Posts Tagged 'Switzerland'

International Hostels Serve Up Halloween Fun

Halloween brings out the freaks and geeks in all of us. This doesn’t change when we travel or study abroad. Staying in a hostel? Great! Hostels love celebrations, especially Halloween. Balmers Hostel in Interlaken, Switzerland decks its lobby with ghoulish treats and competitions, while hostels in France cover themselves in spider webs and flying witches. Don’t forget the drink specials. You can travel to the ends of the earth and still enjoy your favorite holiday treats.

Aboriginal Hostel– Budapest, Hungary

Terror Leaves its Mark on Budapest

Terror Leaves its Mark on Budapest

A great find in downtown Budapest, Aboriginal Hostel offers free WIFI, laundry, breakfast, and entertainment. Go cave diving or get recommendations for other incredible adventures. Just for Halloween, try some homemade Turkish “Witches Brew,” tasty cookies, and plenty of drinks to keep the energy flowing. Spend a night out with your roommates on the city’s popular Andrassy Avenue. Don’t miss the House of Terror.  Located in the former headquarters of the Nazi and Communist secret police, the museum showcases the grim history of the two governments with photos and relics from former labor camp prisoners. Creepy.

Generator Hostel– London, England or Berlin, Germany

London’s largest hostel, Generator, celebrates Halloween like no other. Enjoy cheap beds, cheap drinks and plenty of fun. Spend fright night at the hostel bar. Dress in your favorite costume and receive free drinks at the bar-turned-haunted mansion. Listen to popular DJs and dance until the wee hours. It’s not for the faint of heart.

If you’re headed to Eastern Europe, hit up the Generator Hostel in Berlin. Share a stein or two as you celebrate Halloween. Don’t miss the Superhero party on October 30th or the ghoulish midnight happy hour on Halloween night. The bar will rock both nights with famous karaoke and live DJs.

The Globetrotter Inn– Edinburgh, Scotland

A Little Halloween Fun

Get Caught up in the Web of Excitement

From its haunted houses to countless dark alleys, Edinburgh has plenty of chilling experiences for Halloween. The Globetrotter Inn turns the spooky factor up a notch with a big Halloween bash at its 24-hour on-site bar.  For an extra scare, visit the Edinburgh Dungeon to unravel the city’s history of witch-hunters, grave robbers, prolific murderers and executioners.

Loki Hostel– Mancora, Peru

Hit the beach this Halloween! Loki del Mar in Màncora is the newest addition to the Loki Hostel chain. Having found success in Lima, Cusco and La Paz, this new beach setting invites visitors to surf, body board, or kayak. You might want to save your costume for the after-party!

Nathan’s Villa Hostel– Krakow, Poland

No curfew. No lockout. No checkout time. Big Halloween Party. Take advantage of the eerie sights around Nathan’s Villa Hostel. Check out the historical Dragon’s Den, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, or Remuh Cemetery in Kazimierz. Cap off the night by competing for “Best Halloween Costume” and enjoying free punch at the hostel bar. The party will bounce well into the night…and early morning.

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The Sweetest Views of Switzerland

Whether you’re living, studying, or just swinging through Switzerland, how do you capture the beauty of this amazing country? Yes, you can hike through the Alps, but there’s an easier- and for some- more relaxing choice.  Whoever said the most beautiful way to see a country is by train…was right. Switzerland is no exception.

The GoldenPass: Interlaken to Montreux

GoldenPass is Your Ticket to Happiness

GoldenPass is Your Ticket to Happiness

The GoldenPass Line is Switzerland’s most coveted ticket. The route is up to you. My journey brought me from the northern mountain town of Interlaken to the southwestern coastal town of Montreux. Although you can use the train ride to catch up on lost sleep, this is one ride you don’t want to miss. Imagine seeing the Swiss Alps from every angle (except aerial); cows grazing in green pastures; snow covering small mountain towns; or the moment the mountain ranges open up to the sea. It’s truly an unforgettable experience.

The Swiss rail network’s GoldenPass line stretches nearly 150 miles from Lucerne to Lake Geneva. Unlike normal trains, the GoldenPass is designed for panoramic views with large windows and some of the most comfortable seats you’ll ever experience. Even better news… this exclusive view of Switzerland won’t cost you an extra penny if you have a Eurail Pass!

Other Routes to Consider

The Chocolate Train: Discover the real flavor of Switzerland.  This panoramic route takes you from Montreux on the Swiss Riviera to Gruyeres, home of the famous Gruyeres cheese and Nestle chocolate factory. There is nothing better than great views and Swiss chocolate! You’ll want to check ahead, though, because trains operate on certain days depending on the time of year.

The Swiss Alps Provide Unforgettable Views

The Swiss Alps Provide Unforgettable Views

Bernina Express: Catch the most beautiful views of the Alpines! The north-south Alpine crossing from Chur to Lugano offers breathtaking views as the express travels over viaducts, through winding tunnels, and past ice-age glaciers. So you catch everything, this express has large windows extending to the top of the train. Wow.

Glacier Express: A bigger dose of the Alps. This trip goes from St. Moritz or Chur to Zermatt through the Alpine heartland of Switzerland. Zermatt, of course, is home to the famous Matterhorn (not the one in Disneyland). The journey lasts seven and a half hours, passing through 91 tunnels, crossing 291 bridges and the 2033m high Oberalp (Over-alps).

Whether it’s snow capped mountains or luscious green countrysides, Switzerland offers some of the most beautiful views in the world. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from my window during my trip from Interlaken to Montreux. For a few hours I felt like royalty. Now it’s your turn! Let Gulliver take you there!


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