How it started
We created this website to help people prepare for their holidays to Switzerland. It was a natural thing to do for us because we had both fallen in love with the country. Annika had spent many summers in Switzerland since early childhood. Arno has always been a train enthusiast, and couldn't stop visiting Switzerland after his first Swiss train trip in 1997. It felt like a waste not to share what we had learned during our visits.
Arno's technical skills allowed him to focus on building the website. Annika is a teacher of Classics and enjoyed writing the articles. MySwissAlps.com was launched on May 10, 2002.
Our goal is to help people by sharing what we know. A lot of content on MySwissAlps.com is from our own experience. But we also added information about popular activities and locations we did not visit ourselves (yet). We also moderate our forum, where you can ask for help and share tips.
We like train traveling
Switzerland prides itself for its excellent rail network. That's absolutely justified. Traveling by train is very pleasant, spectacular even. It's safe, and it helps to protect the Alps from global warming. We use Swiss rail a lot, and we like it.
We're rail pass experts
We have used many rail passes ourselves. Train traveling and rail passes may seem overwhelming at first glance. That's why we list all rail passes that matter, and clearly explain how they work. Our step by step plan helps you to choose the right pass. For each pass, all relevant points of sale are mentioned. We pay a lot of attention to discounts and promotions. The rail forum is where we provide help if any questions remain.
We like hiking
Switzerland's natural beauty can best be explored on foot. Endless well marked trails across the Alps are just waiting to be discovered. We enjoy it a lot, so we've walked quite some kilometers by now. Our website lists many trails for you to choose from.
Community & partners
We can't do it all alone. The forum community helps by answering questions. We do not sell anything ourselves. Our excellent partners provide the things you need for your holidays: accommodation, rail passes and more. We carefully selected our partners because they are trustworthy, knowledgeable and customer friendly. If you see us refer to them on our website, you can be sure they're the right party to turn to.