Gerhard Marx and Anco Henning from Die Alpenrose

On VIA’s new travel show Die Alpenrose, the pair's passion for travelling means they never say no to a new challenge.

Die Alpenrose starts Friday 20 July on VIA (DStv channel 147) and streaming live on DStv Now, and new episodes air every Friday at 17:00, with repeats on Sundays at 22:30.

As soon as you step into expat and hotel owner Carel Cronje’s hotel in the Swiss Alps, it will feel like you are stepping into an episode of the popular children’s TV show Heidi. And just like Heidi and Peter of the hit series, best friends Gerhard Marx and Anco Henning are two blokes taking part in different challenges and adventures.

On VIA’s new travel show Die Alpenrose, the pair has a passion for travelling and they never say no to a new challenge which will lead to a few interesting encounters from learning to blow the Alpenhorn to climbing a glacier. We chatted to Anco and Gerhard about their adventure in the Alps.

Which aspect of the trip were you looking forward to the most?

Anco: Two things. Firstly it was an opportunity for tonnes of activities in the snow such as skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. All these activities scared me and I thought I couldn’t do it. Secondly, I was looking forward to spending a month in Switzerland. As a tourist, one spends very little time in one place and here I had the chance to call the town “home” for one month – and, of course, to get to know the people and culture.

Gerhard: The biggest aspect of the series for me was to go to Europe and to see how people do things differently there.

Do you tend to get cold quickly or do you adjust well to new temperatures?

Anco: For me, the cold was part of the adventure – but it was very cold! Apparently, we were there in the coldest week in recent Swiss history. Gerhard really struggled with it.

Gerhard: I’m one of those people who get extremely cold very quickly so the cold was something I had to get used to. I wore layers of clothes: long johns, thick socks, a vest, a shirt (sometimes two), jackets, and a list of other clothing items. But I survived in the end!

Did you guys ever fight?

Anco: There was very little conflict between us. We spent 24 hours a day together and it went surprisingly well.

Gerhard: Because this was the first time we’ve travelled together there were moments of irritation here and there – but nothing that a cold beer couldn’t fix.

Have you been to Switzerland before? Is it a destination you would recommend to people?

Anco: I’ve been five years ago as part of a two-day tour with Expat Explore and it was unforgettable. I would recommend Switzerland to anyone.

Gerhard: This was my first time in Switzerland and I would definitely recommend it to people who are curious.

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