Alpine-mountain panoramas and Mediterranean lakes, medieval towns and modern metropolises: Switzerland, and all its four national languages, is international and diverse, modern and traditional at the same time. A city break with a shopping-focus is best spent in Zurich or Bern, while cultural and medieval sightseeing can be found in Basel and Lucerne. Active vacationers can take advantage of the many alpine winter sports areas, climbing parks, and hiking trails, recreation-seekers and families holiday on the Mediterranean Lake Maggiore or in the green landscapes of East Switzerland. The hotels in Switzerland’s large cities like Geneva and Lausanne are modern, noble, and luxurious. On the lakes, find well-rounded and wellness-oriented establishments. Tradition and originality can be found in the farmhouses and country house hotels of the mountains and valleys, in the midst of the beautiful Swiss landscapes.
Zurich is regularly listed as the city with the highest quality of life in the world: with opportunity for shopping in exclusive boutiques on the famous Bahnhofsstraße, drinking coffee in the well-kept medieval squares around the Augustinergasse, sightseeing at the largest clock in Europe at the St. Peter Church, or chilling at a beach bar on Lake Zurich. Settle into the center of business and finance around the luxurious Parade Square, among modern design hotels and the bases of many famous Swiss banks. Lovers of culture will find Zurich’s Museum of Art to have an exceptional collection, featuring everything from pieces from the 1200’s to Edvard Munch to contemporary work. The region around Lake Zurich is primed for recreation and filled with traditional villages and gently rolling countryside; as part of the Way of St. James, it is also ideal for walking and hiking. The hotels on Lake Zurich are romantic and deluxe, some dating back to the 17th century and equipped with sauna and spa centers, private beaches, or even a private tennis court.
Vineyards and Mediterranean flair within an alpine landscape characterize the western regions of Switzerland, in addition to opportunity for a dynamic city holiday. Romandy is Switzerland’s French-speaking region, composed of a series of wonderful natural landmarks, the UNESCO-protected vineyards of Lavaux, and some seriously good eating. The International Exhibition Center and “City of Parks” are what comes to mind when one thinks of Geneva, in addition to the many galleries, business hotels, green spaces, and the massive High Steel Fountain. A highlight on Lake Geneva is the magnificent, moated castle Chillon. Right on the lake is Lausanne, a sporty city holding a seat on the Olympic Committee, as well as a young and hip metropolis with bustling student neighborhoods and art galleries. In the Fribourg region, cyclists will be in heaven on the winding streets. The city of Fribourg itself boasts a beautiful, medieval old town from the Gothic period and is widely known and loved for its cultural variety and series of bridges which connect the French-speaking region to the German-speaking region of Switzerland.