Time travel

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“Time travel” presents five journeys to 47 historic hotels in Switzerland at various times of the year. Authors Ursula Bauer and Jürg Frischknecht take their inspiration from the leisurely and deliberate pace of travelers of the past. They point out gems and unexpected options along the way, quote contem­porary anecdotes and reports that illustrate how outlandish and hazardous traveling in Switzerland could be in days gone by. Andrea Badrutt reveals the scenic splendors of the hotels’ settings in his stunning photographs and lures readers into the Belle Époque of traveling in style with his pictures of hotel interiors. Roland Flückiger-Seiler provides knowledgeable vignettes on the history of each hotel.

Karte Routen Zeitreise Time Travel II: Storia & Palazzi Time Travel III: Moments of Truth Time Travel I: From the Rhine Falls to the Jungfrau Time Travel V: Des glaciers aux lacs Time Travel IV: From Sources to Borders

Time Travel I: From the Rhine Falls to the Jungfrau

A roaring beginning and a red carpet ending. Water accompanies us from the Rhine Falls to the Jungfrau ice.

  • From Eglisau to Kleine Scheidegg
  • The Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest falls
    The Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest falls
  • Rheinau, the former abbey
    Rheinau, the former abbey
  • Basel, Mittlere Brücke
    Basel, Mittlere Brücke
  • Ligerz church
    Ligerz church
  • View from Chabisberg towards Brienz Rothorn/Bernese Oberland
    View from Chabisberg towards Brienz Rothorn/Bernese Oberland
  • Brienz Rothorn Railway
    Brienz Rothorn Railway
  • Giessbach Falls above the Grandhotel
    Giessbach Falls above the Grandhotel
  • Traveling on the Aare towards Lake Brienz
    Traveling on the Aare towards Lake Brienz
  • Lauterbrunnen Valley
    Lauterbrunnen Valley
  • Wengneralp railway on Kleine Scheidegg
    Wengneralp railway on Kleine Scheidegg
  • The Great Aletsch Glacier, part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site
    The Great Aletsch Glacier, part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage site

Time Travel II: Storia & Palazzi

High points of train history – a Graubünden winter journey. With a few summer highlights thrown in.

  • Storia & Palazzi
  • Landwasser viaduct near Filisur
    Landwasser viaduct near Filisur
  • St. Moritz
    St. Moritz
  • Tschierva glacier below Piz Scerscen and Piz Bernina
    Tschierva glacier below Piz Scerscen and Piz Bernina
  • San Vittore Collegiate Church
    San Vittore Collegiate Church
  • Garden at the Convent of St. John
    Garden at the Convent of St. John
  • Bearded vulture at the National Park
    Bearded vulture at the National Park
  • Mountain panorama in the Upper Engadine
    Mountain panorama in the Upper Engadine
  • Icy lakescape
    Icy lakescape
  • Soglio
    Soglio

Time Travel III: Moments of Truth

Spring days in Ticino with free spirits and gold diggers. Summer days in Graubünden between a five-star hotel and an oasis in the most remote corner of Switzerland.

  • From Carona to Zuort
  • San Giorgio parish church in Carona
    San Giorgio parish church in Carona
  • Brissago Islands
    Brissago Islands
  • Comologno
    Comologno
  • Castelgrande in Bellinzona
    Castelgrande in Bellinzona
  • Panorama at Segriasboden with Tschingelhörner
    Panorama at Segriasboden with Tschingelhörner (Sardona World Heritage Site)
  • Spir viewing platform
    Spir viewing platform
  • Reichenau Castle
    Reichenau Castle
  • View of Chur from Calanda, Chur’s local mountain
    View of Chur from Calanda, Chur’s local mountain
  • Sunniberg Bridge
    Sunniberg Bridge
  • Schatzalp funicular railway
    Schatzalp funicular railway
  • Susch
    Susch
  • Tarasp Castle
    Tarasp Castle

Time Travel IV: From Sources to Borders

We begin where the Swiss Confederation began, travel to the source of the Rhone, follow the Aare River and hike over hills until we can see five states from the Swiss border.

  • Von Amsteg nach Rorschacherberg
  • Lake Lucerne
    Lake Lucerne
  • Uri, Klausen Pass
    Uri, Klausen Pass
  • Grimsel Pass
    Grimsel Pass
  • Mule track between Grimsel and Handegg
    Mule track between Grimsel and Handegg
  • Kapellbrücke in Lucerne
    Kapellbrücke in Lucerne
  • Lake Lucerne
    Lake Lucerne
  • Panorama view from the Rigi
    Panorama view from the Rigi
  • View of the Töss Valley
    View of the Töss Valley
  • Granary at the Rorschach Harbor
    Granary at the Rorschach Harbor
  • On the Lake Constance bike path
    On the Lake Constance bike path

Time Travel V: Des glaciers aux lacs

Famous alpine peaks, remote mountain hotels and a paradise for wealthy spa visitors – a journey into the Valais and to Lake Geneva.

  • Von Kandersteg nach Chéserex
  • The hamlet of Imfeld
    The hamlet of Imfeld
  • Binn
    Binn
  • View from Ausserbinn
    View from Ausserbinn over Schärtegga to Schwarzhorn, Fletschhorn, Scherbadung and Wannihorn
  • Lake Grindji with Matterhorn
    Lake Grindji with Matterhorn
  • Gornergrat
    Gornergrat
  • In the vineyards of the Rhone Valley
    In the vineyards of the Rhone Valley
  • View from Bella Lui to the Weisshorn and  Zinalrothorn
    View from Bella Lui to the Weisshorn and Zinalrothorn
  • Pointe de Tsalio, Dent de ­Tsalion and Aiguille de la Tza
    Pointe de Tsalio, Dent de ­Tsalion and Aiguille de la Tza
  • View towards Les Diablerets
    View towards Les Diablerets
  • Château de Chillon
    Château de Chillon
  • Panorama view of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux above Lake Geneva
    Panorama view of the terraced vineyards of Lavaux above Lake Geneva

 

Time Travel - En route to historic hotels in Switzerland

Take care: this book will awaken your travel lust. As soon as you start reading, you’ll want to hit the road.

The five beautifully ­illustrated journeys through time take you to regions in Switzerland suffused with history, along historic cultural routes and through unique spectacles of nature. You will be tempted to visit the convent on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the highest train station in ­Europe, the world-famous mountain pyramids of the Valais Alps or the palm-lined lake-sides of the south. Each of the magnificent time travel journeys is a stylish return to the past. Choice insider tips, practical information and the evocative texts will make you want to pack your bags.

On the road spend the night in one of the excellent Swiss Historic Hotels: legendary grand hotels from the early days of alpine tourism, but also abbeys, Art-Nouveau manor houses and visionary Bauhaus buildings will give you shelter in their charming historic settings. Many of them are personally managed family businesses and reflect Swiss hotel tradition and hospitality.

Enjoy these unforgettable journeys through time! Treat yourself to a rare authentic adventure: stop the clock and take your time to travel through Switzerland’s impressive history.

Sincerely Jürg Schmid, CEO Swiss Tourism

 

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