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Travel Bug: Opportunities for adventure, leisure on trip to Switzerland

Tiburon Travel Bug Marybeth-Bond Sheppard took a gondola from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier on her way to the ‘top of Europe’ and dined in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino, a land of lakes and castles out of fairytales.

If you like snow-capped mountains, meadows carpeted in wildflowers, bubbling fondue, divine gelato, medieval castles and sundrenched lakes, look no further than the Jungfrau and Ticino regions of Switzerland.

Like an expansive breakfast buffet in a five-star hotel, I found everything I could want on a recent trip to the two regions.

At the Zurich International Airport, I jumped on a train and three hours later stepped off in the fairy-tale town of Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region, nestled below the infamous Eiger mountain at the edge of the Aletsch Glacier. The Swiss Rail App makes planning as easy as watching TV. An extensive public transportation system, with clean, efficient, frequent and fast trains, buses and ferries, makes it easy to get around Switzerland without a car.

Grindelwald, located in the center of the Jungfrau region, is an ideal starting point for hiking, biking, hang-gliding, zip-lining and the not-to-be-missed train trip to the “Top of Europe.”

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