Encounter the best of
modern art and architecture at every step. Savour cherries fresh from nearby
orchards and asparagus from the
as ships leave the shore. Let this unique , young-at-heart city kindle a
yearning for far away places within you, and revel in its rich history and
natural surroundings. The lanes and alley of the older quarter. But art and
culture alone do not define Basel. Fairs and congresses, scientific
institutes and world commerce have also left their mark on the metropolis on
the River Rhine, at the heart of Europe. Nearby hills, forests, peaceful
valleys and the peaks of the Jura mountains invite you to make an excursion,
on foot or by bike, by rail or by tram.
ambience of Basel, art and culture metropolis on the Upper Rhine, meeting
point of three nations, is truly unique.
At the open-air market,
local specialities tempt the palate, while store windows in the lanes of the
old part of the city and special shopping areas, decorated with art and
originality, awaken long-held dreams and make you want to window shop.
Time seems to stand still in Basel's unique Christmas House on Spalenberg.
The river Rhine mirrors endless chains of light. A cheery Christmas tram
takes children through the centre of the city. Thirty museums offer
encounters with art, Basel?s culture, antiquity and the future. Sociable
people meet in cafés, bistros and excellent restaurants - also ideal places
to start an evening at the theatre, a concert or a musical. Classical,
gospel and Christmas music are featured at Münster Cathedral; or opera,
dance, cabarets. Basel, it can truly be said, is a cultural city par
and holidays come together. Waterfalls crash down sheer cliff sides.
Glacier-fed creeks force their way through th narrow Rosenlaui and Aare
Sail boats roll and excursion steamers leave their wakes on
the turquoise waters of Lakes Thun and Brienz. And on the shores, in
tributary valleys and on sunny ledges, you'll discover picturesque villages
of richly decorated chalets and guest houses in what surely is the
embodiment of Swiss-style comfort and serenity.
the best local art, in castles that are silent witnesses to wealth gone by,
and in lovingly restored hotel palaces from the early days of tourism. Deep,
dark forests end at the foot of rocky peaks, while cows graze under the
ancient Alpine maple trees. Mountain lakes like jewels reflect towering
white peaks, and above it all reigns the majestic chain of Eiger, Mönch and
Jungfrau. Welcome to the Bernese Oberland.
Jungfrau - famous and resounding names all. Kleine Scheidegg, Schilthorn,
Lauberhorn and Männlichen have skiing on top-flight downhill runs in the
higher reaches of the Alps.
More gentle skiing can be found in the Simmental, Saanenland and Frutigland
regions and on the sun terraces of Hasliberg, Axalp and Beatenberg. High
peaks briefly disappear behind a feathering of snow. Mountain railways
afford spectacular panoramic views that, in his day, impressed even James
Bond. Ice climbing in glacier crevices gets you in touch with your inner
self. Ski sailing lets you leave the ground now and then, without danger.
Ski tours take you to the untouched world of mountain peaks. Dreamy villages
show their homely, friendly faces along the way. Famous holiday resorts and
traditional destinations such as Interlaken or Gstaad entice you with their
top-level entertainment, and children are always king in Europe's
playground. The Bernese Oberland makes every one of your winter fairytales
freedom. Switzerland was born when the good people of Uri, Schwyz and
Unterwalden formed an alliance at the Rütli. Here, in Central Switzerland,
is the Schöllenen Bridge which made north-south travel across the Gotthard
range possible, and here, in 1871, Europe?s first cog railroad up to Rigi
marked the beginning of tourism as we know it.
sites and enchanting countryside abound, from the monument to William Tell
to commanding mountain peaks, from cities to remote Alpine valleys, from
baroque monasteries to deserted canyons. Surfers brave wind and waves, lake
steamers leave majestic wakes, colourful paragliders dot the sky. Mountain
trains and suspended cable cars mount the peaks. This is Central
Switzerland, the Switzerland of freedom and holidays.
snow conditions right until spring. In the high-altitude regions up to 3,020
metres, no question – Central Switzerland has powder snow throughout the
Who wouldn't like to try it? Skiing and snowboarding on well-prepared pistes,
runs in powder snow leaving white rooster trails in your wake, cross-country
skiing against a romantic mountain background, going for walks in
fascinating countryside, visiting cosy inns in rustic mountain villages and
world-famous monastery churches plus special treats such as Lucerne's Chapel
Bridge just about sum up winter in Central Switzerland – a holiday that
leaves no wish unfulfilled.
Eastern Switzerland / Liechtenstein:
flying: with lovely blue-grey Lake Constance below, you can just see the
town of Vaduz and its ducal castle in the distance.
The River Rhine a silver
ribbon, bordered by small towns, majestically wending its way through the
Mist above the Rhine River Falls. The ancient Munot fortress towering over
the city of Schaffhausen. You cross the Klettgau vineyards, the baroque
towers of St. Gall monastery, green hills with houses, trees, small copses
like pincushions - you're flying over the canton of Appenzell. The Sitter,
Thur and Necker rivers reflecting the sunlight. Suddenly, the bright
verticals of the Säntis range. Mountain climbers ascending sheer rock faces
at Alpstein and in the Toggenburg region, hikers on the Churfirsten range
waving at you. Lakes Walen and Klöntal sparkling between rock walls. Then,
the Glarn valley to the south, and snow-covered Tödi and Clariden.
lanes in the old part of town open onto the spacious Monastery Square, the
baroque collegiate library dominating everything – that's St.Gall,
metropolis of Eastern Switzerland.
Gentle hills scattered with farms and hamlets characterise the surrounding
countryside – we're in Appenzell, where cross-country skiers traverse the
The Toggenburg region extends to the immediate south, on a fog-free plateau
between the Säntis and Churfirsten mountains – an ideal family holiday
region and the ultimate for snowboard junkies. Bad Ragaz, traditional
fountain of youth and place of relaxation, awaits its guests on the far side
of the first mountain crest over the Rhine valley. And in Glarnerland, on
the hills surrounding Lake Walen at the foot of Tödi and Clariden mountains,
winter magic and unspoiled holiday resorts invite you to their uncrowded ski
Fribourg / Neuchâtel / Jura / Jura Bernois:
Jura range to the pre-Alpine hills. Vast elevated plains punctuated with fir
trees in lush pastures, farm buildings of light-coloured Jura limestone. -
the Jura region is a giant park created by Nature herself, bordering France
to the north and crossed by deep canyons to the south.
southern slopes, terraces vineyards extend down to the shores of Lake
Neuchâtel; Neuchâtel, elegant university town, is dominated by a castle and
a splendid cathedral.
Take a trip
through the flat Broye valley and, on a rocky outcropping high above the
looping River Sarine, discover the city of Fribourg, the ancient bishopric
with one of Europe's best-preserved medieval city centres. Towards the south
the country changes from hilly to pre-Alpine. Historic towns abound - Bulle,
Gruyères. The hills look as though covered in green velvet, interspersed
with Alpine huts tiled in silvery shingles.
Jura plateaux to low country lakes and rivers and back to Alpine peaks – in
a journey of discovery through remarkable and fascinating countryside.The
Fribourg region, picturesque, mountainous, with many winter sports areas
away from the crowds, quaint villages, room for families, is totally
sincere, friendly and modest.
Close by are medieval Bulle, Estavayer-le-Lac, Fribourg, Gruyères, Morat,
Romont, each with its own rich past. In Bern and Neuchâtel, in the Franches
Montagnes and the Ajoie region, cross-country skiers, snow-shoe hikers and
dog sledders encounter nature at its best in vast forests under endless
horizons. The ancient cities of Neuchâtel, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle,
Delémont, Porrentruy and Moutier offer an active cultural life. There is
outstanding hospitality and a unique regional cuisine with specialities
ranging from Gruyère cheese and Crème de la Gruyère to Tête de Moine cheese,
saucisson, fondue and fruity white wines.
smallest metropolis. Cosmopolitan Geneva - a world of its own, a world for
everyone, quite apart from the rest of Switzerland.
Capital of Peace is one of its names - the European headquarters of the
United Nations is located here. Another well-deserved name for this city
with a humanitarian tradition, international organisations and cosmopolitan
flair, is The World's Smallest Metropolis. Quays, lakeside promenades,
parks, elegant stores and lively streets and alleyways in the old part of
town wait to be discovered. Boat trips beckon on the lake and the Rhone
River. The Alps seem close enough to touch. Geneva - small metropolis
surrounded by unspoiled nature and breathtaking scenery. On its limits lie
magnificent country estates, hidden behind ancient stands of oak, and, to
the north, peaceful villages, home of fruity Perlan wines. Yet more villages
and towns huddle the shores of Lake Geneva itself.
international meeting place, the smallest of the world's metropolises, peace
capital of the world, situated between the Jura range and the Alps on the
western end of Lake Geneva, is as lively in winter as it is any other time
of the year.
Divide your time between walks in parks festooned with
autumnal foliage along wintery shores and quays and museum visits, go
shopping and attend top-quality cultural events. Choose from theatre, opera,
ballet, the cinema, concerts, cabarets and thirty museums. Or would a
gourmet meal in one of Geneva's many outstanding restaurants, five rated
with Michelin Guide stars, strike your fancy? Perhaps you'd like to visit
the nearby Jura or Alpine skiing areas? Geneva - the ideal combination of
big-city ambience and country calm, elegant city life and open-air sports -
has it all.
valleys descending from high mountains. Rivers in every conceivable
direction. German, Romansh and Italian in a single canton.
Graubünden has every colour: Red for the Rhätische Bahn railway, yellow for
the postal buses, blue for its 615 lakes and the skies above 150 valleys,
green for forests and pastures, golden brown for larch trees in autumn, grey
for castles and rocks, and white for snow and ice.
Choose red to take the Rhätische Bahn to Klosters, Davos, Arosa, St. Moritz,
the Surselva region, the Engadine and Valposchiavo.
Choose yellow and see Savognin and the Müstair valley,
Lenzerheide, and the Mesolcina and Bregaglia valleys by postal bus. Pick
grey for climbing a sheer rock face, and white for storming peaks and
traversing glaciers. Or simply sit down on a patch of green and enjoy azure
paraglider taxi through the air wearing skis, join high altitude ski tours
that bring you closer to the heavens. Float quietly across snowed-in valleys
in a hot-air balloon, discovering the many faces of nature in the different
kinds of countryside.
Have a professional take you down the St. Moritz Olympic
bobsled run. Toboggan from Preda to Bergün or brave a glacier downhill run
on the Diavolez... Who doesn't dream of adventures such as these? Whether
skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or taking a ride on a horse-drawn
sleigh, everything is possible in Graubünden's winter sports areas with
their guaranteed favourable snow conditions. Would you like to enjoy a
gourmet treat away from the crowds? Learn about the rich culture of
Switzerland's holiday corner and its capital of Chur or relax in a
traditional spa? Try Telemark skiing, parabol skiing or snow golf – putting
a red ball on a white 'green'? In Graubünden, it's yours for the asking. We
promise to take excellent care of you and our most precious resource – the
Lake Geneva Region:
four worlds. They came, saw... and stayed. Courbet, Kokoschka, Charlie
Chaplin and David Bowie are among those who settled at Lake Geneva,
attracted, no doubt, by the Alpine panorama and almost Mediterranean
sloping vineyards border the shores of the lake, with the capital city of
Lausanne across from the highest Alpine peaks. Lively towns and small
wine-growing villages appear scattered at random. The region seems half
dream and half reality, but the people in the farm villages who work the
wheat fields on the plain above the lake, the inhabitants of the medieval
towns and the original inhabitants of the castles have always had both feet
planted firmly on the ground. In the quiet Vallé de Joux, nature remains
unspoiled. The Jura mountains lie to the north and the Vaud Alps to the
east, with lush pastures, chalet villages, mountain peaks and glaciers - as
well as sunny ledges ready-made for a relaxed vacation and sporting
skiing on the Alpine glaciers of the canton of Vaud, cross-country skiing or
snow-shoeing across the Jura range, city life and sophisticated dining - all
three worlds come together in the Lake Geneva region to make for a perfect
holiday. Extensive woods and plateaux entice you to explore the Vallée de
Joux, St-Cergue or Ste-Croix/Les Rasses.
An active cultural life and outstanding shopping characterise the cities of
Lausanne, Vevey-Montreux, Nyon, Rolle, Morges and Yverdon-les-Bains.
Hospitable mountain villages present a wide range of winter sports: 500 km
of downhill runs, more than 200 different modes of transport and special
highlights such as igloo adventures and hot-air balloon rides. Few regions
offer as wide a variety of holiday pursuits as does the area surrounding
Welcome to Zürich Downtown Switzerland
top for leisure and pleasure. Gentle hills, peaceful woods, the unpolluted
lakes and rivers, picturesque villages – and all just a stone’s throw from
the Alps. Zürich is the ideal starting point for all kinds of varied
Enjoy the pretty old town, the trendy new Zürich West district and the
ballet, theater premieres, shows, musicals, art exhibitions in over 50
museums and 100 galleries, time never drags in Zürich. The famous
Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmatquai are a shopper’s paradise. Over 1,700
restaurants and bars serve both traditional Zürich and Swiss dishes as well
as exotic specialties. The evenings will leave you spoilt for choice:
indoors or outdoors, anything is possible as far as the nightlife in Zürich
Winterthur has blossomed from a former industrial town to a lively venue for
all ethnic groups and types of culture. Winterthur is an important museum
town – it has 16 in all – and also offers a wide range of culture, sports
and entertainment. Amongst the numerous night clubs and bars you will also
find the only bar in Switzerland that opens 24 hours a day, every day of the
year. The Rhine Falls, the biggest waterfall in Europe, is just a 20 minute
drive from Winterthur.
Rapperswil & Lake Zürich
Rapperswil, the riviera at the upper end of Lake Zürich, will charm you with
its many attractions: the castle, the medieval old town, the historical
wooden bridge and Knies Children’s Zoo. Equally, however, the Alpamare water
park and Atzmännig slide & trampoline paradise are just as much part of this
family-friendly destination. Summer or winter, the Lake Zürich region offers
many opportunities for sport.
Baden, a historical city with a very lively present, is worth a visit, not
just because of the Grand Casino Baden.
The Zürich region is unique, within everyone’s means and definitely worth a
visit. Live it. Love it.