Monday, 18 June 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Switzerland

Bern

 
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See more of the country and experience these amazing sites.

We will focus on one on each blog and today:

Old City of Bern





Founded in 1191, the Swiss capital Berne features a historic Old Town quarter renowned for its medieval magic, impressive cathedral and attractive arcades.    

Highlights:

Visit the Zytglogge in the old city of Bern and learn more about the impressive tower from the 1300s. Discover the first Western city gate and enjoy an incredible view of everything from the city to the Alps. Admire the golden inner workings of the clock and see an incredible puppet show Visit the Zytglogge in the old city of Bern and learn more about the impressive tower from the 1300s. Discover the first Western city gate and enjoy an incredible view of everything from the city to the Alps. Admire the golden inner workings of the clock and see an incredible puppet show.
 
 
        
Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls. For over 600 years, the clock has struck on the hour. Inside, time seems to stand still and cool solitude awaits. Conceived in the 1300s, the clock tower is one of the remainders of Bern's first city walls.
 
The reliable ticks of the Middle Age technology impart a steadiness to visitors. Approximately 130 steps to the top of the spiral staircase lead you to a lookout platform. From here, see the roofs of the old city and maybe even the Alps. 
 
Visit the clockwork with your guide and follow the puppet show step by step until the famous rooster crows.

 


Includes:  

     50-minute tour with guide      
 

Meeting point:   

Zytglogge (Clock Tower) on the side near the Kramgasse, Bern 
 
 

 Opening hours Tourist information Office at Bern Bahnhof:

• Monday - Saturday - from 09:00 to 19:00   
• Sunday and general holidays - from 09:00 to 18:00
 


If you are in Switzerland already - just book your discounted tickets at www.swisspasses.com/whes

If you would like to visit Switzerland for a short break to experience one of the amazing sites, have a look at our packages at www.otp.co.uk for Live Availability & Booking






Friday, 8 June 2018

Grindelwald V Project

Grindelwald V Project goes ahead

Ready for winter season 2019

 
The Grindelwald V Project has given the final go-ahead, a 400 million-franc project that will cut travel times from the village of Grindelwald up to the Jungfraujoch railway station by 47 minutes.
 
At 3,454 metres above sea level, the Jungfraujoch station is the highest in Europe and is a hugely popular destination for tourists: over a million people used the station in 2017, up 13.6 percent on a year earlier, thanks in part to its popularity as a destination among Asian tourists.



Currently, rail tourists travelling to the station from the Grindelwald Grund railway station must first take the train to Kleine Scheidegg and then change for the Jungfraujoch service.

 


The Männlichen gondola is also being replaced with state-of-the-art 10-person seated gondolas so speed up access to this brilliant ski area.
 
Trains from Interlaken Ost will pass through a new Grindelwald Grund station before climbing up to Grindelwald Dorf (and the Grindelwald First ski area).

 
 
This huge project is due for completion in time for the winter season 2019 and makes Grindelwald even more of an attractive destination.
 
We have a great selection of apartments, chalets & hotels in Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region, with Live Availability & Booking at www.otp.ski
 

 


 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Switzerland

Bellinzona



SwissPasses.com are the exclusive online ticket suppliers of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Switzerland.

See more of the country and experience these amazing sites.

We will focus on one on each blog and today:

Three Castles of Bellinzona Three Castles of Bellinzona




The three imposing castles of Bellinzona - Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro - are among the most significant examples of medieval defensive architecture. The three imposing castles of Bellinzona - Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro - are among the most significant examples of medieval defensive architecture.


Opening hours Castelgrande museum:

  • November-March/April - from 10:30 to 16:00
  • March/April-November - from 10:00 to 18:00

Castello di Montebello and Sasso Corbaro museums:

  • March/April - November: from 10:00 to 18:00
  • November - 7 January 2018 - from 10:30 to 16:00
  • From the 8th of January 2018 to March: closed

If you are in Switzerland already - just book your discounted tickets at www.swisspasses.com/whes

If you would like to visit Switzerland for a short break to experience one of the amazing sites, have a look at our packages at www.otp.co.uk for Live Availability & Booking






Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Your winter team 2017/2018

Your team!

We are very proud to present your team who will be looking after you when you come on holiday with us this winter.

GRINDELWALD: Ellie Joy






With a season under her belt and a true love of the outdoors, Ellie is the Resort Manager for OTP in Grindelwald and the Jungfrau region. She is champing at the bit to is sure to show you around the slopes!




NENDAZ, Les 4 Vallées: Chris Jenkins





From Doncaster and with a solid background in resort work, Chris is the Resort Manager for Nendaz and the 4 Vallées region, returning for a 3rd season.  Chris is an excellent person to show you the region and make sure your holiday runs smoothly.


SAAS-FEE: Tom Senior





From Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, many of you will know Tom - OTP Senior Resort Manager and back again to charm you in Saas-Fee. Tom is a qualified ski instructor too and not only back with us again, he is in charge of all winter resorts.

ZERMATT: Andy Thackray





Andy is from Rotherham and having travelled extensively, Andy is Resort Manager for Zermatt, is a keen snow sports enthusiast for many years, he is the ideal person to entertain and look after you in Zermatt!



My name is Jeff Michel, and I am the MD of OTP Swiss Holidays. I am so proud of the team we have this season and they will do you proud too. Thanks for everyone who visited us at the London Ski Show, 26th to 29th October at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London
 



OTP Swiss Holidays offers ski holidays to 30 Swiss resorts, so have a look at www.otp.uk and join us this winter for a great holiday. See you soon!




Saturday, 15 April 2017

Taking to the skies: Zermatt

With spring conditions upon us and the winter season drawing to a close, the OTP Resort Managers were given a taste of what other exciting activities Switzerland has to offer.

Partnering up with Fly Zermatt, the Resort Managers were each given the opportunity to go paragliding and soar above some of Switzerland's most iconic peaks.


Although the OTP team took off from Zermatt's Rothorn peak (3103 m), they reached altitudes in excess of 4000m.


The theory behind paragliding is that heat rising from the surface of the earth produces upward currents of air. As such, during the winter when Switzerland is covered in snow, there aren't as many air currents and flight altitudes tend to be a lot lower. As snow begins to melt during the spring and bare patches of earth are exposed, flights tend to be a lot more turbulent due to the mix of summer-like up-currents and the remains of the cold winter air.




Whether you're an adrenaline junky or simply want to experience paragliding at its highest altitudes, summers in Zermatt offer the smoothest flights and largest up-currents. Flights starting in Switzerland and crossing into Italy are one of the all-time favourites of paragliding enthusiasts.



 


Despite talk of landings being tricky, the experienced instructors at Fly Zermatt proved that there was nothing to worry about.


 

There was only one word the OTP Resort Managers used to describe the experience; beautiful.

Come along and join us; www.otp.co.uk


Friday, 24 March 2017

New SWISS planes between GVA & UK

SWISS is about to commence the renewal of its Geneva-based aircraft allocation to an all-Bombardier C Series fleet. SWISS Geneva will receive its first such aircraft, a CS100, on 26 March. This will be followed by the delivery of SWISS’s first CS300 and its Geneva stationing in May; and by the end of 2018 (and completion of the 30-aircraft C Series delivery programme), SWISS Geneva will have an all-C Series fleet.
 
 
 
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is about to start renewing its Geneva-based aircraft allocation to an all-Bombardier C Series fleet. The first such aircraft, a CS100, will commence operations from its new Geneva base with the start of the summer schedules on 26 March. The aircraft will be used on intra-European services to destinations such as London Heathrow, Dublin and Athens. With its state-of-the-art technology, the Bombardier C Series sets new industry benchmarks in comfort, operating economics and environmental terms.
 

 
Geneva will also be the home base of SWISS’s first Bombardier CS300, delivery of which is expected in May. The larger CS300 offers 145 seats, 20 more than the CS100. By the end of 2018 SWISS’s Geneva-based fleet will consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft: one CS100 and seven CS300s. The new twinjets supersede the seven Airbus A320s that are currently stationed there. The Geneva fleet renewal is a further confirmation of SWISS’s commitment to its Geneva base and the whole of Western Switzerland.
 

 
C Series deliveries completed by the end of 2018
The deliveries of the further Bombardier C Series aircraft for SWISS’s Zurich operations are also progressing well. A total of six CS100s are now in scheduled service, and one further aircraft is expected to be delivered roughly every month, rising to two deliveries a month at some points later in the programme. All 30 C Series aircraft should be delivered as scheduled by the end of 2018.
 
www.otp.co.uk recommend SWISS for our ski holidays as they not only offer free food, drinks, seat selection, but winter sports equipment also travels free!
 
Flying from London Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin & Cork, you should be able to find a suitable flight and enjoy the snow.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Andermatt is back on the map !

Andermatt is 1,437m above sea level and has a population of around 1,390 however it's not been a popular place for the British skiers since the eighties.

 With it being a great place for off-piste & free-riding it's now getting popular again with the Brits, and with the brand new five-star Chedi Hotel it's only going to get busier! With billionaire developer Samih Sawiris planning to build six more hotels and 500 apartments. 



 
 
 This development has brought new lifts too with one six-seater chair opening up more black runs on Gemsstock below Gurschenalp, and a whole series of slopes linking Andermatt's smaller sector, Nätschen-Gütsch, to Sedrun, 15km away to the east, and previously linked by train. The final lift will be completed for the 2018/19 season.
 
 
 
And a two stop cable car takes you to the top of Gemsstock, at 2,963 it's a steep, north facing 3.5km red run, not for the faint hearted.