Saturday, 23 November 2013

New Peak Pass for 2014!

New for 2014 is a PEAK PASS from the Swiss Travel System.

 

If you are going to purchase a 4 or 8 day Swiss Pass from us at www.swisspasses.com you get the opportunity of upgrading to the new special PEAK PASS.

 
The new Peak Pass is the same as a Swiss Pass but also gives you unlimited travel up 8 different mountain peaks in Switzerland!

Eight Peaks Opening times

Mt. Allalin (3500 m/ 11,482 ft) 1 January–25 April & 27 June–31 December
Mt. Brienzer Rothorn (2351 m/7713 ft) 7 June–26 October
Mt. Cardada (1671 m/5482 ft) 1 Jan.–2 Nov. & 20 Dec.–31 Dec.
Mt. Corvatsch (3303 m/10,836 ft) 1 Jan.–4 May & 21 June–19 Oct. & 22 Nov.–31 Dec.
Mt. Niesen (2362 m/7749 ft) 19 April–16 November
Mt. Rochers-de-Naye (2042 m/6699 ft) 1 January–31 December
Mt. Säntis (2502 m/8208 ft) 8 February–31 December
Mt. Stanserhorn (1898 m/6227 ft) 12 April–16 November

Allalin:

The Allalinhorn (4,027 m) is a mountain in the Mischabelhörner group of the Pennine Alps in Switzerland. It lies between Zermatt and Saas-Fee in the canton of Valais.
The building of the Metro Alpin funicular to the Mittelallalin (3456 m) just below the North-East face has turned the mountain into one of the easiest and popular 4000-metre peaks of the Alps.


Accessing the Metro Alpin is from the ski resort of Saas Fee, the route will take you from the village at 1800m to the Mittelallalin, where there is the worlds highest revolving restaurant, allowing you to enjoy local food and take in the breathtaking views.

 

Brienzer Rothorn:

A ride on the Brienz Rothorn steam railway in the heart of the Bernese Oberland is bound to be an unforgettable experience. And an adventure too! For the line leads through fragrant forests and dark tunnels as well as lush alpine meadows, commanding spectacular views of the mountains all around

 
 
Dream of steam in the Bernese Oberland! Several Swiss mountains are called Rothorn but there is only one near Brienz, on the beautiful Lake Brienz in the Bernese Oberland. And only here, 15 km from the world-famous resort of Interlaken, is its ascent as romantic and impressive, thanks to the Brienz Rothorn Railway, the oldest steam cog railway in Switzerland. It has climbed Rothorn Kulm hissing, huffing and puffing since 1892.

 

Cardada:

The cable-car from Orselina takes you up to Cardada (1340m) in just a few minutes, where you can access the chair lift right up to Cimetta at 1670m. This little oasis of peace and nature offers an unforgettable 360° panorama over Lake Maggiore and the surrounding valleys.

More active visitors can try the foot-massaging walkway, an orienteering route, the circular mountain-bike track or one of the official Helsana nordic walking trails.
 

Families with kids are guaranteed a good time in the Indian village, in the play areas or whilst strolling around the shaded play path. In the five restaurants and huts on the mountain, you can find lots of tasty traditional dishes from Ticino.
 

Cortvatsh:

The Corvatsch mountain lies at 3,451 m (11,322 ft) in the Bernina Range, overlooking Lake Silvaplana in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It is the highest point on the range separating the main Engadin valley from the Val Roseg.


At the top of the Engadin, it is the highest mountain top station in the Easter Alps.


Niesen:

The 2,362 high Niesen Mountain at Lake Thun is striking because it is nearly perfectly shaped like a pyramid. The steep slopes are not climbed on foot, but are traversed by cable car. The world's longest staircase was built to parallel the course of the cable car, so that maintenance work can be carried out on the cable car when needed.


Niesen Mountain has earned an entry into the Guinness Book of Records thanks to its staircase - which has 11,674 steps. However, one does not have to climb the world's longest staircase to enjoy the view from the mountain (which is a destination for excursions) or to enjoy a stay in the mountain house Niesen-Kulm. The staircase was only built to enable maintenance work on the nostalgic cable car and is only opened once a year for the Niesen Staircase Race, a climbing marathon that has been taking place since 1990. By the way, the fastest climber so far only took 1 hour to climb the staircase!


Rochers-de-Naye:

As if the trip by rack railway up the Rochers-de-Naye weren't experience enough in itself, you'll be amazed by the view of Lake Geneva and alpine peaks that meets you at the top. No wonder marmots like it up here too.


The "Marmot Paradise" high up above Montreux offers a total of seven nature parks plus a study centre where you can find out all about these endearing animals and their close relatives in Asia, Europe and North America.


Säntis:

The Säntis is the landmark of the Lake Constance region. The mountain, which can be seen from miles away, is also well-known for extreme weather conditions that otherwise only occur in the High Alps. A first weather station was built here in 1882, and has been manned by a weatherman ever since.

One can comfortably get to the Panorama Restaurant at the top of the mountain with the aerial cable car Schwägalp–Säntis, one of the most used mountain trains in Switzerland. On foggy winter days, winter hiking trails and snow shoe hiking beckon visitors to the mountain sun on the Schwägalp. In the summer the Säntis is a popular destination for hikes and mountain tours in the Alpstein region. A 360-degree view of six Alpine countries is always guaranteed.

 

Stanserhorn:

The special mountain experience starts as soon as you join the nostalgic railway in Stans. This old-timer railway and new open air cable car take you up to the Rondorama revolving restaurant, 1900m above sea level, where you can enjoy the wonderful view over 100kms of the Alps and 10 Swiss lakes.


Get to know more about the geology and flora of the Stanserhorn with a walk around the peak or on one of the well laid out hiking trails
 
 
You will soon be able to purchase the PEAK PASS on our web site at www.swisspasses.com but in the mean time, just email us at info@swisspasses.com and we can take the order and get you up the mountains!
 
Prices are from just £187.40 / €220.20 / $313.60
 
See you soon :)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

SnowpenAir 2014 ~ Deep Purple

Deep Purple at SnowpenAir 2014

 
SnowpenAir is a brilliant rock festival held every year since 1998 at Kleine Scheidegg in the Jungfrau region (between Grindelwald and Wengen)
 
On 5 April 2014, the English rock band Deep Purple will appear at the SnowpenAir concert on Kleine Scheidegg. Advanced ticket sales have now started.
 
 
After Joe Cocker, Amy Macdonald, James Blunt, Bryan Adams, OneRepublic, Roxette and many other stars, SnowpenAir have again booked a group that has worldwide success . Deep Purple will make their second guest appearance on 5 April 2014 on Kleine Scheidegg at 2000 metres above sea level. 

 
 
Since this is also in the height of the ski season for the Jungfrau area it is an ideal opportunity to combine a ski holiday with us and the concert too!

Kleine Scheidegg only is accessible by mountain railway. You travel to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen via the Bernese Oberland Railway. The Wengeralp Railway travels from there to Kleine Scheidegg.
 
Prices are from CHF110 per adult
 

Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/HMIJWt and you should have a look at our web site www.otp.co.uk for information about the resorts on Grindelwald and Wengen - you can request a quote online if you fancy a cheeky ski break and rock concert too!
 
For info: OTP offer 29 resorts in Switzerland for winter ski, and also summer ski, MTB holidays, Road Biking, Golf Safaris and City Breaks (all at www.otp.co.uk)
 
See you soon!