Christmas Lights in Basel

Christmas Lights in Basel

Home to the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade Christmas decorations and famously hosting Europe’s longest street of holiday illuminations, the annual displays of Christmas lights in Basel are always show-stopping and offer a dazzling backdrop to the festive season.

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December 19, 2014 by
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Celebrating the holidays Montreux. Photo courtesy of Kosala Bandara via Flickr.

Celebrating the holidays in Montreux

The picturesque Swiss Riviera transforms into veritable winter wonderland over the Christmas season and celebrating the holidays in Montreux means you’re guaranteed a white Christmas. Whether you want to explore the nearby cities of Geneva and Lausanne, marvel at the snow-blanketed landscapes on the famous Golden Panoramic train or shop at some of Switzerland’s most atmospheric Christmas Markets, there are plenty of things to do in Montreux at Christmas.

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December 12, 2014 by
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Montreux Christmas Market

Montreux christmas market. Photo courtesy of Cyril Vallee via Flickr.

With atmospheric log cabins lining the waterfront of the glittering Lake Geneva and a backdrop of snowy peaks and frost-covered vineyards, there are few Christmas shopping destinations as picturesque as Montreux. As winter descends on the Swiss Riviera, the town transforms into a fairy-tale holiday destination, hosting a Christmas village and Santa’s grotto atop the Rocher de Naye Mountain and weekend medieval markets at the majestic Chillon Castle. The main event though is the Montreux Christmas Market, renowned as one of Switzerland’s biggest and best festive markets, which opens in late November and runs until Christmas Eve.

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November 28, 2014 by
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Bazar Hersche

Having never been to Switzerland I decided to start my last European vacation by flying into Zurich and taking a few days to explore. As it was only going to be a short visit I wanted to take time to enjoy the charms of the city, but I also really wanted to see some of the countryside. When I saw there was a full day Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolate Tour, my eyes lit up. This was just what I needed. A whole day out exploring what lay beyond the city with cheese and chocolate in the mix? We had a winner.

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November 21, 2014 by
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Winter Fun Around Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, photo by Zoe Smith

Whether hitting the ski slopes, shopping for gifts at the Montreux Christmas market or celebrating at a medieval-style carnival, there’s plenty of choice for winter fun around Lake Geneva – here are some ideas for spending the holidays in the Swiss Riviera.

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November 14, 2014 by
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8 Swiss Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List

Switzerland's views

Home to some of Europe’s highest peaks and vastest glaciers, Switzerland has long been renowned as one of the world’s most popular winter destinations, but the landlocked country is also a top spot for extreme sports and adventure activities all year-round. What better place then, to check off some once-in-a-lifetime experiences from your to-do list? From soaring to the Top of Europe to braving one of the world’s most terrifying bungee jumps, here are 8 Swiss adventures to add to your bucket list.

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October 17, 2014 by
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