Switzerland Vacations

Prepare yourself for unreal mountain vistas, and warm pots of fondue

Switzerland is a relatively small country with great geographic and cultural range. Bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, Switzerland is landlocked. The cultural range comes from the four main linguistic and cultural regions – German, French, Italian, and Romansh-speaking people and their traditions. Altogether, they make Switzerland a unique place. About half the population is Catholic, and the other half is Protestant.

The Swiss Alps are a famous part of the country, and one of the most famous alpine regions in the world. The range has an average altitude of 1700 metres, with 48 mountains. The Swiss Plateau is hilly and stretches from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance in the northeast, and the Jura is a sub-alpine limestone range along the French border.

Alpine symbolism is a strong piece of Swiiss culture and nationalism and brings tourists from around the world. The Swiss Alps in the south make up 60% of the total area of the country, while most Swiss live in the Plateau. Forty-eight of Switzerland’s mountains are above 4000 metres. 

Because of its mountainous regions, Switzerland is home to some of the most famous and excellent skiing in the world with the well known ski resorts like St. Moritz, Davos, Klosters, and Zermatt – and there are more than 300 more.

Berne is the capital of Switzerland and is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its pretty and intricate infrastructure and narrow cobbled streets. The town has 6 kilometres of medieval arcades dating back to the 12th century featuring a number of decorative fountains depicting historical figures and characters from its folklore.

Berne’s clock tower (Zytglock) is where revolving figures appear and whirl around 4 minutes before each hour – you can take a tour of the clock to see how it works. A 15th century Gothic cathedral has Switzerland’s tallest spire, and Berne is famous for its bears. A bear park has been home to two bears since 2009 – before that the bears lived in a bear pit in the centre of the city.

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LanguagesFrench, German, Italian, Romansh
CurrencySwiss Franc (CHF)
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Handcrafted Journeys to our Most Popular Places in Switzerland.

Geneva city panoramic view located on Lake Geneva
Aerial view of Zürich city center with famous Fraumünster Church and river Limmat at Lake Zurich from Grossmünster Church
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Picturesque snowy mountain ridges and deep valleys with green fields.
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Come to Switzerland to ski and find your soul

Perhaps it comes from the country’s history of remaining neutral, and its famous Red Cross banner, created by inverting the colours of its national flag – but civic responsibility plays a significant part in daily life in Switzerland. Community involvement is highly valued. The Swiss appreciate nature and spend a lot of time outdoors. There are few things that feel healthier for the soul than spending a day in nature, and then spending time together over a meal and good conversation – this is one of the best experiences the Swiss take part in, and offer to travelers.

Old town of Bern, capital of Switzerland, with Swiss alps peaks in the background glowing reddish during an autumn sunset

The Culture

A traditional pastoral culture exists across the country, and folk art, decorative traditional costumes, and traditional music still rings high in the mountains. The alphorn, a trumpet-like instrument, as well as yodelling, and the accordion are still popular.

The culture of Switzerland revolves heavily around its mountains.

The Jungfrau Region is the quintessential Swiss spot in the mountains. The alpine scenery is simply breathtaking, with peaks dotted with ski resorts and beautiful lakes. Railway journeys on a cogwheel train takes you to the highest elevation railway station in Europe. On clear days from here you can see the Vosges Mountains in France, and the Black Forest in Germany.

Zermatt is a car-free mountain city and a major resort with old-world charm. And it’s a stepping off point for the Matterhorn, which hangs above like a great mountain cathedral. The area has a 350 kilometre trail system, and offers year-round skiing good for everyone, including beginners and children. The area is also famous for its apres-ski with amazing bars and restaurants, live music, and spa and wellness centres.

The Matterhorn, one of Europe’s most magical mountains, is shaped like a pyramid with four faces. It has regular avalanches that send snow down to accumulate on the glaciers at the base of each face. 

Explore the Jungfrau region and visit Thun and Brienze lakes — travel between them will bring you through a valley with rock faces and mountain peaks, thundering waterfalls and meadowlands. The region has 7 glaciers and 29 peaks

The Kambly factory is in the town of Trubschachen in the Emmental Valley. It’s home to some of the tastiest biscuits in Switzerland – maybe the world – and a stop at the Kambly Experience will teach you about the history and give you a look over the shoulders of the Kambly Master Confectioners as they create delicious sweet specialties by hand. Try delicate and crunchy almond rolls, and hazelnut biscuits filled with chocolate creme. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Interlaken is the captivating capital of Switzerland’s beautiful Bernese Oberland and is a delightful resort surrounded by the crystal-clear lakes of Thun and Brienz – it’s also a great place to get a Swiss watch. Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Tissot and Swatch are all Swiss companies.

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