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Matterhorn, a Swiss icon

Situated at the southern end of the Matter Valley, deep in the mountains of Canton Valais near the Italian border, lies the iconic Matterhorn – possibly the world’s most recognisable summit that’s synonymous with mountaineering and skiing since the 1860s. Photos by Mattias Nutt.

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Cycling through three countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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by Renate Habernass

Friedrichshafen is a small town in the southeast corner of Germany, and the starting point for an easy cycle tour that takes you halfway around the Lake of Constance from Germany to Austria, and finally to Switzerland. These three countries share their borders around this wonderful lake, with the Alps jutting out on the Swiss side.

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Nature’s Bounty in Appenzell

Appenzell's natural surroundings

Appenzell’s natural surroundings

The Appenzell region of Switzerland seems to have it all: gorgeous snowcapped mountains, shimmering lakes, and plenty of rolling farmland. From this fertile land, it produces some of the most iconic Swiss foods, including cheeses and sausages.

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Hiking Lugano’s Peninsula

View of the lake from Morcote

View of the lake from Morcote

Over the years, the warm and sunny climate in Lugano has attracted a growing number of celebrities, giving it the nickname as the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’. Nestled along Lake Lugano with a view of looming mountains, the area has lots to offer beyond the city.

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Descending Les Diablerets: Mud Bikes

Easy tarmac trails

Easy tarmac trails

What do you get when you cross a kick scooter with a mountain bike? Something called the ‘Arapaho’ mud bike. Equipped with suspensions and motocross tyres, you stand on these contraptions and hurl yourself downhill through grassy fields and dirt tracks.

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Paragliding Above Montreux

The take-off point

The take-off point

You’re strapped into a seat-like appendage, and your instructor – attired similarly – is strapped in right behind you. Laid out on the ground behind, like a hundred crumpled bedsheets, is a large parachute. The slope ahead is gentle, but beyond that it’s a freefall.

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Slippin’ and Slidin’: Canyoning Ticino

Abseiling alongside a waterfall

Abseiling alongside a waterfall

At first glance, it may seem like the area around the Boggera Canyon in the Valle di Cresciano is manmade – there are perfectly-formed water chutes, crystal clear rock pools and waterfalls that decorate the setting, all carved out of smooth rock. However, as we all know, nature is an amazing designer.

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Lowdown on Swiss trains

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A view from a Swiss train

If it’s one thing that the Swiss are known for, its trains. For centuries, they’ve built railways that not only bring people between villages, but also to the tops of soaring mountains. In between, they’ve engineered spiralling tunnels through the Alps and bridges that span deep gorges, taking passengers through landscapes more scenic than a Ricola ad.

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