About us

Erwin Faessler; Proprietor of Erwin Tours of Switzerland

Erwin Fässler

Born in 1960 in Zurich, I grew up in the surrounding Zurich Oberland. After an apprenticeship as a mechanic at Swissair I spent two summer seasons as a herdsman in the Swiss mountains.

Between 1982 and 1990 I lived six years in Asia, with substantial periods in Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. I travelled to Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore. I trekked for several weeks in Nepal, trained in Indian classical music (flute and santoor), and spent three years as a Buddhist monk in various monasteries in Sri Lanka and Burma.

On my return in 1990, I worked in various social institutions as supervisor, group leader, youth club leader, therapist, conflict manager and staff coach. From 2006 to 2010 I attended an MA degree in mindfulnessoriented psychotherapy in Devon, England.

After 35 years of showing my home country to various visitors with great joy, in 2012 I made a long-cherished dream come true and founded my own tour company “Erwin Tours of Switzerland”.

It is my greatest motivation and pleasure to show you my country’s finest cultural, culinary and personal sides!

Brigitte Giger, Erwin Tours of Switzerland

Brigitte Giger

Born (1963), raised and living in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Science. Longtime employee of Canton Zurich’s environmental agency (air quality control, environmental impact assessment).

Two grown-up children. I love travelling and meeting people from other cultures as well as hiking, mountain biking and photographing.

I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for my home country with you. Switzerland’s full of wonderful places and hidden treasures.

I’ll be happy to give you a deeper understanding of Swiss landscapes, traditions, culture and people.

As your tour guide it is my concern to make you experience Switzerland in a very personal way.

Mathieu Narindal, Erwin Tours of Switzerland

Mathieu Narindal

Born in 1987, Mathieu Narindal (MA), who lives in the Canton of Vaud, is an historian. His research field is the history of tourism and the hospitality industry.

He is the author and co-author of several essays on this topic and is currently working on a PhD thesis about the evolution of the Swiss hotel industry in the first half of the 20th century.

One of his numerous current projects is the investigation of Bollywood’s influence on the Indian tourism in Switzerland.

Thanks to his academic expertise, Mathieu supports Erwin Tours of Switzerland. His education predisposes him to link up past and present and to highlight cultural heritage and traditions.

In this regard, it is his particular concern to bring together the German and the French speaking parts of Switzerland.