Switzerland stands unique in Europe. Fiercely independent, surrounded by mountain peaks, it is known more for its financial institutions and business savvy than as a tourist destination. Yet this view sells the country entirely too short - it is a centre of culture and art, in addition to boasting some of the best skiing around. Switzerland has so much more to offer than the famed ‘cuckoo clocks and chocolate’ and we highly recommend a Swiss getaway!
Where to go
Ski to your heart’s content at one of the many resorts across the country, such as Zermatt or Davos. Admire the majesty of the mighty Matterhorn. Explore the restored renaissance castles that perch atop high ridges. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Geneva, Basel or Zurich. Take in some of the finest medieval and renaissance art in the world at museums in Zurich and Basel. Hike around the gorgeous mountain lakes. Enjoy the refreshing mountain air at what feels like the top of the world.
Food & Drink
The intersection of Germany, Austria, Italy and France, Swiss cuisine draws influences from all three - you’re just as likely to come across a regional pasta dish as you are a schnitzel. The Swiss are also expert brewers, thanks to their proximity to Germany and Australia. If in Zunich, try the Kronenhalle (Rämistrasse 4, Hochschulen) for the artists and celebrities who regularly dine there, as much as for the stunning cooking. In Geneva, Cafe des Negoclants (Rue de la Filature 29) serves great French-influenced fare with the best Swiss produce.
They may work very, very hard, but the Swiss like to let their hair down, the same as anybody else, and have a sophisticated nightlife scene. Widder Bar (Rennweg 7 Lindenhof) in Zurich has one of the most impressive spirits selections you will ever come across, in additIon to excellent live jazz. In Geneva, L’Atelier Cocktail Club (Rue Henri-Blanvalet 11) is the place to unwind as expert mixologists practice their craft for you.
Where to stay
in Lugano is a lakeside luxury hotel that gives the impression more of being on a private yacht than in a hotel, Stunning views, excellent service and a range of dining options, including ‘Innocenti Evasioni’, the acclaimed italian-influenced restaurant combine in this wonderful getaway. In the village of Zermatt, the family-owned Hotel Bellerive
offers hearty breakfast and a soothing spa for skiiers hitting the slopes. Finally, the Art Hotel Riposo
near Lake Maggiore offers stunning views, a rooftop pool and the charming Arlecchino restaurant - perfect for those visiting the Ascona Jazz Festival. How to get there
Monarch, Easyjet, British Airways and Swiss Air fly to Geneva from London daily.