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In 1863, the British tourism pioneer Thomas Cook organised the first guided group tour of Switzerland. The 31 year-old Jemima Morrell from Selby (UK) was one of the members of this travel group. The jaunty Victorian lady gave a blunt commentary on what she experienced along the way. Accompany Miss Jemima on her journey through the Living History app and see the present day through her eyes.

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The Episodes

1. Leuk
Before the mail coach departs for Leukerbad there’s still time to join Miss Jemima on a 15-minute tour through Leuk. She shows you the Church of St. Stephen with its important works of art and the ossuary and takes you to the Bishop’s Castle with the Botta Tower. You’ll learn a lot about Leuk and its history as you go.

2. Leukerbad
Thanks to its healing thermal waters Leukerbad has been a popular spa resort since the 14th century. In 1863 it had twelve therapeutic baths and several Grand Hotels. Miss Jemima is surprised by the fact that bathing today is apparently a lot of fun and she finds contemporary swimwear fashion “shocking”.

3. Gemmi
The Gemmi Pass, which was blasted out of the rocks, was one of the most popular sights of interest in Switzerland in 1863. Miss Jemima still shivers when she remembers the steep climb: her heart starts to pound when she glances down into the depths below! On the Gemmi Pass she finally gets a close-up of the summit of the Alps. It’s just so vast and enormous!

4. Schwarenbach
In the Gasthaus Schwarenbach Miss Jemima enjoys the sheer expanse of the Alpine peaks. They awaken a sense of wonderment in her. During this period Gasthaus Schwarenbach plays host to many famous British Alpine mountaineers. Its proprietor, Melchior Anderegg from Haslital, is one of the best and most well-known mountain guides of his time.

5. Kandersteg Sunnbüel
In 1863 Switzerland was already a popular travel destination thanks to the myth of the Alps which symbolised beauty and wonder. The local farmers increasingly found additional work in tourism as porters, mountain guides, souvenir sellers or musicians. Miss Jemima buys souvenirs, with the sounds of an Alpine horn in the background.

6. Kandersteg Village
Miss Jemima allows herself an “Afternoon Tea” in the Belle Epoque style Hotel Victoria that was built in 1789 to provide “refreshment for guests”. She comments on the culinary delights along her journey and quotes from the English translation of the poem “The Alps” by Albrecht von Haller. The round trip ends in the pretty Chapel which the people of Kandersteg “built for themselves and visitors.”

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