Synonymous with alpine villages and gourmet chocolate, Switzerland is a land of spectacular landscapes, refined cities and multilingual people. From the international finance hub of Zurich to lakefront Geneva, it abounds with thought-provoking cultural destinations and outstanding restaurants. The southern Ticino region is renowned for its Italian influence and majestic lakes while the Jura mountains lure in visitors with its outdoor lifestyle.
Things to do
Whether you want to get cultured in Geneva or explore the majestic Swiss Alps, there’s something to inspire all travellers.
Explore Interlaken. One of Switzerland’s most popular holiday resorts, Interlaken lies between two lakes in the mountainous Bernese Oberland region. Hiking, rock climbing and kayaking are popular during the summer months while the winter snow appeals to skiers and snowboarders.
Stroll Lucerne. Overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Lucerne, this quintessential Swiss town is pedestrian-friendly, with charming bridges, frescoed buildings and fountain-filled plazas to discover.
Tour Lake Geneva. Straddling the Swiss-French border, this sparkling body of water is home to the “capital of peace”, a city renowned for its grand historic buildings, picturesque parks and cultural attractions. Sharing the lake is the medieval town of Lausanne, a pleasant spot to wander while hopping between its boutiques and cafes.
Discover Bern. Situated in a hairpin bend of the River Aare, the Swiss capital of Bern clusters around a UNESCO-listed medieval old town. Soak up the views of its cobblestone streets from the Zytglogge and explore the Lauben shopping arcades before getting your cultural fix at the Bern Museum of Art or the inspiring Zentrum Paul Klee.
Zurich Airport, Geneva Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg are the major gateways to Switzerland, with smaller airports in Lugano and Bern connecting to destinations across Europe. An efficient train network whisks travellers to cities in neighbouring Italy, France, Germany and Austria, as well as to destinations within Switzerland. Efficient buses access remote mountain villages, while an outstanding road network makes self-driving enjoyable.