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Festival in Le Bouveret picks up steam

Le Bouveret.

(Swiss Vapeur Park)

The miniature railway park in Le Bouveret on the Lake Geneva shore is hosting the "International Steam Engine Festival" from June 13 to 22.

The festival kicks off with a reception for steam engine fans at 9am.

Among the special events is an international toy market with more than 100 exhibitors on the second day of the festival, an evening barbecue and the handing out of commemorative plaques on June 21.

The park covers 17,000 square metres on the eastern edge of Lake Geneva, including artificial lakes, miniature castles and churches.

It boasts 12 locomotives and self-propelled passenger carriages. The park is normally open every day in summer from 10am to 6pm.

It will be open until midnight on June 14 and 21 for festival goers.

Roman trails

The Graubünden resort of Savognin has put together an attractive five-day hiking package that follows old north-south trading routes used by the Romans.

The hike begins in Sils near St Moritz in the Upper Engadine, and includes half board at small hotels along the route and the transportation of luggage between stops.

The tour is lead by experienced local guides, and between 10 and 20 kilometres are covered each day.

After departing Sils, the trail leads south to Maloja before turning west for a climb over the Septimer Pass, which for centuries was an important trading route.

Passing the resort of Savognin, it winds its way across alpine meadows and through the Viamala Gorge before ending in the town of Thusis.

The package costs SFr878 ($678) per person and Savognin is offering one trip per month through October (see link) the footsteps of William Tell

The Central Switzerland tourist board has put together a new guide in English to "The Swiss Path".

Created more than 10 years ago, the 35 km path winds its way around Lake Uri (the western most arm of Lake Lucerne) taking in the key historical sites in the place where the Swiss confederation was founded in 1291.

The brochure includes hiking tips, estimated walking times and degree of difficulty, sights worth seeing and historical facts and background, as well as lodging and transportation information.


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