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The Julier Pass, Switzerland Tourism, Silvan Widmer

9 ways to see Switzerland

Sky-bursting Alpine peaks, memorable road trips, and sports to take you out of your comfort zone, plus fantastic food and drink: Switzerland is really bursting with life.

Nine ideas to inspire you on your next trip to Switzerland, from spectacular road-trips to history and wellness.

Sky-bursting Alpine peaks, memorable road trips, and sports to take you out of your comfort zone, plus fantastic food and drink: Switzerland is really bursting with life.

Time-travel

See castles, cathedrals and clock towers on a walk through history
There are two Switzerlands. One is the super-efficient, business-like country renowned for its booming economy and banks. The other is a crossroads of lesser-known stories where Romans, Savoy lords and WW2 fighters left their indelible mark.

Nowhere is such compelling history more apparent than in Bern, Switzerland’s story-riddled capital. The entire core of the 12th-century Old City is worthy of … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland Tourism - Andre Meie
Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland Tourism – Andre Meie

The sphinx on the Jungfraujoch (3571m). Inside is the highest railway station in Europe, hence the nickname ‘Top of Europe’, Switzerland Tourism - Ivo Scholz
The sphinx on the Jungfraujoch (3571m). Inside is the highest railway station in Europe, hence the nickname ‘Top of Europe’, Switzerland Tourism – Ivo Scholz

Road trip

The Grand Tour of Switzerland; an astounding roadtrip through the Alps
While meandering through a maze of mountain passes, cruising along quiet alpine lakes, and charming timber houses, endless stretches of asphalt offer a look inside the pure Swiss soul. A marvellous road trip route The Grand Tour of Switzerland takes you on a thrilling ride along with alpine beauty.

The Grand Tour of Switzerland contains over 1000 miles of panoramic roads and 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, making it a road trip of mythic proportions. Not only will you witness some surreal … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

A Freerider en route in the Verbier region, Switzerland Tourism - Grant Gunderson
A Freerider en route in the Verbier region, Switzerland Tourism – Grant Gunderson

Alpine highs

From tennis to ice hockey to skiing, the Swiss know more than most about how to keep active
Roger Federer. The Olympic Museum. FIFA. And let’s not forget the Spengler Cup, the world’s oldest invitational ice hockey tournament, or the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, the world’s largest inland lake regatta. These are just some of the names and events that underline Switzerland’s obsession with all things sport.

Begin by swotting-up on history at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. As the International Olympic Committee is based in the city, the museum provides a nuts and bolts overview of the competition’s history, including a … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

The Sphinx on the Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, Switzerland Tourism - Sebastien Staub
The Sphinx on the Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, Switzerland Tourism – Sebastien Staub

Into the mountains

By gondola, cable car or funicular, Switzerland can transport you to an entirely different world
Thrills, spills and high Alpine chills: Switzerland has some of the world’s most fabulous mountain rides and every year new projects take visitors into new frontiers. Many are record-breaking modes of transport, but they all share one thing in common: whether big or small, they are all mean feats of engineering.

One of the greatest journeys is the seemingly-impossible funicular ride through the heart of the Jungfrau to the “Top of Europe’ panorama at 3,454m. Take the train from … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Small harbor with colourful row of houses on Lake Maggiore, Switzerland Tourism - Jan Geerk
Small harbor with colourful row of houses on Lake Maggiore, Switzerland Tourism – Jan Geerk

A taste of the Mediterranean

With pizza, pasta and lakeside chic, Ticino is the best of Italy in microcosm
Ticino’s prettiest tourist towns Locarno and Ascona make for a fabulous Italian-influenced interlude on any Grand Tour of Switzerland.

Once part of the Roman Empire, Ticino was long a buffer between the Germanic peoples north of the Alps and Italy to the south, only becoming part of the Swiss Confederation in the late-15th century. Today, it feels as … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

VALAIS - Wellness, Leukerbad, Valais_Wallis Promotion - Pascal Gertschen
VALAIS – Wellness, Leukerbad, Valais_Wallis Promotion – Pascal Gertschen

Time to slow down

Don’t be fooled by Switzerland’s brisk manner — this is a country that equally loves to relax
Picture the scene. A sunlit morning, wisps of clouds floating past a crowd of 3,000m peaks. You take a deep breath and you feel as if you’ve filled your lungs with more than just air — they’re full of opportunity.

It’s a little melodramatic, but this is the Swiss attitude to wellness and as the pioneer of medical tourism, the country teems with luxury spas and medicinal thermal baths.

The big ones to consider are … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

The ‘Musee international d’horlogerie’ in La Chaux- de-Fonds in canton Neuchatel. Pendulum clock with the ‘great magician’, around 1830, Switzerland Tourism - Peter Maurer
The ‘Musee international d’horlogerie’ in La Chaux- de-Fonds in canton Neuchatel. Pendulum clock with the ‘great magician’, around 1830, Switzerland Tourism – Peter Maurer

Clock-watching

Learn about the country’s storied watch salons and manufacturers
You could think of Geneva as a time-pressed lake town. There’s a reason for this: after private banking and investment, watchmaking is still the richest industry in the city.

Look across Lake Geneva and pastel-coloured hotels and houses on the waterfront bear the weight of rooftop billboards listing dozens of manufacturers. Omega, Piaget, Raymond Weil, Tissot, Breitling, Franck Muller, IWC Shaufhassen, Vacheron Constantin, Rolex — they are all there. Indeed, it feels as if every … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Franziska Buendler at Max Chocolatier in Luzern, Switzerland Tourism - Andre Meier
Franziska Buendler at Max Chocolatier in Luzern, Switzerland Tourism – Andre Meier

Cheese, chocolate and wine

Meet the artisans on a tasting tour of fromagerie, sweet shops and vineyards
The Swiss won’t let you forget their gift to the world. Namely, milk chocolate, which was invented in the 1880s. But there are plenty more memorable foodie experiences to savour on a calorie-packed tour of the country.

Start with the main event: … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

On the Kleine Scheidegg with a view to Grindelwald. The Jungfraubahn in front of the Eiger North Face, Switzerland Tourism
On the Kleine Scheidegg with a view to Grindelwald. The Jungfraubahn in front of the Eiger North Face, Switzerland Tourism

Screen and page

IMAX-sized peaks and cinematic valleys give Switzerland a starring role
Don’t doubt it: Switzerland is Xanadu for film and fiction fans. Begin a country-wide tour by going to J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. The Lord of the Rings author was so taken by the steep-sided cliffs, grottoes and wild flower forests of Lauterbrunnen when he holidayed here in 1911 that it formed the inspiration for his elvish valleys and troll-filled woods.

Lake Geneva had a similar effect on … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

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© This article was first published in June-July 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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