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Notable Zurich Restaurants

Zurich's top dining establishments have access to superb local produce, freshwater fish and high-quality dairy products. Here are two restaurants we loved.

Storchen Zürich Gets a Remodel — and a Recommendation

The Storchen Zurich, one of the city's oldest hotels, refurbished its public areas and refreshed its 66 rooms. After a stay, we can solidly recommend it.

A Newly Recommended Hotel in Zurich

One of Zurich's oldest hotels closed in 2017 to undergo a refurbishment and refresh. We have since visited and are happy to recommend it now.

10 Family Vacation Ideas

Ten of our favorite family-friendly spots, each brimming with activities and set against exceptionally intriguing and scenic backdrops.

Indelible Travel Memories 2017

Travel can provide experiences that are so powerful they prove transformative. Here are Andrew Harper's indelible travel memories from last year.

Best Matterhorn Viewpoints

The Matterhorn is only the 10th-highest peak in Switzerland, but it is arguably the most dramatic. Here are three classic viewpoints.

Hiking in the Bernese Oberland

The Swiss Alps are crisscrossed by a web of hiking trails that caters to virtually every level of fitness and affords spectacular views of mountain panoramas.

Discovering the Remote Lower Engadine Valley

Dotted with tiny villages and ancient stone houses, the Lower Engadine is peaceful and unspoiled, a small fragment of Europe where modernity has yet to intrude.

The Ultimate Guide to Scenic Swiss Hideaways

Andrew Harper visits "absurdly beautiful" Switzerland and reports back on his favorite scenic hotels in Geneva, Lucerne, St. Moritz, Zermatt and more.

Sightseeing Aboard the Glacier Express

Switzerland's Glacier Express features glass roof panels through which to view idyllic Alpine villages, old wooden chalets and blue-green rivers.

J.M.W. Turner on Lake Lucerne

The pre-Impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner made a series of visits to Switzerland, and few artists have captured it better.

8 New Recommended Hotels, December 2016

For the December 2016 issue of the Hideaway Report, Mr. Harper travels to Switzerland and Vancouver, where he discovered eight new luxury hotels.

Letter From the Editor, December 2016

Mr. Harper constructed a two-week itinerary designed to focus on two of Switzerland's major lakes and its most spectacular mountain scenery.

Summit Up: The Central Alps

Stretching from the Mediterranean coast of France to close to the Adriatic Sea, the Alps traverse eight countries and cover more than 80,000 square miles.

The Chedi Andermatt: Newcomer to Switzerland’s Ski Resort Elite

Tourism began in the pretty Swiss town of Andermatt in 1872 with the debut of the Grand Hotel Bellevue, which attracted visitors to central Switzerland with the promise of clean, invigorating Alpine air during summer and sleigh rides through the 
snow in winter.

Andermatt Restaurants, Where to Order Raclette

Since Italy is around 20 miles from Andermatt across the mountains, there is a recognizable Italian influence on the menus of many restaurants.

Birdos: Custom-made Freeride Skis

Boston-born Dan Loutrel was a boatbuilder back home in Massachusetts before his love of skiing brought him to Andermatt in 2003.

'Glacier Express': An Irresistible Swiss Train Ride

The seven-hour, 181-mile trip aboard the Glacier Express is an irresistible excursion from Andermatt. The train runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, crosses 291 bridges, goes through 91 tunnels and ascends the 6,670-foot Oberalp Pass.

2014 Grand Awards: Europe

Winning hotels from the 2014 Andrew Harper Grand Awards in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and France.

Lake Geneva and Frankenstein

This month's issue of the Andrew Harper Traveler features Montreux on Lake Geneva, Switzerland (as well as the Dents du Midi mountain range beyond), which happens to be the locale that inspired the classic novel "Frankenstein."

Planning: Swiss Bookshelf

I tend to be skeptical about guidebooks, which are often written by people who haven’t set foot in the places they’re describing because of a shoestring budget. There are honorable exceptions, however.

Grand Tour of Switzerland

Switzerland remains one of the great jewels of Europe today, its awe-inspiring mountains and valleys interspersed with charming towns, pristine lakes and picturesque vineyards.

Luxury Foreign Travel: The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

The Alpina Gstaad opened last weekend following a $337 million, four-year renovation.

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Exploring Geneva

Many travelers enjoy only a brief experience of Geneva en route to the French Alps or the Swiss heartland. This is a shame, because it is an elegant and cosmopolitan city that offers the visitor a lot more than just exquisite watches. One of the world’s capitals of diplomacy, it has the largest concentration of United Nations offices outside of New York. It is also a major financial center. And its setting at the western end of Lake Geneva, surrounded by vineyards and with the high Alps as a snow-covered backdrop, is lovely in every season.

Notable Fall Exhibits in Europe and America

Some of our favorite art museums in the United States and Europe have recently opened some fascinating special exhibitions, ranging from retrospectives of monumental Impressionists to assemblages of Mayan masterpieces.