Set firmly in the heart of Europe between five countries, Switzerland has an astonishing cultural mixity. Every canton has developed its traditions, inspired by its neighbours and the Swiss character imbued in calm and serenity. Cosmopolitan? Yes, but also fundamentally independent! Backed by a tradition of neutrality and pacifism, this magnificent country where the Jura and Alps meet seems almost immovable, as if suspended in time.
Bringing a new harmony to the medieval ramparts, baroque palaces and wooden bridges of the surrounding towns, the landscape of Lake Lucerne now includes an ultramodern glass and steel music box by the French architect Jean Nouvel. It reflects all the facets of central Switzerland, its crown of Alpine peaks, its shimmering palette of blues, its patchworks of greens. A spectacular theater and the showcase of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. In the summer, the faces of music lovers light up with the first sounds of the tuning violins. A Wagner opera is just the thing to exalt the iridescent highlights of the lake, its romantic fugues caressing the voluptuous curves of the nearby mountains, massive outcroppings of limestone and vertiginous ridges with evocative names…
“The sun strikes your head from above, but then there’s another one, striking your back from below. That makes two: the one in the sky, emanating from a single, unified point, and the one below, which is broken into scattered pieces, because there is water bouncing back the light and hurling it towards the shore. That makes two suns shining together — which is why they have such good wine.” Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz immortalized the Suisse Romande in prose with the same power as Paul Cézanne’s palette in his depictions of Provence. Each sentence seems to retrace roots that grow from deep within this land. Its people, its vineyards, lakes and mountains are omnipresent. Like the high limestone hills caressed by the wavelets of Lake Biel. Along its western shore, at the foot of the Jura Mountains, dozens of different grape varieties thrive on the steep terraced slopes.
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. In winter, skiers can enjoy magnificent ski slopes; in summer, walkers can follow old smugglers’ tracks and explore the superb countryside. Chasa Montana, in the heart of the village of Samnaun, has all the attractions of a beautiful mountain chalet. It boasts a wealth of lovely places to linger – under the shady parasols on the terrace, in the seclusion of a private balcony or in its superb spa overlooking the mountains. Its restaurants offer a variety of fare: gourmet cuisine at the Miranda or cheese raclette and fondue at the Grotta. Its wine list boasts over a thousand different references from all over the world to accompany these dishes. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in a village. Imagine a candy-cane balanced atop a scoop of vanilla, which is delicately positioned on a disc of chocolate. Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne are both the tightrope walkers and choreographers of gastronomy. Their cuisine at the Auberge du Lion d'or is characterised by superimpositions and refined lines, as harmonious as those of Lake Geneva, where you can take a stroll before dining within clear view of the Jura. There is no limit to the artistic feats of these Chefs. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in a village. On the heights of Montreux, between the lake and the mountains, Le Pont de Brent has delighted gourmets for several decades. Inspired by the seasons, two-star Chef Stéphane Décotterd continues the tradition of excellence in this inviting village residence, with a sense of happiness. Witness the art of carving poultry tableside with masterful dexterity and sample inventive cuisine that features the very best of local produce. Dishes such as crayfish vinaigrette from Lake Geneva and the composition of Boltus mushrooms with fresh almonds are accompanied by smooth Swiss wines, including great white wines from the neighbouring Lavaux vineyard. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. A revitalizing bath in the very own thermal hot springs of the Sources des Alpes in the open-air is one of those experiences that are simply unforgettable. All around the springs lies virgin white snow. Hot-stone and essential oil massages, fango, and slimming or sculpting body treatments complete the extensive menu of spa treatments. Moreover, individual slimming diets are proposed. The rooms are spacious and welcoming. In the restaurant, fresh, well-balanced cuisine highlights the flavours of surf and turf. The chef’s personal motto - “be a wise gourmet” - rises to the occasion in this temple of health and well-being. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Personal commitment, passion and high quality standards are our guiding principles. A new regional and authentic cuisine offers a variety of culinary delights. The warm Swiss-Austrian hospitality of this property, already recognised by an award during the first year, will captivate you. The hotel is located in the centre of Klosters, very close to Davos. Spacious suites and rooms will allow you, both in the summer and winter, to enjoy a wide range of activities: hiking, ski, golf, tennis for all kinds of stay. Just make yourselves at home and let us take care of you. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. La Pinte du Vieux Manoir nestles on the banks of Lake Morat, with its memorable sunsets. Its guestrooms are stunning: the ‘Glass Diamond’, a glazed lakeside room on stilts perched, almost hovering, amongst the tree tops, and the ‘Lake House’, every bit as original and exclusive. Franz W. Faehs’s eclectic cuisine is served in La Pinte du Vieux Manoir, a cosy, warmly lit restaurant. This region, in the heart of the canton of Freiburg, the Three Lakes and the Jura, is home to all that is special about Switzerland: lakes, mountains, chocolate, cheese and watches. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. A first spa hotel, called Bad Lenk, had been built at the end of the 17th century, downstream of the richest Alpine sulphurous source, Balmen. Today, this spring is an integral part of the architecture of Lenkerhof gourmet spa resort which is a magnificent hotel, with an extensive range of well-being treatments. The “7 sources beauty & spa” is named after the spot where the river Simme rises and draws its inspiration from its flowing water. It offers true rejuvenation in natural timber and stone surroundings. This hotel provides, amidst fabulous landscapes, the perfect opportunity to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer whatever the season. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a vineyard. From the age of seven, Philippe Chevrier knew that he would be a cook. His childhood dream was nourished by the dishes created by his mother, who gave him a passion for good food. Philippe’s dream has become a reality. This is an excellent reason to stop off in the heart of Satigny, Switzerland’s largest wine-producing municipality. In this immaculately renovated former vine grower’s farm, Philippe Chevrier and Damien Coche serve, amongst other treats, whole oven-baked John Dory, sauteed scallops in sepia ink, and Limousin rack of lamb baked in hay and aromatic herbs in a sealed casserole. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. This hundred-year-old mansion proudly overlooking Lake Constance has rediscovered its former glories through meticulous renovation and some modern features. August Minikus and his wife combine their talents of chef and sommelier to offer a unique experience in a welcoming setting. The dishes are composed as works of art and wines are expertly paired with the menu. The guest rooms can be accessed by a glazed lift. In the Esprit Lounge lovers of smoke and spirits can savour a cigar. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. Skiing on the world-renowned slopes of Crans-Montana is not the only pleasure in store for you at this chalet. The different suites have open fireplaces, jacuzzis and views of the snow-covered mountain peaks. The chalet has a Spa. The beautiful interiors feature wood and stone walls. In a cosy atmosphere, the Bistrot des Ours gives pride of place to local flavours, whilst Chef Franck Reynaud invites you in the gourmet restaurant to savour a selection of vegetables, milk-fed lamb, bass, mullet, venison and other culinary treats. Do no leave without admiring the painting of Felix, Pas de l’Ours’s former resident donkey. ... Learn moreless