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#StrangePlanet: Travel Trivia

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

There might not be a right way to eat chocolate, but there may be a better way.

National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, recently met up with Swiss chocolate sage Michel Baud of Philippe Pascoët, who shared with him these five tips on how to maximize the chocolate experience.

Now we’re sharing them with you.

Supercharged Swiss Wheels

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Apply Swiss ingenuity and an active love of the outdoors to a landscape profuse with mountains, and you get the rechargeable Swiss electric bike.

#FriFotos: Space Oddity

This week’s #FriFotos theme is STARS, and with Wednesday’s announcement from the world’s largest atom smasher still making front-page news, we thought we’d pay homage to this exciting milestone. Our Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, recently visited the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Check out what he had to say about the experience.

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Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their adventures near and far. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

Deals: Zurich Hotels Under $150

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By Adam Graham From the November/December issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Hotel Otter › Old Town Located on cobbled Oberdorfstrasse in Zurich’s old town where James Joyce penned Ulysses and steps from the city’s namesake lake, this arty hotel occupies a former 13th-century tavern. Today, 
Hotel Otter is perhaps the neighborhood’s best budget hotel, and its Wüste…

Panda-monium in Switzerland

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By Adam H. Graham The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is turning 50, and the Swiss National Museum in Zurich threw a quadrilingual party (sorry Romansch, English is the 4th language) last night to celebrate today’s opening of a summer-long exhibition about the history of the organization. The party’s guest roster included some very A-list taxidermy…

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Here in the United States, ski season will come to a close in a few weeks. There’s time left to squeeze in one last run, and if you ask Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy, she’ll recommend it be a long one. Engineers don’t approach the mountains like we reporters, which means you can count on an…

Swiss Mobility

The SwitzerlandMobility project, a sustainable network of trails interwoven through the country’s landscape, just launched this past weekend. Brian Schott was on hand to see it at its start. MURTEN, SWITZERLAND — I was late. After arriving in Switzerland to sort out the country’s new Mobility Project, I was struggling with my own version of…

Swiss Solutions

These days, a growing number of Swiss resort towns are hard-pressed to ignore global warming. Take Pontresina, perched 5,900 feet above sea level near the Italian border (and our new vote for town with the cheesiest marketing slogan: “a symphony in p-major”). Further up the mountain—and just above a 17th-century church and the area’s leading…

Captured by a Castle

Friend of IT Amy McKeever is currently living it up in Europe, and wants us to know that we’re all a bunch of dirty rascals: I saw a lot of beautiful things when I lived in Switzerland as a child, but nothing captured my imagination like Europe’s castles. I recall roaming palace gardens on Isola…