As a travel destination in the heart of the Alps, Switzerland offers thrilling natural landscapes as well as a high density of history and culture in its different cities. Whether you prefer art and architecture or culinary excellence and nightlife, you will find the perfect ingredients for your holiday here!
Zurich offers a unique melting pot of historical, cultural and social attractions in the metropolis. Among these is Zurich Old Town with its fascinating medieval houses, Renaissance-period town halls and contorted, narrow lanes. While the double towers of Grossmünster (or ‘Great Minster’) are Zurich’s most iconic landmark, other sights worth seeing include Peterskirche (or ‘Peter’s Church’) which has Europe’s largest clock-face, and Fraumünster (or ‘Minster of Our Lady’) with its renowned stained glass windows.
With its medieval towers, many fountains, sandstone facades and narrow streets, Switzerland’s picturesque capital city unsurprisingly is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city centre boasts six kilometres of shopping arcades protected by one of Europe’s longest weather-sheltered promenades, so it’s a treat to window-shop at the speciality stores, boutiques, galleries and emporia here. The Rose Garden – a large park with a wonderful view of the Old Town – is a mecca for flower lovers and a great place to unwind.
The second-largest city of Switzerland was built on three hills covered with vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva resting at its feet. This medieval town is dominated by Notre-Dame Cathedral, which is regarded as Switzerland’s most impressive example of early Gothic architecture. Shopping streets surround the cathedral and are also found in the pretty waterfront area of Ouchy. As a former host city for the Olympics, visitors will be able to relive the history of the Olympic and related events at the Olympic Museum.
Apart from its mountain-rimmed lake, Lugano is also known for being a vivacious city with chic boutiques, bars and pavement cafés huddled within the mazes of cobblestone streets. The main square, Piazza della Reforma, is especially inviting for its many cosy bistros and restaurants. Walk off the calories at the chic Via Nassa with its elegant boutiques, antiquarian bookshops and jewellers. At the end of the day, leave the city centre behind and take a stroll during the twilight hour at the lakeshore promenade.
Located on the westernmost fringe of Switzerland, Geneva is considered to be the most international city in the country – largely thanks to being the European seat for the UNOG and the International Red Cross. Culturally, it has much to offer. The Horloge Fleuri, the large flower clock in the Jardin Anglais (or ‘English Garden’), is the world-renowned symbol of the Geneva watch industry. Do not miss taking the Geneva Watch Tour which offers a journey through the Old Town and the whole realm of watchmaking. In addition, visitors can spend time at a diverse range of museums such as the Musée international de l’horlogerie, a watch museum with a fascinating collection of watch jewellery and musical clocks.
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