Switzerland at a Glance

Capital City :  Berne
Major Cities :  Baden, Basel, Bellinzona, Bern, Biel, Brig, Chur, Fribourg, Genève, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Locarno, Lugano, Luzern, Martigny, Montreux-Vevey, Neuchâtel, Schaffhausen, Sierre, Sion, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thun, Winterthur, Zug, Zürich
Bordering Countries :  Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein
Languages :   German, French, Italian, Romansch
Climate :
Due to its central position, the weather is influenced by the four main European air currents – from the Atlantic, the eastern continent, the northern sub polar region and the Mediterranean south. The climate is temperate on the Central Plateau; otherwise it differs considerably from region to region.
Landforms :  Alps and Pre-Alps cover 60%, Central Plateau 30% and Jura 10% of the country.
Land Area :   41,284 km2

BASEL Region (3 Cities/Towns/Villages) 

Closest Airport : Basel International Airport

Distance from : Bern – 94kms, Zurich – 97kms, Lucerne – 98kms, Interlaken – 100kms, Geneve – 187kms



Located on both sides of the Rhine, in the three-country-corner of Switzerland, Germany and France, Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Rhine Cruises –

Excursion boats provide opportunities for views of the city from the Rhine and operate all the way to the big freight ports of Basel and Rheinfelden.

BERNESE OBERLAND (25 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport : Zurich, Basel & Geneva International Airport

Distance from : Zurich – 110kms, Basel – 109kms, Lucerne – 72kms, Interlaken – 18kms, Geneve – 123kms

The relaxed holiday resort in the middle of the Bernese Alps is characterised by its village atmosphere. In winter the idyllic chalet village and hikers’ paradise turns into a winter sports paradise.Local Excursions and Attractions :
Choleren Gorge –
Wild gorge of the Tschent Stream with waterfalls, watermills and smooth rocks.

Engstligen Falls –Two impressive waterfalls overcoming a total of 600 metres difference in altitude.

The Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountains-cape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This mountains cape and the numerous activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland, and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Jungfraujoch –
Snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.

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Two impressive waterfalls overcoming a total of 600 metres difference in altitude.

Männlichen (2229 m) –
Gentle walking and winter sports terrain with a link to the nearby Kleine Scheidegg and with the perfect panorama across the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

The Gstaad-Saanenland holiday region in the Bernese Oberland is popular with a charming mix of visitors: while the chalet village of Gstaad attracts countless stars and starlets the smaller neighbouring villages offer attractive options for families with children. With its top hotels, gourmet restaurants, luxury chalets and nearby Saanen airport, the car-free resort of Gstaad is a popular destination for international celebrities.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Lake Lauenen –
Idyllic mountain lake you simply have to take a dip in and excursion destination with a restaurant for mountain bikers and walkers.

Golden Pass panorama railway –
Journey from Montreux on Lake Geneva via Gstaad to Lake Thun and from there on to Lucerne in Central Switzerland.

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Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The vacation destination, which is presided over by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, is the starting point for numerous activities.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Schynige Platte near Wilderswil – Nostalgic rack-railway, fascinating view of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Alpine garden with about 500 plant species and a lot of hiking possibilities.

Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn – The rides by rack-railway to the highest railway station in Europe and the cableway to the Piz Glora revolving restaurant: two top mountain experiences in the Bernese Oberland.

Harder Kulm – A cableway takes passengers up to Interlaken’s “house mountain” which affords a view of the health resort and the whole Jungfrau region. The Alpine wild animal park near the Valley Station is an experience for children.

St. Beatus Caves – One kilometre of lit limestone caves with stalagmites, impressive halls and waterfalls accessible by boat, car, and bus or on foot on the historic pilgrim’s way.


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Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. There are 72 waterfalls in this valley, the most famous are Staubbach Falls also known as the free falling waterfall & Trummelbach Falls, up to 20,000 litres of water per second gushing over the ten glacier falls from a height of about 200 metres. This can be visited only during summer.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Trümmelbach Falls near Lauterbrunnen –
One of the wildest glacier ravines in Europe with the ten waterfalls of the Trümmelbach hidden amongst the rocks.


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James Bond, The agent who presented himself in such an unmistakeable way made a decisive contribution to the fame of the Schilthorn. The mountain with its breathtaking panoramic views is today one of the top attractions of the Jungfrau region. Lying at the foot of the Schilthorn, Mürren has nevertheless remained a cosy mountain village.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Schilthorn / Piz Gloria – Following in the footsteps of James Bond, visitors can savour the views of 200 mountain summits and 40 glaciers from the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.

Trümmelbach falls – The wild glacier gorge and the underground waterfalls of the Trümmelbach lie hidden behind rock walls.

Jungfraujoch – Snow and ice are guaranteed on the «Top of Europe» at 3454 m, the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland.

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The city of Thun, which is located at the lower end of Lake Thun, is the gate to the Bernese Oberland. The historic Old Town is situated about one kilometer from the shore of the lake, on the river Aare. There is a castle in the center of the Old Town that dates back to the 12th century and boasts a museum.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Old town with castle –Shopping and culture combined at close proximity.

Cruising on Lake Thun –Motor- and paddle-powered ships sail to Interlaken regularly.

Water sports by and in Lake Thun –The clean water of the lake is perfect for bathing, sailing, surfing, diving etc.

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This quaint village in the Bernese Oberland forms the gateway to the world-famous Gstaad-Saanenland region. Zweisimmen is also the starting point of the Montreux – Bernese Oberland – rail line, which travels to Montreux on Lake Geneva.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

«Golden Pass» panoramic rail journey – A day’s excursion to Montreux on Lake Geneva or to Lucerne in central Switzerland


CENTRAL SWITZERLAND (31 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Zurich, Bern & Basel International Airport

Distance from: Zurich – 80kms, Basel – 129kms, Interlaken – 49kms, Lucerne – 56kms, Geneve – 193kms


Gotthard area is Europe’s “moated castle”. Over 40 lakes, large and small, glisten like pearls around the Ursern valley. Andermatt is an ideal place for taking a break or an excursion in summer & is one of the best winter sports centres in Switzerland for guaranteed snow.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Museums – The Ursehrn Valley Museum is housed in a beautiful building in Andermatt, while the history of te Gotthard Pass is documented in the Gotthard Museum at the top of the pass.

Furka steam railway – Nostalgic rack-and-pinion steam railway (only runs in summer) between Realp, Furka and Gletsch (Valais).

Furka Pass – At 2431 m, the highest pass on the east-west route, impressive scenery shaped by the Rhone glacier, and views to the Grimsel Pass and the Bernese Alps.

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The Bürgenstock located above Lake Lucerne benefits from a fantastic panorama and a view of central Switzerland’s surrounding mountains and Lake Lucerne. Perfect for anyone in need of relaxation, this oasis of calm far away from the everyday hustle and bustle and traffic noise offers a whole range of excursion, hiking and biking possibilities.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Lake Lucerne – The various arms of Lake Lucerne make it one of the most diverse Swiss lakes with a large fleet of steam and motor boats.


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The high valley of Engelberg in Central Switzerland boasts an action-packed summer and winter programme. And its glacier park is accessible by revolving rotair cableway.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Engelberg Monastery – The biggest church organ in Switzerland, collegiate library, Valley Museum and exhibition cheese diary are the most important attractions of the monastery.

Brunni Trail – 12 information boards provide vivid information about nature and life of humans and animals in the mountains.


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Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Titlis and Rotair cableway –
Highest glacier excursion destination and biggest ski and snowboard paradise in Central Switzerland, accessible by rotating cable car.

Four lake tour –
Magnificent tour from mirror-smooth Lake Trüb to deep blue Lake Engstlen, on to turquoise Lake Tannen all the way to picturesque Lake Melch.

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The lively town of Schwyz, capital of the canton is home to the Forum of Swiss History. Schwyz and the area surrounding it, is famous for its cherry blossom and numerous cherry specialities. Schwyz is also where the famous Swiss army penknives come from.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

The Museum of the Swiss Charters – The founding document of the three first member cantons and other documents are exhibited here.

Demonstration Cheese Dairy Schwyzerland in Seewen – Watching, tasting, enjoying and buying for groups and individual visitors.

Hölloch karst cave system in the Muota Valley – Measuring about 190 km, this is the longest cave in Europe and the fifth-biggest cave system in the world. The caves can only be visited as part of a guided cave expedition.


Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein (27 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Geneva & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 270kms, Bern – 154kms, Interlaken – 130kms, Lucerne – 94kms, Zurich – 83kms


Bad Ragaz in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol has a long tradition as a health spa. Today it is a wellness resort with top-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses. The warm (37°C) healing waters bubble up from inside the mountain in the deep, mysterious Tamina Gorge in nearby Pfäfers.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

The natural spectacle of the Tamina Gorge – A wild, mysterious, narrow gorge near Pfäfers with cliffs up to 70 metres high, where the most prolific radioactive thermal water (pure, warm spring) in Europe gushes from a chamber deep in the mountain at 36.5°C

Ancient Bad Pfäfers – Beautiful walk from Bad Ragaz through the thermal ravine to Bad Pfäfers where kings and princesses once bathed, and where there are now two museums and a Paracelsus memorial.

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Heidiland is diverse in every sense and offers everything to make a visit worthwhile in a very compact area. There may not be glaciers, but there is sure to be snow.

Local Excursions and Attractions:
– Wangs-Pizol sled run, one of Switzerland’s longest (over seven km)
– Ice climbing
– Lit cross-country ski trails
– Sledding safari
– Fondue night and lantern-lit skiing
– Full moon skiing

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Over the medieval Old Town of Schaffhausen looms the imposing Munot fortress. The houses of the Old Town are richly decorated with oriel windows and lavishly painted facades. The town, located on the Upper Rhine between the Black Forest and Lake Constance, and surrounded by vineyards, is a popular destination for holidays and day-trips.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Rheinfall at Schaffhausen – Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall, where the water crashes down 21 metres, across a width of 150 metres. The natural spectacle is at its best in July when water levels are highest.

Boat trip – On the Rhine from Schaffhausen to Stein am Rhein and on across the Untersee to Konstanz and Kreuzlingen – one of the finest river trips in Europe.

FRIBOURG REGION (10 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport : Bern, Zurich & Geneva International airport

Distance from : Bern – 34kms, Zurich – 165kms, Interlaken – 63kms, Lucerne – 106kms, Geneve – 116kms


Freiburg, nestled on a rock promontory, is surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. It is one of the largest medieval towns in Üechtland. Over 200 unique Gothic facades from the 15th century impart incomparable medieval charm to the Old Town.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

St. Nicolas Cathedral – Started according to German construction plans and finished to meet French wishes, with magnificent stained glass windows.

Gruyères/Greyerz – Not far from Fribourg is the village of Gruyères /Greyerz, where you can see the famous cheese of the same name being produced in a show cheesery.

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Freiburg, nestled on a rock promontory, is surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. It is one of the largest medieval towns in Üechtland. Over 200 unique Gothic facades from the 15th century impart incomparable medieval charm to the Old Town.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

– Cable railways in Moléson and Charmey
– Ice-rink at the Espace-Gruyère in Bulle
– Snow Park -Sled run -Snowshoe excursions
– Torch-lit ski runs
– Castle and village of Gruyère
– Whey bath in Charmey


Closest Airport: Geneva International airport

Distance from: Bern – 149kms, Interlaken – 161kms, Lucerne – 217kms, Zurich – 257kms


With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the “capital of peace”. The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the “Jet d’eau” – a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Jet d’eau – Visible from afar, the 140-metre-high water jet is the ‘landmark’ of Geneva.

St. Pierre Cathedral – The north tower of the three-naved basilica in the old town of Geneva offers up a unique vista over the city and lake.

Palace of the United Nations – On passing through the paled gate of the Palace of the UNO, visitors enter international territory.

Cruises on Lake Geneva – From the cruise boats, visitors can marvel at the unique scenery of castles and magnificent residences set against wonderful landscape and mountain panoramas.

Vevey – Lake promenade – the palm-tree and flower adorned shore way from Vevey to the Chillon castle via Montreux invites visitors to take strolls as well as roller blade along it.

GRAUBUNDEN REGION (10 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Zurich International airport

Distance from: Zurich – 157kms, Interlaken – 175kms, Lucerne – 151kms


Switzerland’s oldest city is by no means stuck in the past. Cultural events, bars, clubs, museums, shopping centers, stores and boutiques enliven Graubünden’s capital. Chur is blessed with its 5000 year old history, documented by Early Stone Age and Bronze Age finds artefacts from the Roman period.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Chur – Chur is the only city in Switzerland with its own winter and summer sports region.

Chur is natural – 50 percent of the city area is covered with forest and at the same time Chur offers an urban infrastructure with cultural events and a large variety of shops.

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This holiday destination with international ambience is the largest resort in the Alps for mountain holidays, sport and conferences, at 1560 m the highest town in the Alps and a high-altitude health resort with a long tradition.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Zügenschlucht – A wild and romantic gorge with the spectacular RhB railway line and a mining museum at the Schmelzboden at 1340 m, and the Geology Trail between Davos-Monstein and Wiesen.

Monstein Brewery – The highest brewery in Europe and the first brewery in the canton of Grisons to open to the public. The ABC of beer-making, guided tour, tasting.

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St. Moritz is often called an Alpine metropolis. There are numerous luxury hotels, spas and upscale shops against an Alpine background of lakes and mountains.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Corvatsch – The hiking trails on the Corvatsch run past mountain lakes and Alpine pastures from Murtèl to Furtschellas.

Bernina Express – By panorama train on the most scenic railway in Europe to the Puschlav.

Swiss National Park – Measuring 172 square kilometres, this is Switzerland’s biggest nature reserve.

LAKE GENEVA REGION (16 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Geneva & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 64kms, Bern – 75kms, Interlaken – 92kms, Lucerne – 136kms, Zurich – 170kms



Lausanne, the second-largest city on Lake Geneva, combines a dynamic commercial town with the locality of a holiday resort. The town is built on three hills, surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. The attractive old town is largely car-free.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Lausanne old town with cathedral – The impressive cathedral is surrounded by beautiful, car-free roads.

Olympic Museum – Provides an overview of the history of the Olympic games, from the first 1896 summer games in Athens through to the present day.

Lake Geneva cruise – Paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels highlight the attractions of the Lake Geneva region as seen from the water.


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Les Diablerets, an important centre for adventure sports, lies between Lake Geneva and Gstaad at an altitude of 1200 metres. Skiing and snowboarding in early summer in the glacier ski region of Glacier 3000 offer competition to a wide range of adventure sports: canyoning, hydro speed, paragliding, dirt monster biking (a cross between mountain biking and motorcycling), tyrolienne traversing, or the highest Alpine Coaster (toboggan run on tracks) at the Glacier 3000 mountain station.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Glacier 3000 – Snow fun, cross-country skiing and savouring the outstanding vista in the «Gastronamik» panorama restaurant.

Gstaad-Saanenland – The neighbouring region in the Bernese Oberland is a meeting point for ‘high society’ as well as unadulterated nature.

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The town of Montreux nestles in a sheltered Lake Geneva bay, surrounded by vineyards and against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury and several other famous people of world-renown lived and continue to live on the Vaud Riviera.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Rochers-de-Naye – The Rochers-de-Naye rack-railway, after overcoming a difference in altitude of 1600 metres, reaches one of the most beautiful vantage points in western Switzerland.

Golden Pass Line – The panorama train operates between Montreux, Gstaad and the Bernese Oberland with connections to Lucerne.

Lake Geneva Shipping Company – The panorama train operates between Montreux, Gstaad and the Bernese Oberland with connections to Lucerne.

Chillon Castle – Located on a rocky island near the shore featuring fortified walls and towers.

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Vevey is one of the “Pearls of the Swiss Riviera”. Its lakeside location with breathtaking views of the Alpine panorama, its extraordinarily mild climate, the vineyards, numerous excursion destinations in the region and proud paddlewheel steamers on the lake characterise this town by Lake Geneva.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Vevey Alimentarium – The ‘Alimentarium’ is a Nestlé foundation and presents various aspects of human nutrition in a captivating and interactive manner.

Wine road – This themed route with wine-tasting possibilities leads through the sunny vineyard slopes of the Lavaux between Lausanne and Montreux.

Steamer cruise –  The in part still paddlewheel driven vessels ferry visitors to the most beautiful places along Lake Geneva.

NEUCHATEL/JURA REGION (12 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Basel & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 107kms, Bern – 40kms, Basel – 80kms, Interlaken – 76kms, Lucerne – 99kms, Zurich – 126kms


Neuchâtel, called Neuenburg in German, has a rich cultural and architectural past. The Castle and the Collegiate Church (built in the Gothic style in the Middle Ages, a Reformed Church), which can both be seen from afar, are the city’s landmarks.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Chaumont – Neuchâtel’s ‘house mountain’ (1100 metres above sea level) with a wonderful all-round view of the Bernese Alps, Mont blanc Massif and three Jura lakes.

Cruising on Lake Neuchâtel – Biggest lake located completely in Switzerland offering an opportunity to go on a three-lake-cruise.

SCHWEIZER MITTELLAND (10 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Bern, Basel & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 128kms, Basel – 73kms, Interlaken – 39kms, Lucerne – 64kms, Zurich – 96kms


Bern, the capital of Switzerland has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades – the locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’ – boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Old town – Sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains and the medieval air make this city unique

Bear Pits – At the probably best known landmark of the city the bears can be seen eating carrots.

Seat of Government – The Houses of Parliament are one of Bern’s landmarks as well as being the seat of the government.

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The town of Biel, the metropolis of Swiss watchmaking, lies at the foot of the Jura in the delightful Lake Region. Location, as the gateway to the three peripheral Jura lakes (Lakes Biel, Neuchâtel and Murten) make the town an attractive starting point.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Biel old town – An intact old town with a beautiful town hall, gothic town church dating from the 15th century, various fountains and beautiful signposts.

Aare trip – A leisurely and romantic river trip from Biel to the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland, Solothurn.

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Solothurn is regarded as the finest Baroque town in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur is combined with French charm and German practicality. The so-called “ambassador’s town” is at the southern end of the Jura by the River Aare, about 30 km east of Biel/Bienne.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Boat ride on the Aare (in summer) – The Stork Colony in Altreu and via Büren, whose Old Town features in the National Inventory of Heritage Sites, to bilingual Biel/Bienne.

TICINO REGION (12 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Geneva & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 220kms, Bern – 154kms, Interlaken – 114kms, Lucerne – 131kms, Zurich – 155 kms, Lugano – 23kms


Bellinzona is probably Switzerland’s most Italianate town. The skyline of the capital of Ticino is defined by the powerful fortifications, comprising three of the best-preserved medieval castles in Switzerland, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Three castles – The medieval fortifications, with the castles of Castelgrande, Castello di Montebello and Castello di Sasso Corbaro, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Aletsch Glacier – The longest glacier in Europe and part of the Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn UNESCO world natural heritage site.

Old Town – In the area around the Piazza Nosetto, Via del Teatro and Piazza del Governo, the Old Town boasts a wealth of beautiful merchants’ houses, stone gateways, balconies with wrought iron railings and inn signs from a bygone era.

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This is Locarno, the town with the warmest climate in Switzerland. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Maggiore. The heart of the city is the Piazza Grande, well-known for its annual film festival. The narrow lanes of the Old Town all lead to the Piazza. Castello Visconteo, a castle dating back to the 12th century, lies at the edge of the Old Town.

Local Excursions and Attractions :

Pilgrimage church of Madonna del Sasso – A holy place above Locarno with fantastic views over the town, lake and mountains.

Verzasca valley & Maggia valley – Romantic and largely unspoilt valleys in Locarno’s hinterland. Lago Maggiore – swimming, water sports and excursions in, on and round the lake, e.g. to the Brissago Islands.

Lago Maggiore – Swimming, water sports and excursions in, on and round the lake, e.g. to the Brissago Islands.

International Film Festival in Locarno – For eleven days every year, thousands of film fans enjoy the magnificent setting of the Piazza Grande (August).

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Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland’s third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Monte Brè (925 m) – Lugano’s closest mountain can be reached by funicular railway from Cassarate on the outskirts of Lugano. Wonderful panorama of the town, lake and mountains, stretching right over the border into Italy.

Monte San Salvatore (912 m) – From the top of the “sugarloaf” (reached by funicular railway from Lugano-Paradiso) you can walk down the panoramic footpath to Carona and then on to Morcote.

San Lorenzo Cathedral – Set above the Old Town, it is worth a visit with its facade in the Lombardy Renaissance style, and countless frescoes and valuable Baroque artifacts inside.

VALAIS REGION (73 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Geneva & Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 140kms, Bern – 103kms, Interlaken – 75kms, Lucerne – 125kms, Zurich – 162 kms



The lovely old town with its stately houses, cosy inns and hotels will tempt you to linger awhile. Lively Bahnhofstrasse is great for shopping, and the Stockalper Palace in Brig is one of the most important baroque palaces in Switzerland.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Brig Baths – One of the biggest open-air thermal spa centres in Switzerland, just 6 km from Brig. It has a spa grotto swimming pool, water chute (182 m), fresh water and Olympic pools.

Aletsch Glacier – The longest glacier in Europe and part of the Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn UNESCO world natural heritage site.

Lötschberg south slope – A mountain walk along the dry, hot, step-like southern slope of the Lötschberg railway line, a walk famous for its panoramic views.

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The two neighbouring resorts of Crans and Montana are situated at an altitude of 1500 m on a sun-drenched plateau high above the Rhone Valley. Together they form one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Valais.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Golf – The 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros and 9-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses offer panoramic views from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.

Shopping – Crans and Montana comprise the most extensive alpine shoppers’ paradise for miles around.

Plaine Morte – This huge glacier stretching for 10 square kilometres at an altitude of 3000 m is also a major attraction in summer.

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This thermal spa resort lies well protected in a Valais side valley and is now a popular destination for wellness and sports’ enthusiasts. Every day 3.9 million litres of hot water gush from 65 thermal springs in the mountain spa resort of Leukerbad.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Burgerbad : Biggest alpine thermal spa complex in Europe with ten baths.

Lindner Alpentherme : Wellness and bathing complex with Roman-Irish bath.

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The small town of Martigny located on the Rhone elbow in the Lower Valais is the hub of the pass routes across the Simplon, Great St. Bernard and Forclaz. Martigny, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, is famous for its gastronomy which is celebrated at many outstanding restaurants and guesthouses.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

St. Bernard Dog Museum – Breed and history of the dog but also of the Great St. Bernard Hospice.

Trient Gorge – Deep gorge cut into the rock with a 187-metre-high bridge made of prestressed concrete.

Evionnaz Labyrinth – Biggest labyrinth in the world with over 18’000 Thuya plants and featuring other attractions.

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Saas-Fee lies in an idyllic valley surrounded by the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps. No less than 13 four-thousand-metre peaks encircle our village at the foot of the glaciers like a shell and give it its distinctive name “the Pearl of the Alps”. Enjoy your holiday in the fresh, clean alpine air because there are no cars in the village.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Revolving restaurant – A far-reaching vista across the mountainscape is offered up by the revolving restaurant on the glacier of the Mittelallalin.

Alpin gorge – Fixed rope route crossing of the spectacular brook gorge using rope bridges and Tyrolienne cables; only with a mountain guide.

Adventure park – Suspension rope park with courses of varying degrees of difficulty, in front of an impressive glacier backdrop.

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The pretty little old town of Visp in the Rhone Valley is one of the most important cultural and wine-growing centres in the Valais. With the opening of the Lötschberg base tunnel, Visp became a new railway hub for visits to the central and upper Valais, and excursions to Saas-Fee, Zermatt, Leuke rbad and the Aletsch Glacier.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Old town of Visp : Visp is the centre of the region and has a pretty little town centre.

Visperterminen : The highest vineyard in Europe at 1150 meters.

Raron : Fortified hilltop castles and a baroque church dominate the historic old part of the town.


Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. The town’s touristic development is closely linked to what is most probably the world’s most famous mountain. The vacation destination is a car-free zone, has preserved its original character and offers nearly unlimited possibilities as far as excursions are concerned.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Gornergrat – A cog railway wends its way up the mountain to an altitude of 3089 metres; a magnificent panorama.

Matterhorn Museum – Houses the items of equipment used during the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 which ended tragically.

Glacier Paradise / Klein Matterhorn – The highest place in Europe (3883 m) able to be reached by a cableway, with a viewing platform and the highest glacier palace in the world.

ZURICH REGION (9 Cities/Towns/Villages)

Closest Airport: Zurich International airport

Distance from: Geneva – 223kms, Bern – 96kms, Interlaken – 93kms, Lucerne – 59kms, Zurich – 22kms



The lively small town, situated only 20 minutes from Zurich and the airport, has a diverse and rich cultural offering. Switzerland’s thermal springs with the highest mineral concentration bubble out at a temperature of 47 °C from 19 sulphurous springs in Baden.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Baden thermal baths – Relaxation and health in Switzerland’s most mineral-rich thermal spring water.

Vindonissa Museum – The museum in Brugg presents finds from the Roman fort of Vindonissa.

Belvédère Baden – Beautiful panoramic views across the old town of Baden.

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Switzerland’s sixth-biggest city boasts art collections of world renown. Other museums and monuments, a lively old town, an active music and comedy scene, and extensive parks and public gardens give Winterthur, a town small enough to get around conveniently, the air of a big city.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Art Museum – Exhibitions devoted to modern art from Picasso to Klee

Technorama – Entertaining introduction to the development of science and technology under the motto “please touch”

Photo Museum – The only museum for photography in German-speaking Switzerland with over 30’000 originals by world-famous photographers.

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Zurich in downtown Switzerland offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland.

Local Excursions and Attractions:

Rietberg Museum – The museum houses non-European art, particularly from India, China and Africa.

Bahnhofstrasse – The mile-long street of banks featuring exclusive fashion boutiques, department stores and street cafes invites passers-by to linger.

Zurich Zoo – Featuring a 11,000-square-metre ecosystem hall containing several hundred plant and animal species from the Madagascan Masoala Rainforest.