The Maps and Plans, the result of much care
and research, will be of essential service to the traveller;
they will enable him at a glance to select the best
routes, and very frequently to dispense with the costly
;ind uncongenial services of guides.
Time Tables. Information concerning the depar¬
ture of trains, steamboats, and diligences is seldom to
be relied upon unless obtained from local sources. If
Bradshaw is mistrusted, the 'Schweizerische Eisenbahn-
Courshwli , published by Krusi of Bale, or that of Biirkli
(40 c), will be found useful.
Altitudes are given according to the Swiss Federal
Map 'reduced to English feet; 1 Engl. ft. = 0,3048 metre
= 0,938 Paris ft.), and the Populations from data
furnished by the most recent census. Distances on
high roads and railways are given in English miles;
while those on bridle and foot-paths, mountain-expe¬
ditions, and glaciers are expressed by the time in which
they are ordinarily accomplished.
Hotels. Besides the first class-hotels, many estab¬
lishments of more modest pretensions are enumerated,
which may be safely selected by the 'voyageur en
gallon', with little sacrifice of real comfort, and great
saving of expenditure. The scale of charges mentioned
is either in accordance with the personal experience of
the Editor, or based on an inspection of numberless
bills furnished to him by travellers. Hotel charges,
as well as carriage-fares and fees to guides, are of
course liable to frequent variation; but an approximate
statement of these items will often prove of service to
the traveller, and enable him to form an estimate of
his probable expenditure.