Switzerland

  By Everett Potter Even among Swiss ski towns, Gstaad gives fresh meaning to the term “rarefied.” Located in the Saanenland of southwestern Switzerland (famed for its ceremony crowning the most beautiful cow), Gstaad has been attracting the über-rich to its Alpine air, skiing, and Olympic-class socializing for more than

Story and photos by Denise Mattia A pale wintry light pierced the Vienna sky at dawn, revealing the tops of roofs and the silhouette of the Hofburg Palace Dome. I returned to my room ready for a journey by train from Vienna to the Wachau Valley in Krems, traveling on

I had lunch yesterday with 12 ski resorts from the Swiss, French, Italian, German, and Austrian Alps. Travel to the Alps from America was up a whopping 50 percent this past summer and 30 percent last winter.

Along the Quai in Montreux, looking toward the French Alps. You can live lavishly and discreetly in Montreux, the centerpiece of the Swiss Riviera. Legions of pop stars (like Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant), former heads of state, and even literary figures such as  Vladimir Nabokov came here to do

May 5. Zurich MAY 5, ZURICH I've just taken a SWISS flight from JFK and landed in Switzerland's largest city. I'll be blogging daily this week as I explore the city of Zurich, as well as Lausanne and Montreux in the French-speaking part of the country. It's rainy and in

The Chapel Bridge, Lucerne. By Richard West "I felt a desire to embrace, powerfully to embrace someone, to tickle him, or to pinch him." ("Luzern," Leo Tolstoy) The great Russian writer felt a pinchable need (am I dreaming?) because he was at his balconied hotel window looking out at Lake