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.
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 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 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. 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
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 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
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. Escape to a small paradise on the banks of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by the majestic Swiss Alps. At Park Weggis, guests enjoy a complete wellness experience and excellent hospitality. Watch stress levels dissipate as a new sense of calm and tranquility settles in at the hotel’s spa. In the middle of the Japanese garden with ancient Bonsai trees, six exotic wood and natural stone cottages have been designed as individual private spas where guests can enjoy different types of baths, saunas and treatments. Gourmets will have a treat choosing from the three restaurants and several bars, including the Lalique caviar bar, beach bar, and wine bar with an exceptional cellar. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. For Toni and Barbara Mittermair, “guests don’t come to the hotel, they come to our home”. This home is beautifully located on the banks of Lake Geneva, with snowy mountain peaks behind. It is a pleasure to sip aperitifs on the terrace, whilst watching the beautiful sunset. The inspired owners have succeeded in preserving the intimate and welcoming atmosphere of a family hotel at the Victoria. In the hotel’s restaurant, the chef and his team create simple cuisine inspired by the south of France, such as the rack of Sisteron lamb with herbs accompanied by straw potatoes and ratatouille nicoise. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Bernard, Ruth, Nathalie, Guy, as soon as guests put their bags down in this family home, surrounded by vineyards, they are already on first-name terms with the entire Ravet family, and feel right at home. The Ravets are exceptionally welcoming and have a knack for getting things just right. In the kitchen, Chefs Bernard and Guy Ravet, father and son, conjure up masterpieces. L'Ermitage, a 16th century winery in a green setting, is classified as a historic monument and, in the boutique, Ruth and Nathalie, renowned sommelières, select the finest local specialities. ... Learn moreless