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Switzerland| Quick Guide to Hiking Lac de Salanfe & Gorge du Dailley

Updated: October 9, 2017
By: Ian Yacobucci
Lac de Salanfe (Salanfe Lake) Switzerland Borderless Travels

Marigny, CH – Lac de Salanfe (Salanfe Lake) Switzerland (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

If you hear about a hike from a local, you have good reason to do everything in your power to find it.  This is what brought me to Salanfe Lake and Dailley Gorge, two spectacular hikes that can fill a day, and are only superseded by the drive to find them.

Switzerland is the land of lush green forests, lakes, rivers, and mountains.  It is a place where the melody of cowbells crosses the alpine winds and views that each mountain vista unveils is often more impressive than the last.  For good reason it is one of the most expensive countries in the world, and the only way to experience its natural beauty is by walking through it.

Marigny, CH - Salanfe & Gorge du Dailley Hiking Map area (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Marigny, CH – Salanfe & Gorge du Dailley Hiking Map area (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

The easiest way to get to the Dailley Gorge and Salanfe Lake is to drive. Located just outside the city of Martigny is the mountain town of Salvan where the adventure begins.  At 912m with a population barely scraping past 1000, Salvan is the last stop before you aventure along the pencil thin switchback roads with dark cavernous tunnels built right into the rock leading to Van d’en Bas.

You can hike from Salvan to Van d’en Bas, but in the interest of making this a day trip it’s easier to just drive up and enjoy the adventure of navigating the alpine roads (wondering how buses and winter drivers do it).   

Before entering Van d’en Bas you’ll see a small parking area off to the left.  This is the first stop, and the easiest way to enjoy Dailley Gorge and its breathtaking Pissevache waterfalls that crash down its narrow cliffs.  Lined with elevated wooden bridges and stairs that lead down the gorge, each section revealing impressive engineering and  new views of the snowcapped Rhone Valley mountains towering above the horizon in the distance.  

For us, a 30 minute vertigo-inducing walk down the gorge was invigorating, and more than enough to enjoy everything Dailley Gorge had to offer.  Back at the car, after exploring Dailley Gorge, you’ll need to continue driving up to Van d’en Haute, a tiny hamlet of summer cottages, before the Lac de Salanfe hike begins.  Beyond the cottages is a small parking area before you reach the camp ground.  Here is where you’ll leave the car and begin your hike to the lake.

Van den Bas, CH - Gorge du Dailey overlooking Rohne Valley in the distance  (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Van den Bas, CH – Gorge du Dailey overlooking Rohne Valley in the distance (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

The hike to Salanfe Lake takes about an 1hr 15min and has two routes, one of stairs and another road-like path. Plan to arrive in the afternoon for a Swiss lunch at the lakeside Salanfe Inn while you take in the towering peaks of the surrounding mountains.  If you want to stay the night along Lake Salanfe the Auberge de Salanfe offers dormitory bunks and private rooms as well as a delectable assortment of traditional Swiss options at its restaurant.

Salanfe, CH - Swiss Lunch Goatheard's Rosti with Bacon - grated potato cakes topped with cheese & bacon along Lac de Salanfe (Ian Yacobucci\Borderless Travels)

Salanfe, CH – Swiss Lunch Goatheard’s Rosti with Bacon – grated potato cakes topped with cheese & bacon along Lac de Salanfe (Ian Yacobucci\Borderless Travels)

Not planning to ascend any of the big hikes surrounding the lakes my wife and I enjoyed an afternoon hike and traditional Swiss lunch, then opted to head back down the mountain to the comforts of a Martigny hotel rather stay the night at the Auberge.  However, from the lake sitting at 1950m, you can attempt a variety of other hikes to enjoy exceptional views of the lake and les Dents-du-Midi on a multi day visit with a stay at the inn.  

From here, it’s up to you how you want to plan your adventure to Lake Salanfe and Dailley Gorge but we hope enjoy it as much as we did!

Option: if you’d like to hike up to Dailley Gorge you can do so from Salvan where a hiking trail begins from behind l’Hotel de la Balance.

More: For more information about staying at the Auberge de Salanfe and hikes in the area check out their website http://www.salanfe.ch/en/

Manage to find these hikes and explore the lake and gorge?  Have another great hike in the Martigny\Montreux region?  Share your comments below and let us know that you thought!

Home / Europe / Switzerland / Inspire Instagram with pics of Bern’s best viewpoints

Inspire Instagram with pics of Bern’s best viewpoints

Updated: August 5, 2015
By: Ian Yacobucci
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View from Nydeggbrucke bridge Bern, Switzerland (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels

If you’re travelling in Europe there’s little doubt that your friends tired of drunk Instagram selfies, 101 medieval churches, cobble stoned streets, and the exact same pictures as every other tourist who tagged #europe2015.

Be original, make your way to the Swiss capital Bern and take some pictures that will inspire your Instagram followers to travel to Europe too.

Since the early 1400’s Bern’s medieval architecture has remained virtually unchanged.  Since the early 1400’s!  That’s more than 2000 years older than Canada.  It’s so old you can eat at 500-year-old restaurant; with WIFI.

Founded in 1191, Bern is recognized as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.  The Old City is virtually surrounded by the sapphire Aare river, and in the distance you can see the Swiss Alps.  Yes, there are some viewpoints that will make your friends at home wish they too took a vacation to the Swiss capital.  Oh, and these places are free!

Bern Rose Gardens

The easiest was to visit the Rose Gardens is to take the #10 (Ostermundigen) bus from Kornhausplatz (between Kramgasse and Rathausgasse).  You get picked up at Waldeck and dropped off two stops later at Rosengarten.

At the Rose Gardens there’s a small restaurant where you can grab a coffee or some food after snapping the perfect picture of Bern.  Afterwards you can take the small footpath in front of the restaurant back to Nydeggbrucke bridge.

Bern Rose Gardens

View from atop the Bern Rose Garden (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

Nydeggbrücke Bridge, Bern

This bridge is one of the earliest bridges to cross the Aare River.  From the middle of the bridge you get a great view facing back towards the old city of Bern.  It’s also right next to the Bear pits and Altes Tramdepot Bern’s first microbrewery with good food and great beer (the place gets packed on the weekends to make a reservation).

Behind the Bern Bundeshaus (Swiss Parliament)

From behind the Swiss parliament buildings you get one of the best views in Bern.  On a clear day you can see the Swiss Alps in the background with a view of the Bern History Museum as the Aare snakes through the foreground.  After snapping a great picture you can go for a tour of parliament, play chess on one of the giant chessboards, or relax a bench as you take in the best view in Bern.

Bundeshaus view

View from behind Bern Bundeshaus (Swiss Parliament) (Ian Yacobucci/Borderless Travels)

So save your money.  Don’t go spending 5 CHF to climb to the top of the Cathedral tower.  Go on a little adventure and explore the best viewpoints in Bern.   Take your time, stop off at coffee shops along the way, eat some lunch, and capture some incredible Instagram posts  that will inspire your friends to visit Europe!

Happy Travels!

Yak

 

 

 

 

Home / Videos / Video|Wicked summer bobsleigh Switzerland

Video|Wicked summer bobsleigh Switzerland

Updated: January 21, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci

Kronberg summer bobsleigh in Appenzell, Switzerland

A good friend of mine sent me a video about two years ago.  In it, this guy was cruising down a summer bobsleigh track somewhere in Austria.  It looked awesome and I bookmarked the video so that one day, when I went to Austria, I could visit this wondrous place.

Turns out, a couple years later, while working in Switzerland I discovered another summer bobsleigh track.  Hanging with my buddy (on brakes) we cruised nearly full speed down the track.  This thing is freaking awesome, and if you know of one near you go check it out.  If you’re anywhere near Zurich in Switzerland than you can head to Kronberg mountain in Appenzell, Switzerland and have a wicked good time!

Read more about what to do, watch videos, and experience Switzerland with Borderless Travels

Home / Featured / Zurich Street Parade 11 hours of insanity at the biggest technoparade in Europe

Zurich Street Parade 11 hours of insanity at the biggest technoparade in Europe

Updated: August 14, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Street Parade Stage

Enjoying some Dub Step at one of Zurich Street Parade’s permanent stages Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is the most civilized city I’ve ever been to. Café’s and quiet streets – the promenade stretching along Lake Zurich filled with sailboats and lined by the Swiss Alps – Zurich is a serene and picturesque city ranked 2rd on the Forbs best places to live 2013.

But one weekend a year more than 800, 000 people from around the world swarm the city’s downtown to party with the world’s best electronic music DJ’s. With names like Bob Sinclar, Klangkarrussell, Andre Oliva, and Fedde Le Grand headlining this year, and as the biggest electronic music parade in Europe, this is one party you won’t want to miss.

The Zurich Street Parade is an electronic music parade filled with a ton of trance, dub step and drum and base from around the world. It kicks off every year on the second weekend of August for a crazy party that shuts down the city.

Starting around 1pm Saturday afternoon and ending at midnight on Sunday the 2.4 km section of street, bordering Lake Zurich, fills with nearly 1 million people who come to party without limits.

The festivities start off with DJ’s on flatbed trucks driving down the road as dancers wearing almost nothing, and VIP’s who paid for the best seat in the house, get wild while the DJs blanket their surroundings with deep trance and techno music bliss.

Street Parade street

Packed streets at Zurich Street Parade Zurich, Switzerland

Dancing, drinking, and other recreational activities are the norm here but you don’t have to be messed up to have a good time. With permanent stages, clubs, and trucks the Zurich Street Parade is everywhere, and out of control.

If you want to fit in throw on a whacky costume accented with neon colours and wild hair. You won’t be out of place if you wear something normal but this party is all about letting go of your inhibitions.

Last year I came late to the party, arriving around 5 in the afternoon, and I didn’t bring my own party supplies (which I would highly recommend you do). My friend Ryan had an early morning flight the next day so our plan was to make it until his 5am train departure.

Let’s just say that one thing led to another.  Instead of catching the train to the airport, Ryan ended up on a train to Bern (the Swiss Capital), then forgot all his technology at airport security as I slept soundly after a savage day of dancing and fun.  At least he made his flight home.

Last year’s theme was, “Follow your Heart”, and that’s exactly what we did. This year, “Dance for Freedom” brought almost a million people to the city, but I wasn’t there to experience it; hopefully next year!

If you’re an electronic music fan looking for the biggest technoparade in Europe then the Zurich Street Parade in Switzerland is where you need to be!

Oh yeah, and it’s totally free!!!!

Enjoy,

Yak

More information about who’s playing and what you need to know for next year at

www.streetparade.com

 

Home / Europe / Switzerland / 5 awesome reasons to get off the Euro tourist trek and visit St. Gallen, Switzerland

5 awesome reasons to get off the Euro tourist trek and visit St. Gallen, Switzerland

Updated: August 8, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
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Mt.Santis-St.Gallen-Switzerland

Looking for a place get off the Eurotour, gap year, Contiki, been there done that, checked that country off my travel list tourist trek. Do you need a break from drinking 7 nights a week, taking iPhone picks that would make your future employer embarrassed to hire you, I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, trying to find myself Euro trip? Than you need to take a few days R & R in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

St. Gallen is easy to get to get to because it’s close to Germany, and borders Austria, and Italy. Located in a lush green valley with blue skies almost every summer day, and Mount Santis watching over it (a mountain so epic a mythical god has probably claimed it as its throne); St. Gallen is Switzerland.

If you’re too tired to venture into the Appenzelle Alps for a hike along Santis, a visit I would highly recommend, than try this for sorts.

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View of Lake Constance (Bodensee) from Three Lakes walk in st. Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library (Siftsbibliothek)

The most epic library I have ever been too. This place is ridiculous and should be used for a scene in the next Harry Potter (because they need to make another one just to show this place).

Of course, as one of the oldest libraries in the world, it’s a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Inside the hand carved wooden sanctuary, perfect for napping, the library is filled with over 100, 000 medieval manuscripts.

Visiting the abbey library basically means you get to go back in time. That’s right! This library is so awesome it’s a acts like a freaking time machine. With manuscripts dating back to the year 700 and ancient books of astrology that were so important that monks used real gold to write and impart their knowledge, this place is living history. Skip the basement though, it’s pretty weak.

www.siftsbibliothek.ch

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Siftsbibliotek also known as the abbey library in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey of St. Gall

I know, another European church, big deal. Forget it then, pop in take a few pics of the ceiling then chill out around the grounds and read a book.

I mean, the place has been around since 719, show some respect and check it out. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the cornerstone of the city.

If you’re a religious person it’s a quiet place to pray, and if you’re feeling guilty about the things you’ve done on your trip so far, the boozing etc. etc. then maybe a few minutes sitting in a pew wouldn’t hurt.

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Ceiling in the Abbey of St. Gall – St. Gallen, Switzerland

Old Town

This is Europe. Shopping, cafe’s, restaurants and walking are what these countries are all about. Luckily, unlike other touristy cities, St. Gallen’s old town is a nice quiet place where you can sit back with a coffee or beer, write in your journal, and be thankful that you are one of the 3% of the global population that get to leave your country on an airplane.

So enjoy the cobbled stone streets, let the traditional Swiss architecture take you back in time, and do a little shopping; you deserve it.

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Abbey of St. Gall and old town in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Three Lakes (Weiherweg)

The three lakes is by far my favourite place in the city, and the best summer place to visit in St. Gallen. Hidden on a hillside and accessible by funicular the three lakes is like a secret garden in the city. Walking up the back route from the funicular you’ll be able to see all the way across St. Gallen to the Lake of Constance.

This is the perfect place to chill on a warm summer afternoon. Grab a beer and toss a frisbee or football around on the grassy knoll, take a dip in the natural lakes for a cool down, then lay back and enjoy the sun. How you enjoy it is up to you. All you need to do is get to the “muhleggbahn” funicular station (the oldest transportation service in the city located in old town) and in 15 min you’re there.

Three Lakes St Gallen

Hanging out at the Three Lakes in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Lake Constance (Bodensee)

Only a short train or bus trip from St. Gallen and you’re on shores of the third largest lake in central Europe. In the summer, the lake is filled with sailboats cruising the shorelines of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Sunning yourself along the grassy lakeside looking out onto gleaming turquoise water you’ll forget about all the mistakes you made on your trip and start to realize that yes, this was the best time of my life.

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Chilling on the shores of Lake Constance (Bodensee), in Arbon, Switzerland

Happy Travels,

Yak

 

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Spectacular Swiss fireworks Arosa, Switzerland

Travel Photo| Spectacular Swiss fireworks Arosa, Switzerland

Updated: July 8, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Fireworks on Swiss national day - Arosa, Switzerland

Fireworks on Swiss national day – Arosa, Switzerland

Swiss celebration:

On August 1st all of Switzerland celebrates their national day.  High in the Swiss Alps I celebrated with locals in the small ski village of Arosa.

This image captures the magnificence of the up close and personal fireworks show we got to experience.

Sitting on the dock in Obersee sipping wine, this picture just doesn’t do the experience justice, but it sure is pretty.

Traditionally, Swiss enjoy Raclette then head to the mountains to sing and dance the night away.  Some of the more experienced and extreme climbers in the city take a night climb along the cliffs surrounding Arosa.

It’s incredible to watch their progress as they light flares that show the route they take.  You wouldn’t believe how extreme these guys are, but you’ll have to visit to experience it because there are some things a camera simply can’t capture.

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Mountain summit Arosa, Switzlerand

Travel Photo| Mountain summit Arosa, Switzlerand

Updated: May 20, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
Mountain Summit Switzerland

Me on top of a mountain in Switzerland (I’m the one on the left)

Crazy climb:

When you’re 20 years old and living a couple hours walk from summiting a mountain like this, safety isn’t always your number one concern.

Along with Swedish friend Karl, and American friend Dave, we decided to explore the mountains that surrounded the small Alpine village of Arosa, and found ourselves on top of the world!

Now, I hadn’t taken the mountaineering course in India, and now that I have, I don’t think you’d find me on top of a cliff like this without proper equipment.  What you don’t see are my running shoes or the several hundred meter drop in front of me!

My friend Dave snapped this one, in case you were wondering.  That’s right, I didn’t use the timer and run…lol

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Mt. Santis St. Gallen, Switzerland

Travel Photo| Mt. Santis St. Gallen, Switzerland

Updated: April 29, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
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View of Mt. Santis from my apartment in St. Gallen, Switzerland

Mountain summer:

On a bright summers day in St. Gallen, Switzerland you might be able to see the dramatic facade of Mt. Santis.  From my apartment window I captured the perfect picture.

Climbing this mountain is no easy task but well worth the trip.  The wonderful thing about St. Gallen is that Mt. Santis can be hiding, but in the right sunlight this happens :D

Sunset is the best time to photography this wonderful place.

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Making music Lugano, Switzerland

Travel Photo| Making music Lugano, Switzerland

Updated: March 11, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci
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Accordion player busking in Lugano Switzerland

Making music:

We live in a busy world but there’s still time to enjoy some music.  These two accordion players made the atmosphere of Lugano a truly European experience, something straight out of the movies.  Too bad the woman didn’t have time to enjoy it.