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crudestar
post Mar 25 2008, 04:56 AM
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I have been staying in Switzerland (luzern) for a while. I love the Alps and picturesque view. I am just curious to find out why tourists travel to switzerland to do sports. in fact, there are other alternatives such as austria, germany and france in which the prices might be lower.

Could it be the prestige and status, scenery, price?

Also, which are the most popular sports in Switzerland? I am just thinking of skiiing because of the famous ski resorts like Zermatt, St Moritz, Titlis and Interlaken. Also, there is the famous 007 bungee jump, paragliding, handgliding, swiss ballooning etc!

Let me know your views!
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post Mar 25 2008, 08:33 AM
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That's true, crudestar, I think skiers travel to Switzerland because of the prestige associated with the idea of Switzerland as a skiing destination.

I know there are many ski resorts that are just as good, or better, in France/Germany/Austria.

I've only been to Lucerne once, and it wasn't for sports, so I can't really comment too much...

Anybody else?


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post Mar 31 2008, 03:19 PM
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post Mar 31 2008, 03:29 PM
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I went to Swizterland skiing - twice, nothing to do with prestige though. For me both times were because I was going on a school trip skiing, so just went because that was where they were going. The scenery is awesome.

I've since been to France, Germany and Austria although not all skiing trips. France was best for skiing - the Three Valleys gives you access to 600km of skiing, brilliant!!

Swizterland was best for the scenery though.




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post Apr 1 2008, 09:21 AM
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Small and beautiful sells me and I've also been to the surrounding countries. It's not at all about prestige for me. There's just somethng about Switzerland and the attitude that perhaps keeps it a little more desirable on the radar. The scenery kicks everything into second place in my opinion. From the top of Matterhorn....wooooowww! Plus the cities are beautiful and historic and paint a really nice picture of the country.


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post Apr 1 2008, 01:31 PM
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I have to say that apart from skiing/snowboarding, I didn't know Switzerland was renowned for any of those sports you mentioned. Personally, I thought Austria was one of the best places for outdoor sports. I wouldn't go to Switzerland for the sports, rather for the scenery and the atmosphere.
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post May 26 2008, 05:05 PM
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It seems no one really has spent much time in the swiss alps, so I'd like to set a few things right.

Firstly - its unreal. I've spent the last 2 winters there and it's one of europes best kept secrets - as far as skiing/snowboarding goes. Reasons for this include a perception that switzerland is expensive - which simply isnt true. Its not cheap - but its not more expensive than France. I've been to France twice last winter - and have spent dozens of weeks in various French resorts - and can categorically say this.

Another thing to bare in mind is that there arent many tour operators going to much of switzerland - epsecially the eastern side and thus you just dont get the crowds you do in France.

Swizerland is obvioulsy a stunning place to visit as all the resorts have communities that have been there for generations - unlike France that are largely man made concrete isore's that lack real character.

If you're a skier/snowboarder - head to the east side. Head for resorts like Flims/Laax, Arosa, Lenzerheide - even St Moritz.

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post May 26 2008, 07:28 PM
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Thanks for those tips Dave, are you planning on going back again this winter?


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I can't speak for skiing but I was in Interlaken last summer and the adventure sports scene there is huge!

They do bungee jumping, canyon jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, and canyoning. I'm sure you can do these in other European countries...but from what I've hear, Interlaken is the best!

Here are some pictures from my canyoning adventure:

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QUOTE(huckabmm @ Jun 3 2010, 12:20 AM) *

I can't speak for skiing but I was in Interlaken last summer and the adventure sports scene there is huge!

They do bungee jumping, canyon jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, and canyoning. I'm sure you can do these in other European countries...but from what I've hear, Interlaken is the best!



Hey thanks for sharing your photos. You are right, Interlaken is a great place for summer adventure! (and winter too yes.gif)


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