Tag archives for Switzerland

Celebrating 100 Years of Dada in Zurich

Dada is art. Dada is anti-art. Dada is manifesto. Dada is jibberish. Dada is a costume so cumbersome one has to be carried when wearing it. Whatever Dada is, or isn’t, most agree it’s long dead. But not in Zurich, the avant-garde movement’s birthplace. Best known as an international banking hub, the city—Switzerland’s largest—has long turned a lukewarm shoulder to…

Five Trips That Changed My Life

As a travel writer, I get to explore new places all the time. But there are some trips that stand out more than others—the ones that changed my life in some meaningful way.

#StrangePlanet: Travel Trivia

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Truth is stranger than fiction. Here are eight travel factoids to help prove it.

Sherlock’s Cheeky Switzerland

Meiringen is the ultimate pilgrimage site for Sherlock fans. Literally. In the story “The Final Problem,” Sherlock (along with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty) plunged to his death at Reichenbach Falls just outside the Swiss town.

Travel Lens: Juan José Valdés’s World

Make no mistake: National Geographic lead geographer Juan José Valdés’s curiosity about “the world and all that’s in it” (a phrase Alexander Graham Bell, one of the Society’s founding members, used to describe the scope of the organization’s mission) isn’t purely cartographic or limited to his desk. Here’s a look at the planet through his unique lens.

I Heart My City: András’s Geneva

Though born in Budapest, András Barta has called Geneva home since he was just a baby. This Jack-of-all-trades couch-surfing enthusiast–who has worked as a bookseller, financial advisor, bartender, and flight attendant–is now helping to lead a small business while writing for Spotted by Locals in his spare time. “I discover Geneva a bit more every day,” he says, “and I love every minute of it!” Here are a few of András’s favorite things about the cultural capital of French-speaking Switzerland.

Adventures in Swiss Cheese

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“A pro can sniff out at least 45 distinct aromas,” says Dominique Yersin, a Swiss cheesemaker who resembles a champion wrestler in an apron, as he holds a ripened hunk of his L’Etivaz cheese to my nose.

Swiss, Please: Raclette

Along with watches and chocolate, cheese is one of Switzerland’s great treasures, and raclette—both a semifirm cheese and a stick-to-your-ribs dish—is an Alpine gem that remains little known outside this country’s borders.

Where to Spend a Week This Winter

When it’s cold outside, you either want to embrace (even celebrate) it — or you want to get as far away from it as you can. Here are a few of our Urban Insider’s favorite places to spend a week in winter — from the Alps to the islands.

History Lessons in Geneva

Museums aren’t usually my top priority when I travel. Too often they end up being something that has to be ticked off my list. Mona Lisa…check, Sagrada Familia…check (you get the point). But when I visited Geneva, I wanted to dig a little deeper to find out what had shaped the city’s history. So I visited not one, but five museums. This is where I went and what I learned.

The Radar: Go Galápagos, Malaysian Street Cuisine, Swiss Train Hopping

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The Radar: Eclectic Eastern Market, Challenging Communication, Winterthur’s Bag Balloons

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Travel Aficionado, Flickr.