In Switzerland, you’ll find yourself drawn toward one incredible vista after another. Hundreds of miles of well-established bicycling networks allow you to traverse the entire country on two wheels — from paved promenades to heart-pumping mountain biking in the Alps. Awe-inspiring hikes to rushing waterfalls, picturesque train rides past glistening lakes and other outdoor adventures round out your rejuvenating vacation. Let us show you all the ways we can bring you back to nature in Switzerland.
Coasting From Zurich
The nation’s largest city is your gateway to outdoor adventures. Choose among well-marked mountain trails, like a 40-mile path from Zurich surrounded by soaring peaks and vast moorlands that ends in charming Einsiedeln with its famed Benedictine abbey. Shorter trails lie just beyond Zurich, and locals especially love the panoramic views from Uetliberg. Our tip: Enjoy elevated perspectives at The Dolder Grand hotel with its views of the city, lake, and mountains — a perfect backdrop to your complimentary breakfast on the terrace.
La Route du Rhône
Discover how diverse terrains from the Alps to the Mediterranean are linked by ViaRhôna, stretching more than 200 miles in Switzerland. Bicycle from the canton of Valais with its mountain pastures, and zip downhill past the icy expanse of the Rhône Glacier. Following the curves of the river Rhône, you’ll enter Swiss wine country. The sloping terraced vineyards of Lavaux are so distinctive that they’ve been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along the sunny shores of Lake Geneva, cross into Montreux and Lausanne and end in cosmopolitan Geneva.
A Landmark Legacy
Alpine glamour meets adventurous living in Saint-Moritz, the resort town that birthed the concept of winter holidays and has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Mingle among jet-setters at more than 6,000 feet as you dine at world-class restaurants, and enjoy a taste of local history when you bite into a buttery Engadine nut tart. Along with gorgeous trails for mountain biking and hiking, you can also embark on summer ice skating, mountain golfing and an array of activities on the lake.
Journey to the Top of Europe
It’s incredible to imagine standing on a mountaintop so high that the scenery simply takes your breath away, and yet getting there was entirely effortless. Ascend in the comfort of a train to the summit of Jungfraujoch, a 13,642-foot-high peak among the Bernese Alps — flanked by ice plateaus and glaciers with jagged peaks piercing the skies as far as your eyes can see. Let us arrange the details as your Swiss Travel Pass grants discounted fare to reach this highest railway station in Europe.
The Heart of Switzerland
With its city walls and lakeside locale, Lucerne is as beguiling as a fairytale. Explore its nine medieval towers and capture photos of the Chapel Bridge, believed to be Europe’s oldest wooden bridge. Ascending the legendary peaks of Pilatus is an adventure when you embark on summer’s Golden roundtrip journey: Sail on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstad to board the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. At the summit, hike, dine and take in every angle from nearly 7,000 feet before gliding down to Kriens on an aerial cableway and scenic gondola.
Each year, celebrated galleries arrive in Basel to showcase the works of thousands of renowned and emerging artists — creating a cultural whirlwind of modern and contemporary art. The original host of Art Basel, this city on the Rhine river is also an artist’s delight all year round with its impressive architecture and nearly 40 museums. Our tip: Explore the well-preserved Old Town with Xoco Tour Basel, sampling from traditional confectionaries and artisan chocolatiers as you learn the history of Swiss chocolate.
A View of the Past
A visit to Bern reveals lovely arcades and colorful flower boxes adorning windows in the UNESCO-listed Old City. This medieval city sprang from the banks of the Aare river, where clear waters invite you to swim and splash in warm summer months. When we book your stay at the Bellevue Palace, we’ll welcome you with amenities such as daily breakfast and $100 in dining credit. Let this grand hotel be your home base, and go hiking and biking beyond the city limits, spotting slant-roofed farmhouses in Emmental and diverse landscapes in Gantrisch Nature Park.
A Taste of the Mediterranean
Italian panache meets Swiss culture in Lugano. Mild weather in this bayside city by Lake Lugano creates the perfect setting for hiking and cycling excursions, or you can simply opt to stroll among boutiques, bars and cafés lining steep cobblestone streets. Nature and nourishment come together on a lake cruise followed by a lesson in preparing traditional Ticenese risotto and a wine-paired meal. A special extra: Carve out time for the new LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, a modern lakeside venue with five floors dedicated to visual arts, music, and performance.
With all the ways to experience Switzerland’s beauty, we’re here to coordinate your Swiss Travel Pass, train reservations, hotels and much more. Contact us today to start planning.
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