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SWISS Bernese Oberland, newly revised and updated 5th Edition by Philip & Loretta Alspach – A travel guide for the independent traveler with specific trips and selected walks and hikes using mountain trains, lake steamers, cable cars and funiculars.

The Twelve-Trip Planner recommends the outstanding trips in the area: Jungfrau, Schilthorn, First, Thunersee Steamer, Eiger Trail, Obersteinberg, Brienzer Rothorn, Männlichen, Oeschinensee, Pfingstegg, Schynige Platte, Niesen. Each trip is displayed in graphic form and arranged based on methods of transportation and time available. The trips profiled are one day or less with optional side trips, detailing changes in elevation and degree of difficulty.

A new section profiles in detail the ten beautiful towns and villages in the area: Bern, Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen, Brienz, Thun and Kandersteg.

A visit to Zürich will be enhanced with the four extraordinary walks recommended. The guide also highlights the Swiss food and wine. Easy references are provided for useful Internet site links for the independent traveler trip planning. The Alspachs have visited Switzerland for over 30 years and spend most of their time in “the most beautiful part of the world” - the Bernese Oberland.


Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

National magazine selects Swiss Bernese Oberland, 5th Edition in its search for the best indie books of 2013.

Traverse City, MI, March 13, 2014 — Today, Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards. Each year, Foreword shines a light on a small group of indie authors and publishers whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd. Foreword's awards are more than just a shiny sticker on the front of a book; they help connect the best indie books to readers eager to discover new stories written by previously unknown authors.

Swiss Bernese Oberland, 5th Edition is a finalist for the 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Travel Guide category. In the next two months, a panel of over 100 librarians and booksellers will determine the winners of these prestigious awards. A celebration of the winners will take place during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas on Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. with awards in over 60 categories, cash prizes for the best in fiction and nonfiction, and widespread recognition.

Here is the complete list of Foreword Reviews' 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalists.

About Foreword Reviews: At Foreword Reviews, we love indie books and the art of great storytelling. We discover, curate, critique, and share reviews and feature articles exclusively on indie-publishing trends in our quarterly magazine and on our website. Foreword Reviews is distributed to librarians, booksellers, publishers, and avid readers and is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. Our website features a daily stream of reviews of indie books written by a team of professional, objective writers. For more information please contact: Loretta H. Alspach,, 949-955-2344


NEWPORT BEACH, CA - INTERCON PUBLISHING, Newport Beach, CA announces the release of their newly revised and updated 5th Edition Swiss - Bernese Oberland. This travel guide is written for the independent traveler and is the best selling travel guide in English that focuses on the Bernese Oberland.

To assist the independent traveler, the new 5th Edition features Internet addresses and Internet links to villages, hotels, railroads, lake steamers and cable cars. The 5th Edition has been updated to include detailed profiles for ten beautiful towns and villages in the area.

The Alspachs recognized the growing number of independent travelers who are looking for specific trips to more than the typical touring destinations. Swiss - Bernese Oberland, 5th Edition, reveals the mountains, lakes and villages of the Bernese Oberland through 12 trips. Trip descriptions include colored pictures and maps of each area, plus data regarding average trip time, changes in elevation, transportation, walks and hikes. The Alspachs take you through the Bernese Oberland and share special places they have enjoyed. They invite you to discover the cuisine that is unique to the area and participate in the local culture. The writers, Philip and Loretta Alspach, have enjoyed these trips during more than thirty years of travel in Switzerland.

With Swiss - Bernese Oberland, 5th Edition, in hand, the adventuresome traveler can experience a most enjoyable visit to the Bernese Oberland whether you have two days or two weeks to spend in the area. The Bernese Oberland offers some of the most beautiful and accessible mountains in the world. It is possible to spend the morning on the Jungfraujoch in the snow at 11,000 feet and late afternoon on a leisurely lake steamer on the Thunersee or the Brienzersee.

Swiss - Bernese Oberland, 5th Edition, by Philip and Loretta Alspach, ISBN 0-9632235-5-5, paperback, 116 pages, 51 color pictures, 15 color maps, index, $18.95. Distributor: Baker & Taylor