Switzerland is a skier’s delight, and even in the pleasant summer climate, there’s an opportunity to ski if you travel high enough. For those not on the piste, the Swiss have fabulous carnivals, stylish resorts, sophisticated cities and around 20,000 miles of rivers (and lots of lakes) to explore. Hiking, biking and car are great ways to move around, but if you want to be one-up, balloon rides provide an unequalled way to rise above it all.
Crystal-clear lakes, breathtaking summits, fairytale castles, chocolate-box villages and incredible mountain railways and cable cars. Where else could we be but Switzerland? Answers on a postcard… home!
We’ll come clean; Switzerland is a very tidy country. Though the mountains’ snow-capped peaks are Europe’s spectacular showpiece, there’s plenty going on at ground level. Sparkling lakes, flower-strewn meadows, castles, churches and pretty villages with windows boxes ablaze with colour. The mountains can be explored by car, on foot or by the mountain railways and cable cars which provide unforgettable rides to the summits.
The cereal killer muesli originated here, but don’t let that put you off. Swiss cuisine has French, German and Italian influences. Rosti potatoes, spicy sausages and veal are munch-loved, and fresh fish can be found on most menus. Cheeses include Emmental and Gruyére, ingredients in the ubiquitous fondue. Willisauer Kirsch is the ideal digestif after a rich meal. Did you know, this strong spirit, made from Morello cherries, is the only acceptable alcoholic ingredient in Black Forest Gateaux?
Located near Montreux on the banks of stunning Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps, the castle is made up of 100 buildings, dungeons, courtyards and great halls. Lose yourself in this architectural gem.
Geneva’s great Jet d’Eau water fountain shoots almost 500 feet in the air. On the ground there’s lakeside promenades, lively side streets, elegant shops and relaxing parks. The city also hosts many excellent museums and art galleries.
The perfect setting for adventure. And to help you to explore the 3 majestic peaks and surrounding area there’s mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts. There are slopes to romp and trails to stomp, as well as more extreme sports like paragliding.
The impressive Jungfraujoch Mountain beckons, though you will need the services of the cable car, and the mountain railway at Schynige Platte. Peek at the peak on one of the most exhilarating journeys imaginable.
One of Europe’s premier thermal resorts with no less than ten different spa venues to leave you wonderfully soothed and relaxed. After your treatment make the most of the mountain scenery. If you visit is in July, there’s a clown festival. Oh no there isn’t. Oh yes there is.