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    Re: Alps Tour/Vacation

    Switzerland is not Afghanistan or Somalia. The natives are friendly and the public-transport is excellent. I would suggest doing your own thing via trains, busses and taxis -- maybe a couple of days car-hire if you really want to stop frequently at 'unusual' places, touristically speaking. There are plenty of cablecars from the valleys, which mean you can ascend without effort, and every town has a tourist office with English-speakers to help you with local plans and permits/tickets etc. Being locked in to a rigid tour-itinerary, with different aims to yours, sounds like a nightmare.

    Last time I visited Switzerland I walked from (almost) Austria to (almost) France, via passes over 10000ft high -- I wasn't carrying any LF kit though, just a tiny Rollei 35S. Enjoy your visit, and don't worry too much!
    Last edited by MartinP; 15-Jun-2017 at 11:49. Reason: Geographical brainfart . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by diversey View Post
    We will join a Alps tour and visit following cities and regions, Zurich, Lucerne, Annecy, Lake Como, St. Moritz, Innsbruck and Munich. I have never been in those areas before and am wondering which places may go and take large format photos. I look foe suggestions and recommendations. Thank you! David
    First You should consider the time, the season you want to have for your trip. Summer is not the best time for Alpine photography. Fall is. Summer haze is very annoying as are Summer thunderstorms. Your bus will probably not care about none of it.

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    On the contrary, summer haze can diffuse light beautifully, and summer thunderstorms can offer some of the most dramatic weather conditions.

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    Its your decision to take an LF camera with you I would not! For the first trip I would only take MF better 35mm and do so a bit of recording for the future with the LF camera!
    I'm working in Lucerne und living just 30 Min. outside. But you are a hard core LF man so just do it!
    If you are a fast LF shooter it can be done, but not on every spot I think!
    Lake Vierwaldstättersee & Lucerne with the old 2 bridges is very nice, mount Pilatus and Rigi same for Grindelwald or Mürren in Berner Oberland a bit also Jungfraujoch, but I would prefer Zermatt/Cornergrat over Jungfraujoch any time! I also like Lugano in the south part of Switzerland very much it has a bit of Rio de Janeiro only about 50 times smaller/cleaner and without the Jesus on the hill!
    If you are going from Comerlake to Swiss you are very near by Lugano!

    Have a good trip, Armin

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    Re: Alps Tour/Vacation

    Armin: We will stay in Lucerne region for 2 days. I have booked an excursion to go to Mount Pilatus. Thanks! David

    Quote Originally Posted by Armin Seeholzer View Post
    Its your decision to take an LF camera with you I would not! For the first trip I would only take MF better 35mm and do so a bit of recording for the future with the LF camera! Have a good trip, Armin

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    Hello,

    That sounds like a great tour !

    If you have time when you pass in Annecy, there is the "Lac du Bourget" at 30km, the biggest natural lake in Europe, with great spots to take pictures.
    More informations about it : http://www.aixlesbains-rivieradesalp...pleine-nature/

    And more informations about the region of Annecy and Savoie : http://explorateursdesalpes.grenier-alpin.com/

    Have a good trip,
    Valentin

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    Re: Alps Tour/Vacation

    Highly recommend Ballenberg museum - it's a large open air park with buildings moved there from all parts of Switzerland. Between Lucern and Interlaken. http://www.ballenberg.ch/en/


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    Re: Alps Tour/Vacation

    Many thanks for recommendations! Will go to Annecy, France via Bern. Not sure if passing through Ballenberg museum.
    Below is a link of ALPS large format photos I found in Flicker.
    https://www.flickr.com/search/?group...ll=1&text=alps

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    Hello again from France!

    Among various things you can do to prepare your trip, you can have a look at this German website

    http://www.udeuschle.de/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm

    This is a computerized generator of panoramas covering the Alps. The web site has access to a data-base of all summits in the Alps, as well as a digital model of all the landscape.
    I have used the service to print various panoramas to be sure of which mountains I could actually see in a distance from the a summit reached during various climbs.

    Since you'll go to the top of Pilatus above Lucerne, may be you'll be interested to know what you can actually see from the top of this famous mountain.
    Here is a digital sketch of the panorama seen from the top of Pilatus, looking southward, this is a very complex landscape!
    You can, in principle, see the most famous peaks of Berner Oberland: Eiger and Jungfrau, but they might not be easy to identify.
    http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/pa...nheight%3A1080

    Looking toward the South West from the top of Pilatus,
    http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/pa...nheight%3A1080
    you can see the Jura on the Swiss-French border where I live, but you can't see the Mont Blanc ... you'll certainly see it from the Annecy area.

    This is what you could see from la Grande Balmaz above La Clusaz, Aravis range, looking to the Mont Blanc.
    http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/pa...nheight%3A1080

    An organized bus tour to the Alps that would not offer the opportunity to see the Mont Blanc is definitely unthinkable
    The travel from Bern to Annecy will certainly offer many opportunities of nice views, weather permitting of course.

    I wish I could join you, there is so much to see in the Alps!
    Last edited by Emmanuel BIGLER; 22-Jun-2017 at 13:43.

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    Re: Alps Tour/Vacation

    Emmanuel: Thanks for the information and links. I printed out those maps, but I could not memorize all those names. I look forward the tour. David

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