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Another exclusive competition for readers of Hello Switzerland, generously offered by JACK WOLFSKIN.

Over in the next valley eastwards is the village of Niouc, proud possessor of the highest bungee jump in Europe. Suspended 190m over the dramatic nature reserve of the Val d’Anniviers, the dizzying high red suspension bridge forms part of the Maxi-Fun Sport and Adventure Park. Designed not only for adrenaline-junkies but also for all the family, activities include bungee jumping, giant swing, flying fox, Salto trampoline, aerosphere, a climbing wall, looping, and hiking across the

The Bungy Jump at Niouc



2nd prize DENALI 70 MEN Backpack worth CHF 329.– Robust fully-featured trekking backpack 3rd prize BIKE & HIKE 24 Backpack worth CHF 139.– Large capacity bike and hike daypack with outstanding ventilation 4th prize CRUISER Backpack worth CHF 64.90 Modern, compact daypack 5th prize WASCHSALON GIANT worth CHF 44.90 Giant wash bag with three compartments and detachable pockets To take part in the prize draw, just send an email by 15 June 2012 to including your postal address and subject line JACK WOLFSKIN competition.

suspension bridge. There is also a panoramic picnic area. Ticino The southernmost canton of Switzerland boasts a wealth of high quality camping sites, many located along the lakes, and with some of them notching up five stars. Lago Maggiore has no less than four five-star campsites along the lake, three of them in Tenero and one in Locarno. Conveniently situated 5 km from Locarno, in a beautiful lakeside location, Camping Tamaro has everything you could possibly expect from its fivestar category: all the usual facilities, plus its own restaurant and supermarket onsite, never mind bike hire and entertainment. The surrounding area offers a whole variety of sports and outdoor activities, including: horse riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis and minigolf, with multiple watersports or fishing on the lake. One of the biggest local attractions is the Parco Avventura at Gordola, where young and old alike can test out their strength and nerve across the ecologically designed, treetop-high, rope-andplatform challenges.

Of the four-star campsites listed in the TCS guide, Camping Parco al Sole in Meride, near Lago Lugano, is one of the most popular. Quoted as being very calm and with numerous trees, it has excellent facilities including a docking station. Public transport is easily accessible, with a regular boat service plying to and fro across and round the lake. Set amid stunning scenery, Campofelice near Tenero on Lago Maggiore is another five-star campsite equipped with everything the demanding camper could possibly wish for. It lists 860 spacious, well-shaded pitches, and its particular attraction is its child-friendly facilities. These include an aquapark, playgrounds, ten-pin bowling, pingpong, tennis, beach volleyball, a BMX track and a roomy pavilion for various activities. Whichever region you choose in Switzerland, enjoy your camping! Useful websites Anitra, Allison, Querida, Catherine and Caroline


One of the campsites on the main website is in Evolène in the heart of the Valaisan Alps. This small friendly, three-star camping ground is set on a grassy terrain near the centre of the village and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. At the campsite itself there are showers, a washing machine, an “Australian tank” style swimming pool, a children’s play area and the site is just a short walk away from a boulangerie, a restaurant and bank. Evolène has its own patois, and sometimes if you are lucky you can see some of the locals wearing traditional costume wandering round the village. There is also a Via Ferrata very near the campsite for fans of this rock climbing sport. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, they can simply watch the climbers at work, all from the safety of the camping grounds.

1st prize MONTE VISTA Tent worth CHF 739.– Compact family tent for 4-5 persons with flexible accommodation options

Hello Switzerland for Expatriates, Summer Edition 2012  

Hello Switzerland is written by expats for expats living in Switzerland. Designed mainly for English speakers, the magazine contains feature...