Switzerland is a country of two halves. The north is a region of powerhouse cities, hubs for history, art, cuisine and luxury hotels. In the south, the Swiss Alps dominate – visit in summer to hike, cycle and swim in mountain lakes, and in winter to hit the world-class ski slopes. Luxury Switzerland holidays provide the best of both worlds.
If you’re seeking an iconic European city break, you can’t do much better than Zurich. Situated in Germanic northern Switzerland where the Limmat River meets Lake Zurich, and framed by the distant peaks of the Alps, it’s a city of striking beauty. Beyond the natural scenery and traditional architecture, Zurich buzzes with modern vibrancy, and is a fantastic place for contemporary restaurants and chic night-time hangouts.
On the opposite end of the country you'll find Geneva, a city which offers similar charms. Famed for its plush boutiques, jewellers, and chocolatiers, this French-speaking town is the place to go for a laid-back luxury getaway that promises sophistication and lakeside scenery. For art lovers, a jaunt to Basel is a must, while history buffs will want to take a wander through the cobbled streets of Bern’s protected Old Town.
Plan a trip to the Swiss Alps and you can enjoy some of the finest skiing on the planet. Stay in the world-famous resorts of St Moritz and Andermatt and visit the astonishing peaks of the Matterhorn and Eiger. In the summer, the Alps are an idyllic region of rolling greenery and sparkling lakes - perfect for hikers. At any time of year you can enjoy a trip to Jungfraujoch, a glacier saddle that houses the highest railway station in Europe.
Boasting a rich blend of urban sights and mountain escapes, Switzerland is a true year-round destination, packed with things to see and do. If you’re taking a winter sports holiday, travel between December and April to make the most of the fresh powder and frosty sunlit scenery.
If you’re seeking a walking holiday in the mountains, spring provides gorgeous weather and spectacular blooms. The cities are ideal for holidays across the year, although if you’re hoping for reliable sunny days, aim for summer, when temperatures regularly break into the mid-twenties.
British citizens do not need a visa to enter Switzerland, but before booking your holiday, you should check the country's entry requirements at GOV.UK. It’s normally recommended that you carry identification on your person when travelling in a foreign country.
Most famous for its cheese and chocolate, Swiss cuisine offers a huge range of dining experiences. In the luxury city hotels and restaurants you can expect to find everything from modern French cooking to German sausages and Japanese light bites.
Similar variety is also promised at the luxury ski resorts – although if you’re taking to the mountains you’ll want to leave the room for traditional après-ski classics such as raclette, fondue and Alplermagronen (Swiss mac & cheese). Don’t miss the opportunity to try some excellent local wines too.