Home to Swiss chocolate giants Lindt and Toblerone, Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It sits on a peninsula formed by the meandering turns of the river Aare. Its Old Town is a listed World Heritage Site and one of its most popular attractions. It has over three and half miles of arcade walkways along streets decked out with fountains and clock-towers. Popular for its museums, it boasts an excellent food scene and with plenty of microbreweries, it is the beer capital of Switzerland.
The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is situated on Lake Zurich and is probably Switzerland’s most popular city. One of the most liveable cities in the world and known for its high standard of living, Zurich is contemporary yet full of history and culture. Zurich is situated to close to some of Switzerland’s best-known ski resorts and serves as an urban gateway for visitors. The city’s beautiful walking streets, the medieval quarter and stunning views of the Alps make it an exquisite destination.
A beautiful small city in the heartland of Switzerland, Lucerne is a great base to explore famous Swiss sites such as mountains Rigi, Pilatus and Titlis. The city is a center of Swiss history and legend with a thriving tourism industry. Situated at the foot of the Alps in the German speaking part of Switzerland, Lucerne offers everything that Switzerland is famous for. From day trips to the iconic snowcapped peaks to views of River Reuss from its Old Town, Lucerne offers some of the most romantic scenery one can imagine. Rated highly by Mark Twain, it is a perfect place to appreciate the delectable Swiss cuisine in a spectacular setting.
Interlaken is a well-known holiday destination in the Bernese Oberland. It is between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and on the river Aare. This area is in the shadow of three mountains: Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Interlaken is the gateway to main activities in this area. From Interlaken, you can discover the James Bond Mountain, the impressive Schilthorn. A highlight is to take the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe. Visit Jungfraujoch known as the ‘Top of the Europe’. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace, set in the heart of the glacier and gaze in amazement at the panoramic views.
Geneva is Switzerland’s second most populous and its largest French speaking city. It is one of the world’s major centers of international diplomacy and the headquarters of the World Health Organization and World Trade Organization. Famous for its spectacular nature, Geneva’s Alpine Lake (Lac Leman) makes it one of the most sophisticated lakeside cities in the world. The Old Town of Geneva is full of restaurants and cafes, recreating the charm of a bygone era. Full of luxury hotels, upscale boutiques, jewelers, and luxury watch makers, it is one of the most urban cities in Europe.
A beautiful lakeside resort, Montreux is world famous for its two week long Jazz Festival. Patronized by the rich and the famous since the 19th century, Montreux’s main attractions are peaceful walks along the lakeshore, dotted by elegant hotels that recreate a magical old-world charm. The scenic Chateau de Chillon and the hilltop Old Town are also a must visit while in Montreux.
Zermatt lies at the foot of Matterhorn, which is arguably the world’s most famous mountain. One of the most famous mountain resorts in Switzerland, Zermatt is world renowned for skiing, hiking and mountaineering. It is surrounded by a range of other fabulous mountains, including Switzerland’s Monte Rosa, which was conquered by a young Winston Churchill. Apart from its dramatic backdrop, being a car-free city makes Zermatt even more unique. With picture-perfect accommodations, including cozy chalets, Zermatt is rated as one of the most beautiful places on earth and is the embodiment of everything Swiss.
Lugano is the largest town in the Ticino region, the Italian speaking area of Switzerland. It is Switzerland’s third largest financial center. The town is located on the banks of Lake Lugano with the Alps to its back. It has a mild Mediterranean climate and a lively atmosphere. Take a walking tour in the historic center with its cathedrals and colorful Piazza della Riforma. Take a cable car ride up Monte San Salvatore or Monte Bre for spectacular vista of the lakes and mountains. Savor the local specialties and local Ticino wines such as the delicious white Merlot.