Thursday, August 1, 2013


What not to miss:

  1. Lucerne-a car-free old town with gable paintings; a covered, medieval bridge in the center of town (one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe); historic houses decorated with frescoes; and charming town squares, and you’ll understand why Lucerne is perennially popular.
  2. Basel-Basel is known as “The City of Art” and its nearly 40 museums give it the highest density of museums in the country. 
  3. Geneva-Travelers find the city’s old town, with its quays, lakeside promenades, elegant shops, parks and lively side streets, an inviting place to stroll. The famous Jet d’Eau, a fountain with a near-500 foot-high water jet that is set in Lake Geneva, is an icon of the city.
  4. Bern-the old town of the Swiss capital is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Europe and is justifiably inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  5. Zurich-The city’s downtown offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, shops selling international fashion labels as well as Zürich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in the country. Recreational activities range from sailing on the lake in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain.
    Beautiful views of Zurich’s skyline from the outdoor rooftop thermal bath.
  6. Interlaken-Interlaken is considered the adventure capital of Switzerland and its more than 45 mountain railways, cable cars, chair lifts and ski lifts lead the adventurous to 150 miles of slopes and a dense network of hiking trails. Every day in the winter season, visitors benefit from the city’s central location by being able to choose from several different area ski regions.
  7. Lake Geneva Region: Lausanne -the attractive old town, dominated by the cathedral regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive piece of early Gothic architecture, is filled with cafes and boutiques shaping the streetscape in the medieval city center;  Lavaux is a wonderful world of vineyard terraces; Montreux, home of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival that takes place annually in June/July, is surrounded by vineyards set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps.
  8. Ticino-There is a feel of Italy here, with palm trees and citrus trees scattered about, and streets winding their way down to little piazzas. This is Switzerland’s only Italian-speaking canton and here the Italian love of food, wine and la dolce vita somehow finds harmony with the Swiss respect for regulations and rules.

    Lavertezzo, Ticino, Switzerland

  9. Engadin St. Moritz-Located at 1,800 m above sea level in the alpine canton of Graubünden, and blessed with 322 days of sunshine a year, the 13 towns and villages of the Engadin St. Moritz region enjoy a gloriously mild microclimate. Travelers are lured here by a unique combination of chic atmosphere, authentic village tradition and unspoiled nature.

    Corviglia, Engadin | St. Moritz

  10. Zermatt-In the Valais region of Switzerland, popular Zermatt lies at the foot of Matterhorn, the most photographed mountain in the world. Its location in the middle of an enormous hiking and ski region makes it one of the world’s most attractive vacation villages.

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