Wednesday, December 23
Edelweiss is Switzerland's leading leisure travel airline and is based at Zurich Airport. As a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines and a member of the Lufthansa Group, it flies to 70 dream destinations in 34 different countries around the world. Edelweiss has the perfect destination to fulfil all your holiday dreams – whether you want to indulge in a relaxing beach holiday, visit a bustling city or explore a different culture.
Feel on holiday at home? Edelweiss shows you how! Since 2016, Switzerland's leading leisure travel airline has been naming its aircraft after the regions in which the edelweiss grows. By the end of the year, 15 aircraft will bear the names of Swiss regions where the edelweiss really grows, from "Corvatsch", "Melchsee-Frutt" and "Belalp" to "Kaiseregg". To symbolise the partnership, a wooden Edelweiss bench will now take pride of place at the best viewpoints in each region.
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is one of the most architecturally significant hotels in the Alps. The historically listed luxury hotel is located in the heart of the idyllic Engadine village of Pontresina, only six kilometers from St. Moritz. When guests enter the hotel, they are enchanted by the generous neo-baroque rooms, which were created by Otto Haberer in early 1900s. The Grande Dame of the Engadine hotel industry boats more than 170 years of hospitality tradition dating back to 1848 and has 112 elegantly designed rooms and suites. As of 2017, French star architect Pierre Yves Rochon redesigned 13 new rooms and junior suites.
Guests enjoy a great variety of culinary delights in the hotel's three restaurants: the Grand Restaurant, Le Pavillon and the Gourmet Restaurant Kronenstübli, which has 16 GaultMillau points. The 2000 square metre wellness world is one of the most impressive in the Engadine. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof combines a great location with imposing architecture, breathtaking views and warm hospitality that comes from the heart.
The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is located in the heart of St. Moritz at 1,856 meters above sea level with a breathtaking view of the Lake of St. Moritz. Behind its historic walls, guests can expect an incomparable atmosphere with 160 years of tradition, modern comforts and genuine hospitality at a 5-star superior level. In 1864, winter tourism was founded here by the hotel pioneer and former owner Johannes Badrutt. To date, the Kulm Hotel is constantly being reconceptualized thanks to the General Managers, Jenny and Heinz E. Hunkeler.
The luxurious Grand Hotel has 164 rooms and suites, of which approximately 70 rooms and suites have been completely redesigned by the French star architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel's 7 restaurants and 3 bars cater to all tastes. The 2,000 square meter Kulm Spa guarantees relaxation in the outdoor pool and the sauna area. An icon of the Swiss luxury hotel industry, this long-standing hotel cleverly blends its rich history with state-of-the-art amenities.
Red Fox is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality outdoor apparel and equipment. Besides some stores in the USA and Nepal, Red Fox is also available just next door in Pontresina. The renowned brand designs men’s, women’s and children’s apparel for mountaineering, skiing and trail running. Red Fox Outdoor Equipment also offers a wide range of backpacks made for all kinds of activities from short hikes to expeditions. And of course skiing! The Pontresina store also offers durable duffle bags as well as many sport and travel accessories. Look for Red Fox on the Rondo in Pontresina, Via Maistra 138. Red Fox. Since 1989.
The Rhaetian Railway is a leading provider of leisure, commuter and freight transport services. With its unique mountain routes, UNESCO World Heritage status, Glacier Express and Bernina Express lines, it has been providing fascinating rail travel experiences throughout the Swiss canton of Graubünden for more than 125 years. What began in 1889 with the opening of the line from Landquart to Klosters, has become a 384-kilometre network set amidst mountainous terrain. In 1890, the first trains began running to Davos, followed later by services to St. Moritz, Disentis and Scuol. The merger with the Arosa and Bernina railway companies expanded the Rhaetian Railway's network of lines. The opening of the Vereina Tunnel in 1999 marks the most recent extension to the network.
The Bernina Express package deal from Landquart/Davos whisks travellers up to the Diavolezza mountain station at a dizzying altitude of 2,978 metres, where devilishly beautiful views of the legendary glacier world of the Bernina Range await.
SWAROVSKI OPTIK based in Absam, Tirol, is part of the Swarovski Group. The Austrian company, founded in 1949, specialises in developing and manufacturing high-precision long-range optical instruments. Their binoculars, telescopes, rifle scopes and optronic devices are the no. 1 choice for discerning users the world over. The company's success is based not just on its innovative strength and the quality and durability of its products but also on their functional and aesthetic design. An appreciation of Nature is an integral part of the company's corporate philosophy and is reflected in its exemplary environmentally-friendly production methods and its longstanding commitment to a number of nature conservation projects.
The desire to see beyond the limits of the naked eye and into the far distance is as old as humanity itself. The earliest lens systems were built by the astronomers Galileo in Italy and Kepler in Austria. Binocular optics are based to this day on Kepler's invention from 1611. Binoculars made the age-old human dream of achieving a near god-like power of vision a reality.