Switzerland

Explore Switzerland, from the longest glacier in the Alps to its peculiar dead frog museum

Oru kayaking on Lake Gruyere, Switzerland

An Oru Maiden Voyage

Lake Gruyere is the second largest reservoir in Switzerland.  It stretches for 13.5 km from just south of the small university town of Fribourg nearly to the town of Broc, home of the country's famous Nestlé chocolate factory.  An artificial lake, it was creat...

Gelmerbahn, The Steepest Funicular In Europe

When we lived in the States, we didn't have a habit of seeking out the oldest, tallest, or biggest of anything, at least not intentionally.  If we did happen to visit a site qualifying as such, it was typically a natural phenomenon, like the world's largest sp...

9 Reasons To SUP Lake Neuchatel

Of all the lakes that fall entirely within Switzerland's borders, Lake Neuchatel is the largest.  Nestled beneath the Jura Mountains, its considerable expanse shimmers invitingly during the summer months.  Though there's no shortage of fun things to do at the ...

Swimming at Lake Gruyere

It's shameful that we lived in Switzerland for nearly a year and still hadn't had a proper visit to Lake Gruyere, not even to go swimming.  We'd driven past it, around it, and over it on various highways, always saying we should spend a day at the lake, but it...

5-Seenweg (Five Lakes) Hike

The Alps surrounding the town of Zermatt, Switzerland offer lots of great options for hiking.  One of the most popular is the 5-Seenweg, or Five Lakes Trail.  Part of its popularity lies in the fact that it isn't terribly difficult, a cable car in Zermatt offe...

Zermatt, Gateway to the Matterhorn

Even though the town of Zermatt is super touristy, it would be a shame to overlook it on a trip to Switzerland, especially if you want to see one of the most famous peaks in the world - the Matterhorn. In fact, it would actually be rather difficult not to visi...