar, margarita and caipirinha-instilled…

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What’s new this season in ski resorts in Europe, the US and Canada

What’s new this season in ski resorts in Europe, the US and Canada Schussing off to the slopes this winter? From Gstaad to Lake Tahoe we’ve got the lowdown on fresh developments this season Swiss resorts are improving the value of their seasonal/multi-resort lift passes, possibly because of the poor exchange rate for Brits. A new Magic Pass gives access to lifts in 25 little resorts in five cantons, including powder wonderland Grimentz-Zinal, Crans-Montana, Villars-Gryon and pretty St Luc, and represents a fantastic bargain. Although it’s CHF459 (£356) for adults or CHF299 (£232) for kids upfront, that covers the whole season, from 1 November until 30 April 2018, ideal for those planning multiple trips, or perhaps a ski-safari road…

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World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in the Swiss Alps

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in the Swiss Alps High and handsome amid beautiful Swiss scenery, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge offers hikers a time-saving, jaw-dropping experience The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in Switzerland, inviting walkers to brave a narrow path running 86 metres above the ground at its highest point. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, in the Swiss Alps, near the village of Randa, is a record-breaking 494 metres long and connects Grächen and Zermatt on the Europaweg foot trail. Continue reading… High and handsome amid beautiful Swiss scenery, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge offers hikers a time-saving, jaw-dropping experience The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in Switzerland, inviting walkers to brave…

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