Travels Through Switzerland

As iglide on tour’s time in Switzerland wrapped up, we celebrated the anniversaries of igus and iglide at the Swiss headquarters. The team donated two Swiss Francs per kilometer driven, totaling 3,182 CHF, or $3,295 based on our travel.

Travels Through SwitzerlandGilbert Giger of the VEBO Cooperative receives a check from Lutz Alof, CEO of igus Switzerland. 

igus Switzerland wanted to support a local organization, and found the VEBO Cooperative in Oensingen, in the northern part of Switzerland. VEBO is an association that helps handicapped people, and provides them with accessible workshops, opening the doors for employment.

In addition, igus Switzerland also donated 30 kgs of rice to celebrate the 30 years of iglide, and also to help the VEBO staff canteen, which feeds all its employees.

Travels Through Switzerland.2The people of VEBO were very pleased to meet the iglide car as Urs Trösch, the Director of the Service Department, receives the donation from Lutz Alof.

From VEBO, the tour took off from Switzerland to Germany, where we will spend a few days before our Christmas and New Year’s break. In total, we drove 1,125 miles and and spent a great week in Switzerland.

Travels Through Switzerland.3Crossing the border into Germany

Back in Germany, we visited the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It was originally built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a Middle Ages-inspired private retreat. However, when the king died before the castle was fully completed, and it quickly became a popular tourist destination. Over a million people visit the castle every year, making it one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. The castle even became a symbol for the Romantic artistic era, and served as the model of Sleeping Beauty’s castle of Disneyland fame.

Travels Through Switzerland.4Two famous structures – one large, one small.

Stay tuned to see where we head next!

Karl, Nils, and Sandor

Photos of the day!

Where would be the best spot in Switzerland for a press conference? How about the top of the Schilthorn – the nearly 10,000 feet high summit in the Bernese Alps?!

Perfect!

Now… how do we get the iglide car up there?

Helicopter?

Helicopter!

…And before we knew it…

Photos of the day!The iglide car carrives at a platform 9,744 feet above sea level

With all the wind, the car lost its tiny hood in flight! No big deal – all the bearings are still where they’re supposed to be!

Photos of the day!.2New hood on order and 56 plastic bearings still intact! 

Both Swiss journalists and members of igus’ team in Switzerland participated in the event, and were more than a little surprised at the choice of venue!

Photos of the day!.3

And not to be left out, the dry-tech box joined us to take in the unbelievable views from above the fog.

Photos of the day!.4