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October 1, 2014

Switzerland: Things To Do In Lake Geneva

By Neharika Padala

Lausanne, Switzerland – Walk on a new suspension bridge hung between two Alps, use the new Lake Geneva Region app to plan your stay, check into a chic new mountain hotel, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon. These are among the highlights this winter in the Lake Geneva Region. See more here.

Walking Peak to Peak in Les Diablerets – High above the ski village  of Les Diablerets, a dramatic new suspension bridge connecting two towering Alpine peaks will be unveiled this winter. Located at Glacier 3000, the only glacier ski area in the region, the Peak Walk is referred to as a “hanging bridge.” The Peak Walk is approximately 170 feet long, suspended at an altitude of more than 9,800 feet, and offers some of the best panoramic views of the Alps in all of Switzerland. It is the second highest bridge in Europe and the first bridge anywhere in the world to link two peaks. It will open in November, and will be free of charge and accessible year round. See more here.

The International Hot Air Balloon Festival – The village of Château-d’Oex will once again play host to the 37th annual Festival International de Ballons from January 24 to February  1, 2015. Surrounded by mountains, Château-d’Oex is blessed with a microclimate that makes it ideal for hot air ballooning. The Breitling Orbiter, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, left from here in 1999 to become the first successful around the world balloon voyage. This year, more than 80 balloons from 20 countries will take to the skies. See more here.

Once again, the alpine ski resorts of Leysin-Les Mosses, Villars-Gryon, Les Diablerets, and Château-d’Oex-Rougemont  are giving a break to children up to age nine: free  skiing and free accommodation when staying with their parents at selected hotels in these resorts. In February, the mountains will go to the dogs with the Transalp Vaudoise-Sled Dog Race will race across Leysin, Les Mosses and Les Diablerets and finish in Gryon. This race, which will be held from February 2 to 15, 2015, is for purebreds only: Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds and Greenland Dogs. See more here.

(Source: Lake Geneva Region)

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