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Home to silky smooth chocolate, delicious cheese and breathtaking mountain views, Switzerland lives up to many of its clichés. However, this multilingual, landlocked country also boasts cutting edge scientific institutes, world class museums, cosmopolitan cities and a vibrant arts scene, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Holidaymakers can spend their mornings shopping, gallery hopping or sipping artisan coffee, and their afternoons hiking in pristine countryside or swimming in crystal clear lakes. With its impressive variety of activities and hotels, Switzerland should be at the top of every discerning traveller’s bucket list.
Bern – Though less well known than its more cosmopolitan compatriots, Bern, the capital of Switzerland, has a lot to offer. The city’s medieval old town is the perfect place to start a sightseeing tour of the city, while Bern’s many outdoor swimming areas are great for relaxing and cooling off in the summer months.
Geneva – Nestled on the banks of Europe’s largest Alpine lake, Geneva has to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Holidaymakers book hotels here to explore the city’s high end shops, sample mouth-watering cuisine from almost every country on earth and spend hours discovering the delights of Geneva’s old town.
Zurich – Considered by many to be the coolest of Switzerland’s cities, Zurich is also regularly voted one of the world’s most liveable. Book a Zurich hotel and explore the city’s burgeoning arts scene, enjoy a night out in Züri-West or explore the historic sights of Zurich’s picture postcard centre.
Lake Lucerne – Located in the heart of Switzerland, Lake Lucerne is one of the country’s most beautiful natural features. In the summer, lakeside hotels and watersports are the order of the day, though the area that surrounds the lake also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking.
Lake Geneva, with its beaches, stunning setting and lofty fountain is a must see, while the towering Matterhorn, the Rhine Falls and the alpine foothills are also well worth visiting during your time in the country. Impressive man-made sights can be found in all of Switzerland cities, with Lucerne’s art-lined Kapellbrücke, Lake Geneva’s Chillon Castle and the old town of Bern among the most picturesque. Castles, churches and traditional villages dot the landscape, ensuring there’s a great photo opportunity around every corner.
Like many alpine countries, the activities on offer in Switzerland vary depending on the season. In the winter months, visitors from all over Europe flock to the country to have a go at skiing and snowboarding, while others head to the country’s festive markets and cosy Alpine villages to enjoy picture postcard scenes. In the summer, Switzerland springs into life with lush green mountains, clear lakes and outdoor public pools providing plenty of opportunities for hiking, climbing, swimming and water sports. Summer is also the perfect time to explore Switzerland’s historic towns and cities, while museums, galleries and castles are open throughout the year.