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FRESH FACES: Switzerland Aust/NZ director Livio Goetz

LIVIO GOETZ, new director of Switzerland Tourism for Australia and NZ, shares his top tip for travelling in Switzerland, plus a little known fact relating to the Dalai Lama and a tiny Swiss vineyard.


Where is the last place you travelled? 

My last big adventurous holiday was a road trip through the Scottish Highlands and northern England earlier this year. 


Where are you going next? 

I’m very keen to explore the Pacific Islands next and I’m open for recommendations…


Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels? 

My new Sennheiser headphones. I’m a big fan of music, so listening to my favourite tunes while travelling is a must! 


Why did you take up this particular role? 

I’ve been promoting Switzerland out of the UK before taking up this new role. When this new opportunity came up, I didn’t have to think long. And it’s not just the good weather, Australia/New Zealand is a small but growing market for Switzerland and therefore very appealing.


Tell us something people might not know about Switzerland? 

Switzerland is famous for its wines! And the smallest vineyard in the world is in the Valais Region in Switzerland. It consists of only three wines and is owned by the Dalai Lama!


What’s your top tip for travelling in Switzerland?

The “Golden Round Trip” in Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region should be on every itinerary. It’s a one day trip using several means of transport (Switzerland is renowned for its public transportation network).

Starting off by boat in Lucerne, you cross the lake and take the steepest cogwheel railway in the world up to Mount Pilatus at 2,132 metres.

Later, you go down on the other side of the mountain via an aerial cableway.

However, before you do that, there are a vast amount of activities on and around the mountain you can embark on - for example, sledging, hiking, wildlife watching and lots more.


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Written by: Livio Goetz as told to Traveltalk
Published: 29 July 2019

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