With its show-stopping views and laid-back pace of life, the Swiss Riviera has attracted many of Switzerland’s celebrity residents over the years, and the idyllic lakeside region remains one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. Whether you’re traveling through the region or just taking in the highlights on day trips from Geneva, here are 8 of the most beautiful towns of the Swiss Riviera to add to your itinerary.
Bridging the banks of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and hemmed in by the imposing trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Interlaken makes a strategic spot for exploring the highlights of central Switzerland. From a sojourn in the capital to the soaring peaks of the Bernese Oberland, here are some ideas for great day trips from Interlaken.
Hidden away in the heart of central Switzerland and surrounded by alpine lakes and towering peaks, Lucerne is undeniably picturesque, but there’s more to Switzerland’s most laid-back city than just a pretty face. From historic architecture to hair-raising mountain ascents, these 10 reasons to visit Lucerne should convince you to add the city to your itinerary.
With glitzy ski resorts catering to European jetsetters and Royals, and some of the most celebrated Alpine views in the world, Switzerland is a veritable heaven for ski enthusiasts. But forget queuing for the ski lifts and bumping shoulders with fellow skiers as you cruise downhill; adventurous travelers and true powder junkies will be heading to Switzerland’s secret off-piste ski spots.
With the last of the Christmas markets disappearing from view and waistlines still bulging with festive food, it’s time for the biggest party of the year and Switzerland hosts hundred’s of New Year celebrations around the country. Not sure where to spend the first hours of 2014? Here’s a rundown of some of Switzerland’s best New Year’s Eve parties.
Whether you’re hitting the ski slopes or shopping for gifts at some of Europe’s most atmospheric Christmas markets, Switzerland makes a festive destination to spend the holidays. The Christmas season starts off on December 6th with St Nicklaus Day, when traditionally Samichlaus (the Swiss Santa Claus) and his sidekick Schmutzli, bring treats for the children, but the biggest celebration is on Christmas Eve when families gather for a spread of seasonal foods.