Holidays to Switzerland
Flower-decked villages and hamlets lie in peaceful valleys, disturbed only by cow-bells ringing across the wildflower pastures.
But it’s not just breathtaking scenery that attracts holidaymakers to Switzerland. The cities, with their quaint medieval centres, offer excellent museums and music festivals. A diverse culture built on a variety of languages and customs lend a sophistication which extends to its hotels, restaurants and bars.
Well-known for its winter sports, Switzerland is also a top destination for hiking, cycling and summer activities.
Most people who touch down at Geneva and Zurich airports head straight for the mountains. However, with their charming old towns, parks and museums, both cities are rewarding destinations in their own right.
Where to go
Most people who touch down at Geneva and Zurich airports bypass these cities and head straight for the mountains. However, with their charming old towns, parks and museums, both are rewarding destinations in their own right.
Similarly, Lausanne has a medieval centre and lake views – while capital Bern, on the River Aare, has 16th-century fountains, a fine cathedral and a beautiful rose garden. Cultural Lucerne, with its 14th-century bridge, has a prestigious music festival.
The resort of Zermatt has grandstand views of the iconic Matterhorn peak, St Moritz offers mountain chic to well-heeled tourists, and Interlaken is a top destination for outdoor activities, lake cruises and trips on the mountain railways.
When to go
Spring sees hiking trails and spring flowers at their best. Local wineries open their doors (‘caves ouvertes’) in May, and early summer is a great time to explore the lakes. Summer is festival time with the Montreux Jazz Festival (June or July) and spectacular fireworks on Swiss National Day (1 August).