Switzerland is a stylish tourist destination that mixes vast green spaces with buzzing urban centres. Whether you’re after an outdoor adventure or a contemporary city break, holidays in Switzerland have it all. With its towering Alpine peaks and shimmering lakes, Switzerland is the place to be if you’re into winter or summer sports. But beyond the après-ski chic, this is a diverse country, with four official languages and an array of food, drink and culture to match
Geneva is Switzerland’s most cosmopolitan city, famous for its banks, luxury jewellers and chocolate shops. Zürich is similarly affluent and fashion-conscious, but a little edgier than Geneva, with its world-class theatres and stylish bars and clubs.
If you want to see Switzerland at its most creative, Basel and Lausanne are the country’s artistic hotspots, where the nightlife can be exhilarating. The ancient capital Berne, meanwhile, is a great place to go sightseeing or take in some traditional folk entertainment.
Switzerland’s architecture is impressive, from the magnificent cathedrals in Lausanne and Berne to lesser-known gems like the frescoes of Müstair or the abbey complex of St Gallen, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Lucerne, you can see fountains and the covered bridge to Neuchatel, whilst in Grimentz, you can see traditional timber houses that perhaps come closest to capturing the essence of Switzerland. Other spectacular man-made sites include the Lavaux vineyards on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Castles of Bellinzona, the Grande Dixence and the Landwasser viaduct, whilst Switzerland’s stunning natural beauty can be witnessed everywhere from the Matterhorn to the Rhine Falls.