A sure crowd-pleaser during winters thanks to its charm and cosy atmosphere across its many alpine destinations; Switzerland is a must on the bucket-list of any self-respecting discerning traveller. During summers, the lakeshore lidos and mild temperatures of the southern regions come packed with Mediterranean flair. We look at four must-dos in the county that has brought us chocolate, cheese and Roger Federer.
Not as buttoned-up as it is often perceived, the city of Zurich on the banks of the River Limmat is the perfect hub from which to discover Switzerland. Blending a healthy dose of urban Euro-charm with typically Swiss traditions, it is worth a visit any time of the year. Dive into the sweet world of Swiss chocolates by visiting the newly launched Lindt Swiss Chocolate Experience and taste over 30 different types of Switzerland’s world-famous concoctions guided by a maître chocolatier in Zurich.
The holiday region of Gstaad in Saanenland is one of the country’s best-known destinations. Although popular among the rich and famous, Gstaad has remained authentic and is the perfect place for romantic escapades on horse-drawn carriages through nature reserves and its stunning surroundings. An insider tip: explore the region around Lake Lauenen in the Canton of Bern and be sure to make a pit stop at the charming Mattenstübli Beizli for some local delicacies and a hot chocolate.
The birthplace of winter sport, St Moritz is the undisputed capital of the international jet set in winter. The high valley region of the Engadin in the canton of Graubünden will leave every snow lover’s heart beating faster. For the all essential post-piste rest and relaxation, head to one of the many luxury spas. The Kulm hotel in St Moritz comes with particularly awe-inspiring vistas.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Italy when visiting the Ticino. Dive into the clear waters of Lake Maggiore when exploring the Brissago islands and be sure to sojourn along the stunningly beautiful Ascona-Locarno Riviera for the ultimate Swiss summer experience with true Mediterranean flair. Swanky hotels are aplenty and if having your own apartment is a must, the Delta Resort offers furnished units with hotel services designed by Carlo Bottoni just minutes from Ascona’s picturesque lake promenade.