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Visit Switzerland's beautiful cities and prepared to be amazed. Whether it's bustling Zurich, cultural Basel or the capital, Bern, Switzerland is truly inspirational.
Cosmopolitan, sleek and a sightseer's dream - Switzerland's third-largest city lies on the shores of the beautiful Lake Geneva and is the hub to many of the country’s top ski resorts. Aside from skiing, there’s plenty to visit; the beautiful Chateau de Chillon, the UN building and St Paul's Cathedral to name a few. Oh and don't miss the flower clock!
Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and lies on the banks of lake Zürichsee, where crystal-clear waters frame glorious Alpine views. Nearby, the unspoilt medieval town centre – with its narrow, winding streets and charming 17th-century houses – leads visitors toward cultural treats aplenty. Like Kunsthaus Zürich, where you’ll find one of Europe’s finest collections of art. But if nightlife is what you’re after, never fear. Zurich boasts Switzerland’s most vibrant clubbing scene.
Think Basel, think culture. This is an ideal destination for a short city break. There are some excellent galleries to see, including the charming Museum Jean Tinguely and Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland’s premier museum of fine art. The unspoilt medieval town centre is a picture too. Take a wander towards the cathedral, Basel Münster, and enjoy impressive views of the River Rhine from the top of St Martin’s tower.
The delightful city of Lausanne lies on the banks of Lake Geneva, just a few miles from the lakeside resorts of Montreux and Vevey. Visitors swim, sail and waterski on the lake in the summer. The small city centre is packed with restaurants, high-end shops and attractions, like the Musée Historique de Lausanne. Head outside the city for some lovely scenery. You can take it all in from the Fondation de l'Hermitage which also hosts some excellent art exhibitions.
For a city getaway with a difference, head to Bern. The picture-book medieval old town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Take a stroll through its lovely arcaded walkways to the Zeitglockenturm, a remarkable 16th-century clock tower. Check out Einstein’s House and see if you can spot all 11 fountains dotted about the city.
With its warm Mediterranean climate, large natural lake and stunning Alpine setting, Lugano is a good option for a summer break. If you love the great outdoors, you can take a hike or ride your mountain bike around Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore. Or why not catch the funicular railway to the top for memorable views of the region. The Belvedere Park walkway with its open-air bars and cafes is ideal for a stroll. But if you’re feeling energetic you can take a boat ride or even waterski. Plus there are some interesting buildings to see in the town like the Church of Santa Maria degli Angioli with its splendid Renaissance frescoes.
Located in a truly spectacular setting amidst Switzerland’s highest mountains, Saas Fee is a wonderful resort offering skiing to suit all levels of ability, and a friendly, family-orientated vibe. One of a number of villages scattered across the dramatic Saas Valley, it’s a perfect marriage of traditional Alpine charm and state-of-the-art ski infrastructure. If all that wasn’t enough, it’s also home to the world’s highest revolving restaurant – some 3,500m above sea level on the Mittelallalin.
Despite its reputation as an upmarket, well-heeled kind of place, a trip to stunning St Moritz doesn’t have to break the bank. Over the years this stunning resort has played host to movie stars, a couple of Winter Olympics, and even horse racing, but the big draw remains the stunning views across the huge frozen lake in the Engadin Valley and a brilliant mix of skiing to suit all standards.
The crisp, fresh mountain air at Davos is the stuff of legend, and this bustling Alpine town first blossomed as a place of health and recuperation for the upper classes back in Victorian times, before reinventing itself as a centre for winter sports in the 1930s. If you like thrilling downhill skiing and big cities, this is your kind of place, with 150 miles of slopes surrounding all the entertainment, comfort and nightlife you’d expect from a vibrant, modern European city.
Prices quoted are based on the lowest available Standard Class adult return fare.
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