Discover Switzerland

From cities to summits: how to explore Switzerland’s nature in Basel, Zurich, Geneva and Lugano
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From cities to summits: how to explore Switzerland’s nature in Basel, Zurich, Geneva and Lugano

Few countries stride so effortlessly between the urban and the outdoors as Switzerland. Here's how to experience the best of both worlds, starting in four of the country’s most iconic cities.

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Zurich: a dazzling tribute to all things chocolate

Switzerland has long been famous for its chocolate, from creamy bars as an everyday treat to thick hot chocolates in the Alps. Now though, Zurich’s innovative chocolate-makers are making fresh waves in the industry. 
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Slow travel in Switzerland: your 10-day rail itinerary

The eco-minded Swiss have perfected rail travel like no other nation, with trains gliding between cities, slopes and snow-capped peaks with maximum efficiency. Read on for your ultimate 10-day guide.
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Wild luxury and excellent skiing: a winter in the Valais

Looking for pristine mountains, miles of wide, empty pistes and some of the most out-of-this-world luxury in the Alps? Choose to go VIP in the Swiss ski resort of Valais.
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Meet Ariane Stäubli, the mountaineer conquering Switzerland’s greatest peaks

One of Switzerland’s youngest female mountaineers, Ariane Stäubli talks overcoming obstacles, active adventures in off-the-beaten-track regions, and her favourite getaways — from her hometown of Lenk to buzzy Zurich.

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Landscapes of rock and ice: Nico Schaerer on photographing the elemental drama of Switzerland

Swiss photographer Nico Schaerer has travelled all over the world, making him appreciate the beauty of his home country all the more. He talks about the rewards and challenges of shooting Swiss nature in winter, and his favourite wild spot to destress.
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Switzerland’s top chefs share the landscapes and flavours that shape their cuisine

From the mountaintop town of Zermatt to cosmopolitan Zurich, we talk to six chefs from across Switzerland about their deep-seated passion for food.
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Iconic peaks and 500 miles of slopes: welcome to Switzerland's Bernese Oberland

With slopes for every ability, from beginner and intermediate skiing to challenging off-piste, heli-skiing and ski touring options, the Bernese Oberland is the place to be this winter.

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The best wine tasting spots in Switzerland

Sun-drenched, sleepy and incredibly beautiful, Lavaux, in Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region, grows some of the country’s best wine. While away an afternoon cycling between three vineyards, stopping off for samples on the way
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Canton of Vaud: eat like a local in Lausanne

Lausanne’s restaurants — which range from Michelin-starred, fine-dining gems to innovative, modern outlets, with plenty in between — are spoilt for choice when it comes to first-class cuisine
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Glaciers, alpine towns and mountain railways: exploring Lucerne and beyond

For a winter break that's not just about skiing, explore the resorts around Lucerne, where fairytail Swiss castles meet towering mountain peaks.

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