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 Switzerland there is a very special canton - one where Romansh, Italian and German are spoken and which served as backdrop for the novel Heidi: We are in Graubünden. In the heart of the Alps and more than 700 lakes, this is the idyllic setting for Hotel Walther. Our guests can enjoy elegance and comfort born of a hotel tradition dating back over a century. The water in the spa Aqua Viva flows from a mountain stream, and the Cristallino grotto, hewn out of Andeer green granite, is unique in Europe. At the ‘La Stüva’ restaurant, the dining room walls are panelled in elegant 200-year-old spruce, and a cuisine with seasonal products is served. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. This Mecca of fine dining, in the heart of the Franches Montagnes in the Swiss Jura, just a few kilometres from the watch-making town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, a Unesco World Heritage site, is the epitome of relaxed elegance. Everything here simply exudes authenticity. Passionate Chef Georges Wenger serves a cuisine based on ingredients, pairings and contrasts, which constantly seeks to invent anew its rich local heritage. Morels, asparagus, trout, rhubarb, game, truffles and wild berries have pride of place on his table. Georges Wenger is also a true wine enthusiast: he has built up an outstanding cellar with more than 1,000 wines, which alone is reason enough for a visit. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. Schlosshotel Chastè is brimming with character and set in particularly peaceful surroundings, at the foot of Tarasp Castle in the Engadin, a region renowned for its national parks and stunning mountain landscapes. This former farm turned into a modern and comfortable inn, managed by Daniela, Rudolf and Gian-Andrea Pazeller, embodies all that is gentle about Switzerland: the warmly welcoming living and guest rooms are panelled in Alpine pine in traditional fashion. The spa offers a variety of regenerating saunas. Its inventive cuisine is served with superb wines from the cellar in bright, friendly dining rooms. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. On the shores of Lake Geneva, close to Lavaux with its terraced vineyards, which have been listed as world heritage site by the Unesco, this timeless hotel offers a unique universe, which celebrates the past of this grand historical residence and combines it with subtle contemporary flourishes. An intimate and serene setting, a fine gourmet cuisine at the restaurant “Les Saisons”, local inspirations at the restaurant “La Véranda”, a terrace with a panorama view of the lake at the “Marina”, an outdoor pool and a spa with Swiss Bellefontaine treatments offer moments of pleasure and relaxation. ... 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
Restaurant in a village. At Lampart’s guests can combine wellness of the soul with the pleasures of the palate. Chef Reto Lampart and his wife Anni invite diners to savour culinary delights and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere at this restaurant, formerly a depot dating back to 1836, elegantly transformed into an English country house-style space. Dive into Mediterranean tastes and a cuisine truly in harmony with the seasons. Dishes are a celebration of colour and aromas, artfully presented. Enjoy the moment with a spectacular meal in the delightful garden or the elegant restaurant. The spacious lounge is perfect for a cocktail or a nightcap as the finale to an excellent dinner. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Castello del Sole, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, is one of the largest hotel estates in Ticino. It is an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of an expansive park and a bird reserve. The authentic architecture of a southern manor house, refined details like the seating in the park, the private beach on Lake Maggiore and the delightful inner courtyards all contribute to a sense of well-being. The two suite pavilions with the luxurious junior suites and suites are the stuff of which dreams are made. In the restaurant Locanda Barbarossa, the chef delights guests with his Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. Total relaxation is guaranteed in the exclusive spa of 2 500 m². ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains. The Paradies is located in an idyllic landscape with an exceptional panorama of the blooming meadows and snow-covered peaks of the Dolomites. The interior has been furnished with precious works of art and antiques of reputed Engadine Valley artists. The restaurant “Charn Alpina” serves fine meat specialties, whilst the “Cucagna” focuses on local produce. The hotel’s spa offers magnificent views of the Silvretta summit.The hotel is the ideal starting point for extensive walks and bicycle tours. One of the most beautiful golf courses in Switzerland is nearby and in winter, the 80 km tracks and pistes are a delight for alpine and cross-country skiers. ... 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
Hotel and restaurant in town. Discovering the beautiful sights of Geneva starts at the Hôtel de la Cigogne, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of Geneva’s business centre, only a few steps from the old city, the lake and the cultural district. On place Longemalle, the gilded swan overlooking the door sets the tone of a hotel in which all rooms are different and have been entirely redesigned in a young and dynamic spirit. In culinary terms, you can take a delicious break right in the city centre and sample gourmet treats, now also on the terrace. ... Learn moreless