Switzerland

 

Switzerland a dream holiday destination, dramatic landscapes, quaint country settings, chocolates, cheese, watches, mountains, national parks, lakes, scenic routes on scenic trails. Feel the essence in the various regions and cities. Switzerland – a cultural confluence in the heart of Europe.

  • Travel to Switzerland by fast reliable Inter-European train service or by road, drive yourself or take a chauffeur driven on the extensive roadway network. Or by air on the international hubs in Geneva, Zurich and Basel.
  • Adventure the Mountains: Jungfrau, Pilatus, Schilthorn, Titlis and many more.
  • Take the Scenic Routes on: Golden Pass Express, Glacier Express, Bernina Express.
  • Explore Swiss Regions / Cities: Lake Geneva Region, Bernese Oberland, Central Switzerland, St. Moritz( Engadin region), Lausanne,Montreaux (Lake Geneva Region) Lugano,Locarno, Ascona & Bellinzona (Ticino Region) & Luekerbad and Bad Ragaz for its natural thermal spas.
  • Stay in the luxuries of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel or Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, Lausanne Palace and Spa or Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Grand Hotel Zermatt, Fairmont Montreau are few to remember.

Experience Switzerland

ZURICH

As a “metropolis of experiences” by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zürich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zürich designs, as well as the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain.

  • Bahnhofstrasse, the mile-long street of banks featuring exclusive fashion.
  • Old town – with its art galleries, antique and book shops: an insider’s tip amongst art aficionados. In the evening, the old town is transformed into an entertainment quarter for an eclectic swathe of the general public.
LUCERNE

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Its attractions, souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, makes the town a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.

  • Chapel Bridge – one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne.
  • Lake Lucerne – the scenic beauty of the lake can be discovered on the many different cruises.
  • Pilatus, Rigi, Stanserhorn – excursion mountains made accessible by cableways, offering up picture-book panoramas of the regions around Lucerne.
ZERMATT

Zermatt lies at the foot of the Mt.Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world’s most famous mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

    • Gornergrat – a cog railway wends its way up the mountain to an altitude of 3089 metres; a magnificent panorama.
    • Glacier Paradise / Klein Matterhorn – the highest place in Europe (3883 m), reachable by a cableway presents a viewing platform and the highest glacier palace in the world.
    • Gorner gorge – a footpath across narrow bridges and steps as well as a fixed rope route guide visitors through the deeply scarped gorge.

Village of Findeln – Original Valais settlement with a small chapel; it has Switzerland’s highest rye crop fields at an altitude of 2100 metres.

INTERLAKEN

Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is the starting point for numerous activities.
Highlights

  • Schynige Platte near Wilderswil – nostalgic rack-railway, fascinating view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn – the rides by rack-railway to the highest railway station in Europe and the cableway to the Piz Glora revolving restaurant: two top mountain experiences in the Bernese Oberland.
  • Harder Kulm – a cableway takes passengers up to Interlaken’s “house mountain” which affords a view of the health resort and the whole Jungfrau region.
  • Heimwehfluh – a nostalgia funicular provides transport to the vantage terrace with a restaurant, all-weather toboggan run, model railway display and large playground.
  • St. Beatus Caves – one kilometre of lit limestone caves with stalagmites, impressive halls and waterfalls
GENEVA

Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies near 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”.

  • Jet d’eau – visible from afar, the 140-metre-high water jet is the ‘landmark’ of Geneva.
  • St. Pierre Cathedral – the north tower of the three-nave basilica in the old town of Geneva offers a unique vista over the city and lake.
  • Palace of the United Nations – on passing through the paled gate of the Palace of the UNO, visitors enter international territory.
  • International Museum of the Red Cross – the birthplace of the International Red Cross houses the only museum dedicated to the history and work of this organisation.
  • Cruises on Lake Geneva – from the cruise boats, visitors can marvel at the unique scenery of castles and magnificent residences set against wonderful landscape and mountain panoramas.
ST. MORITZ

Visited by many prominent guests, St. Moritz is often called an Alpine metropolis. There are numerous luxury hotels, spas and upscale shops against an Alpine background of lakes and mountains.

  • Bernina Express – by panorama train on the most scenic railway in Europe.
  • Muottas Muragl – impressive view over the lake region.
  • Piz Nair Wall – the start of the men’s downhill (2003 World Championship) with a 100 percent drop results in an acceleration from 0 to 130km/h in 7 seconds. Top skiing skills are a must.
LAUSANNE

Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The capital of the canton of Vaud is also a lively university and convention town. Sports and culture are given a high profile in the Olympic capital.

  • Lausanne old town with cathedral – the impressive cathedral is surrounded by beautiful, car-free roads. Since 1405 a watch in the clock tower makes sure there is no fire and shouts out the hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Lake Geneva cruise – paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels highlight the attractions of the Lake Geneva region as seen from the water.
  • Fondation de l’Hermitage – the foundation presents changing art exhibitions of the highest calibre in a magnificent setting dating from the 19th century.
  • Train des vignes – leisurely train journey onboard the «Train of Vines» from Vevey to Chexbres through the winegrowing region of the Lavaux, high above Lake Geneva.
BERN

Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades – the locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’ – boasts of longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

  • UNESCO – sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains and the medieval air make this city unique.
  • Arcades – thanks to the arcades which extend throughout the town, shopping is a delight whatever the weather is.
  • Zentrum Paul Klee – worldwide biggest collection of works by the artist Paul Klee; the cultural centre designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano consists of three wave-shaped building sections.
  • Seat of Government – the Houses of Parliament are one of Bern’s landmarks as well as being the seat of the government.

A market visit and stroll through the weekly market in Bern on the “Bundesplatz” parliament square naturally has a political touch!

LUGANO

Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino is not only Switzerland’s third most important financial, conference, banking and business centre but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city combined with the cachet of a small town.

  • Parco Civico Ciani – Overlooking the shores of lake Ceresio, its 63.000 sq. metres constitute the city’s green lung; it’s a quiet place where you can take nice walks and remain unperturbed by the grandeur of century old trees.
  • Monte Brè (925 m) – Lugano’s closest mountain can be reached by funicular railway from Cassarate on the outskirts of Lugano. Wonderful panorama of the town, lake and mountains stretches right over the border into Italy.
  • Monte San Salvatore (912 m) – from the top of the “sugarloaf” (reached by funicular railway from Lugano-Paradiso) you can walk down the panoramic footpath to Carona and then on to Morcote.
  • San Lorenzo Cathedral – set above the Old Town, it is worth a visit with its facade in the Lombardy Renaissance style, and countless frescoes and valuable Baroque artefacts inside.
  • Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli – in this former monastery church, built about 1500, are fine frescos by the masters of the Renaissance.
  • Hesse Museum in Montagnola – small, intimate museum for the writer and adopted son of Ticino, Hermann Hesse, who lived and wrote in southern Switzerland for at least half a century.
GRINDELWALD

The Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This mountainscape and the numerous lookout points and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region.

  • Jungfraujoch – snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.
  • Eiger Trail – mountain tour imparting an ‘Alpinist’ feel: starting from the Eiger glacier station, the route sticks closely to the rock along the foot of the Eiger north face and leads down to Alpiglen.
  • Gletscherschlucht (Glacier Gorge) – at the village end of Grindelwald lies the wildly romantic, thunderous glacier gorge with its glacial mills and striations as well as the pink and green marble blocks, through which a path leads over man-made footbridges, rock galleries and tunnels.
  • Pfingstegg – at 1391m is the lookout post of Grindelwald and offers a unique vista across the valley floor.
MONTREUX

The town of Montreux is nestled in a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards and breathtaking snow-covered Alps. The Montreux Jazz Festival which takes place in June/July and features concerts on a variety of stages and parks is very famous.

  • Rochers-de-Naye – rack-railway, after overcoming a difference in altitude of 1600 metres, reaches one of the most beautiful vantage points in western Switzerland.
  • Golden Pass Line – the panorama train operates between Montreux, Gstaad and the Bernese Oberland with connections to Lucerne.
  • Lake Geneva Shipping Company – the ships, some of which are still powered by paddles, take visitors to the picturesque lakeside resorts.
  • Chillon Castle – located on a rocky island near the shore featuring fortified walls and towers; nowadays the castle is a museum.