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Hotel Schoenblick, Saas Grund
www.ferienhaus-schoenblick.ch

Hotel Roby, Saas Grund
www.roby.ch

The Swiss Tourist Office, general information & events
 

Swiss railways, book tickets & check prices & times

 

Outside Insights
www.outsideinsights.co.uk

Idea creation, inspired by Nature
Outside Insights provide adventurous days out, creating ideas in inspirational surroundings.


Webcams    
www.topin.ch    Has cameras showing views all over Switzerland; look at the 'Gornergrat' for the Matterhorn
www.zermatt.ch  Views of the town & onto the Matterhorn
Saas Grund & Saas Fee livecams

The Railways - book your train ticket & 'Swiss Card' online.
www,sbb.ch/en
www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk

A 'Swiss Card' allows you a return train ticket from a border crossing - Geneva Airport for example - to your resort. As well as this it gives you half price on all railways, buses, and mountain railways & lifts in Switzerland. The Pass lasts for a month, and can booked online valid for 6 months. The cost is £137 per person. So for example this pays for a return rail ticket from Geneva Airport to Visp, the nearest railway station to Saas Grund, then half price on all the mountain lifts, trains & buses for the rest of your holiday. This might not be sensible for a 5 day stay, but definitely worth it for a longer stay.

A 'Half Fare' card does what it says on the tin - provides half fare on all trains, buses, boats & mountain lifts for one month, at a cost of £83. More details on both these offers can be found on the website below.

Driving in Switzerland
www.stc.co.uk for a Motorway Vignette the cost is £29 plus £3.50 postage if bought online.

Swiss Card & Half Fare
www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk as above.

Tourism Offices
www.matterhornstate.ch 
www.switzerlandtourism.ch
www.saastal.ch 
www.zermatt.ch

www.chamonix.com

Hotels
www.ferienhaus-schoenblick.ch   the Hotel I use for clients in Saas Grund.

Healthcare

Switzerland: As a result of an agreement with the EU, which came into force on 1 June 2002, the E111 arrangements also cover Switzerland.

Healthcare arrangements for UK visitors in Switzerland. A Card (EHIC) must be produced whenever any treatment or service is requested. You will normally have to pay the full costs and claim a refund afterwards. You will have to pay a fixed charge for each 30-day period of treatment. This is known as the ‘excess charge’ or ‘franchise’ and is not refunded. You can normally claim back 90% of the treatment costs exceeding the excess charge. It is recommended that all visitors take out adequate private travel insurance. More details can be found at (below), then navigate through 'Policy and Advice' & 'Getting Treatment inside the EAA' to the page covering Switzerland
www.dh.gov.uk

Please ensure you have one of the new European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC)!

From www.ehic.org.uk

Alpine Mountaineering Insurance
www.thebmc.co.uk
www.snowcard.co.uk

Alpine Weather
www.chamonix.com  then click on 'weather'!
www.meteoswiss.ch
  official Swiss weather site.
www.wetter.ch
  for Zermatt & other resorts in Switzerland, in German but with good graphics.
www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Zermatt
  gives good forecast for Zermatt valley.
www.rro.ch
 for Oberwallis (the Valais Alps) in german again but with good graphics.  
Saas Grund weather
good three day forecast for Saas Grund & the valley.
http://meteo.sf.tv/sfmeteo/  Swiss national broadcaster, bit like the BBC forecast, good graphics.

Maps of Switzerland
www.swisstopo.ch
 The Federal Office of Topography, an interesting site.
www.cordee.co.uk  Full range of Swiss maps.

Alpine clubs, associations & huts
www.sac-cas.ch
  the Swiss Alpine Club, details on huts etc.
www.clubalpin.com  the French Alpine Club.
www.uiaa.ch
 very comprehensive & informative site, with lots of information & links to other climbing & Alpine sites all over the world. In English, so very usefull!

Training for the Matterhorn!
www.skyeguide.co.uk  the best training in the UK for the sort of terrain found on the Matterhorn Hornli Ridge, is to be found on the Cuillin of Skye.