Delectable chocolate, precision watches, the legendary Matterhorn-there's really nothing typical about the typical things we associate with Switzerland. Enjoy this multilingual country's gay-welcoming hospitality, visit world-class museums, and zoom around on the country's remarkable train system in a weeklong trip that includes overnight stays in three Swiss cities. Take a stroll through Bern, the Swiss capital and UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts a medieval townscape of elegant arcades, colorful fountains, and cobblestone alleys. Hike, ski, or snowboard in Davos, Europe's largest mountain resort. Then fall in love with Lucerne, a picture-book city set on a pristine lake and surrounded by some of the grandest peaks in the Alps.
Swiss International Air Lines will provide our winner with two economy roundtrip tickets on SWISS operated flights from any U.S. gateway to Zurich or Geneva, Switzerland only, to be used October 1, 2006-September 30, 2007.
(1) Name the famous Alpine goatherd played by Shirley Temple in the 1937 film (the title is the name of the girl),
(2) tell us the reason you would like to visit Switzerland in 25 words or fewer. The most original answer will win this prize package for two, valued at approximately $10,195:
The prize includes:
•Roundtrip economy class for two on Swiss International Air Lines from a SWISS operated U.S. gateway to Zurich or Geneva.
•In Bern, two nights at the first-class Hotel Allegro in Bern, including breakfast, free entry to the wellness center and the Grand Casino, and two Bern Cards allowing unlimited entrance into Bern's museums and use of the transit system.
•In Davos, two nights at a first-class, four-star hotel, including breakfast, two VIP cards for free and unlimited access to mountain railways and museums.
•In Lucerne, two nights at the first-class Art Deco Hotel Montana, including breakfast, a guided Best Friend Shopping Tour, and two tickets to explore Mount Pilatus (a.k.a. Dragon Mountain).
•Explore the entire country with a Swiss Pass good for unlimited travel within Switzerland for eight consecutive days. Passes are valid on trains, buses, boats, and urban transit systems. They also offer a 50% discount on most mountaintop trains and cable cars, as well as Free admission to most museums in Switzerland.
CONTEST ENTRY FORM•CONTEST RULES