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Walking Tour of Switzerland

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Item EXSWZ62. Buy these 4 items as a set for $61 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

SWZ14
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1994
150
0374519323
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
McPhee deploys his usual insight and wonderful prose on the phenomenon of the Swiss army, presenting an irreverent portrait of Switzerland and the Swiss mindset.
$16.00

Culture Smart! Switzerland

SWZ58
Kendall Maycock
Kuperard
2016
168
1857338448
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A concise, no-nonsense guide to Switzerland's customs, etiquette and culture.
$11.99

Eyewitness Guide Switzerland

SWZ45
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
320
1465426817
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, thoroughly illustrated guide, featuring over 900 photographs, good maps, and plenty of information on hiking in the Swiss Alps, natural and tourist attractions and the history and arts of Switzerland.
$25.00

Switzerland Map

SWZ11
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
1
3866093381
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A folded, laminated, road map of Switzerland, showing all major and many minor roads, cities and towns, at a scale of 1:400,000.
$11.95

Why Switzerland?

SWZ04
Jonathan Steinberg
Cambridge University Press
2015
400
0521709555
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A masterly overview of the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland, its history, language, politics and identity as a naysayer at the center of Europe.
$39.99

Eiger Dreams, Ventures Among Men and Mountains

ALP10
Jon Krakauer
Lyons Press
2009
192
1599216108
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A collection of some of Krakauer's (Into Thin Air) best journalism, these stories and essays focus on the mindset and determination of world-class mountaineers, including Alpine and Himalayan climbers.
$14.95

Killing Dragons, The Conquest of the Alps

ALP16
Fergus Fleming
Grove Press
2001
398
0802138675
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Fleming spins lively tales of man against nature in this entertaining history of the eccentrics, adventurers and publicity-hounds who sought to conquer the Alps, including Whymper and his first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago.
$14.00

White Spider, The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger

ALP09
Heinrich Harrer
Putnam
1998
364
0874779405
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The classic tale of a young climber and the first ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1938. This edition includes photographs, maps and a chronology of attempts on the north face.
$15.95

A Tramp Abroad

EUR78
Mark Twain, David Eggers (Introduction), Kerry Driscoll (Introduction)
Random House
2003
400
0812970039
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Written 11 years after Innocents Abroad, this is Twain's second foray into European travel. Filled with his characteristic wit and humorous observations, it documents his journeys through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Now with an introduction by
$17.00

A Farewell to Arms

ITL384
Ernest Hemingway
Scribner
2014
330
1476764522
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during WWI, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver. This edition collects all of the alternate endings, along with early
$17.00

Hotel du Lac

SWZ05
Anita Brookner
Vintage Books
1995
184
0679759328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Funny, stylish and spellbinding, Brookner's novel tracks the story of a romance novelist seeking evasive peace and quiet at the luxurious Hotel du Lac in Switzerland. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$15.95

I'm Not Stiller

SWZ08
Max Frisch
Harvest Books
1994
384
0156849909
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A masterpiece of post-WWII fiction about a man who claims not to be himself.
$27.95

The Magic Mountain

SWZ07
Thomas Mann
Modern Library
1996
755
0679772871
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this classic novel of ill health in a sanatorium in the Swiss mountains, the author explores disease as a symbol of the sick, capitalistic society of pre-World War I Europe.
$19.00

The Night Manager

SWZ06
John Le Carre
Ballantine Books
2016
480
0399594000
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This best-selling, post-Cold War thriller about ruthless arms dealers in Geneva is a gripping read. Carrying on the great Le Carre tradition of espionage, a man who essentially gave up living after a tremendous failure is given a costly shot at redemption
$9.99

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

More Books

All Along the Rhine

GER111
Kay Shaw Nelson
Hippocrene Books
2003
211
0781810000
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Recipes, Wine and Lore from Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Holland" this tribute to the Rhine Valley complements its history and culture with 130 recipes.
$14.95

Alps Map

ALP07
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
2010
2
3850842274
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This regional map (1:500,000), centered on the Alps, includes portions of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France.
$14.95

The Alps, A Cultural History

ALP30
Andrew Beattie
Oxford University Press
2006
256
0195309553
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of the Alps, where early pioneers of tourism, mountaineering and scientific research have each left their mark.
$38.95

Basel in the Age of Burckhardt

SWZ57
Lionel Gossman
University of Chicago Press
2002
622
0226305007
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this scholarly, engaging history Gossman looks at the 19th century independent city-republic of Basel through the lens of four of its key figures -- sociologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, historian Jacob Burckhardt, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and his
$41.00

The Best of the Alps

ALP18
Jay Cowan
Aa Balkema
1999
169
0967293103
PAPER
History
0
0
0
1
A tour of 11 well known resorts throughout the Alps, illustrated in full-color photos. With descriptions of popular activities, events and a short history of each resort.
$19.95

Bodies from the Ice

SCI268
James M. Deem
Houghton Mifflin Company
2008
58
061880045X
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Deem (Bodies from the Ash, Bodies from the Bog) offers kids a glimpse into prehistory, glaciology, archaeology and grisly fun in this overview of 5300-year-old Alpine Iceman Otzi and other through mummified human remains.
$17.99

Bradt Guide Switzerland Without a Car

SWZ27
Anthony Lambert
Bradt Publications
2013
432
1841624470
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to traveling in Switzerland.
$23.99

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

MED07
Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300526
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a chronology.
$15.95

Chamonix to Zermatt, The Walker's Haute Route

ALP21
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852847808
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the classic Haute Route, covering each segment of the long-distance walk, and including an introduction to the region.
$24.95

Clara's Grand Tour, Travels With a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-century Europe

FRN536
Glynis Ridley
Grove Press
2006
240
0802142338
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The entertaining history of an Indian rhinoceros named Clara, who was brought to Europe in 1741 by a Dutch sea captain and toured for seventeen years, to the delight of several heads of state.
$12.00

Daisy Miller

SWZ09
Henry James
Penguin
2007
126
0141441348
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A classic story of a young American woman's innocent flirtation and its misinterpretation by a sophisticated European man, set in Lac Leman and Chillon. This is James' first fictional work to gain mass popularity and one of his great American female portr
$8.00

The European Union, A Very Short Introduction

EUR231
John Pinder
Oxford University Press
2013
224
0199681694
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This pocket primer covers the development of the EU, its history, policies, growth, governance and impact on world affairs.
$11.95

Scrambles Amongst the Alps: In the Years 1860-69

ALP02
Edward Whymper
National Geographic
2002
320
0792269233
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
Edward Wymper's classic account of Victorian-era mountaineering captures the geography, beauty and allure of the Alps.
$16.00

Fodor's Switzerland

SWZ59
Inc. Fodor's Travel Publications
Fodor's
2015
608
110187807X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical, comprehensive guide to Switzerland from the popular series, featuring information on what to see and where to eat, sleep and shop.
$22.99

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

SWZ10
Mary Shelley
Penguin Putnam
2003
352
0141439475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set around Lake Geneva, this classic gothic novel, was written in 1816 when the author and her husband were neighbors of Byron, who suggested writing ghost stories to while away the damp, summer days during their stay.
$10.00

Geneva Map

SWZ51
ITMB
ITMB
2013
1
1553416341
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed traveler's map of Geneva, Switzerland, at a scale of 1:6,000.
$10.95

German, A Language Map

GER165
Kristine K. Kershul
Bilingual Books
2015
8
1931873801
PAPER
Language & Phrasebooks
0
0
0
0
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly-needed words and phrases.
$9.95

Glacier Ice

SCI07
Austin Post, Edward R. LaChapelle
University of Washington Press
2000
145
0295979100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle’s text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the
$35.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

Grenoble/Chambery Map

FRN256
IGN
IGN
1
2111005312
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A regional, topographic map of eastern France, From Grenoble to Chambery at a detailed scale of 1:100,000.
$12.95

Here Is Where We Meet

EUR189
John Berger
Vintage Books
2006
256
1400079330
PAPER
Literature
8/9/2005
0
0
0
0
This reflective novel weaves a portrait of several European countries through encounters with the dead -- from the narrator's mother, whom he discovers on a park bench in Lisbon, to a childhood friend wandering a market in Krakow.
$16.00

Homestead

ALP11
Rosini Lippi
Lightning Source
1999
210
0395977711
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set firmly in a small village in the Austrian Alps, these 12 interlinking stories are almost ethnographic in their rich detail of small town life. The stories range from the turn-of-the-century to the present, accurately charting change in the remote vill
$13.95

Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier

ALP20
Brenda Fowler
University of Chicago Press
2001
313
0226258238
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
The complete story of the discovery of and controversy surrounding the frozen corpse of a prehistoric man found in the Tyrolian Alps.
$28.00

La Nouvelle Heloise

SWZ19
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Penn State University Press
1989
421
0271006021
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rousseau may be best known for his political philosophy, but in this novel we see his softer side. This is the passionate story told through the letters of two lovers in a small town at the foot of the Alps.
$35.95

Lonely Planet Europe

EUR94
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
1248
1743214693
PAPER
Guidebook
1
0
0
0
Perfect for planning multi-week itineraries, Lonely Planet's coverage of Europe includes every nation. The full-color guide goes beyond simple highlights and provides reviews, cultural insights, insider tips and over 200 maps.
$29.99

Lonely Planet Switzerland

SWZ43
Damien Simonis
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
352
174220760X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide in the popular series.
$24.99

Mammals of Europe

FG61
Priscilla Barrett, David W. MacDonald
Princeton University Press
2002
320
0691091609
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals.
$49.95

The Measure of Her Powers, An M.F.K. Fisher Reader

CUL01
M. F. K. Fisher
Counterpoint
2010
432
1582435561
PAPER
Food
0
0
0
0
A fat, judicious selection of M.F.K. Fisher's writings, which spanned a lifetime and chronicled adventures (culinary and otherwise) in France, Switzerland and Italy, on shipboard and in her native California.
$21.95

Michelin Green Guide French Alps

FRN197
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2015
520
2067197568
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to the region in the classic Michelin style.
$21.99

Michelin Green Guide Switzerland

SWZ17
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2016
480
2067212575
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A survey of the cities, villages and sites of Switzerland in the classic Michelin style.
$21.99

Niki De Saint Phalle And Jean Tinguely Posters

ART76
Isabel Siben (Introduction)
Prestel
2005
96
3791334042
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A bold, lively collection of reproductions from the duo's most important posters. Tinguely (1925-1991) grew up in Basel, which built museum dedicated to his machine sculptures, reliefs and drawings.
$25.00

The Railfan Guide to Switzerland

SWZ25
George H. Drury
George Drury
1998
160
0966530004
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A guide to the trains of Switzerland.
$17.95

Rick Steves' Switzerland

SWZ46
Rick Steves
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
464
1631213032
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A personable, practical guide in the growing series by travel guru Rick Steves.
$19.99

Rough Guide Switzerland

SWZ24
Matthew Teller
Rough Guides
2010
552
1848364717
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide includes an excellent historical and cultural overview of Switzerland.
$22.99

Solo Faces

ALP14
James Salter
North Point Press
1998
218
0865473218
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The story of an American climber who, dissatisfied with his everyday life, travels to the Alps of southern France to tackle mountain peaks. The prose is glorious and the mountain-climbing scenes are as vivid as they get. Much of the action takes place in
$15.00

Switzerland North 551 Map

SWZ40
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2003
1
2061007813
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed regional map of Switzerland and neighboring Germany at a scale of 1:200,000. With city plans of Basel, Bern and Zurich.
$8.95

Switzerland Southeast 553 Map

SWZ36
Michelin Travel Publications
Michelin Travel Publications
2007
1
2061007856
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map covering southern Switzerland and neighboring areas of Italy and Austria.
$8.95

Switzerland Southwest 552 Map

SWZ34
Michelin
Michelin Travel Publications
2003
1
206100783X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed travelers map at a scale 1:200,000, covering from Zurich south to Zermatt and Aosta and across to Geneva.
$11.95

Tour of Mont Blanc, Complete Trekking Guide

ALP24
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
240
1852845325
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the classic Mont Blanc circuit, which includes a detailed guide to each section of the tour, as well as the author's own personable, encouraging remarks.
$24.95

Tour of the Matterhorn

SWZ49
Hilary Sharp
Cicerone
2006
192
1852844728
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the eight-to ten-day hike around the Matterhorn, as well as shorter variants and peak ascent. With color and black-and-white photos, maps and elevations.
$19.95

Trentino Alto-Adige Map

ITL42
Touring Club Italiano
Touring Club Italiano
2015
2
2186054M
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A colorful regional map of the Italian Dolomites at a scale of 1:200,000.
$13.95

Walking

WLK04
Henry David Thoreau
HarperCollins
1994
92
0062511130
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
$9.99

Walking in the Alps

SWZ44
Kev Reynolds
Interlink Publishing Group
2000
496
1566563437
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
A nicely illustrated, authoritative guide to hiking throughout the Alps. Reynolds covers a range of activities from day hikes to the classic hut-to-hut mountain walks.
$22.95

Walking in the Bernese Oberland

SWZ39
Kev Reynolds
Cicerone
2015
316
1852847964
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact, practical guide to exploring the high mountains, glaciers and valley walks of Interlaken, Grindelwald and Kanderstag. This guide covers not only the Bernese Oberland but also the south side of the Jungfrau.
$27.95

For Kids

Asterix in Switzerland

SWZ30
Rene de Goscinny
Sterling Publishing Company
2004
0752866354
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This entry in the Asterix series of comic books features excellent drawings of the Swiss Alpine landscape.
$12.99

Count Karlstein

SWZ21
Philip Pullman
Random House
2000
256
0375803483
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An entertaining gothic thriller set in a Swiss village in 1816.
$6.99

Heidi

SWZ32
Johanna Spyri
Sterling Publishing Company
2006
263
0517189674
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The beloved tale of a little girl who is sent to live with her curmudgeonly grandfather in a remote Alpine village. This handsome hardback edition retains the quaint prose and buoyant disposition of Johanna Spyri's 1880 original.
$9.95

William Tell: One Against an Empire, A Swiss Legend

SWZ20
Paul Storrie
Lerner Publishing Group
2009
32
1580138284
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The classic tale of a Swiss hunter facing a terrible choice, as a graphic novel for ages 9-11.
$8.95

Banner in the Sky

SWZ23
James Ramsey Ullman
HarperCollins
1988
256
0064470482
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A suspenseful tale of a young boy determined to keep his father's mountaineering dream alive.
$8.99

Bloomability

SWZ31
Sharon Creech
HarperCollins
1999
288
006440823X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A coming-of-age tale set in an international boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland.
$6.99

Worth Looking For

An Illustrated History of the First World War

WAR16
John Keegan
Alfred Knopf
2001
448
037541259X
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
1
An illustrated edition of Keegan's outstanding history of the Great War
$50.00

Insight Guide Switzerland

SWZ15
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2009
368
9812586806
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
1
This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Switzerland, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on history, politics and culture, as well as hundreds of photos and maps and other practical information.
$24.99