Family Steve Ballmer and friends, party of 16 from Redmond (WA) / Washington (DC) / USA and Japan AUG 2004

Family Steve Ballmer (CEO Microsoft) and his friends travel once a year together for vacations.

This summer, Steve wanted to explore where the family of his dad / grandfather (Grindelwald), his grandmother (Zermatt) came from. The 3 of them emigrated from Switzerland to Detroit, where Steve was born.

Day 1

DEP from US / Japan
Various DEP stations

Day 2

Arrival in ZRH

3 different flights
1 x Japan
2 x US
Private limousine transfer to hotel in Lucerne

Check in to hotel

Private city sightseeing in down town Lucerne

Welcome dinner at

Rathaus Brauerei

Day 3

Today we split the group - by surprise
Ladies (moms and grown ups)
visit the "Hergiswiler Glasi" where glas is still produced and blown manually.
Meet rest of the group for lunch.


Gentlemen and kids
Transfer directly to the open air museum Ballenberg and start guided tour.


All reunited
after lunch, continue to the wood carving museum in Brienz to carve themselves a typically Swiss souvenir.

Continue transfer to Grindelwald.

Day 4

Day excursion to "Jungfraujoch"

top of Europe.

After lunch, decent to "Kleine Scheidegg"
and start hiking back to Grindelwald.


Day 6

Visit the Mysterypark in Interlaken.
After lunch, transfer to Zermatt - using the car transport train.

Day 7

Excursion to "Kleines Matterhorn"


Transfer to Brig for city sightseeing - Stockalper Palace and the vertical-self lifting Saltinabridge.

Farewell Fondue dinner before departing Switzerland with the Night Euro Express train to Rome, Italy.