Monday, June 20, 2011

Book "Switzerland" a Fodor's Travel Guide by Kati C.Robinson et al.

About the Book: Full-color guide • Make your trip to Switzerland unforgettable with illustrated features, maps, and color photos. Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences and attractions • Practical advice for getting around • Easy-to-read color regional maps. Explore Zürich, the Alps, Lake Geneva, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on scenic trains and drives, the Jungfrau region, winter activities, and Lavaux's vineyards • Best hiking, shopping, and mountain villages. Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s Switzerland-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Frequently updated to provide the latest information.

About the Authors: Kati Clinton Robson followed the Von Trapp family's example and journeyed accross the Alps in search of a new life in Zürich. After a period of extensive European travel, Kati has spent the past six years as the editor of Swiss News, a national news magazine for English speakers. When she is not hiking, exploring remote valleys, or indulging in Swiss cheese, she can be found introducing her husband to the pantheon of classic Hollywood cinema. For this edition, she updated our Graubünden chapter.
Other writers are Katrin Gygax, Gail Mangold-Vine, Alexis Munier, Tim Neville, Heidi Hagemeier and Kerrin Rousset.

My Review: Fodor's Travel Guides never disappoint and this one in particular is no exception. The writers and the editor did a superb job putting together this wonderful guide, with full description of places, that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, etc... when you are in Switzerland.
I visited that region some years ago and looking at this guide made me want to come back and revisit many places, as well as visit new ones. This guide is fully illustrated with beautiful photos and maps and they go deep in details on every attraction that you can find in that country, covering even Liechtenstein (as a bonus). Among many remembrances I had from my trip, one most treasured was when I visited Geneva, and those memories were revived through photos and precise description of places.
They propose a sampler itinerary for a 10-day trip that cover the most important places in that whole country (Zürich, Luzern, Zermatt, Geneva and Lauterbrunnen), besides giving you a high level picture of the history of each place. Suggested attractions to visit have a reference price and hours of operation. Other itineraries proposed are a Swiss Gastronomy (9-days) and a Castles & Cathedrals (8-days) itineraries.
Finally the "Where to Eat", "Where to Stay" and "Nightlife" sections of the guide are a tremendous help when you are planning your trip.
This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from seven different writers and it was published by Fodor's Travel, a division of Random House Inc. in May 2011. I recommend this book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Switzerland some day in the future. was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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1 comment:

  1. Very well written. As someone who occasionally withdraws from society to enjoy the finer things in life, I can say 'spot on!' For those of us who understand the point made by this article, we appreciate the value of breaking free from the closed-minded, fearful, materialistic people who have made such negative comments as these.