Thursday, June 30, 2005

Saying I Do in Switzerland

Switzerland is set to attract more people to the Bernese Oberland but maybe a bit differently than you might think. Most people would think to take a vacation atop the famous Mountain tops of Interlaken, but it isn't the case any more.

How about having your wedding atop a mountain? Well now you can...

Authorities and tourism officials in canton Bern have come together to say "I do" by permitting couples to wed in scenic locations in the Bernese Oberland which is a well known area for foreigners spending their vacations while in Switzerland.

Starting on July 1, couples can marry atop mountains, aboard trains and inside medieval castles. Switzerland is trying to attract more foreigners to the region and they plan to do so by offering a scenic alternative in saying "I do".

The ten new locations throughout Switzerland are:

-The historic restaurant at the Blue Lake near Kandersteg.
-Grand hotel Giessbach on the shores of Lake Brienz.
-Heritage train, Eiger Ambassador Express, on top of the Kleine Scheidegg pass.
-Harder Kulm restaurant above Interlaken.
-The revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn mountain.
-Spiez castle on the shores of Lake Thun.
-The panorama restaurant, Alpen Tower, at the top of the Meiringen-Hasliberg ski resort.
-The mountain hotel, Leiterli, in the alpine resort of Lenk-Betelberg.
-The mountain restaurant, Rellerli, near Gstaad.
-The heritage steamboat, MS Spiez, anchored offshore from the Schadau villa outside Thun.

If at anything, all of the areas present great touring ideas on your next trip into Switzerland.

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