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CHALET APARTMENT BALCONY VIEW OF MÜRREN IN THE BERNESE ALPS
 THE JUNGFRAU-ALETSCH WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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HOME AT FIRST SWISS LODGING LOCATIONS

HOME AT FIRST offers vacation apartments

+ Various Sizes & Capacities: studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments sleeping & feeding up to 6 or more persons.

+ Good Quality Accommodations: Our basic apartment quality is rated 3-star to 4-star.

+ Very Good Quality Accommodations, too: You can upgrade to 4-star-plus & 5-star accommodations for a supplemental fee.

+ Six Extraordinary Swiss Locations in some of Switzerland's finest scenery. Safe, prosperous, beautiful places (see below): one high alpine village, four small towns amid gorgeous surroundings, and one historic small city wedged between the Alps and a navigable lake.

+ Convenient Settings: near transportation, stores, cafés, restaurants, services, and activities. All locations offer short walking distance to public transportation, making them well-situated as bases from which to explore your Swiss region (MAP of SWITZERLAND).

To learn more about any of HOME AT FIRST's six Swiss Lodging Locations
click on any of their names on or below the six following photos:

ASCONA, TI

ASCONA
ALTITUDE: 643' • POPULATION: 4,500
TICINO — ITALIAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

Mostly car-free town on Italian-Swiss lake

KANDERSTEG, BE

KANDERSTEG
ALTITUDE: 3,852' • POPULATION: 1,250
BERN — GERMAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

Western Bernese Alps t
own on a mainline railway

LOCARNO, TI

LOCARNO
ALTITUDE: 656' • POPULATION: 16,287
TICINO — ITALIAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

Small Italian-Swiss city with lake & mountains

MÜRREN, BE

MÜRREN
ALTITUDE: 5,413' • POPULATION: 450
BERN — GERMAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND

Central Bernese Alps village reached by cablecar

PONTRESINA, GR

PONTRESINA
ALTITUDE: 5,922' • POPULATION: 2,161

GRAUBÜNDEN — ROMANSH SWITZERLAND
Partly car-free town high in the Bernina Alps

ZERMATT, VS

ZERMATT
ALTITUDE: 5,276' • POPULATION: 5,800

WALLIS — GERMAN-SPEAKING SWITZERLAND
Busy
, car-free town at the foot of the Matterhorn

 

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+ HOME AT FIRST OFFERS 6 DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT LODGING LOCATIONS IN SWITZERLAND: ASCONA, KANDERSTEG, LOCARNO, MÜRREN, PONTRESINA, ZERMATT. SEE MAP.

+ GERMAN IS SPOKEN IN ALL 6 LOCATIONS, ITALIAN IN 3 (ASCONA, LOCARNO, PONTRESINA), AND ROMANSH IN 1 (PONTRESINA). ENGLISH IS COMMON IN RESTAURANTS, TOURIST OFFICES, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. IMPORTANTLY, ENGLISH IS ALSO SPOKEN BY YOUR APARTMENT HOST OR HOSTESS.

+ ALL 6 LOCATIONS ARE IN/NEAR SPECTACULAR ALPINE SCENERY.

+ THREE LOCATIONS (MÜRREN, PONTRESINA, ZERMATT) ARE AT AN ALTITUDE BETWEEN THOSE OF DENVER & COLORADO SPRINGS: 5,220-6,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. OF THESE, PONTRESINA (5,922') IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST TOWNS IN SWITZERLAND.

+ ONE LOCATION (KANDERSTEG) IS AT AN ALTITUDE (3,852') SIMILAR TO THAT OF HELENA, MT. KANDERSTEG IS SURROUNDED ON THREE SIDES BY 10,000' TALL ALPS.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (ASCONA & LOCARNO) ARE AT AN ALTITUDE (650') LIKE THAT OF CLEVELAND, OH, AND ARE AMONG THE LOWEST ALTITUDES OF ALL SWISS TOWNS.

+ FIVE OF THE 6 LOCATIONS (EXCEPTION: ASCONA) HAVE IN-TOWN AERIAL CABLEWAY ACCESS TO THE MOUNTAINS.

+ THREE OF THE 6 LOCATIONS (MÜRREN, PONTRESINA, ZERMATT) HAVE NEARBY CABLECARS TO HEIGHTS OF 3,000 METERS OR MORE.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (ASCONA, LOCARNO) ARE LAKESIDE WITH REGULARLY SCHEDULED PASSENGER BOATS (LAGO MAGGIORE).

+ TWO OTHER LOCATIONS (KANDERSTEG, MÜRREN) ARE BOTH WITHIN AN HOUR OF TWO LAKES WITH SCHEDULED PASSENGER BOAT CRUISES (LAKE BRIENZ & LAKE THUN).

+ TWO OF THE 6 LOCATIONS (MÜRREN & ZERMATT) ARE CAR-FREE. THREE OTHERS (ASCONA, LOCARNO, PONTRESINA) ARE PARTIALLY CAR-FREE.

+ FOUR LOCATIONS (ASCONA, KANDERSTEG, LOCARNO, PONTRESINA) OFFER CONVENIENT DAY-TRIP ACCESS TO ITALY.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (KANDERSTEG, ZERMATT) OFFER DAY-TRIP ACCESS TO SWITZERLAND'S FRENCH-SPEAKING REGION.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (PONTRESINA & ZERMATT) ARE CONNECTED BY SWITZERLAND'S FAMED GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN.

+ THE EXTRAORDINARY CENTOVALLI RAIL LINE IS READILY ACCESSIBLE FROM TWO LOCATIONS (ASCONA & LOCARNO).

+ ONE LOCATION (KANDERSTEG) IS THE NEAR CENTER OF A MAJOR NORTH-SOUTH RAIL LINE CONNECTING GERMANY (130 MIN. NORTH OF KANDERSTEG) WITH ITALY (90 MIN. SOUTH OF KANDERSTEG).

+ ONE LOCATION (PONTRESINA) IS NEARLY THE HIGH POINT OF THE THE WORLD HERITAGE BERNINA RAILWAY LINE.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (ASCONA & LOCARNO) ARE WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE THREE MEDIEVAL CASTLES OF THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE TOWN OF BELLINZONA.

+ TWO LOCATIONS (KANDERSTEG & MÜRREN ARE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SWISS ALPS JUNGFRAU/ALETSCH WORLD HERITAGE SITE (SEE PHOTO).

+ ONE LOCATION (MÜRREN) IS REACHED ONLY BY AERIAL CABLEWAY (PLUS AN ISOLATED TRAIN LINE ON A HIGH SHELF).

+ ALTHOUGH ALL APARTMENTS HAVE FULLY-EQUIPPED KITCHENS, YOU COULD DINE OUT EVERY EVENING AT A DIFFERENT RESTAURANT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK IN ALL SIX LOCATIONS.

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