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Occupying the very heart of Europe, with four official languages and a rich cultural diversity, Switzerland is a land of contrasts. It is home to snow-capped summits and romantic lakes, charming cities and towns, adorned with flower-decked houses and green pastures. Besides the spectacular scenery, the country also fosters an international reputation that is synonymous with quality and efficiency - think civil engineering (trains and tunnels!), insurance and banking, world-famous watches and delicious chocolate.
Switzerland’s glorious lake and mountain scenery takes centre stage here, and a cable car ride or scenic train journey is a must. You will be rewarded with fresh mountain air and amazing views! If you don’t have a head for heights, then a steamer cruise across the expanse of Lake Lucerne on a sun-filled summer’s day is without doubt a wonderful experience. Lucerne itself is full historical interest and medieval charm; home to a wealth of attractions from the iconic old bridges to the Baroque Jesuit church.
From a Swatch to a Rolex, there’s a superb timepiece for every wrist or pocket and no shortage of shops selling them. Swiss army knives are handy travelling companions, not to mention the delicious chocolates and cheeses. In Zurich, you can browse the luxury shops along Bahnhofstrasse, while in the glamorous resort of St Moritz, all the prestigious names such as Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are lined up together on the Via Serlas.
Enjoy evenings of traditional entertainment – yodelling, flag throwing and performances on the mighty alphorn. Otherwise entertainment is international in style with nightclubs and bars, concerts and the arts.
Experience all the region has to offer! Enjoy an exciting train ride aboard the Bernina Express. Expect hairpin bends, tunnels, and spectacular views of Alpine peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, green valleys and mountain villages from St. Moritz to Poschiavo. Trot around a town or canter through the countryside in a horse drawn carriage, often with included stops at a farm or winery to taste the local produce.
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When to go: May-September for the best temperatures; November-December for superb Christmas markets.
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