Bernese Oberland

Bernese Oberland

Breathtaking views, magnificent mountains, unspoilt nature, glistening lakes and genuine hospitality – the best of Switzerland! The Bern-Bernese Oberland region is well worth a visit at any time of year.

Summer
Experience the impressive and unique views from mountains like the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, including those from the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Thun or Lake Brienz are perfect for a refreshing dip. Be inspired by the authentic Alpine atmosphere and enjoy unforgettable moments at the traditional folk festivals.

Winter
As the birthplace of skiing, the Bernese Oberland is not just the venue for the most spectacular World Cup races in Switzerland; its mountains are also ideal for carvers, telemarkers, snowboarders and ski cross fans. The region offers 350 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails, 200 kilometres of winter hiking and snowshoe trails as well as plenty of touring opportunities.

Basel Region

Basel Region

Describing Basel in one word is far from simple. Labels such as Cultural Capital of Switzerland or University City can only be seen as an attempt to give the city, with its wealth of cultural, historical, leisure and enjoyment experiences, a single overarching name.

Summer
Swimming in the Rhine!
The Rhine is both a vital waterway and a local place for recreation. The Rhine is not only a major trade artery. As a large body of water, the Rhine makes an important environmental and personal impact, contributing greatly to the high quality of life that Basel can offer its guests and residents. Consider the exceptionally mild climate, especially glorious on sunny days, with which the city is blessed. The Rhine offers valuable space to relax, to indulge in sports or just simply to enjoy life.

Winter
Christmas in Basel
With its many glittering shop windows, facades and pine trees, Basel glows in the light of Christmas. Not only the lively Old Town is lit up by the magnificent illuminations, the decorations of shops and the facades of many buildings are also radiant with light. In the heart of the city is the attractive Basel Christmas market with a special atmosphere of its city with more than 100 gaily illuminated stands and wooden booths.

Lucern

Lake Lucern region

Unlimited freedom. Switzerland was born when the good people of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden formed an alliance at the Rütli. Here, in Central Switzerland, is the Schöllenen Bridge which made north-south travel across the Gotthard range possible.

Summer
Historic sites and enchanting countryside abound, from the monument to William Tell to commanding mountain peaks, from cities to remote Alpine valleys, from baroque monasteries to deserted canyons. Surfers brave wind and waves, lake steamers leave majestic wakes, colourful paragliders dot the sky. Mountain trains and suspended cable cars mount the peaks. This is Central Switzerland, the Switzerland of freedom and holidays.

Winter
Lucerne, the gateway to the Alps, opens the door to a very special corner of the world. The city lies nestled among the most beautiful ski areas in the region – all reachable within just one hour's travel. The roots of the Swiss Confederation and 21 of the most appealing traditional winter sport areas in the country can be found around Lake Lucerne. Snow lovers certainly get their money's worth: 500 kilometres of slopes (in total), 8-kilometre sledging track (Melchsee-Frutt), 12-kilometre descent with a 2000-metre difference in altitude (Titlis), 40 kilometres of cross-country ski tracks (Andermatt) and 1 big heart for winter sport enthusiasts.

Eastern

Eastern Switzerland

Eastern Switzerland stretches from the shimmering waters of Lake Constance across the hilly Appenzellerland to the Alpine landscapes of Toggenburg, the Heidiland holiday region and the Glarnerland. Far off in the Rhine Valley is Vaduz with its princes' castle.

Summer
Cyclists will find an excellently signposted network of cycle paths. Whether you prefer riding from one fishing village to the next along the shores of Lake Constance or scaling high peaks on a mountain bike. There are no limits to the fun you can get from exercise. Families with children are particularly welcome in Eastern Switzerland. On the eerily beautiful Toggenburg mystic route, for example, or on the Heidi path above Bad Ragaz or the Dwarf Baartli fun stations in Braunwald. Art and culture lovers will enjoy a stay in St Gallen, enticed by the monastery district - officially part of the World's Cultural Heritage - and the magnificent Baroque basilica. Or they might prefer the historic little town of Schaffhausen below the round Munot fortress. Walkers who appreciate good food and drink by the wayside should head for the Alpstein region. There are 28 mountain guesthouses to spoil guests and hikers with local Appenzeller specialities. Health and beauty are also on the menu in the Alps. In the Glarnerland, where you can climb up to the Berglialp, enjoy a hearty meal and then luxuriate in a bath of whey before retiring to bed.

Winter
The skiing areas of Eastern Switzerland are perfect for all skiing, snowboarding and carving fans - with fabulous descents and wonderful views over the lakes and the mountains.
For example, Flumserberg, the largest winter sports resort between Zurich and Chur, or the Pizol skiing area in the Heidiland holiday region. From here, you can look straight down onto the deep blue, almost fjord-like waters of the Walensee. It goes past seven mountains to the Toggenburg, a high, mist-free valley between Säntis and Churfirsten which is the main attraction for families and crack snowboarders heading for the Gamserrugg and Chäserugg ski mountains. Winter sports fans will also enjoy the family-friendly car-free Braunwald and Elm in the Glarnerland and Malbun in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Winter walkers and cross-country skiers will find excellently prepared routes and courses with wonderful views throughout the region.

Zurich

Zurich Region

Zurich is top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted lakes and rivers, picturesque villages - and all just a stone's throw from the Alps. Zurich is the ideal starting point for all kinds of varied excursions.

Zurich
Enjoy the pretty old town, the trendy new Zurich-West district and the glorious lake. With opera, ballet, theater premieres, shows, musicals, art exhibitions in over 50 museums and 100 galleries, time never drags in Zurich. The famous Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmatquai are a shopper's paradise. Over 1,700 restaurants and bars serve both traditional Zurich and Swiss dishes as well as exotic specialties. The evenings will leave you spoilt for choice: indoors or outdoors, anything is possible as far as the nightlife in Zurich goes.

Winterthur
Winterthur has blossomed from a former industrial town to a lively venue for all ethnic groups and types of culture. Winterthur is an important museum town - it has 17 in all - and also offers a wide range of culture, sports and entertainment. Amongst the numerous night clubs and bars you will also find the only bar in Switzerland that opens 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfall in Europe, is just a 20 minute drive from Winterthur.

Baden
Baden, a historical city with a very lively present, is worth a visit, not just because of the Grand Casino Baden.

Geneva

Geneva Region

Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace».

Geneva is Switzerland’s most international city, as it is where the European seat of the UNO is based. Even the International Red Cross directs its humanitarian campaigns from here. Besides being a congress city, Geneva is also a centre for culture and history, for trade fairs and exhibitions. The «Horloge Fleuri», the large flower clock in the “Jardin Anglais” (English Garden), is a world-renowned symbol of the Geneva watch industry.

Culturally, this city on the westernmost fringe of Switzerland has much to offer. International artists perform in the Grand Théâtre and Geneva Opera House, and an extremely diverse range of museums such as the “Musée international de l'horlogerie”, a watch museum with a collection of jewellery watches and musical clocks, and the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which provides an insight into the work of these humanitarian organisations, invite city guests to visit them.

Valais

Valais

With its unique and diverse landscape, the Valais is a land of contrasts: In the mountains majestic four-thousand-meter-high peaks and fascinating glaciers in the valley along the Rhone – along with sprawling vineyards and unspoilt side valleys.

Summer
Valais and the sun - a true love relationship with 300 days of sunshine a year in the sun-kissed valley. And just as the sun's rays bathe the wonderful unspoilt countryside with its mountains, meadows, vineyards and trees in a glorious light, you too can recharge your batteries beneath the matchless steel-blue skies of the Valais.

Winter
If you like the winter, you will love the Valais! The majestic 4000 meter-high peaks shape panoramas here and at the same time provide a unique setting for winter sports. Like the slopes themselves, sporting possibilities are endless and snow is guaranteed. It’s not surprising that the Valais and its multitude of mighty peaks - 45 in all over 4000 meters - shape Switzerland’s highest sports resorts and your guarantee of snow on an overall length of around 2400 kilometers of slopes. But winters can also be enjoyed in a more leisurely manner - with idyllic hikes through snowy forests or a snowshoe trek through the alpine landscape to rest the soul and mind. And whether in a mountain restaurant, après-ski gathering or one of the summit guesthouses, guests delight in delicious regional specialties and excellent wines from the Valais. Take our word for it and come along to enjoy such delights seated on a sun terrace while enjoying stunning views of the snow-capped mountains.

Bern

Bern Region

Simply grand. A slight haze tints quiet rivers with subtle pastel hues. Impressively vast roofs shelter prosperous Emmental farmhouses. Or a stroll through Bern along six kilometres of arcades lining the streets of the old city. Busy market stalls liven up squares, and pubs and restaurants with plenty of character serve wholesome food under ancient arched ceilings, while small theatres in cellars below the arcades offer stimulating entertainment.

The red of the geraniums in their window boxes is more intense than anywhere else in the world. At Gürben Valley and the Schwarzenburgerland, gentle hills, which mark the end of the pre-Alpine region, blend into the Laupenamt and Seeland plain, bordered in the north by the Jura range, next to Lake Bienne, Solothurn and the Oberaargau region. The prosperity of the villages flows into the cities with their massive protective walls, arcades, romantic alleyways and fountains topped with statues, which stand as silent witnesses to a colourful past. Time seems to stand still. Why hurry? In spite of the TGV, ICE and Pendolino high-speed trains that stop in Bern (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) daily, that seems to be the city's motto. Take the time for a visit to the central part of the canton of Bern - the local inhabitants always have time for you.

Time seems to stand still in the medieval towns of the surrounding Schweizer Mittelland. The Alpine foothills, the Jura range, the Emmental, the Gurnigel-Gantrisch area and Mount Weissenstein, above Solothurn, are renowned for their winter sports, and Gstaad, the Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau ski regions are close by.

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