The Bernese Oberland
The Bernese Oberland is one of the most stunning regions in Switzerland. With its mountainous terrain – where the incomparable Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains are based – it’s best explored by train and cable car, which can whisk you through the area’s staggering heights and sweeping valleys with ease.
Central Switzerland is dominated by Lake Lucerne. Cruise across its azure waters or stay offshore to discover a range of lovely eateries, activities and iconic sights in this Swiss idyll. Lucerne – arguably one of the prettiest cities in the world – is also a delight, and includes one-of-a-kind structures like the Chapel Bridge and Culture and Convention Centre.
Zurich isn’t just one of Switzerland’s most alluring cities… it’s also in the heart of its very own region, which consists of the city itself, Lake Zurich and other surroundings. Part of what’s referred to as the Swiss Plateau, the landscape is relatively flat, here – the perfect break for those who want some respite from traversing up Switzerland’s many peaks.
With Lake Geneva as its leading landmark, southwest Switzerland is a hub of heavenly landscapes. Head here if you like pretty towns in Southern-European style, grape-filled vineyards, sunny boulevards and ancient castles… it’s a paradise of them all. A special highlight? A trip on the Chocolate Train, which wheels between a smattering of cheese and chocolate factories near Gruyères.
Rugged alpine nature and the highest peaks of the Alps – including the famous Matterhorn – are the defining elements of this exciting region. Go hiking, biking, tasting, and sightseeing your way around Valais across an adventure-focused getaway, which in addition, is a brilliant place in which to get your spa fix.
Ticino is where you can experience the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, along with its food and culture. Always lively, this fun region contains all the hallmarks of a memorable holiday: rich in museums, shops, local festivals, UNESCO World Heritage sites and more. Perfetto.
Graubünden borders Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein. If you love the Alps, you’ll definitely love the unique culture and scenery it offers – it’s an absolute haven for hikers, with plenty of unspoilt valleys to wander through. As with the country’s other mountainous areas, you can drink in the views via cable car.
Including the city of Basel and the Jura and Three-Lakes region of Neuchâtel and Biel/Bienne, you’re never short of inspiration in North-West Switzerland! Marvel at extraordinary natural panoramas and discover yet more postcard-worthy villages during an escape to this tranquil, striking, and ever-enthralling region.
Like Zurich, the region around the Swiss capital of Bern is also part of the Swiss Plateau. From Bern itself to the Bernese Jura, and the enchanting views of Grindelwald to the verdant magnificence of the Jungfrau Region, trips here deserve multiple reruns, from winter through to summer.