Odds and Ends
Switzerland's Mountain Inns
To hike the Swiss Alps safely, without sacrificing creature comforts, read
Marcia and Philip Lieberman's comprehensive book.
"Sit and sip" has been a Viennese tradition for more than 300 years.
Swiss Cow Fights
There's no Waltz of the Toreadors in Switzerland's
Valais region, but bovine battles for the title of 'Queen cow' offer a
bloodless, crowd-pleasing alternative to bullfights.
Food and Wine
Emmentaler and Gruyère cheese
If you think "Swiss cheese" is a pale rubbery substance in a plastic
packet, it's time to sample the real thing--preferably at the source.
If you can't get to Austria, enjoy a taste of Österreich in your own
kitchen or dining room with "Salzburg Dumplings" (an easy-to-make
soufflé that resembles cathedral domes in a baking dish).
An Austrian medical study suggests that mountain vacations offer health
benefits for people with high blood pressure, with high blood-sugar and
cholesterol counts, or who are overweight.
Swiss Christmas Markets
Shop for ornaments and gifts, nosh on baked goods, and soak up the Advent
atmosphere at Switzerland's traditional Christmas markets in late November and
Jewish Travel: Switzerland
Web links to kosher restaurants, hotels, Jewish communities, synagogues,
mikvahs, schools, and
In Switzerland, it's okay to blow your own horn--provided it's 10 to 12 feet long
and made of spruce with a hardwood mouthpiece.
Switzerland's tiny neighbor has been ruled by a "princely family" since 1719.
Swiss and Austrian shops keep shorter hours than their counterparts in many
other countries, so print out these tables and take them on your trip.
Guidelines on when, who, and how much to tip in Switzerland and Austria.
It started out as a simple elevator ride--and turned into a public event that starred two
parents, a baby, and the St. Moritz rescue squad.
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Switzerland & Austria
Need a car in Europe?
guarantees the lowest rental
rates for standard cars, sports cars, SUVs, luxury cars,
chauffered sedans, and RVs. Its Web site also has driving information
for 38 countries.
you live outside the EU, a
Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting.
Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include
Short-term car leasing.
Traveling by train?
has free schedules, maps, and guides for 50+ European railroads. (Residents
of North and Central America can buy tickets and rail passes