Depending on your previous travel experience, traveling to Switzerland might seem a bit overwhelming. There are hamlets to discover, Alps hiking to do, delicious and different food to taste. Lugano, in particular, is an interesting and diverse region. Doing some good pre-reading to help you along with your trip planning is an essential, but likable, part of the job.

Here are some books that might help you along:

*”Karen Brown’s Switzerland: Exceptional Places to Stay and Itineraries 2006” will offer a host of information about travel to Lugano and other spots in Switzerland, and includes tips on hotels, restaurants and transportation.

*”Michelin the Green Guide Switzerland” is sure to have some tips for your travels to Switzerland in general and Lugano in particular. 

*”Why Switzerland” offers an intellectual, socioeconomic examination of your travel destination. Complete with an examination of politics, religion, history and history, it’s not a travel guide, but a fulsome background guide to Switzerland.

*”Lonely Planet Switzerland” offers a comprehensive, but useful guide to travel in Switzerland. Offering tidbits not found in more traditional guide books, the Lonely Planet guide is designed for the traveler who wants information just outside the reach of the traditional travel guide.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site