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 on a river This former house of the fishermen’s guild has been standing on the banks of the gently-flowing Rhine for almost four centuries. Jana Zwesper and Chef André Jaeger have given their hotel a modern interior without compromising any of its charm or intimacy. A stay here appeals to all the senses, particularly time spent on the fragrant, flower-filled terrace. The modern, light cuisine with an Asian influence is delightful and rooms feature zen-inspired lines. Boat excursions, golf and other outdoor activities are a wonderful way to see this region that has so much to offer. ... 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 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
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
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
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. 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 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 the mountains. The Saas-Fee valley is also called the pearl of the Alps, and the Waldhotel Fletschhorn is the pearl of this valley. Clinging to the mountains and overlooking the valley, the hotel is a destination of its own. It is unique and even has its own art gallery. The restaurant is the perfect place to stop for gourmet food and great culinary experiences, such as the delicious buffalo steak with green pepper jus and Anna potatoes or the Saas lamb. Meals are served on one of the most beautiful forest terraces in the world accompanied by a wine selection from the cellar with more than 42,000 bottles collected from expertly selected vintages. ... Learn moreless