Thursday, January 27, 2011

Copenhagen (Travel Tips)

SWISS Cabin Crew

In the second part of our Travel Tip series we turn our attention to the capital of Denmark. Copenhagen is located on Seeland, the country’s largest island. It is close enough to Sweden for the mainland of the neighbouring country to be visible from here.

Copenhagen can be readily explored on two wheels. Within the city centre there are many points at which bicycles are available rental free. All you have to do is pay a refundable deposit of DKK 20. Demand for the bicycles is strong, so getting off to an early start is advisable. Otherwise there may be none available.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Barcelona (Travel Tips)

SWISS Cabin Crew

As some of you surely already know, we will be increasing the number of frequencies flown between Basel and Barcelona and Hamburg and adding Copenhagen and Rome as new destinations from Basel. This operational change prompted us to ask our Cabin Crew colleagues to send us a few travel tips off the beaten path and away from the familiar sights. In this way we hope to help you feel informed and inspired ahead of your next trip to one of the four cities mentioned.

Fascinating Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain after Madrid the capital. Located directly on the Mediterranean, Barcelona can be easily explored on two wheels. Bicycles can be rented from Budgetbikes ( at various locations in the city (6€ for 2 hours, 16€ for 24 hours). One really enjoyable route takes you along the harbour to the city’s beach. Cycle routes are also found in the downtown core, which makes cycling a good alternative to getting around the city by bus.

If you would like to enjoy a beautiful view of the city, the place to go is Mariblau, a bar located in the hills of Tibidabo. A particularly magic moment occurs as the sun begins to set over the sea and the lights of the city begin to sparkle in the twilight. Mirablau consists of a bar, tapas bar and a small disco.