Books About Switzerland Online
Here are books designed for a person planning a trip to Switzerland
or by neurons. SOURCE
- Reading and Reference
are the most useful books we've found for visits to Switzerland. We've
collected and used over the years virtually every travel book covering
Switzerland in English, including one from the 19th century.
2001 Switzerland -
Without doubt the best all-around guide to the country. Shortcomings as
in most guidebooks, especially on sights and activities, but the single
most-comprehensive resource in print.
Alps - Switzerland - A Walking Guide Reynolds - Cicerone
Press (ISBN 1-85284-074-9) - The most extensive collection of walks. The
best source for walks available in the US. Companion books for the
Valais and other regions. Available from the Adventurous
Mountain Inns: A Walker's Complete Vacation Guide -
Lieberman - Written by folks who know these mountains. Whether you're
planning a serious hiking trip to Switzerland or are just a Switzerland-
or mountain-fan with an itch for some armchair travel, you'll find this
an enjoyable and informative book. As well, you might want to plan your
vacation around stays in these unique and delightful mountain inns which
run from sumptuous to the Spartan.
Brown's Switzerland Charming
Inns & Itineraries 2001
- interesting itineraries and selected inns personally inspected by the
author. Her choices with which we have familiarity are excellent; be
aware that while these are not five-star selections, they are far above
average in price.
by Rail - Lambert - This is a helpful guide to getting
around the Swiss (and European) rails and includes many suggested
excursions in detail. If you'd like to try the Swiss public transport
system about which you've heard so much favorable, but are perhaps
afraid to try? Get this book ... you'll feel like a pro in no time at
Switzerland: 45 One Day Adventures by Rail, Bus and Car (Daytrips
Series) - Renouf - A guidebook with a 'twist' ... namely the notion that
setting up base in one or just a few spots and then daytripping to
others is a better use of one's time than moving around every day or so.
We agree. This book is well-organized to help you plan trips using this
concept. Useful whether you're moving about by car, rail or otherwise.
Guides : Switzerland - APA Publications - In-depth essays
on the several Swiss regions, written by experts on each region. More
for learning about the country than a travel guide. No longer in
print; used copies may be available.
the Beaten Track Switzerland - Loveland, Marshall, &
Sale - distributed in US by The Globe Pequot Press - For those "who
value personal discovery above prescribed experience." An
interesting series, most useful to armchair travelers and those who want
deep background on the areas they will visit. No longer in print;
used copies may be available.
those interested in rambles among the wonderful mountains, the following
are the most useful titles after the Reynolds' series cited earlier:
- Hiking Guide Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, Wengen (title
#3081) published by Kümmerly & Frye in Bern (ISBN 3-259-03081-6) -
the most authoritative and comprehensive guide (in English) to hiking in
the area. Unfortunately not available in the US, but K & F may
supply to a phone request. It may be found in Swiss bookstores, usually
in German but often in tourist areas in the English edition cited. Worth
in Switzerland - Lindenmayer - Lonely Planet -
Comprehensive coverage of walks throughout Switzerland. While quite
useful the author and Ed and Julie do not always see eye-to-eye on the
selection of better walks in areas we know well.
Spider: The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger
- The north wall of the Eiger (Eiger Nordwand) was one of the
last of the Alps conquered and still represents the classic climbing
challenge in Europe. Over 50 have died attempting this climb.
Harrar, the real life hero of the recent popular movie, Seven Years
in Tibet, recounts not only his experiences on the first successful
climb of the Nordwand but provides details of most of the preceding
attempts as well as later ones. First published in 1959 and often
reprinted, this is a new reprint from October, 1998. After reading the
account of the second failed attempt with Toni Kurz dying while dangling
from a rope on the cliff face almost within reach of rescuers,
you'll never view mountain climbing in the same way. This is the stuff
of legends, and makes climbing Everest seem a cakewalk by comparison. If
you wait until after your trip to the Oberland to read it you'll wish
you'd read it before.
As one of
our readers said after reading the book,
my copy of this on Wednesday and finished it last night (Thursday).
I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a brand new perspective on
the Eiger. I cannot believe that after two weeks in Muerren last
year we never made it to Grindelwald or Kleine Scheidegg. Obviously,
they are at the top of the list for this years trip. When we were
there last year I had no idea of N-S-E-W and thus had no idea
viewing the mountains as to which face I was seeing. I have
rectified that by buying a compass for this year's trip."
Railfan Guide to Switzerland -
Drury - Think of the country as
"Switzer Land", a theme park for railroad enthusiasts. And if
you're not a railroad enthusiast, this is the best place to start a new
hobby. Whether new to enjoying railroads or an old hand, this guide is
invaluable in getting the most out of your time on and around
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